What Does The Future Of Film Hold?

Australia’s film industry is still young in comparison to that of the United States, United Kingdom and India. Our film industry was born in the late 1960s, with the first Aussie productions shown in the early 1970s. With this youth comes the ability to build and strengthen, especially in the face of times such as the coronavirus health crisis.

Popular Australian films such as Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) and Mad Max (1979) were wildly popular upon release. There is no coincidence that the popularity of these aligns with the approximate closure of two worldwide events: the Cold War and the Vietnam War. So, we wonder what blockbuster could possibly come out of Australia, after the pandemic.

Whilst Aussie productions such as Neighbours and Home and Away were forced to pause during the pandemic, we are looking forward to having our talent jump back into filming as we ride out the coronavirus situation. Historical examples within the industry tell us that there is growth and prosperity waiting on the other side. That means even more jobs and opportunities for our talented kids!

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Beautiful Bettina Babe Scout On Set For Classic Australian Soap, Neighbours.

The 1980s saw many talented Aussies poached by Hollywood. However, this opened doors for upend-coming names like Baz Luhrmann to step into the spotlight. Now, forty years later, Luhrmann is a household name and continues to support and strengthen Australia’s film industry. Luhrmann’s new film Elvis, a biopic about the rock and roll icon, was forced to pause production amidst the peak of Queensland’s coronavirus crisis.

The Warner Brothers production features Hollywood superstars Tom Hanks, Austin Butler and Maggie Gyllenhaal, and is currently resuming production on the Gold Coast. The film is set to reel in a whopping $105 million in profit to the state of Queensland.

This comes in the wake of Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s announcement on July 17 that the federal government will be injecting $400 million into Queensland’s television and film industry to encourage further growth and profit for the state, as well as the country as a whole. Mr Morrison says the money is estimated to attract around $3 billion in foreign spending over the next three years and will offer an additional 8,000 Australian jobs.

This announcement is extremely exciting for us at Bettina, as it provides us with the knowledge that a huge number of opportunities for our talent are going arise from this.

This Little Love of Mine, a new film directed by American-born Sydneysider Christine Luby, has resumed production in Cairns. The film stars Aussie actors Liam McIntyre and Saskia Hampele, who say that despite the virus, the crew are looking forward to the future of Australian productions.

“I’m very grateful to be back on set after a difficult few months for the film industry,” Hampele said.

 These government initiatives are profoundly valuable to us who rely on the entertainment industry being stronger than ever. The creation of more jobs and productions means an increase in demand for talent. That’s where our kids come in!

Over 200 Cairns-based adult extras were required when filming for This Little Love of Mine, which is incredibly encouraging. Just one movie has provided hundreds of Aussie entertainers a fantastic role and we can’t wait to see children’s roles appear within these films. Imagine what the next few years will bring for our local talent!

It’s not just Queensland that have the film industry fired up.

Stunning locations, a rich culture and world class film and production facilities, such as Docklands Studios, are among the reasons Victoria’s industry is expected to experience a boom in the next few years. The studios in Docklands are about to undergo an upgrade, which will see a 60 percent increase in the studios’ capacity, adding in its sixth super sound stage.

The Victorian Government recently announced a new initiative, providing near-instant funding to freelance producers, sole traders, creative practitioners and micro-organisations. This financial boost, known as the Sustaining Creative Workers initiative, is worth $2.2 million and is expected to reignite a spark in the industry when it begins reopening after the pandemic.

Film Victoria, the state government’s industry agency, also has numerous financial grant incentives for production companies, writers, content providers and other organisations. Incentives of up to $500,000 are expected to bring new and exciting film and television projects to Victoria, opening up even more opportunities for our Bettina babes to shine.

As we continue to draw production for worldwide blockbusters such as Thor and Pirates of the Caribbean to our shores, opportunities are hopefully going to open up for our talent to show off their skills and expertise.

It really shows that we will come out the other side of this slow down and we can see a bright future for our industry and for our talent. We can’t wait to see what the future of our industry holds, and we can only see positive prospects ahead.

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Bettina Babe Hannah, who stared in the Sydney Theatre Company’s production ‘Avalanche’ in 2019. 

