$10,000 fine and a year in jail?
It’s surprising how few people are aware that anyone working with any artist, model or performer who is under 18 years old in the state of California for a fee MUST have a Child Performer Services Permit. This includes managers, acting coaches, publicists, and photographers. The penalty for not having this permit is a year in jail and a $10,000 fine. The law, AB 1660, states that anyone who works with child actors in the state must be fingerprinted and pass an FBI background check. “AB 1660, prohibits registered sex offenders from “representing or providing specified services to artists or performers under 18 years of age.” Fingerprints and FBI background checks are required to ensure that registered sex offenders don’t skirt the law by working under assumed names.” Totally creepy right?
So the process to get fingerprinted for the FBI is not that easy. The process and forms needed are lengthy but I passed and have my Child Performer Services Permit proudly hanging in my studio.
It’s important to know who you are working with, whether it’s a modeling agency or advocate. There are several photographers on the “Approved List” for a San Francisco based modeling agency who do not have this permit!