Frequently Asked Questions
What about COVID-19?
The health and wellbeing of our team and our talent always remains at the forefront of our decision making during these unprecedented times. Our admin and support teams are continuing to work remotely, with a handful working from our head office in Melbourne.
Our Talent Management team has still been consistently busy throughout these difficult times. We have had talent working on set almost every week since March, plus many clients have used this down time to conduct virtual castings for upcoming campaigns. The industry slowed down but never stopped.
Casting requests are now coming through at a steady pace that reflects the volume we were seeing before the pandemic. We are only working with clients who have the necessary permits and are following strict hygiene and safety regulations on- set.
These safety precautions and procedures are set to become a permanent feature on-set until further notice. Read our BLOG for more insight into what these precautions look like.
Are you accepting and processing new applications?
With a number of restrictions lifted in all states, we have begun reviewing all new applications and will be in touch to schedule a virtual ‘Industry Introduction’ session that will replace our usual face-to-face interviews.
Parents will be able to choose between a FaceTime call or an individual Zoom meeting, with children over the age of 4 years sitting in for the first 5 minutes, whenever possible.
For babies and toddlers under the age of 4 years, parents can submit a short audition video in support of their application. We will guide parents with instructions on how to provide us with your audition video during the conference call.
If you have submitted an application form between March and May or would like to book in for a virtual session soon, please feel free to reach out to us on 1300 888 611 or email email@example.com for a priority booking.
Has COVID-19 changed how we do things?
Our premises in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Perth are all being cleaned and disinfected.
We have also received confirmation that Attitude Studios have implemented strict new safety and hygiene procedures. This includes; All staff and adult visitors to have their temperature and blood oxygen levels checked on arrival, no access to staff or visitors who display any infectious or respiratory symptoms (such as a sore throat, headache, fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches, cough or runny nose).
Other measures include limiting the number of people in the studio to one photographer, a studio assistant and one parent per talent (or siblings). All props have been removed and all high touch surfaces including internal and external front door handles will be sanitised between each session. These measures are in place to ensure your safety and to meet government guidelines and restrictions.
What does Bettina Management do?
Bettina Management is a premier child model and talent agency, supplying stars from 3 months to 16 years to thousands of Australian and international fashion and lifestyle brands. We provide talent for TV shows, feature films, advertisements, catalogues, productions and fashion shows from the main media hubs of Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Perth.
How do I get my child involved?
Parents considering getting their kid(s) involved in the exciting world of entertainment can call us to book in for an information session and interview. Alternatively, complete the ONLINE APPLICATION form.
We hold personal interviews to interact with children to establish ease of engagement and unique skills. We also value this personal interview as a chance to answer any questions you have about the agency and the industry. Unfortunately we do not have the capacity to represent everyone who applies.
We recommend reading all the remaining FAQ's before submitting an application.
What is the ‘interview’ about?
Bettina Management does not represent any talent we have not met in person. We cannot gauge suitability from photographs alone and appreciate the opportunity to interact with your child(ren) in person and also answer any questions you may have face-to-face. (It is also an opportunity for you to check us out!)
The interview takes about 20 minutes. Our experienced staff will explain what makes the industry ‘tick’, how we as an agency work and provide feedback about current opportunities within the industry.
Do you accept everyone that applies?
We are a talent agency and as such are always searching for children of all abilities and looks to fill the variety of briefs we receive.
However, we do not have the capacity to represent everyone who applies. This will not be fair for for you or us! Our longevity in the industry is attributed to our outstanding reputation with our expansive client list.
Our expertise in selecting an appropriate number of talent across all categories, ensures clients return to our agency as they know we have suitable selections for a variety of requests. Not only do we have great talent on our books, but we also have the experience to effectively handle all the necessary permits and booking logistics, making it easy for them to deal with us.
We appreciate the opportunity to meet new faces, so even if you are unsure and just want to find out more, feel free to submit an online application or call us to book an interview.
How much can my child earn?
Rates can vary according to certain clients and different roles. Generally, Photographic and Catalogue work starts at $95 p/hour while TV Commercials, TV Series and Feature Films can start at $25 p/hour and range up to $25,000. Each job is different depending on the role or how prominently you feature, for example as an extra, featured extra, featured or a speaking role.
Loading fees may also apply and can start at $100 and range up to $18,000. This is for additional use such as billboards, in store posters, packaging or international use and can occur weeks or even months after the job.
Can you guarantee work?
No agency can guarantee work. Be wary of any agency that promises they can! An agency is unable to predict the future and cannot foresee what job will present itself on any one day, no matter how experienced they are. The role of an agency is to be the mediator between the talent (you) and the client. It will always be the clients' decision to select who they would like to see for a casting, and who they would like to book for a job.
We use our expertise to select new talent based on what our clients have looked for in the past. As an agency, we focus on making sure clients continue to seek talent from us for future campaigns and part of that, is to have a healthy and varied portfolio that can be trusted and relied on to meet changing needs.
What are the benefits of being a talent with Bettina Management?
- Professional photographic studio session with over 50 photos taken
- Complimentary sample photos of portfolio images
- Chat-to-camera sessions (for kids 4 years +)
- Mid-year 'update' photo shoot (for kids under 4 years)
- Inclusion in the Bettina database for clients
- Individual personal profile with secure access
- Subscription to the Bettina Benefits program
- 12 months exclusive representation and professional management
- Parent help desk and on-demand updates
- Subscriptions to all online industry casting platforms
Does it cost anything to have an interview?
I live in Brisbane or Perth, is there much work here?
Melbourne and Sydney are home to the larger media hubs of the industry such as Myer, Target, Kmart and David Jones so we have a larger talent pool in these capital cities to accommodate the clients' needs. Work in Brisbane and Perth offers a variety of valuable opportunities working with independent and boutique clothing labels, mini-series, TV commercials, feature films, fashion parades and local attractions such as Warner Brothers Movie World In Brisbane and ongoing Government campaigns in Perth. We have a smaller talent pool in these states to ensure the demand to supply ratio is met accordingly.