Over the last year we have been delighted to have our talent star in a range of stage shows, feature films, short films and TV series. Some of these have included Home & Away, Neighbours, Wentworth, Sydney Theatre Company productions, Madam Butterfly Opera, Penguin Bloom, a multitude of short films and we currently have a child who filming for a large-scale feature film! There is excitement all around here at Bettina, and there will continue to be into the future.

…and ACTION!

Iconic Australia soap opera Neighbours has announced this week that they will be returning to set to resume filming. Here at Bettina, we have many talented kids who star as child characters on iconic soaps such as Neighbours, Wentworth and Home Away.

You might wonder how they make social distancing rules work on- set without disrupting the end product? The answer is with great camera work and clever editing. Long-running shows, like Neighbours have excellent film and stage crews, who can work the angles and props on set to make it seem like the actors are closer to each other than they actually are. The perfect solution for the producers to get their show and for the actors to remain safe!

The industry is constantly keeping an eye on all of their COVID-19 safety protocols. This includes measures that could stay in place for up to a year; such as segregated production teams, no physical contact between actors, limiting the number of people on set by increasing the shoot schedule times; changing catering practices so no shared buffet style self-help platters and using disposable cutlery and plates to name a few.

What remains uncertain is how these new measures will impact the production of our favourite shows. Will a smaller crew create more agile productions and have an advantage to the creation of the show, or will increased costs erase any potential silver linings? Only time will tell.

In the meantime, we are excited to see more of our talent back out there, with many Bettina babes stepping in front of the camera in days to come.

 

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Bettina Babe Scout, Playing Baby Aster on Iconic Australian Soap, Neighbours!

While some parents may express hesitance to get back ‘out there’ after isolation, you can rest assured that strict measures are in place, and will be, for the imminent future, to protect your children.

As per usual, if you do not feel comfortable accepting an audition request or a job booking, then the decision is yours to accept or decline. If you do choose to accept a job opportunity, you will be provided with an in-depth document detailing the specific client’s COVID-19 protocols and their health and safety policy.  When it comes to our toddlers, some brands will not be confirming their shoots until 1 day prior, so that they can have the best grasp on the situation and amend or cancel employment if necessary. So, expect everything involving your little ones, to be a bit faster paced and more urgent than normal.

Our wonderful talent is going to be a part of some amazing projects and opportunities this year and we can’t wait to share what they have been up to!

We also look forward to seeing what great things our Bettina babes will get up to for the rest of the year and can’t wait to get back into the full swing of things!

2019; A Year In Review

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We can’t believe that another decade at Bettina Management has almost come to an end! While this decade has been amazing, we want to celebrate the year just gone and look back on the greatest achievements of our wonderful talent in 2019.

All of our talent have done some incredible work this year and we are so proud of all of them! Our Instagram (@bettinamanagement) and Facebook page  will give you a nice wrap up of the year and show off most of the work our kids have done this year; full of heaps of adorable snaps of our little ones.

Our talent have done some fantastic campaigns this year with our most loyal clients including Cotton On Kids, Big W, Best & Less, Country Road, Bonds, Rock Your Baby, Target and Seed. And we worked with a large amount of  impressive clients for the first time including Sportscraft, Lorna Jane, H&M, Rusty and many more!

Here are some of our highlights from the year that was 2019!

 

Newborns Debut

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Baby Koa-Rae making her big screen debut!

We were extremely lucky and blessed to have a few of our little babies sharing the role of the newest baby on one of Australia’s longest running soaps. Home & Aways newest addition, Baby Grace, was played by our gorgeous babies and they made their debut in October this year. We are so proud of them all and love watching our little babes shine on screen! Keep an eye out in 2020 to see some more of our little newborns also make their debuts in several long running TV series’!

 

Bettina Families

2019 has been the biggest year yet for our Bettina Families division. With more families joining than ever, we are also saw more families booked for jobs than ever before. This year our families worked with brands such as Werribee Open Range Zoo, Beachwood Homebuilders, Cengage Learning, Telstra, Best and Less and many more. Keep your eye out for some more exciting news from the Bettina Families division in 2020!

Time for a Holiday

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The DeCarlo Family exploring Uluru, in between filming!

