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How to Get Your Child into Modelling or Acting (and a list of reputable agencies)

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How to Get Your Child into Modelling or Acting (and a list of reputable agencies)

How To Get Your Child Into Modelling or Acting

YOU know your child is a star, but how do you get the world to notice?  How do you get your child into modelling or acting here in Australia?

There are a number of steps to take that can help you to set your child up for a career on the silver screen, the gogglebox or the catwalk. We show you the steps to take, and give you a list of the most reputable agencies in Australia.

Let’s go and show you how to get your child into modelling or acting!

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STEP 1: Does your child want to be a model or actor?

Obviously, with babies or toddlers, it’s next to impossible to know if they want to be in front of the camera but they will soon let you know if they don’t.

Practise with your baby by spending firstly a solid five minutes a day with them posing, in costume or playing “pretend you are”. Very gradually Increase this up to half an hour but the second your child loses interest or starts to become distressed, stop immediately.  If they are still keen to participate after the half-hour sessions, then you know your baby or toddler will be comfortable in front of the cameras.

Older children will be able to tell you if being in the spotlight is what they crave. 

STEP 2: Prepare your child for what to expect.

Rejection is a sad reality of the business and not all auditions, casting calls and interviews will lead to jobs. Make sure your child understands that even if they aren’t chosen for a specific job, they still did a great job and there will be other opportunities. 

As a parent, it would seem natural to be defensive when your child is rejected however in most cases the casting director is looking for a certain mix of qualities and it’s most likely your child doesn’t have what they are looking for in that instance. It’s nothing personal against your child and it’s good to remember that and try to get that across there’s always next time.

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We Show You How To Get Your Child Into Modelling or Acting

STEP 3: Create a portfolio, Showreel, Headshot and Curriculum Vitae.

It’s best to get a professional, reputable photographer to grab a headshot, showreel and short portfolio to start with.

A showreel is a visual resume of sorts and is a short video presentation that will showcase your child’s acting, speaking, singing, dancing or presentation skills and should be kept to 60 to 90 seconds. Look to put together a number of photos for the portfolio that show your child in different scenarios, costumes and poses.  As the child gains experience, you can add to the portfolio and, of course, the CV. 

To begin with on the CV, list school or amateur dramatic achievements and any extra skills such as musical ability, dance or sport and replace them with more recent experiences as their career progresses.  

STEP: Find a reputable modelling or casting agency. 

Making sure you find an agency that will find suitable roles or modelling contracts for your child is not easy but a good place to start are agencies that are endorsed by the relevant artist’s unions. These groups will also ensure you are dealing with reputable agents and avoid the con-men and charlatans that plague many industries.  In Australia, the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) have a full list of agencies on their website, broken down into three major areas, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane/Gold Coast. Sydney and Melbourne have the most number of agencies, but not all on the lists, which are updated regularly are endorsed by the MEAA.

Do your homework and find out if the agent you choose is. You will also find a list of their clients on their websites and this will also help you to determine which agent is right for your child.

Find them here at www.meaa.org/download/nsw-agents-list, www.meaa.org/download/qld-agents-list or www.meaa.org/download/vic-agents-list.

Recommended Modelling and Casting Agencies in Australia include:

1. Bettina Management

Locations: Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and The Gold Coast

Open to children aged 3 months to 16 years. Their talent features in TV commercials, TV shows, film and catalogues, fashion parades, musical theatre, mini-series, productions, promotions and events.

Go to their website >

2. Munchkins Talent Agency

Locations: Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth

Open to children from newborn to 16 years. Their talent features in photographic, film, theatre and TV work.

Go to their website >

3. Casting Kids

Location: Victoria

Open to children from newborn to 16 years. They are committed to promoting inclusion and diversity within the entertainment industry, representing children with all abilities including Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and limb differences.

Go to their website >

4. GIANT Management: Junior

Location: Sydney and Melbourne

Open to children 6 months to 12 years. Their talent is featured in major fashion campaigns, runways and catwalk shows, photographic work (catalogues etc) and TV commercials.

Go to their website >

5. Bubblegum Casting

Location: Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne

Open to children from 3 months to 18 years. Their talent is featured in modelling/photography assignments, TV commercials, films and TV productions, musical theatre, student films, live events, and voiceover work.

Go to their website >

6. Bambini Talent Group

Location: Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane

Open to children from 6 months to 17 years. Their talent is featured in catalogue and fashion shoots for major brands such as BONDS, Witchery and Disney Junior.

Go to their website >

7. Brats Models

Locations: Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane

Open to children from 6 months to 16 years. Their talent is featured in advertising, film and television projects Australia-wide.

Go to their website >

8. Showkidz Management

Locations: Melbourne and Sydney

Open to children from newborn to 17 years. Their talent is featured in TV commercials, TV shows, films, musical theatre, opera, fashion shows and lots more.

Go to their website >

9. Bump Models

Location: Sydney

Open to children from newborn to 15 years (especially twins and triplets!) This agency encourages the whole family to get in on the act, even looking for pregnant mums to be models! It is Australia’s only Family Modelling Agency, working with some of the biggest names in TV, Fashion & Advertising.

Go to their website >

10. Mostly Kids Model Agency

Location: Australia Wide

Open for children from newborn to 17 years. Their talent features in TV commercials, parades, catalogues and stage productions.

Go to their website >

11. Screen Actors Australia

Location: Melbourne

This is a casting agency which runs fun acting workshops for children aged 3 to 12 years.

Go to their website >

12. Small Fry Modelling and Casting Agency

Location: Melbourne

Open to children from 2 to 18 years. Their talent feature in television commercials, television series, films, drama, theatre, promotional videos, video clips, voice-overs, photographic advertising, and parades.

Go to their website >

Agencies in The United States

In the US, the Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG AFTRA) have agents who are franchised or non-franchised members of the guild and again, their lists are updated regularly.

Find them at www.sagaftra.org/contracts-industry-resources/professional-representatives/about-professional-representatives/sag.

Agencies in The United Kingdom

In the UK, the Professional Managers’ Association (PMA) have more than 180 member agencies and the highest reputation amongst performing artists and other industry professionals. Download their list of agencies at www.thepma.com/?download-members-pdf=true.

At the end of the day, ensure being in the spotlight is something your child really wants to do, and respect their wishes if one day they decide to step back and pursue more mainstream careers.

How to Get Your Child into Modelling or Acting

How to Get Your Child into Modelling or Acting (and a list of reputable agencies) | Stay at Home Mum

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Donna Jones

Donna Jones is a former News Corp Australia journalist who now spends her days between trying to write the great Australian novel or screenplay and tr...Read Moreying to decipher the actions of her mentally unstable feline companion Archimedes Tarmo Jones. Read Less

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