A trip to New York for a summer audition can be one of the most exciting times in your teen’s life. The chance at being accepted into a special school, the ballet, a sports team or even for a Broadway play is worth the effort it takes to get there. Parents and teens from around the country make this type of trip to the Big Apple every year in hopes of fulfilling a dream. Luckily, most auditions go without a hitch and the teen returns home safely with their parents to await the final decision.
How to Prepare Your Teen for the Event
There are several important aspects about a competition in New York, and your teen will need you to help them get ready and stay focused. Neither you nor your child will feel happy if you are stressed out about the details of the trip, so plan to get ready in advance. A few key things to do will include:
- Prepare ahead for the traveling itself. So many things will be going through their mind, your child would probably not even remember to pack a toothbrush. By giving them a to-do list, and helping them with it, you will make this life-memory experience much more pleasurable for them. Speak to the school or athletic coordinator well in advance to understand everything that will be expected of your teen. Also, get their finances, clothing and gear ready at least a week in advance.
- Start the private coaching early. Brace yourself – the amount of extra coaching that New York competitions involve could be shocking. Even if your child is a star in their school or their home town, they will face new challenges at a competition on this level. Some dancers will arrive with coached hair, makeup and fashion techniques. Some of the boys’ soccer contestants will have modeling and interview techniques. Private coaching may sound exotic, but your teen needs to have their self confidence packed in tight to stand a chance, and private coaching will give them the right comfort zone.
- Establish a family support mantra. Believe it or not, even the most composed young diva can falter when belting out a show tune into the darkness of a Broadway theater judges’ panel. Find or invent a family phrase that your teen can take to heart to keep her on balance. Whether it’s “Sissy is a Star” or “My baby has the best looking feet,” a family mantra could make the difference in your teen nailing their solo or just missing it.
What to do if Your Child is Injured on the Trip
Sometimes, no matter how well planned the trip is, an accident occurs and someone is injured. This could be in the form of a car or pedestrian accident, or an injury that occurs at the audition. A personal injury can occur anytime, anywhere. Knowing what to do if this happens will help ensure that your teen has their rights protected and receives fair compensation for their injuries. Of course, the trip chaperone will seek medical attention for your teen right away, but there are other things you should do:
- Call a licensed New York personal injury law firm. You do not want to wait until they get back home to take legal action for the accident. By acting quickly you can guarantee that your teen has their rights protected. Lawyers from other states will have to find a sponsor to be allowed to practice in a state for which they are not licensed, and if this occurs, the process can be delayed. An attorney that is familiar with local laws regarding personal injury will be able to tell you about specific laws regarding compensation. Note that most personal injury law firms will work on a contingency basis. This means that there is no money required up-front for their services, which helps ensure that everyone can receive equal representation under the law when they are injured.
- Avoid preliminary statements to the insurance company. Speak to an attorney before you speak to the insurance company. The insurance company will never have your best interest in mind. If they request a statement, simply tell them that you will provide one through your attorney.
- Carefully follow professional medical recommendations. You must comply with all medical recommendations when you are being treated in a personal injury case. Failure to comply with doctors’ orders can compromise your case. Once you have enlisted the help of an attorney, all you need to do is concentrate on helping your teen recover from the accident. Your attorney will handle all of the paper work and financial matters concerning your case.
Of course, the thought of an injury occurring should not put your hopes for your teen’s future on hold. If your teen wishes to attend an audition in New York, you are encouraged to let them try. They cannot attain their dreams if they aren’t allowed to reach for them.