What is the Child Actor Program?
It is a specialized program at Oakwood Toluca Hills created to assist child actors and their families who have made the decision to come to Los Angeles to pursue acting and entertainment careers. We provide discounted housing accommodations, special activities geared towards young people, professional studio tutoring services, acting coaching and classes, parent round table discussions, and a show biz kid expo.
How do I get my child an agent?
Since Oakwood is not a talent agency, we can only recommend child actor reference books that list the top agents in Los Angeles. Samuel French book store is an excellent entertainment reference center. They have 2 stores in Los Angeles, Sherman Oaks and Hollywood.
Why is Oakwood Toluca Hills so popular?
Oakwood Toluca Hills is renown in the entertainment industry as a leader in temporary housing and is located in the media hub near all the major studios such as Warner Bros, Disney, Universal, NBC, Dreamworks, Paramount, CBS, and ABC.
Will I need a car in Los Angeles?
Yes. Auditions can be anywhere in the Los Angeles area. If you are not familiar with Los Angeles, a Thomas Guide is extremely helpful. For your added convenience, an Enterprise Rent-A-Car branch is located on-site at Oakwood Toluca Hills.
Do other child actor families stay at Oakwood?
Absolutely. We house approximately 300 child actor families a year who, like yourself, are coming to Los Angeles for the first time to get their children in the entertainment industry.
Have any famous child actors stayed at Oakwood?
Yes. Our first child actor was Jennifer Love Hewitt. Others that have stayed with us are Christina Ricci, Kirstin Dunst, Jennifer Biel, Corbin Alred, Jason Richter, Zachary Ty Brian, Michael Galleota, Larisa Oleynek, Jimmy Workman, Nikki Deloach, Countess Vaughn, and Neil Patrick Harris, just to mention a few.
Can my daughter bring her dog?
Yes, Oakwood Toluca Hills does allow dogs and cats. (Additional fees apply)
Los Angeles is so big, will I feel safe at Oakwood?
Absolutely. Oakwood provides a comfortable and relaxing alternative to hotel living. When our guests think of Oakwood, they think of us as their "home away from home."
Do child actors only come out for pilot season in January?
Not anymore. People use to think of pilot season as January through April, but now studios are shooting all year long. Many of our child actors return in the summer months while school is out.