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ACTRA Stage Parent Survival Guide – 2nd edition launched today

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 13, 2012

ACTRA STAGE PARENT SURVIVAL GUIDE – 2ND EDITION LAUNCHED TODAY

MONTREAL, January 13, 2012: Today ACTRA launched the “The Stage Parent Survival Guide” at the Segal Centre for Performing Arts in Montreal, with author Robyne Baruchel, Canadian actor Jay Baruchel, actor and acting coach Taylor Baruchel and ACTRA National Children’s Advocate and Treasurer Theresa Tova in attendance.

““When torn out of school or away from family and friends for long periods of time it can be overwhelming for young actors to maintain grades or have time for the normal and healthy activities of childhood,” said Theresa Tova, ACTRA’s National Child Advocate.

“I can’t thank Robyne enough for her wisdom, tireless energy and willingness to share her knowledge with other parents.”

First published in 2002, the Guide is an invaluable resource for parents and guardians of school-aged children in the Canadian film and TV industry and spells out all of the rules ACTRA has bargained for and enforces to protect child actors. The book will be available at select bookstores and online at actra.ca.

“Raising working kids in the entertainment industry is a complex parenting role, “stated Author Robyne Baruchel. “First and foremost, it should be a fun experience for the kids. However, the film and television industry is a sometimes highly stressful adult environment so learning the ropes of our business is absolutely essential if our kids are to be protected. — The idea behind this survival guide was to give parents of child performers a basic understanding of how things work.”

Jay Baruchel started his acting career at 12 years-old: “I literally could not have achieved anything of merit in my career without my Mother and her watchful eye. A young performer needs many things to happen in order to succeed. First on that list is a vigilant parent who is well versed in ACTRA regulations and knows the ropes. There are few people as well informed in that regard as my mother. Her book is an invaluable resource for any parent of a potential performer.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

A former agent and stage mom of two young actors, Robyne is currently Director of Montreal’s On-Camera Acting Workshops at The Studio and Just a Stage Mom.

ABOUT ACTRA:

The Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA) is the national organization of 22,000 professional performers working in the English-language recorded media in Canada.

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Contacts:

Randy Duniz: 514.844.3318, x223, rduniz@actra.ca

Carol Taverner: 416.644.1519, ctaverner@actra.ca


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