Disney Channel Auditions for Kids – Get the info

Looking for Disney Channel Auditions in 2022?

While this article has been up for sometime now, it seems that some of what I discuss below is still going strong and the companies involved have learned how to skate under the radar and cover their rears as to not get caught up in the legalities of it all.

Kids love Disney, that’s a fact. Disney Channel auditions and Disney movie auditions are a popular topic. I mean, which kid wouldn’t want to star alongside their favorite Disney Channel star? Kids love their Disney shows and many will look online for Disney auditions. But, not all is as it seems.  Audition is a loose word and it is often used in a manner that is meant to confuse and sometimes victimize people whose kids get really excited at its mention.

There are many shady companies that will take advantage and talk people into spending money they should not.  If you ended up on this page looking for more information to find out if that Disney Channel audition is legit, your gut instinct is most likely correct and that audition may not actually be a legit audition for Disney or the Disney Channel.

If you are reading this, you must have some concern, so read on…..

Now, this is a fairly long article and I do have a page that is shorter which covers the basic red flags of an acting scam.

 

A few points when dealing with kids looking for Disney auditions:

  • Actual Disney casting directors DO NOT charge upfront fees.
  • Disney does not advertise auditions on the radio or walk around malls and grocery stores looking for cute kids to put into a Disney movie.
  • Disney Channel is not in the business of selling classes, photos or convention services.
  • If you are asked for money, it is most likely a scam.
  • If it sounds too good to be true, it most likely is not true.

 

The basics:

The best way to get an audition for the Disney Channel or a Disney movie is by working hard and getting a legitimate agent. Most auditions for Disney are not open calls. They are handled through agents. Why? you may ask. The answer is simple.

There are millions of kids, most of whom have at some point dreamed of being a Disney Channel star. If every character for a Disney show was cast through an audition that was open to the public, the casting directors would be bombarded with thousands, 10’s of thousands of kids and teens all looking for their big break. Most casting directors don’t have a way to handle 1000’s of kids in one day. The cost would be enormous and it would take weeks to get through that many people. … most of which probably don’t even fit the part. For that reason, casting directors depend on agents to send them talent that fits the role, has the experience, training and the talent.

So, for most Disney, or even Nickelodeon roles, you will need an agent….. a legitimate agent.

Legit agents do NOT charge talent, they pay them. An agent gets a percentage of the talent’s pay… once they have booked the role. So, a talent agent makes zero if the talent they have never gets a role. For that reason, agents are very selective in who the represent and usually talent must first prove that they are capable of doing the job. That is where the working hard part comes in. Most agents expect that talent comes to them with a resume. Getting things for your resume, for a kid, may not be as hard as you think. They will be looking for some experience and maybe some training. They need to know you can handle the pressure and do the job. So where can someone get experience?

All over. It could be the Christmas show at your church, school plays, community theaters, commercials for local businesses, student films and more. Now, you would not be getting paid for any of those but you will be learning and gaining valuable experience that you can list on a resume. Training is also helpful. Most community colleges and schools offer low cost classes. Those classes will also help you learn the ropes and maybe even make some great contacts. Since I am talking about classes…. beware of the scammers there as well. Fake agents know that we all know that agents should not be paid up front, therefore they go the route of… I will work with you… only if you pay $XXXX for these classes. The classes they offer are sub-par and may even hurt your resume as every talent agent knows who those people are. Before taking classes do your research. Make sure the person teaching is respected in their field. Classes usually cost a few hundred bucks per class, not thousands.

Once you get all that, then an agent may take a chance on you.  You may be naturally talented, but it doesn’t matter, you still need the training and experience. Talent is just one of the things you need, the others are commitment and passion for the art. Doing free gigs to build a resume goes a long way to proving that you ARE committed.

Disney Channel online auditions 2016

Now, many families, kids and teens believe there is some magical shortcut. Many have been led to believe that if they pay someone some money it will fast track them to Disney fame. People have come to believe that because there are countless FAKE agencies that are trying to convince them of that. These fakes approach people in malls, invite them to auditions which are nothing more than sales pitches and convince them that for 1000’s of dollars they will make their kid a star…. really? If it was just that easy, every other kid in America would be on Disney Channel.  See How to Spot a Modeling / Acting Scam for more on what to watch out for. Always remember that this is a job, an acting job, but a job none the less, which means THEY pay you for your work…. You do not pay them! In California it is not legal for an agent to ask talent for money to get the job so anyone doing that is not a REAL agent. If you are unsure if one is legit, ask for the license and check with the Union SAG / AFTRA to see if they are franchised.

