Bettina Stories; Vivienne

One of the wonderful things about the entertainment industry is that the possibilities are, quite literally, endless. There are no restrictions on success and it can be achieved at any age! Vivienne is the perfect example of this, having being only 5 years old when she scored a role in a Feature Film! Four callbacks over the span of a month and a role in the movie Little Monsters was hers, who knew decision making was so hard?!

Vivienne and mum Kathryn loved the whole experience and sat down with us to chat about it.

 

Vivienne

How long have you been with the agency?

Since I was, like five

 

What was your first job?

An ad for Aldi, I got to be hooked on a fridge

 

What was it like going to your first casting?

I was nervous. There were lots of other girls and I made friends with them while we waited.

 

How did you feel when you were told that you booked the job?

I felt really happy

 

How did you learn your lines?

They told me words to say, and then I had to say them in sentences.

 

What was the best part of working on set?

At the end, because I was so good I got a unicorn! Everyone is really nice and mum was right there.

 

What things did you find difficult or challenging on set?

I couldn’t like, get off the fridge for ages and it got a bit boring. On the film set, sometimes we were tired or bored and then I had to fake laugh.

 

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

It felt weird but it was really good.

 

What was it like working on the set of a feature film?

On the film set, the best parts were all the cool stuff I got to do, like going on a tractor and seeing animals. I made lots of friends. The grownups were really nice. I had to miss a lot of school which was good! I got to meet the person who did the voice of Olaf, and he did the Olaf voice for us. It was really fun.

Vivienne studying her script!

Kathryn

 

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

Vivienne was always adamant that she wanted to do modeling or acting. I was unsure but decided to check it out. I googled agencies and chose Bettina as they had good reviews and were close by. I thought it was a small outlay to give her a chance!

 

What was it like taking her to her first casting?

I was really nervous! When I saw the other kids I thought they all seemed really confident and quite different from Viv. Some seemed to know the casting agent, I thought she didn’t have a chance. It was hard sending her in by herself.

 

What is the best part of seeing Vivienne working on set?

Honestly, I’ve been so proud watching her working – and it is work- so hard. Even when she’s a little tired or bored, she knows this is what she wants and she keeps going. There are loads of breaks and if she ever needs some time, it’s always available.

 

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

The hardest part has been juggling other family commitments.

 

What is it like seeing Vivienne on TV?

It was amazing! I loved seeing her up there. It was interesting to see the way it all came together after watching the ad being filmed. It looked great and she looked so comfortable.

 

What was it like working on the set of a feature film?

What can I say but WOW! I never ever thought I’d be eating lunch next to an Oscar-winning actress. It was quite surreal. Everyone is just lovely and by the end of the eight-week shoot, we felt like family. We had representatives from the children’s guardian come and talk to us, to make sure we were comfortable with the process. Because there were some scary elements, they made sure they introduced these to the kids really gently and anything scary they made sure they shot it from angles so the kids weren’t actually there. The amount of people involved was really astonishing, but the kids were always made to feel like royalty. Even the stars let the kids have first dibs at the lunch table. As parents, we were always really nearby and set up with monitors if we couldn’t directly see the children. There was a nurse on set and two dramaturgs who looked after the children and coached them. By the end, they were all true actors.

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Bettina Stories; Tilly Bulle

Everyone’s motivation for joining this exciting industry is different, for some they simply want to see their name up in lights and their face on billboards around the country. For Tilly’s mum however, she just wanted to see her little girl get her confidence back. After attending many auditions and booking some amazing campaigns, Liz has seen her daughter come to life again and has been kind enough to share their story.

Tilly
How long have you been with the agency?
Almost 2 years
What was your first job?
Bulla – which was really funny as my last name is Bulle (said the same as Bulla)
What was it like going to your first casting?
It was scary but exciting at the same time and I had to eat meringue and crackers and sour cream
How did you feel when you were told that you booked the job?
I was in the car when Bianca rang Mum and it was on speakerphone and I cried because I was very very happy and shocked
How did you learn your lines?
My first lines I had to learn were for the Xbox One S commercial and Mum and I practiced them in the car
What was the best part of working on set?
I got to meet lots of new people
What things did you find difficult or challenging on set?
Getting to know everyone because I was shy at the start
How did you feel seeing yourself on TV for the first time?
Very very excited
Liz
Why did you decide to join Tilly up to an agency?
 
