Theatrical Employment

Can a Minor Work in a Theatrical or Modeling Job in Washington State?

A young person may be employed as an actor, performer or model in film, video, audio, or theatrical productions in Washington State under certain conditions. These conditions apply if the minor is working in Washington — regardless of where they live.

What the employer needs to do

  1. Apply for or amend a Business License to obtain a Minor Work Permit Endorsement for Washington State ( through the Department of Revenue's Business Licensing Service.
  2. Fill out a Parent / School Authorization form, or Parent Authorization for Summer Work:
  3. Fill out a Theatrical Employment Minor Variance Application (F700-186-000) if any of the following apply:
    • The minor will be working during school hours, or
    • The minor will be working additional hours beyond the allowable limits for those under age 18. See the chart for Hours of Work.
  4. When you submit the variance application form, include these items for each minor:

General information

Hours of Work: If you plan to schedule children beyond these limits, we recommend that you use the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) guidelines for child actors.

Prohibited work activities: A variance is not permitted for a minor to perform any of the dangerous occupations or tasks listed on prohibited duties for teen workers.

L&I can prepare the variance within 24 hours if all paperwork is fully completed. You can mail your completed paperwork to L&I at the following address, fax it to 360-902-5300, or email it to

Department of Labor & Industries
PO Box 44510
Olympia WA 98501-4510

For more questions, call 1-866-219-7321.

For more information, see the Revised Code of Washington:

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