By now everyone in the world is aware of the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic and how it is starting to have an impact on our everyday lives here in Australia.
The health and wellbeing of our team and our talent still remains at the forefront of our decision making during these trying times.
However, during this time we need for everyone – parents, guardian and children – to take the necessary precautions should you be unwell. If you or anyone in your family have travelled overseas within the past 14 days, or if you or your child is feeling unwell or presenting with any symptoms, however minor, please advise us and do not attend any in-person castings or work opportunities.
Here is a small overview on a couple of changes to us and the industry in general:
Us – What’s Changed
Unfortunately due to the ever-changing COVID-19 situation, we will not currently be reviewing any new applications at this time.
We have currently postponed all interviews and photoshoots as a health and safety precaution for both our staff and talent.
We are also extending the representation of all the children on our books from 12 months to 18 months, due to the disruptions that we are all currently facing.
Castings and Shoots
For now, clients are still sending through casting requests and going ahead with shoots that abide by all government recommended precautions and procedures.
Pending further advice from the Department of Health, the Casting Guild of Australia has recommended that most castings now involve self-tapes or virtual auditions, where possible.
On shoot days, our clients will also be implementing enhanced precautions including social distancing between talent, limiting the number of people on set, sanitised props and removal of props if they are unessential.
Historically the advertising and entertainment industry survives and flourishes after disruptive events, as advertising will ramp up. Clients will still need a healthy and varied pool of talent to choose from, when the dust settles.
When everything picks back up it will be full speed ahead for our industry with no sign of stopping.
We appreciate your patience and understanding during this unprecedented time.