Two of our wonderful families headed to the Northern Territory on a free family holiday as part of a commercial for NT Tourism. The De Carlos family got to film fin the incredible Uluru National Park, while the Papallii family shot in Kakadu National Park. We were glad to hear that both families enjoyed this incredible opportunity and the free holiday!

 

New Ranges, New Faces.

This year we were fortunate enough to have our talent help to launch three wonderful new ranges with some incredible clients! William, Skyla and Lakoda all got to be the faces in the launch of Sportscraft’s new Kids range. Meredith and Holly joined forces and looked fierce as they became the faces of Lorna Jane’s new exclusive Tween range. And lastly Luca, Skyla and Ty all got to shoot for the launch of Australian Brand, Lily & Lord.

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William and Skyla debut the new Sportscraft Kids Range.

 

International Brands

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Elodie looking fabulous for H&M Kids!

Here at Bettina Management we work with many incredible Australian brands and clients, and this year some of our talent had the opportunity to work with some incredible international companies and brands including H&M, eBay, Aldi and Nicholas and Bears. Our little ones had a fabulous time on set for these brands producing some incredible images and videos.

 

 

Boy meets world!

In 2018 one of our Bettina Babes, John, was lucky enough to pick up a role on Neighbours as Toadie’s son, Hugo.

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John on set for Neighbours.

This year at the young age of 2, John was lucky enough to have scored himself a reoccurring role throughout the whole of 2019!  We still get so excited every week to see him on our screens.

What an incredible year it has been for John and we can’t wait to see what 2020 holds for John off-screen and little Hugo on-screen.

Myths, Mayhem and Money: The Truth About the Child Talent Industry – Part 2

Part 2: Briefs, Clients & No Guarantees 

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The opportunity to be a part of the entertainment industry can be a fun and rewarding experience for everyone involved. However, as any good and reputable child talent agency will tell you, we cannot guarantee work.

Yes, you read that correctly, we cannot promise anything. We will never know whether a child will get dozens of opportunities, or just one. In some cases, unfortunately we will have talent that will not come across any work during their representation.

This is because the role of a talent agency is to act as the middle man between the brand/client and the talent. We do not create the ‘work’, nor do we know which talent the client will prefer or select for their campaigns.

 

“We do not guarantee work simply because we are not the decision makers in this process.”

 

So here is how it works from our side. The client will let us know, through a brief, what kind of child they specifically need or want for their shoot. Which is why we can never predict when your child’s age, gender or ethnicity will come through in a brief from a client. Each brief will have a different requirement for the agency to meet, for example; ‘We are looking for a Size 2 girl with Brown Hair’ or ’10-12-year-old boys, who are strong swimmers’. Once we have these details, we scour through our talent and ensure we submit all children who are suitable. So if your child doesn’t meet the brief requirements, we cannot submit them for that particular role or campaign.

The client will make the final decision and we cannot predict nor change this eventual outcome, so remember to keep this in mind if your child is a part of the industry or you are considering entering the industry.

Our dedicated casting department undertake many tasks as the ‘middle man’ in this process. They build and maintain our impressive client base, established over the years to also include a regular client base; who consistently use our agency to search for talent for their upcoming projects. They also submit all of our wonderful talent to all briefs that come thorough.

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Suitable briefs are always subject to the client’s needs and once again we aren’t able to foresee what work will come in over the 12 months of your child’s representation. The one thing we do guarantee is that your child will be submitted for all briefs the are suitable for throughout their time with us.

We are lastly the communication between yourself and the client to ensure everything runs smoothly and all legal guidelines are followed (Check out look at Part 1 of The Truth about the Child Talent Industry series to find out about the legal side of the Industry)

It is also important to remember that we will always provide you with as much information as possible, so if you are joining our agency, or any talent agency, be sure to thoroughly read all information provided to you. This can be an easy way to ensure that you understand everything and are prepared for anything the industry throws your way! Remember we are just as excited as you to watch your little star shine!

Myths, Mayhem and Money: The Truth About the Child Talent Industry – Part 1

Many myths surround the child talent industry and child talent/modelling agencies alike.

As the leading agency in the Australian child talent space, we are here to let you know what it’s really like.

