STAGE TUBE: HOW TO ACT LIKE A KID's Henry Hodges on Being a Child Actor

By: Jul. 11, 2013
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ABC 7's Sandy Kenyon recently sat down with former MARY POPPINS star and author of HOW TO ACT LIKE A KID, Henry Hodges. In the interview below, hear what Hodges had to say about growing up on the stage, how he found his way into the business, and more!

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Henry Hodges didn't get a promising start. Not only was he the littlest kid in class but his dyslexia made every day a struggle. He started out as a true rookie, with no connections in show business. But he had talent and determination and his family behind him. Together, they made smart decisions about his training and growing career. Most of all, Henry had the Always say yes! Attitude that transforms a talented kid into a real prO. Henry credits becoming a performer with saving his life. Today, he is successfully navigating the transition to young adult performer after a stellar career as a child actor, having appeared on Broadway and on tour in such hit show as Mary Poppins, Chitty Citty Bang Bang, Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid-not to mention acting in Shakespeare, opera, Off-Broadway, and regional theater and as a voice actor in animated films.

In How To Act Like a Kid, Henry tells his inspiring story in his own words. Along the way he gives aspiring kid performers of any age smart, up-to-date, practical advice in every aspect of a young performer's career onstage and in radio, commercials TV, and movies: finding teachers and coachers; dealing with agents and managers; preparing for auditions, rehearsals, and performances; coping with criticism and competition; avoiding scam artists who prey on young talent; and succeeding in you schoolwork backstage. Plus, top pros who have helped Henry along his way offer candid advice on everything a young performer needs to know to start a career in show business.