Bettina Stories; Melody Zhou

Melody’s parents signed her up to Bettina Management for a bit of fun, and to see where it would take their little girl. Little did they know they were going to score a job themselves! With real families becoming more and more popular, the Zhou Family took full advantage of this.

Age: 2 years old

Signed: 2017

Clients: Britax

 

Laura

Why did you decide to join Melody up to an agency?

When Melody was very little, we found she’s quite into being in front of the cameras. Once we lifted the camera, she stared us with smiles and poses. She knew what’s happening and has interests in it. So I thought maybe we can sign up with a kids modelling agency to see if she has this sort of talent. If she gets job, it’s a great opportunity to build up her confidence and get some cheering experiences through it. So I found Bettina just for a try at the beginning, but Melody really got some jobs, which were really awesome experiences.

What was it like working all together?

Actually, it was very exciting for me before we had the first advertisement shooting as a family. The atmosphere was warm and sweet. It’s a very unique experience for us.

What was the best part about doing a shoot as a family?

To us, it’s more like playing together, no stress or hassle at all. Melody enjoyed the whole shoot period so much. She was curious of the big cameras and professional spots light and everything. We were so happy to see her and ourselves of course enjoyed the shooting.

How did you feel when you saw your photos come out?

It feels wonderful. It’s so great to have some cherished professional photos on advertisement as a family, especially when we are still seeing our photos being posted on the brands social media.

What do you find challenging about having Melody in this industry?

With her growth, if she’s getting more chances and jobs. I’m a little bit worried about the overwhelming adult working environments to her, as she knows more and learning so quickly from others. Over makeup, industry competition, I don’t want these step into her little world too early, but I think these all can be adjusted if we doing it properly.

What job would you love to see Melody get?

We don’t have particularly preferences, but we will definitely screen the opportunities to see if it’s suit to her age or not.

Do you have any advice for other families who are approached to work together?

Every kid has potential to be a little super-model, you never know. And if you get a job for advertisement shooting as a family, just relax and enjoy. Bring some more clothes and accessories to the venue so the photographers can select the appropriate one to match. And don’t forget to bring some snacks for the kids.

 

Watch their interview here;

Bettina Stories; Celine Ajobong

It is not every day you book a lead role in a TV Series! Celine knew she wanted to be an actress and at only 15 years old her dream came true! Mustangs FC is a TV Series on ABC3 about a group of girls starting their own all female soccer team, whilst still juggling teenage life. It took a few months but Celine secured the role and will begin working on Season 2 soon.

Celine and her mother Julia had a chat with us recently about how life has been since booking the job.

 

Age: 15

Signed: 2016

Clients: Mustangs FC

 

Celine

How long have you been with Bettina Management?

I was with Bettina for almost 2 years

How did you feel when you found out you booked the job?

When I booked mustangs I felt so amazing because I felt like I was finally getting validation of how good I thought I was and how good other people thought I was and that was amazing

What was it like playing a major role in a TV series?

It was surreal to think that I played such a big part in the series

How did you learn your lines?

I made sure that I focussed on understanding the meaning of the scene rather than memorizing lines.

What was the best part of working on set?

Being exposed to everything that happens behind the scene of a show.

What things did you find difficult on set?

Having to maintain an air of professionalism because at times, it didn’t feel like I was at work

How did you feel seeing yourself on TV for the first time?

So surreal, I would grow up watching Lizzie McGuire and stuff and I was so certain that I would be an actor just like her like I knew it just like I knew that I needed water to survive or that the sun was going to come out the next day, it felt like it had came full circle and it was really great

What is your dream job in the industry?

Apart from being an actress, I would like to try my hand at directing if I ever have the chance

Do you have any advice for other kids who want to make it in this industry?

Find a good agent, practice your craft, be confident, be professional, be persistent

 

Julia

Why did you decide to join Celine up to an agency?

I knew it was the best way to help Celine be seen by others for what she could do

How did you feel when Celine booked Mustangs?

I was really, really happy I couldn’t believe it, it just came so quick it was awesome.