The industry in itself can be very fast-paced, with clients organising shoots and castings with only a day’s notice, so expecting these kinds of situations is crucial. We understand that you won’t always be available on short notice but it’s a situation you may come across and it is important to align your expectations to the industry. While fast – paced, the child employment space is also extremely regulated, as any area involving children should be.

And ultimately this is why having an agent is so important, to ensure that everything is done right.

Part 1: What Is Legal?

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Recently SBS program ‘The Feed’ aired the documentary, ‘Breaking the Model’ on the experiences of some young people working for well-known adult modelling agencies in Australia.

While there are issues in every industry, the adult modelling world is extremely different to, and not a reflection of the child talent agencies and the child modelling world.

During the program and in countless media articles following, some of the reported information was incorrect regarding the necessary legal requirements that talent and modelling agencies must follow when sourcing work for children, specifically in NSW.

Contrary to comments made in the program; performer representatives (also known as Talent Agencies) do not need to register themselves as an employer of children with the Office of the Children’s Guardian (NSW), or similar organisations in other states. While that may seem strange, the agencies are not the employers of any children; we as the agent are only – the “middle-man” between the child and the employer. The ‘Employer’ is defined as “the brand or company that has booked the child for a shoot, will be instructing them to perform tasks on set and will ultimately be paying them for work, via the agency”

This means that there is no legal obligation for any agency to register, as they are just the representatives of the talent.

Regardless of this, representatives of child performers do have other legal obligations they must meet. Agencies must ensure that anyone who wishes to employs their talent, is registered with the relevant organisation and can provide the required documentation to prove they have meet the correct legal restrictions.

For example, if your child does a catalogue shoot or a TV Commercial for Target, we will ensure that Target are following all the proper guidelines to be employing children, such as being registered with the correct organisations, no matter the state.

It is also mandatory that your child is supervised on set at all times by a parent or chaperone nominated by the parent. If they are of school age, you also must have the permission of your child’s school and principal in order for them to leave school and work during school hours.

Every legal guideline must be followed meticulously because not only could it lead to large fines and penalties for the agency involved, but could also risk putting a child in an unsafe environment.

The occurrence of situations like this are almost non-existent, as child employment is a heavily regulated sector. Most brands these days will always go through a reputable agency to find talent and any reputable agency will not work with a non- reputable and law abiding client, so the risk of this is extremely minimal. As an agency we pride ourselves in ensuring we are doing everything we can in order to guarantee our kids are safe, wherever they are working.

While this may seem like a lot, it is essential as a parent whose child has an agent or as someone looking for talent management, that you are aware of what goes on. There is absolutely no need to worry as your agent has it covered, and they will send you all the necessary information you are legally required to have. However, if you do want to find out more, reach out to your agent so they can point you in the right direction.

At the end of the day being informed is necessary but you really have no need to stress. If your child is represented by a reputable agency they will be aware of all legal obligations and follow them methodically.

Is Boutique Really Better?

When looking for an agent for your child, you will probably come across a lot of contradicting information about what is best for your child. One of the most common phrases you will come across, used to promote smaller agencies, is that they are ‘boutique’ and therefore able to offer a more personalised service because they only represent a small group of talent.

 

As one of the largest agencies in Australia, it would be remiss of us to gloss over the fact that this might sound as though we are trying to promote why we would be a better choice over a smaller agent. But bear with us, as there are some solid facts that you should consider when deciding what type of agent you go with.

 

First off, there is no real definition of a ‘boutique’ agency, so an agent could still have millions of children on their books a promote that they are ‘boutique’. There is no regulation on this and as such it is not a really a factor you can rely upon when making your decision.

 

When sourcing talent, clients like to be given plenty of options to choose from. This gives them greater chance of finding the right talent  rather than trying to cast from limited options. They also prefer to source talent for multiple roles from one agent, as obviously this significantly cuts down on the administration time. If boutique agents really are boutique, then they would likely not have a healthy sized talent pool to provide clients with options and a range of choice. This is why clients tend to go directly to larger agencies for their campaigns, and as such larger agents end up with the most work for their talent because they are able to best service the clients.

