Sean Astin, RJ Mitte on Tuesday's Panel: Protecting Your Young Performers Emotional Health

Sean Astin, RJ Mitte on Tuesday's Panel: Protecting Your Young Performers Emotional Health

In a LifeRaft Live Stream online event presented free by Screen Actors Guild and Screen Actors Guild Foundation this Tuesday, April 13, 6-8 p.m. (PT), young performers and their parents will receive sound advice from those who have been there, done that. The scheduled guests include actor Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings) and RJ Mitte (Breaking Bad), as well as casting directors, agents and managers.

Are you the parent of a young performer?  Ever wonder how your child is taking the ups and downs of the business?  Is the “get seen at all costs” mentality or rejection affecting their emotional life?  How are they taking the inevitable volatility of an acting career and is there anything you can do to help your child maintain a healthy balance in life?  Join this panel of seasoned industry professionals as they provide insight specific to maintaining balance and protecting the emotional health of your young performer.

No matter where you are in the country, you can tune in and view this free online streaming event, and if you're in the Los Angeles area, SAG young performers, their parents, as well as parents of children interested in acting careers are encouraged to attend in person.

Where: SAG Foundation Actors Center, 5757 Wilshire Blvd, Mezzanine Level, Los Angeles, CA

When: 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, April 13, 2010

RSVP TO ATTEND IN PERSON: SAG members online at www.sagfoundation.org
All others RSVP by e-mail to  LifeRaft@sagfoundation.org or 323-549-6482

Scheduled Panelists Include:

Actor, Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings Trilogy and Rudy): In 1981, at age 9, Sean starred with his mother in the after-school special Please Don't Hit Me, Mom. The Goonies followed, and since then, he has had a steady stream of roles. He's also become involved behind the camera, directing and co-producing the short film Kangaroo Court which was nominated in the best short film category at the 67th Annual Academy Awards in 1995.

Actor, RJ Mitte (Hannah Montana and Breaking Bad): In 2006 RJ Mitte moved to Hollywood, California with his family to support his sister, actress Lacianne Carriere's foray into print and commercial work.  After a period of training and hard work, RJ booked as a regular student on Hannah Montana. Building on that success, RJ currently plays the notable role of Walt White Jr., a series regular and character with cerebral palsy on AMC network's Breaking Bad.

Casting Director, Deborah Dion
: Deborah is one of the industry’s leading casting directors. She specializes in child searches for features and has cast many unknowns in major roles.  Some of her casting credits include The Cider House Rules, Peter Pan, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Home Alone 3 and  Lady in the Water.

Agent, Cindy Osbrink of Osbrink Talent Agency: Cindy is long recognized for her celebrity youth division with over a decade of experience.  The Osbrink Talent Agency is a prestigious full-service agency.

Addison Witt of Witt Management

Heather Vanian of The Actors Fund of America’s Looking Ahead Program: Looking Ahead supports young performers ages 9 through 18, living in Southern California, in developing the values, skills and confidence they need to lead a successful and balanced life in and out of the entertainment industry.