What is the best part of seeing Celine work on set?

Seeing her so happy and seeing her become more experienced and independent

What did you find challenging about having Celine work in the industry?

Constantly worrying about how people would perceive her and how she would react if something bad was said about her.

What was it like seeing Celine on TV?

It was heart-warming. And surprising at how good she was.

Do you have any advice for parents wanting to join their parents up to an agency?

Listen to your children, make sure they know what they want, be professional, make sure they are always on task but don’t hover around them.

Watch their interview here:

Changing your status on AT2

It is really important that you let your agent know when you are going to be away. We understand that everyone needs a break – and that is totally fine! We just ask that you keep us in the loop. The best and easiest way for your agent to see this is if you update your “away status” on your AT2 profile. It is a super easy task, but we will show you the steps anyway just to be safe!

Step 1

Log in to your child’s AT2 profile here

If you have forgotten your login details, click here 

Step 2

On the top menu bar, click on Profile

profile 1

Step 3

Underneath the menu bar, there is the option to view or edit. You should currently be on view, click on Edit.

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Step 4

On the right side of the page you should see an option called Away Status

  • From here, tick the box that says Artist Currently Away/Unavailable
  • Change Visibility to Public
  • Enter the dates you will be away

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Step 5

Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click Save
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Bettina Stories; Brodie Manning

While it was a slow start for Brodie, having to wait almost a year for his big break, he waited it out and landed his very own TV commercial. Not only was it for a major commercial brand, Vicks, he was also flown to Malaysia to film it! All expenses paid, flights, hotel, spending money, the works. Brodie’s TVC is yet to come out, but we already know it will be great and cannot wait to see it.

Amanda is the mother of the brilliant character Brodie. This experience is something they will share forever and we got the chance to hear about this first hand.

 

Age: 7 years old

Signed: 2016

Clients: Vicks

 

Brodie

How long have you been at the agency?

Approx 1 ½ years

What was your first job?

Vicks Vapour Rub

You got to go to Malaysia for a job – was that exciting for you?

Yes it was very exciting. My first job and it was overseas

What was it like going on the plane?

I felt excited and nervous but glad mum was with me.

Did you like the hotel?

Yes it was good because it had a swimming pool

What was everyone like on set?

They were really nice. I got to ride on a hoverboard and I got to teach the girls how to play Big Bash and AFL on the ipad.

What was the best part of working on set?

Being able to act and meeting new people

What did you find the hardest on set?

Having to keep my eyes closed for a long time

 

Amanda

Why did you decide to join Brodie up to an agency?

I decide to join Brodie up to an agency as he is a real character and natural performer.

What made you choose Bettina Management?

I chose Bettina Management as I had seen a lot of their ads and they seemed like a reputable company.

What was it like going to Malaysia for the TVC?

It was crazy. It was Brodie’s first job and we were being flown to Malaysia to do it. It was quite surreal. It all happened within a week or 2 so we were a bit overwhelmed. It was exciting for both us as parents and Brodie as well as his siblings. We didn’t know what to expect when we got there.

Did they set you up well?

The agency was great. We didn’t have to worry about anything. Hotel, flights, transport was all organised. They met us at the hotel when we arrived and in our downtime, they were able to drop us off places so we could do some sightseeing and shopping.

What was it like watching Brodie on set?

Seeing Brodie on set was amazing. I was so proud of him. He worked really hard and got a little cranky at times, but he did such a great job. The production team were really great and looked after us well.

What do you find challenging about Brodie working in the industry?

I guess the most challenging thing about Brodie working in the industry is when he goes for an audition and does not get the role. It is hard as a parent to try and explain that although they did a great job, they were not the right fit for the role.

 

 

Watch their interview here:

Bettina Stores; Willow & Harlow Field

At only 1-year-old Willow and Harlow have already made more progress in their acting careers than some adults! Playing baby Manisha, a shared role, in hit Channel 10 series “The Wrong Girl”.

It was quite a whirlwind for the girls (and their parents too), after only being on books for two short months, getting an availability text one day and then two days later being told they had booked the role! Ashlea is the mother of these two cuties and gave us an insight into life with twin babies on set.