Always remember that an agents job is getting THEIR talent booked which means they spend all day talking to production companies and casting directors about the talent they represent. Legit agents do not troll the malls and walmarts looking for “new faces”. Why would they? There are more kids than roles. Anyone approaching you anywhere about getting your kid into Disney Channel is not on the level.

OK, so until you get an agent…. how else can you try out for Disney? Once a year, the Disney Channel and Disney XD hold an open casting call. They have done this for over a decade and most have been at certain locations. This year, the Disney open auditions where actually held online and kids in every state could tryout without leaving their homes. The Disney open auditions are usually held in early summer and announce between May and July. See this years for more info on what to expect… Disney Channel & Disney XD Online Open Casting Call.

Also, every now and then Disney does a talent search to fill a role in an upcoming movie or commercial. Those happen a few times a year and no one can tell you when it will happen next. You just have to keep your eyes open. Such events DO NOT advertise. They will not appear on the radio. Those are listed through the casting directors.

Be sure to also read this page about those Disney auditions that you hear on the radio.

Hope all that helps and break a leg!

590 thoughts on “Disney Channel Auditions for Kids – Get the info

  1. Brooklyn

    Hi my name is Brooklyn and I am 13. I love to dance, snowboarding, wakeboarding, and I would be willing to try so much more! I have medium length, blonde hair and blue eyes. I’m driven, kind and determined. I would be such an honor if you considered to work with me.

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  2. Grace

    Hi I’m Grace, I am 10 years old I love to dance and it would be amazing to be on a Disney Channel show. I have watched almost all of the shows on there and I love them. I really am only looking for a little part in a show or movie but I am also A pretty good singer. so If you could embrace my offer that would be awesome.

    THANKS SO MUCH I WILL BE AROUND FOR A WHILE.

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  3. luna mae cadden

    hi my name is Luna Mae and I’d absolutely love to be on the Disney channel. I grew up watching it, please choose me.

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  4. Sophie

    My name is Sophie, I have Brown Eyes, Brown Hair, I am almost 13. I tend to be sarcastic and a bit annoying, but can also be kind and empathetic. I’m relatively smart, and am not afraid to say what I think about something. I do get angry and embarrassed easily however… I can dance, I did Ballet for several years. I am not an amazing singer, but I do memorize lyrics to songs almost instantly. Anyways, I know this isn’t the official try out site, but if anyone sees this, please reach out! Thank you, — Sophie

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  5. Brody Smith

    I am Brody. 11. Male. I am a singer. I wanted to be an actor and be on Disney Channel for years. Please choose me.

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  6. Anabel griffie

    Hi my name is Ana. I’m 11 years old. I have always wanted to be up on the screen. I’m good at showing emotion. I live in Tucson, AZ. I am good to do anything as long as I can go up on screen. Thank you.

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  7. Eduardo

    I watched Disney channel for a long time and I would love to audition for Disney channel.

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  8. Eduardo

    I watched Disney channel for a long time.
    And I would love to audition for Disney channel.

    Reply
  9. Mark Mawer

    Hi, I’m Mark and I am 13 years old in 1 month, I love and play football, I’m a good actor and have been in videos every day for school in 5th grade. I would be very happy if I could star in a Disney movie. Love All of Your Shows and Movies!

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    1. Mark Mawer

      I have hazel eyes with dirty blonde hair, very skinny, male, and I am 5′ 3′.

      Reply
  10. Lilly Hiltgen

    Hi! My name is Lilly! I am 12 years old as I’m typing this but I am literally good at anything. Here is some info about me:
    Age: 12 but can play as characters ranging from 10 – 15
    Height: 5’1”
    Weight: 80 lbs
    Hair color: Dark brown
    Eye color: Dark brown, when hit by sunlight, Hazel brown
    Hair type: Medium-Long, wavy
    These are ALL the sports I’ve ever played:
    Gymnastics
    Cheer
    Volleyball
    Soccer
    Basketball
    Softball
    Badminton
    Tennis
    Table Tennis (Ping Pong)
    Dance
    Lyrical
    Ballet
    Tap Dance
    I have dreamed of being an actress, since I was, like, 7. I have participated in lots of school and church plays. I’ve also participated in dances on stage. I’ve also done LOTS of sports, as you can tell. I’d say I have plenty of experience in the acting categories and could definitely use more practice. Thank you for keeping me under consideration! I really do appreciate it.

    -Lilly

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  11. Elliana Hickman

    I watch Disney for my whole life and I always dreamed to be on Disney Channel. I really hope y’all pick me. I’m 14 and I play basketball and dance. I have brown eyes, blue hair, light skin but my hair is curly. Disney, I will never let you down and please let me be an actor.
    My name is Ellie.

