Looking Ahead is an innovative program of The Actors Fund tailored to help professional young performers and their families in Southern California and New York City to address the unique issues associated with working in the entertainment industry.
Looking Ahead supports young performers in developing the values, skills and confidence they need to make successful transitions to fulfilling adult lives. Looking Ahead was originally developed in cooperation with the SAG-AFTRA Young Performers Committee.
Looking Ahead programs and services aim to build a community of support for young performers.
- Individual, family and group counseling
- Industry and Educational Workshops for young performers and parents
- Group activities for young performers to connect with others in the industry
In Los Angeles, we also offer:
- Educational counseling to help create an action plan for the future
- Community volunteer opportunities for participants to make a commitment to serving the community
Am I eligible?
Looking Ahead in Los Angeles
Young Performers between the ages of 9 and 18, living in Southern California, who are union members or can demonstrate two years of earnings as a performer, and have representation of an agent and/or a manager.
Looking Ahead in New York City
Young Performers up to the age of 18 who are working professionally in New York City.
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