 

Age: 1-year-old

Signed: 2017

Clients: The Wrong Girl (TV Series), Bupa, Britax, Back In Very Small Business (TV Series)

 

Ashlea

Why did you decide to join the girls up to an agency?

We decided to join the girls up to the agency for a bit of fun for them and also to help them gain some confidence and hopefully exposure.

 

What made you choose Bettina Management?

I chose Bettina Management because both my husband and I had heard great things about the agency and after having a look into it we felt confident in the decision

 

What was it like taking the girls to their first casting?

The girl’s first casting was actually quite nerve racking for me, it was for a Honda TV Commercial. I guess it’s the unknown but once you meet everyone there is a sense of calm and comfort.

 

What do you find challenging about having the girls working in the industry?

Probably the most challenging thing I find about having two girls working in the industry is the last minute call times, but you quickly learn it is all part of the package and get used to it.

 

What’s it like juggling two babies on set?

Juggling two babies on set can be a handful but everyone is always so helpful and willing to keep one entertained

 

What is your favourite job the girls have done?

The Wrong Girl would have to be my favourite job so far, we worked so closely with everyone for an extended period of time so it almost became like a second family for the girls.

 

What was it like seeing the girls on screen for the first time?

It was so exciting! A proud moment for me.

 

Do you have any advice for parents with young babies wanting to get into the industry?

Go for it! The girls have honestly had so much fun throughout their shoots and it’s been so rewarding to watch

 

Watch her interview here:

Instagram #Werk

As agents, we LOVE IT when kids get work, no doubt about it. But we’re also passionate about kids being treated fairly and professionally in the industry. Children earn the right to be paid for their time and use of their likeness in campaigns. Increasingly, we are seeing the rise of small brands and boutique labels scouting for models via Instagram call outs and open casting calls. Again, we love it when kids get work, through whatever avenue it comes from. But as agents and experts in the industry we’re here to inform you as parents on what you need to look out for when applying for these open call outs.

 

Payment

Kids should be paid to work on set. Brands will often try to get around paying talent by offering product or vouchers in lieu. This is fine and perfectly legal, but the truth is, your child is a talent in the industry and is entitled to be paid for their time. We understand that a lot of boutique brands may not have the budget to pay for talent, and we always encourage children to take advantage of all opportunities that come by when they are starting up in the industry, but it’s important to be thoughtful about always agreeing to work for free. Negotiation is key and this is where your agent can help you (if you have one). If you are doing this on your own, setting boundaries about what type of work you will accept and what budget you are willing to work with can give you a framework to work from when liaising with potential clients. For example, you might be totally happy to have your child shoot for a boutique brand for 1-2 hours on an online campaign, but anything beyond that you would need to charge for time on set and usage of your child’s image.

 

Image Usage

Your child should not only be paid for their time on set but also compensated for the usage of their likeness in the images used for advertising. This always depends on the length of time the image is going to be used for, and what medium it is being reproduced in. Often usage for up to 12 months in standard catalogue/online advertising is included in the shoot fee, but anything beyond that should attract an extra fee. The reason talent are paid for usage of their image is to compensate for the possibility that they will not be able to work for a competitive brand for a certain period of time. Agreements on usage terms and fees should always be made in a written agreement signed by both the client and the talent (or the parent/agent of talent), even if there is no fee involved. This is important to protect both parties down the line and ensure that all involved are clear about what they are agreeing to. Usage agreements should be signed by both parties BEFORE any shoot takes place.

 

Child Employment Permits

All shoots involving children must comply with relevant child employment legislation in its respective state. Depending on the state, the client/employer must apply to the relevant organisation for a child employment permit. This must be approved prior to the shoot and relevant information provided to parents. In many cases, there will be forms to sign by the parent prior to employment taking place. It is very important to check what the employers obligations are in your state and ensure that your child only participates in shoots that comply with the regulations. To check up on what is required in your state you can visit the following websites:

VIC – Business Victoria

NSW – Office of the Children’s Guardian

QLD – Business Queensland

 

Other Top Tips

  • Always check that the person contacting you is working for a legitimate company. If they claim to be from a particular company, and you are unsure of their legitimacy it is a good idea to contact the company to verify. Never send photos or videos of your child until you have done a thorough investigation.