Because Tilly’s younger brother has Autism and for four years she spent the whole time waiting at Paediatrician or therapy appointments and the confident happy little girl was losing her confidence.  We had been told more than once that she was so photogenic and could be a model and one day I just googled child models and applied to Bettina after reading lots of reviews.  We had hesitation and received lots of comments about signing Tilly up initially but anyone who knows Tilly and our family see only the joy it brings.
What was it like taking her to her first casting?
I think I was more nervous than Tilly.  Thank goodness for the emails from Bettina especially the Castings Guides that tell you what to do, what to wear etc.  It is very strange as you are there only a few minutes and I don’t usually go in so have no idea what happens.  Tilly was very lucky in that she got the job on her first casting.  Now she just loves going to the castings and meeting people and having fun.
What is the best part of seeing Tilly working on set?
Seeing her come alive.  For all the stress we have sometimes getting there – either on time, or without spilling drinks down our white tshirts – it makes it all worthwhile seeing her having fun, doing what she loves and so naturally.
What do you find challenging about having Tilly working in the industry?
After Tilly’s Xbox commercial we received lots of media feedback about her being dressed up to look like a mini adult and wearing makeup which was hard to take as a parent and a little confronting and my instinct was to comment and protect her.  They seemed to miss the whole concept of the ad was to make her look like a mini adult.  However I’m glad that happened right at the beginning as it made us so much better at what we do, it made us realise that this is what happens when people judge someone without knowing and what celebrities go through all the time, that you need to be thick-skinned but with a smile and a wonderful heart.
What is it like seeing Tilly on TV?
It’s funny.  It’s still a bit surreal, even now.  Tilly’s Dad is worst he googles and YouTube for weeks searching for her commercials etc and he usually finds them first.  The longest wait was for the AHM Medibank ad which was played throughout the Big Bash when all Tilly’s friends parents were either calling or texting saying we’ve just seen Tilly on telly and we still hadn’t.  In the end we set the TV to record all night and ended up forwarding through the cricket and just watching the ads.  We always get great feedback from her friends and they say it’s so lovely and weird having Tilly on their TV in the front room with them.  But what I love best is how Tilly is just Tilly – there is no bragging or drama about her, it’s just her “job” and we are so lucky to have found her dreams early on and help her to realise them.

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Bettina Stories; Ava & Olivia Hosking

Anyone who works with toddlers will know that one is enough and two can be a nightmare! But Sammy has been making it work with her gorgeous twin girls over the last couple of years when they’ve been booked for some amazing campaigns. She chats to us about what it’s like having twin toddlers on set and also their experience working as a whole family for Elevit.

 

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

It sounded like a fun thing to try – The girls are identical twins and I had a lot of people saying they would be great.

 

What did you look for when deciding on an agency for the girls?

First they had to have a good reputation, some great opportunities for the kids and, of course a high standard professionalism – treating the children well.

 

What made you choose Bettina Management?

The great reputation, track record of amazing clients, word of mouth from others in the industry, and ease of communication.

 

What was it like taking them to their first casting?

So exciting, I was really happy to simply show my babies off – anything else was just a bonus

 

What is the best part of seeing the girls working on set?

Being with them and be able to ‘work’ as a new mum, it was a great thing to look forward to. It’s so much fun being on set, everyone always loves and takes such good care of the kids.

 

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

The older the twins get, the harder it is to keep them under control!

 

What is it like seeing the girls on TV for the first time?

We especially love seeing the girls on TV and hearing when friends and family also see them – we have family in Adelaide and they are always delighted when they show up on the screen.

 

What is your favourite job that the girls has done?

They are all so fun, Elevit was so memorable as it was with all three of us and the girls were still such little babies. It was shot so beautifully and such an incredible experience.

 

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

Just go for it, listen to what they have to say and don’t take it too seriously.

