Looking Ahead is an innovative program of The Actors Fund tailored to help 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 to address communication, relationship and peer-related issues
- Informational and Educational Seminars to inform and educate young performers and parents about the issues relevant to their lives
- Programs for parents aimed at providing support, information and community
- Group activities for young performers to connect with one another in a supervised setting
In Los Angeles, we also offer:
- Educational counseling to help create an action plan for the future
- Community volunteer initiative for participants to identify volunteer projects and make a commitment to serving a particular community or organization
And in New York City, for young performers working on the Broadway Production Contract, we also offer access to The Paul Libin Center.
Looking Ahead in Los Angeles
Young Performers between the ages of 9 and 18, living in Southern California, who are union members and have representation or can demonstrate two years of earnings as a performer.
Looking Ahead in New York City
Young Performers up to the age of 18 who are working professionally in New York City.
For Assistance, Please Contact:
In Los Angeles
Looking Ahead Social Work Supervisor
323.933.9422, ext. 422
In New York City
Looking Ahead Social Worker
212.221.7300 ext. 225
The Looking Ahead Awards is an annual fundraising gala held in Hollywood each December to raise support and awareness for our Looking Ahead program services for the young performer community.
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