 

  • Talk to your agent! If you have one, your agent can assist you with all of the above negotiations, that is what they are there for.

 

  • If the person contacting you asks for payment for anything – RUN! There is absolutely no reason for you to pay someone to give your child work.

 

These opportunities can be a wonderful experience, but being wise and savvy about how you handle them is important to protect your child’s career and wellbeing. Teaming up with an agent that has your child’s best interest at heart will make this process much smoother and provide you with expert support as well.

Families who work together, stay together!

What you may not have noticed in more recent times is that a lot of the TVC’s, advertisements and even TV series you see around are made up of real, genuine families. The request for REAL families or REAL siblings or even the odd cousin or grandparent is rapidly increasing in the entertainment industry. Previously it was much more common to manufacture a family during the casting process, by mix and matching talent to look like a real family. But the problem was, you can’t manufacture a genuine family connection. A real mother and son will always be more believable on camera than two relative strangers, and with acting skills or experience not always necessary for some campaigns, we have seen this trend grow at a rapid pace.

Vivienne & her mum for Hippy Australia

The idea of family advertising has become a prominent symbol in advertising and is used by marketers to increase profits. According to sociology, it is argued that these families influence the way that behaviour and attitude towards society are portrayed. Nonetheless, families are used as a functional advertising tool – increasing profit as well as building a strong reputation with their consumers. Who would have thought your little family would be the reason a business makes a turnover.

Using real families in their campaigns also allows a brand to become more relatable because when you look at these advertisements, your subconscious tells you “hey, these people are just like me!”.

The De Paula siblings for Britax

So with all these benefits to brands, what are the benefits for your family to venture into this world of modelling and advertising? Well, not only do you get to feature in a national campaign (and be paid for it), but you get to spend quality time with your family and have a unique experience that you will all remember for a long time. You also get some gorgeous professional photos to help you remember it all!

In just the past few months, we have been asked by several different types of companies for real siblings to cast in their latest TVC or shoot. Some examples are Arnotts, Myer and Riviera Australia. Families have been requested by realestate.com, P&O Cruises, Allianz, NSW transport, Guardian Funerals and even Tourism of Fiji. Some families have scored all expenses paid for holidays by clients for their work, and on top of it, they get paid for their time as well!

Bettina Management has recently launched their Bettina Families division, available to Bettina talent. If your child is currently represented by Bettina Management and you are interested in joining Bettina Families at no extra cost, please contact families@bettina.com.au

 

 

2017 – The Year That Was

We are so proud of all of our talent for all of the hard work and efforts they have gone to this year! Here are some of our favourite achievements of 2017 and a recap on the crazy year that was. 

Telstra Perth Fashion Fesitval 2017

Runway Ready

In September Bettina Management had the honour of attending the Telstra Perth Fashion Festival, one of Australia’s premier fashion events. Bettina Management hosted a model search competition and in just 2 days received almost 500 entries. From that we narrowed it down to 20 kids for the runway finale and from that we crowned our 2 winners – Josh, 13, and Jamilla, 7.

 

 

The boy who did it all

Mack, at only 1 year old is taking the child modelling industry by storm!  Just this year Mack has booked shoots and TVC’s for Pumpkin Patch, Seed, Bonds, Mitsubishi and Myer.

 

 

 

International Jetsetters

Some of our Talent has been lucky enough to shoot overseas this year. Phoebe was flown to Bali for a Fila Kids shoot, and Brodie went to Malaysia for a Vicks shoot. These kids along with a parent had all flights and accommodation paid for, spending money for food while they were there and they were paid for the work they did whilst they were there too!