 

But what about recruiting talent? Isn’t there a set criteria for what type of children will gain work in the industry, and as such only those that fit should be offered placement? Well, as agents, we know that sometimes the shiniest gems are hidden in the most unlikely places! So whilst we can be extremely picky and stick to certain criteria when recruiting new talent, we are aware that there is a plethora of work available to talent of all shapes, styles, looks and skills. We also know that sometimes children just need to be given a chance to develop and shine, and we love seeing new talent blossom from one opportunity to the next. The only criteria required to succeed in the industry is passion and patience!

 

One of the main fears among new talent and their parents is that they do not want to ‘compete’ with lots of other children for each job. This is typically what steers them towards smaller, boutique agencies.

In reality, the industry doesn’t work that way, if you are right for the job you will get it. It doesn’t matter if there are 5 or 500 other talent going for the same role, if you’re it, you’re it! What you really need is an agent that will expose you to the most opportunities possible, and that is what you will get from a larger agent.  You will always be submitted for roles with other talent, whether they are from your agency or another. 

At the end of the day you need to find an agent that you feel comfortable with, but don’t be scared away from approaching larger agents and don’t be sucked in by common buzzwords. Only you can decide what is right for your child but if you are armed with the right knowledge and expectations you can rest assured that you will make the right decision.

Industry Lingo

Booked – This means talent have been confirmed for a job with one of our clients. Congratulations!

BriefA brief is a notice the casting department receives from a client. The brief is an outline of roles the client are looking to cast. This is how we know who to put forward, e.g. 4 year old girls or 10 year old boys of Asian descent.

Call-sheetA call-sheet will be sent to talent the day before a job, usually for film and TV. It is generally sent late in the afternoon and it will have all the details about where talent need to be, what time and what scenes need to be shot on the day.

Call-time A call-time is what is found on the call-sheet. It will have talent name, role, agent and what time talent will be required.

Cancellation – Unfortunately the client, for a variety of reasons, is no longer is able or willing to proceed with the scheduled booking or shoot.

Casting call – This means talent have been confirmed to attend a casting (meet and greet) with one of our clients to check suitability for a role they have in mind.

Chat to camera – Usually popular in an audition for TV or film work, the client will ask talent to speak directly to the camera either saying a few lines or an introduction. This gives the client a good idea about confidence and speaking ability on film.

Checking availabilityChecking availability means that a client is interested in a child, but has not confirmed them for a job. In order to start organising the schedule, they often check to see if potential talent are available on the shoot dates.

Client –  A person or organisation using the services of Bettina Management to book talent, e.g. Target.

Fitting – A fitting is a paid job where a client requests a model to try on various outfits who meets specific sizing requirements.

On hold – On hold for a shoot or booking means that a child has been shortlisted for the role, and must be available – if required – for the shoot dates.

Self-test – A self-test is an audition filmed from home. This must be sent to us so we can pass onto the client. All relevant details would be supplied.

Wardrobe callA wardrobe call is generally for film and TV. This is when you are called in to try on outfits and costumes before shooting or filming. You are paid for a wardrobe call.

Weather hold  – If you are booked for a job, a client may let us know that the shoot is booked *weather permitting*. This means that the shoot will be outdoors, and they will need to check closer to the date to ensure the weather is suitable. If it isn’t – the shoot will be rescheduled.

Families Who Work Together, Stay Together!

What you might not notice when watching TV Commercials, is that these days most commercials including families are actually made up of real, genuine families, not actors. 

The connection of real families on set won’t ever replicate the connection of strangers, even if they are excellent actors. This has led to an increase in the number of real-life families landing roles together.

Casting real families has many benefits for the talent and entertainment industry, as well as for the families themselves.

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 matching talent to look a- like parents. The problem was, you can’t manufacture a genuine family connection.

A real mother and son will always be more believable on camera, it provides a sense of authenticity when filming, making the client’s job easier when it comes to producing the final edit of the advertisement. It also makes it much easier for talent to be themselves on set 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 have a stronger influence on their audiences. 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!”.

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So with all these benefits to brands, what are the benefits to your family?

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.

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, Allianz, NSW transport, Guardian Funerals, Werribee Open Range Zoo, P&O Cruises, NT Tourism, Rivera Australia and 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. 

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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 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!

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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