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Policies & FAQs

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New Students

If you are a new student, please read our New Student Packet and visit our FAQs and Release Forms pages.

 

Payments

Ongoing Classes: Once you have registered through our portal, automatic, e-payment drafts can be set for either the 1st or the 10th of each month. We accept e-checks/bank draft, Visa, MasterCard, Discover and AMEX.

Workshops: Our Workshops are very popular! In order to save your spot, full tuition or a 50% deposit (for Workshops more than $150) is due at registration. If a deposit is made, full tuition is due no later than 48 hours prior to the Workshop. Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferrable.

Gift Certificates: Choose from a variety of Gift Certificates. Please note that some Gift Certificates must be purchased before year end.

Release Forms

When registering through our portal, you will be prompted to sign two Release Forms. These are required. Please note that students are frequently paired with other students or work in ensembles. Many of those students use taped and photographed work performed in our Studio for demo reels, college applications and auditions. We encourage all students to agree to the Photo/Video Release Form. If you have any questions, please call 503.806.0909 or email [email protected].

Drop-Off

You may drop off your child and return for pick-up when class is over. Parking is available in our lot as well as 2-hour free spots on the street. You are absolutely welcome to park and wait for your child in our spacious and comfy lobby (ask the front desk for our Wifi password). If you are running late, you are required to call 503.806.0909. This is a safety issue. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Pick-Up

If you drop off your child and return for pick-up, please be on time. You will be billed $15/15 minute increments should you be late. If you are running late, you are required to call 503.806.0909. This is a safety issue. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Script Copies

Students are provided printed scripts in Ongoing Classes, Workshops and for Industry Showcase. Many times students or parents forget their scripts. We will provide an additional copy at no extra cost. Future copies will be billed at $2/copy at the end of each month.

Make-Up Classes and Workshops

Ongoing Classes:  If a student misses a class we encourage them to take advantage of make-up classes. They need to take a make up class within six months of the missed class. Habitually missed classes will result in a discussion to determine the student’s commitment to Ongoing Classes.

Workshops:  If a student misses a workshop they are allowed to use it as a credit toward another workshop within that same calendar year. If make-up workshops are habitually missed more than three times, the fee is forfeited.

Ongoing Class Cancellation

To cancel enrollment for Ongoing Classes, a cancellation request is required, in writing, by the 20th of each month. Please email Program Director, Chelsey Rae, at [email protected] to submit your cancellation request.

Inclement Weather

In the event of bad weather, we typically follow the public school closures. We will also make announcements on our public Facebook page, our private Facebook group, and send out an email announcement. If you are unsure, please call 503.806.0909 or email [email protected]. Make-up classes are available.

Acting for Kids & Teens student group

What photographer do you recommend for head shots/demo reel?

When booking a photo or video shoot be sure to wear solid colors and arrive with fresh, clean hair and make-up.

  • Jennifer Alyse: Coach Katie’s fabulous photographer. Let Jennifer know that AFK&T sent you to receive a discount.
  • Michael Verity: An excellent first headshot session for AFK&T students at a discounted rate.
  • Jon Meyer: A wonderful resource for Demo Reels and Video footage.

 

Do we park and come in or drop off?

You are absolutely welcome to park and wait for your child in our spacious and comfy lobby (ask the front desk for our Wifi password). You may also drop off your child and return for pick-up when class is over. Parking is available in our lot as well as 2-hour free spots on the street. Be sure to make a note of our late drop off and pick-up policies.

While in our quaint NW neighborhood, you can visit a variety of local businesses within walking distance, including Pearl ACE Hardware (next door), World Cup Coffee, Trader Joe’s or venture up to the NW 23rd area for some snacks and shopping.

How can we get more info?

Be sure to visit our Policies, Release Forms section and New Student Info pages. Should you need further assistance or have questions, please call 503.806.0909 or email [email protected].

What is a reel?

A demo reel is a carefully selected and edited montage of an actor’s work as a performer in film, TV, or other video productions.

What is a headshot?

A headshot is a specific type of portrait, 8×10″ color photograph, where the focus is the face. The term is usually applied for photographs that realistically demonstrate a person’s appearance for branding or casting.

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Acting for Kids & Teens young new students

New Student Packet

Acting for Kids & Teens is Portland’s premier acting studio for kids of all ages. Our Ongoing Classes and Workshops focus on TV, Film & Auditioning. From intro level work to master classes, Coach Katie O’Grady trains students on a variety of techniques and styles. While our Studio specializes in Meisner, we also incorporate Suzuki, Sense Memory, and Improv techniques into the student experience.

Coach Katie spends quality time consulting, mentoring and walking kids and parents through the professional and emotional world of being an artist. All of our kids are held to a high standard professionally, in their personal lives and academically. Many of the kids training at the studio are working actors but some are brand new. Because our Classes and Workshops are ongoing, students can join at any time. This is a safe, loving place where everyone is welcome!

Instructions for new students:

Step 1: Set up an account through our registration portal.

Step 2: Enter your payment information.

Ongoing Classes: choose an e-payment draft for either the 1st or the 10th of each month. We accept e-checks/bank draft, Visa, MasterCard, Discover and AMEX.

Workshops: full tuition or a 50% deposit (for Workshops more than $150) is due at registration. If a deposit is made, full tuition is due no later than 48 hours prior to the Workshop. Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferrable.

Step 3: Join our mailing list and stay up to date with AFK&T! You will be the first to know about special guests, tours, events, opportunities and Workshops before they are shared across social media.

Step 4: Read our Policies & FAQs.

Step 5: Review our Release Forms. You may check off on these when signing up for an Ongoing Class or Workshop through our registration portal.

Step 6: Please let us know if your kid or teen has any special requirements or needs to be taken into consideration. These would include mental health, developmental, behavioral issues, challenging family situations or allergies. We make every student’s mental and physical safety a priority. When using our registration portal, you will be prompted to inform us.

We look forward to meeting you! Should you need assistance or have questions, please contact our Program Director, Chelsey Rae, at 503.806.0909 or [email protected].

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Release Forms are required at the time you register for Ongoing Classes or Workshops. You will be prompted to check this information before checking out through our registration portal. The forms can be found in the Green Resources box to the right of this page.

Should you choose not to sign the waivers, your student will not be able to participate in many classes and workshops. The reason why is because students are paired with other students or work in ensembles. Many of those students use taped and photographed work performed in our Studio for demo reels, college applications and auditions.

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