 

Lead Role Scorer

One of Bettina Management’s very own, Celine, landed a lead role on a new TV Series on ABC Me, Mustangs. Mustangs was a comedy-drama about girls abandoning the sidelines and starting their very own all female team, their local club’s first. The girls juggle their new soccer commitments with the rollercoaster that is teenage life. The whole series is now available online to watch on ABC’s iview.

 

 

 

Bettina Families Division

This year there has been a serious increase in demand for families, siblings, cousins and even grandparents. So we have decided to open up a whole new families division, currently complimentary to all families who already have a child on books. Recently we have had real families booked for several of our clients including Cengage Learning, Hippy Australia, Britax, Elevit, Bank of Melbourne, Johnson & Johnson, Target Australia and more.

 

Global News Sensation 

Shilah is one of only about a hundred people in the world known to have Uncombable Hair Syndrome (UHS). This is an extremely rare genetic disease, characterised by straw, white or silver blonde frizzy hair that cannot be combed flat. Over the past few months Shilah has become the latest global news sensation, with articles in the Daily Mail, Mirror, Pop Sugar, Global News and made one of the cover stories for That’s Life Magazine. To top it off Shilah and her Mum were on Plus 7’s The Morning Show! Shilah has completely embraced her unique look and enjoys being an inspiration to others to be proud of who they are.

25 years of Bettina Management

Bettina Management celebrated their 25th birthday this year! To celebrate being a quarter of a century old, we visited our clients in all states and brought along cupcakes and goodies with us. We received lots of thank you notes from our clients who thought it was a lovely gesture. We also held a competition for all new applicants of our birth month that gave them the chance to win a $250 Target Voucher. A little celebration at the Bettina Management HQ was held as well, with some cupcakes of our own and party poppers!

This year has been one full of excitement and chaos! We can’t wait to do it all again next year.

Working Holidays – Kid Models go International

It is no secret that there are some pretty serious perks of working in the entertainment industry. One of the biggest perks of this industry being able to work internationally. This may be all flowers and rainbows for an adult; to be classed as a jet setter, bragging on Snapchat and Instagram about the cool place you get to go next or what you’re up to today. For a kid model, however, there are other factors to consider. There is the obvious, will the parents be available to take them, if they work can they get the time off, etc. However, there are several factors that need also to be considered.

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 can feel like a whole new 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 each day to spend on food and other incidentals, or food will be provided for them. Keeping in mind each client is different!

Maya working in Thailand for Mattel

You’re gaining even more experience!

  • Getting cast for something is great for so many reasons:
  • Your child gets to make some pocket money or start an early savings account
  • They are doing what they love
  • They get to meet new kids in the industry who could potentially end up being life-long friends
  • They have an 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 all still happen when you work overseas, but it adds some even cooler perks:

  • 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 in future potential work.

It’s not all shopping and sunshine.

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 at 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 on the 28th april. 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 (Bettina Mgmt)

 

 

MEDIA RELEASE: Bettina Management & The Smith Family | Christmas Toy & Book Appeal

Bettina Management are proud to be hosting a toy & book appeal for The Smith Family this Christmas.
The Toy & Book Appeal is part of The Smith Family Christmas ‘Stocking Exchange’ which provides gifts to children in need, allowing them to feel a sense of belonging this Christmas. Sadly, thousands of Australian children will go without receiving a gift this holiday season simply because their families can’t afford it.
Bettina Management will be collecting donations of children’s books and toys at our Head Office in Melbourne. If you would like to donate, please bring your gift to the following location.
DROP OFF: Bettina Management HQ – 187 Ferrars St, Southbank VIC 3006
Opening hours: Monday – Friday, 9am – 5:30pm
Donations must be received prior to Friday December 1st 2017.
Donation guidelines:
– All gifts must be new
– All gifts must not be wrapped
– All toys should be no bigger than a school backpack
– Please ensure batteries are included if they are required to operate the toy
– Currently there is a shortage of gifts for children 9 – 12 years of age. Your donation to these age categories would be greatly appreciated.
Donations from interstate can be mailed to the above address.
Your generosity would be highly appreciated.
Download full Press Release here: Bettina_TheSmithFamily