 

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Bettina Stories; Aydin Chiem-Drumm

There’s nothing quite like seeing your little one on TV for the first time, and Aydin’s parents have been lucky enough to watch their son on their screens many times. We sat down with Aydin and his dad to have a chat about their experience so far.

 

Aydin

How long have you been with the agency?

2 years

What was your first job?

Royal Caribbean Cruises

What was it like going to your first casting?

Strange, but the people were nice – the director let me stand on his board room table .. I was like “wow”.

How did you feel when you were told that you booked the job?

*very* Happy –  I lost my first tooth 4 days before and I thought they would not want me.

What was the best part of working on set?

The Yummy food  

You got to go on a cruise for a job – can you tell us a bit about that?

I know .. my first cruise ever –it was sooo much fun. I got to go on the bumper cars, play on the X-box, go up in the sky view crane.  Awesome.

What things did you find difficult or challenging on set?

There was lots of waiting around and it gets boring.

How did you feel seeing yourself in a catalogue for the first time?

Weird .. but my family and friends loved it.

 

Albert

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

I used to work in the industry, so I have some idea what to look for. Aydin is very mature for his age and takes direction very well. I figured he would be good at remembering scripts and has a very sociable personality.  He’s very easy on the eye as well .. that helps

What was it like taking him to his first casting?

A bit out of the ordinary, the advertising company was in a city tower. I wasn’t sure how Aydin would take it – but the staff were all wonderful and made him feel very comfortable.

What is the best part of seeing Aydin working on set?

How well he gets along with all the staff. They love his personality and he leaves his mark wherever he goes 

What was it like taking the whole family on a cruise for the shoot?

Well only his mother went – there was some debate over who should go .. actually, who am I kidding ..no debate really ..  Mum just decided. They had a wonderful time and I was extremely jealous!

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

Two things really .. firstly “getting” to the auditions especially in Sydney traffic – never fun!  And it can be disruptive. It is a commitment that all parties need to uphold. If your agent is putting you forward then you need to be sure you show up.

The other challenge is dealing with the reality that not every job is your job.  If you approach the process in the right way the industry can teach your child valuable life lessons.  Well .. that’s how we approach it.

What is it like seeing Aydin on TV?

It’s a very proud moment indeed.

 

Watch their interview here:

 

Bettina Stories; Hanna Adams

Being a model as your first part-time job isn’t a typical pathway, but Hanna makes it work! As one of the few regular models of Cotton On’s teen label, Free by Cotton On, Hanna’s modeling career is taking off in front of our eyes.

Cameron, Hanna’s doting dad, has been on this journey with her every step of the way. We got the chance to speak to Hanna and Cameron about this experience and hear things from their perspective.

 

Age: 14 years old

Signed: 2017

Clients: Cotton On, Holden & Attitude Studios

 

Hanna

How long have you been with Bettina Management for?

I have been with Bettina for around 18 months

What was your first job?

It was a modeling job for Free by Cotton On

What was it like going to your first casting?

My first casting was a bit nerve-racking but it was very exciting and it went pretty quickly actually.

What has been your favourite job so far? Why?

My favourite job so far has been all my shoots for cotton on free, because I have a lot of fun doing them and they have a great crew and the other girls I do it with are amazing and really funny.

What’s the best part of working on set?

The best parts of working on set are that you just have a really good time with the people you’re doing it with and taking the photos reminds you that you’re going to be seen and it makes you really excited.

What did you find difficult on set?

The only things I found difficult were getting nervous that when all these people see your photo you get a thought about what they are going to say and their thoughts on you after they’ve seen them.

How did you feel seeing your photos online for the first time?

I was so excited and my hands were shaking and I was all tingly but I still got a bit shy every time someone wanted to look at it.

What things have you learnt from working in the modelling industry?

I have learnt how to walk properly on a runway and how to just relax when someone was taking a photo of me; I have also learnt how to deal with peoples thoughts on me and take them all positively.

What do your friends say when they see your photos?

They say they look so good and I’m really cute and I’m good at what I do.

What is your dream job?

My dream job is to become a Victoria’s Secret supermodel but still study biology, physiology and zoology on the side.

 

Cameron

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

We decided to join Hanna up to an agency mostly to gain guidance and an experienced idea of how to proceed carefully with her career as a model.

