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According to LA Casting, the commercial casting service used by Los Angeles Agents, more than 20,000 kids under 18, with agents, audition in LA year round. The number swells to 21,360 during pilot season, adding 320 more boys and 800 more girls. ADDING approximately 1000 other children in the pilgrimage to Hollywood EACH year. In general, assume there are about 1,500 children (ex. Boys 8-10 years old) that compete every day.
The number swells to about 21,360 during pilot season, adding 320 more boys and 800 more girls.
The numbers are further verified as reasonable, when looking at Breakdown Services. In early 2012, the total number of child actors WITH agents, listed in LA, aged 0 - 16 is 20,017. Those with only managers, in other locations, or unrepresented are all additional to that 20,000 number.
There are roughly 40 agents in Los Angeles who handle children. The biggest ones have over 1,000 children on their roster. So even within an agency it is not unusual to see competing 5 -12 kids who are the same age and ethnicity.