Talent Images – What To Do and What Not To Do

We are all guilty of having countless happy snaps of our little ones on our phones. When it comes to creating and maintaining your child’s talent profile, it can be difficult to choose only a handful of images that highlight your child’s unique look and personality. Your child’s talent profile is not just seen by our Castings Department. Our clients also regularly view your child’s profile to consider them for upcoming campaigns. We’re here to make sure that you’re keeping your child’s profile up to date while still keeping it appropriate for the industry. We had a chat with our National Casting Manager, Bianca Birnbaum, to give you an insight into how you should be running your child’s talent profile, and how you can benefit from putting these tips into practice.

A professional head shot suitable for your child’s talent profile

From a casting perspective, there are many ways to make your child stand out from the rest when being considered for a job. In Bianca’s opinion, a professional headshot is the best image to use as your child’s default image on their talent profile. “It is a quick and easy way for our clients to see exactly what your child looks like. “Once a client enters search criteria for their project a list of suitable profiles appears with smaller images.  If your child’s primary photo is too dark, too far away or difficult to see clients may skip past them”

“Clients want to see your child in their most natural form,” said Bianca, “They want to see how they can style your child to fit the requirements of their shoot.  Filters and black and white images are not necessary on your child’s profile.” These edited photos can hide your child’s physical characteristics including hair, eye and skin colour. The same goes for your child wearing sunglasses, hats or other items that hide your child’s features.

Clear, well-lit, recent images are always useful for your child’s profile

Instead of having extremely edited photos of your child as their default picture, consider how that can look from a client’s perspective. If they are wearing make-up and their skin has been airbrushed in every photo on their profile, according to Bianca, “you are not giving our clients a true representation of what your child looks like and you might actually be pushing them out of the running for a particular job.  Clients come to children’s agencies looking for talent who appear true to their age.  They want a 10-year-old that looks 10, for example, not 13.” These types of photos are great to have on their profile, just not as the first one the client sees. “Using the professional headshot as the default image shows the client your child’s natural look, as most shoots don’t require the kids to wear make-up anyway.” If your child initially appears to have the look required for a client’s project, they can click to open all images and see your child’s personality and versatility. 

When sending a pitch of talent to a client; clear, professional headshots are ideal

In Bianca’s experience as our National Casting Manager, if you don’t have natural photos readily available for clients to view on your child’s talent profile, “the clients will sometimes ask for more natural pictures and/or selfies of your child.” Clients may ask for these kinds of photographs, however not all bother to do so, so it doesn’t mean you can disregard the advice our experts say. It can waste a lot of time going back and forth between you as the parent, the casting department and the client that is hiring to obtain these more natural photos of your child before they are even booked for anything.

We understand that you want to use a photograph of your child that you have stored on your phone as it has cool lighting or amazing scenery, “they might be good for Facebook, but it doesn’t mean that it works for your child’s talent profile.” 

Our photographers work hard to capture the essence of your child’s charisma and produce an industry standard photo for you to use on their talent profile. These “plain” looking images may seem like your child won’t stand out but they serve to show our clients what they want to see, in a format that they prefer. We encourage you to use these professional headshots for your child’s page as it is a clean and good quality image taken with the correct lighting and equipment to highlight your child’s best features.

 

Bettina Stories; Partington family

There aren’t many industries where you can work together as a whole family!

Stacey began her career in the industry as a professional dancer, from there she began to book small modelling and acting jobs. She then introduced her husband Brad to the industry, and now he gets more work than she does!

When they had their daughter Kendall (now 2yo), they thought why not get her involved as well? Now the whole family gets to work together! We had a chat with them recently about their experience working as a family.

How did you start out in the industry?

Stacey: I’ve been a professional dancer for over 20 years, and through my experiences, I was offered a lot of work in the industry. It’s been really exciting and I’ve worked on some great projects. I then introduced my husband Brad into the industry, and now he gets more work than I do!IMG_2701

What made you decide to also pursue modelling with Kendall? 

Brad: When decided to get Kendall into modelling because she’s got a really outgoing personality, she loves entertaining from a young age, she’s always trying to make people laugh so we thought we would give it a go and see how she gets on.

What is the best part of working as a family in the industry?

Stacey: The best part about working as a family in the industry is doing something that you’re passionate about and getting to share that experience with your loved ones, and being able to spend more quality time with them.

What made you choose Bettina Management?

Brad: There’s so many agencies out there to choose from, but going through Bettina’s we felt really comfortable, the agency has a lot of great clients and a great reputation, so that made the decision quite easy.

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

Stacey: Just have fun – that’s the most important part! Working with your family should be enjoyable.

Watch their interview here:

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!

 

Watch their interview here:

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!

Watch her interview here:

Bettina Stories; Harry Durand

It’s not often that a 13-year-old already has nearly 10 years experience working in a particular industry, but it is certainly the case with our Harry!

Harry joined us when he was 4 years old, he was a cheeky and adorable little boy whose infectious smile won our clients over instantly. At 13 years old he still has that same smile, but has grown up into an intelligent, humble and mature young man!

We recently sat down with him to have a chat about his experience working in the entertainment industry and what he hopes for the future.

Age: 13yrs

Signed: 2007

Clients: Target (print & TV), Just Jeans, Myer, Westfield, Bardot, Dimmeys, Russell Athletics, Emirates Spring Racing Carnival, Lincraft, Offspring TVS, Bossini, Loreal Fashion Week, Childhoods End TVS, The Entertainment Book and many more!

 

Harry Durand_Target_Nov15(3)How long have you been with the agency?

I’ve been with the agency since I was 4 years old, so nine years!

 

What was your first job?

My first job was working for Westfield, it was a massive catwalk with a lot of kids

 

What has been your favourite job so far?

My favourite job so far was working as the Emirates Ambassador at the Spring Racing Carnival because I got to miss three days of school, which was awesome! I got to go to Fashions on the Field and my family were also featured in the newspaper for that which was pretty exciting.

 

Harry - Just Jeans 4What is your dream job?

I definitely want to get into more acting roles now, so would love to start doing some TV work.

 

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

I’ve learnt to be confident, because if you’re confident you’re obviously going to get a good shot and most likely to be chosen for a catalogue.

 

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

You have to be passionate in everything you do, and be happy while you’re doing it! That’s the most important thing.