It is no secret that there can be some pretty serious perks of working in the entertainment industry. One of the biggest perks of this industry is being able to work internationally. This may be all fun for an adult; to be classed as a jet setter, bragging on Snapchat and Instagram about the cool places you get to see or what you’re up to today.
For a kid model, however, there are other factors to consider.
You’re going on a holiday!
There are some major benefits of working overseas. The most obvious reason being that your child, will get to experience what it can feel like to see the world. Soak up the culture, try new foods, buy eccentric things, and experience a completely different climate. Generally speaking, the client will pay for the child plus one parent’s flights and accommodation. They usually also receive a daily amount of money to spend on food and other incidentals, or food will be provided for them. Keeping in mind each client is different!
You’re gaining even more experience!
Getting cast for something is great for so many reasons:
- Your child can make some pocket money or start an early savings account
- They get to try something new
- They get to meet others kids in the industry, who could potentially end up being life-long friends
- They have the opportunity to get some insight into the industry and gain real-life experience on set.
- Most importantly, they get to have fun!
All these things will still happen when you work overseas, but the perks will be a lot better:
- Pen pals! If there are other kids on set, they may not have come from the same place you did. With the way social media and the internet has taken over, there are ample ways for the kids to keep in touch and stay updated on each other’s lives.
- Even more experience, not many kids can say that they were flown to another country for a photo shoot. This not only builds their professionalism on set, but it also allows them to understand diversity and learn how to adapt to different situations.
- Exposure is a massive perk of international work. If your image or TVC is going to be aired overseas, it widens your child’s demographic in the industry, while also increasing their reach for future potential work.
It is still a working holiday
At the end of the day, you are not in a different country purely for a holiday. Whilst you may have scored some time off work to get there, you are still required to be present the whole time your child is on set. Technically, you could almost think of it as a business trip for you and your child. Depending on what the job is will depict the length of stay, and the chosen location. For example, one of our talent, Brodie, filmed a TVC in Malaysia, where he stayed for 5 days. On the contrary, another child of Bettina Management, Phoebe, went to Bali and only stayed 2 days for her shoot.
But what an experience!
While you should treat these opportunities as a working holiday, they will provide amazing memories for your family and is an incredible experience for your child. We have had lots of children travel overseas to work for amazing brands and the feedback is always glowing! So make sure you are prepared but most of all, enjoy the experience.
“We received a text message to alert us that an urgent email was sent – Not thinking anything of it I checked and found out that Phoebe was shortlisted for an international photo shoot in Bali for FILA Kids Korea. The smile on her little face was priceless and she was super excited. She loved the experience and is now in love with Bali” – Phoebe’s mum[/caption]