What made you choose Bettina Management?

We have a friend of a friend who is a portrait photographer. We asked her who had a good reputation in the industry of child modelling and Bettina was their first choice.

What was it like taking Hanna to her first casting?

Very exciting for both of us. It was a very positive experience, the staff were very positive and enthusiastic.

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

By far the best part of seeing Hanna work on set is seeing how happy she is to be modelling, she’s smiling for the entire time.

What is it like seeing Hanna in print?

It was a little surreal at first but now it is quite normal. Seeing her in a shop window recently was especially exciting.

What do you find challenging about having Hanna work in the industry?

Probably the late notice of some castings that are held by the clients and also the repetitive paperwork involved.

In what ways has working in the industry impacted Hanna in her life?

Her self-confidence has grown immensely since her first job. I think she doubted her abilities at the start but she just gets in and gets the job done now. She listens much better to direction now than before.

Do you have any tips for new parents entering the industry?

Be patient, it doesn’t always happen overnight. Judging your child’s maturity is also important. It has to be the child that wants to do it.

How do you feel about the use of social media such as Instagram to promote Hanna as a model?

Hanna and Lukas have Instagram accounts for modelling. Neither of them have received work through social media but I think it is important to get their profile out there. I manage and have 100% control over their accounts.

 

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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.

Bettina Stories; Chelsea & Chloe Hall

Working with your sister isn’t on the top of everyone’s list of fun things to do, but these girls definitely make it work!

Non-identical twin sisters, Chloe & Chelsea, joined us in 2010. The bookings were slow to come in but once they did, they never stopped! The girls have taken on every job with a wide smile and a go-for-it attitude and the continue to make us proud every time they step in front of a client. As a family, the Hall’s have been everything an agent could dream of, committed, passionate and flexible!

Age: 14yrs

Signed: 2010

Clients: Target, Kmart, Myer, Moose Toys, Russell Athletics, Aldi, Lincraft, Mattel Barbie, DPI Property Developers, Bayside Shopping Centre

 

How long have you been with the agency?

Chelsea: I’ve been with the agency for 6 years, so since I was 7 years old.

 

What made you want to get into modelling?

Chloe: I wanted to get into modelling because I’ve always wanted to see myself in a catalogue

 

What was it like going to your first casting?

Chelsea: I was really nervous going to my first casting but I was excited at the same time!

 

What do your friends say when they see you in catalogues or on TV?

Chloe: When my friends see me in a catalogue they say “OMG are you famous?”

 

What is the best part of working with your sister?

Chloe: It makes it easier because I know her which makes it more comfortable and we have a lot of fun on set

 

What things have you learnt from working in the modelling industry?

Chelsea: I’ve learnt to be friendly to everyone, be happy and be confident

Chloe: I’ve learnt that you just have to be yourself, don’t be shy when you walk through the door, just smile and have fun!

 

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Bettina Stories; Hollie Macdonald

Being the mother or father of a mini-model can be fun, challenging, daunting and exciting all at the same time! As it is so important for the little ones to feel at their best so they can perform well – it is often up to the parent or guardian to keep it all together, with a smile! Screen Shot 2015-11-12 at 3.12.36 pm

Debra is the mum of one of our brightest stars & Seed Kids regular, Hollie, and she is certainly experienced in all aspects of the children’s modelling industry now, but she recently gave us an insight on what the journey has been like from her perspective.

Age: 4yrs

Signed: 2014

Clients: Seed Kids, Pure Baby Organic

What was it like taking Hollie to her first casting?

Taking Hollie to her first casting, for me personally was actually quite nerve racking! But when we got there, we found it was all fine and everyone was quite relaxed.

 

Screen Shot 2015-11-12 at 3.12.29 pmWhat did you look for when deciding on an agency for Hollie?

We were looking for an agency that would treat Hollie with respect, and put her out there to get as much work as possible.

 

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

The best part is seeing the enjoyment she gets out of it. She’s very happy on set and everybody loves her! She doesn’t even know she’s getting paid for it….

 

What is it like see Hollie in catalogues?

Seeing her photographs in the catalogues makes us very proud actually. It makes us very very happy!

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