It’s not uncommon for kids to grow up in the family business, especially when that business is show business. Directors have been casting their children in their own movies for decades. Some may call it nepotism, but others could call it resourcefulness. Why jump through hoops to find the perfect actor when you’ve got one sitting right across from you at home?

In other cases, these directors helped their kids get a jump-start in their acting careers. That might seem unfair, but the entertainment industry is notoriously hard to break into. Might as well take the help where you can get it!

Here are 12 directors who cast their sons and daughters in their films.

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