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  12. Zoey

    Hi my name is Zoey and I’m 11, female/male. I am trans so be aware Disney if you need that type, I am it! I am in choir and am very good at it. I love comedy and want to be a comedian. I work well with people but can be sarcastic a lot. Please choose me Disney.

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  13. Zoey

    Hi, my name is Zoey I have blue eyes with dirty blonde hair. I love to ski, photography hunting, and outdoors. Disney please don’t let me down.

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  14. Peniel Ikechukwu-Kalu

    Hello my name is Peniel, I am 10 yeas old my passion is singing and dancing. I live in Great Britain Birmingham and I am a big fan of descendants. I hope to be on Disney channel one day.

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    1. Joey Ugly

      You will never be a singer, dancer, or on Disney! I will and I will, you cry

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      1. Elle

        That’s really rude and I don’t think Disney is going to want to hire people who are rude. Maybe try being nicer to people and showing your better qualities.

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  15. Daniella Paredes

    Hi I am Daniella. I am 11 years old and I have light brown skin. I am Mexican American. I have dark brown hair and eyes. I love to act and I am very good. I love to watch Disney movies, t.v shows – Like Sidney to the max, ravens home and bunked. I hope you put me into consideration. I have wanted to become an actor for a some time and I am very good with working with other people.

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  16. Daniella Paredes

    Hi I am Daniella. I am 11 years old. I have wanted to become an actor for a long time and I like to work with other people older or around my age. I am very good with working with other people and I hope to become an actress soon.

    Reply
  17. Katie n Rodriguez

    Hi my name is katie. I’m 11 have straight hair and my passion is dancing.

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  18. Maddie

    Hello my name is Maddie I am 10 years old I am a girl. I’m none for being good with working with different types of people , I love watching Disney movie’s and I would like to be in a Disney movie or on any opportunities that I will get to interact with other people and have a good time I do an acting camp every summer. I would love to have a great experience doing this.

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  19. Kendall

    Hi, I’m Kendall. I’m 12 years old and have watched every Disney channel episode with my eyes wide open, wishing to be one of them. I do acting camps and have multiple certificates to prove my talent. I love to sing and act. I’ve been in numerous plays and musicals, just dreaming that someone would notice me. I would love to be on Disney channel, or any acting opportunities that I can get, for the experience.

    THANK YOU….. ILL BE HERE ALL WEEK!

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  20. Leena Gregory

    I am almost 13 years old, I am barely 5’2″, I am part native American but mostly white. I have short dirty blonde hair and brown eyes. One of my favorite hobby’s was drama club after school and choir. I live in ABQ, NM. I have always wanted to play a part in a Disney movie even if it was a side character, main characters friend, etc. I helped to write a play based on what was going on with Russia and Ukraine for the drama club and the teacher LOVED it. My parents recently divorced so that means I have to help take care of my 3 younger siblings because I am the oldest so I have a lot of patience. I would honestly just love a role in one of the newer shows or movies. 🙂

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    1. Mary Elizabeth O’Neil

      Hi! I’m Mary Elizabeth O’Neil. I have long brown hair and brown eyes. My race is white. I’m about 5’2”-5’3”. I’ve always loved Disney and always have wanted to be on there but that’s not why I’m writing this. I’m writing this because every since I was little I started plays. I’ve always loved acting. It’s been such a big part in my life. Im always doing plays I just did the play “Annie”. I was Pepper the mean orphan you’ve probably know of her. My dream since I was little was to be on Disney. There’s been people who have made fun of me because I do plays but I will never stop acting it’s my passion so I don’t care what they think. Acting is a passion for me. That’s why I’m writing this. Hopefully y’all consider me.

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  21. Dametrias shead

    Hi, my name is Dametrias. I’m 12 years old and my life long dream is to be a Disney Channel star. I’m an African American, I have short black hair, brown eyes, I’m sweet, enthusiastic, honest, driven, hard-working and very funny. I’m sweet too. I hope you can see this and you can accept this message. Have a bless day.

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  22. Alisa Meier

    Hi, I am 13 years old girl. My name is Alisa. I have brown hair and blue-green eyes. I love Disney movies. My favorite films are Encanto and Alice in Wonderland. I am kind and helpful. My hobby is playing the piano. I like cooking and sometimes singing. I have six cousins and two cats. I would like to play in a Disney movie it has been always my dream, to be a real princess. I live in Finland. I speak English, Finnish, and a little bit of Swedish, Greek, Italian, Spanish, and Hawaiian. My family says that I would be a good actress. I’m 1,65 cm tall. I don’t have lots of friends, but I don’t mind because they are real. My life is pretty much acting. Acting is the way that I can be the person I want to be.

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