How does Bonnie & Betty work?
Bonnie & Betty are extremely selective with the children we take onto our books. We will only take on those we honestly feel have a good chance of getting work, whether this be for modelling, acting or indeed both. When our books are open, we will assess each individual application and successful applicants will be contacted within 15 working days. Should your child be deemed potentially suitable for the agency, you will be sent full details of the next step. For children 3yrs and over, your child will be invited along to a free assessment session with the agency. The assessment gives the agency the chance to meet your child face to face to assess their suitability for the industry by observing your child and their overall behaviour in an unknown environment, similar to that of an average casting session. For babies & toddlers under 3yrs, we do not need to personally meet your child for an assessment, as they are still changing often at this stage and therefore this is not relevant for us or our clients. All parents should thoroughly read the FAQ's and How to Apply pages on our website so that they are comfortable that they would be suitable for the industry.
Do Bonnie & Betty charge any fees and how does this work?
Should your child be accepted to join the agency, although we do not charge 'registration/joining fees', you will be asked to cover the cost of an individual, fully searchable web page for your child, which is currently £75 including VAT for one year for the talent division, which covers commercials, TV, film, stage and any other. If you would prefer your child to just be submitted for photographic modelling, this fee will be taken from your child's first earnings. This is in compliance with the BIS, as the current legislation states that an upfront work finding service fee cannot be charged to those working as a photographic model only. The website fee also includes any updates to your child's details throughout the year. We will also offer you the opportunity to have professional shots taken by our agency photographers, although we do also accept clear good quality snapshots and photos from alternative photographers if deemed suitable.
How does the agency earn?
The agency earns from commission. We take the standard 25%/37.50% commission on all fees (excluding travel expenses). As we do not charge high registration fees, it is therefore clearly in the agency's best interest to secure your child work.
Once my child is registered with the agency, are they guaranteed work?
Unfortunately not! No agency could possibly guarantee work, as they have no idea whatsoever what work will come into their offices from one day to the next, so will never know in advance who a client may select for their assignment. If an agency tells you they can guarantee your child work, then avoid them at all costs.
What happens once my child is registered with the agency?
We will put your child forward for all assignments your child meets the criteria for, depending on the division they are registered to. As and when a client contacts us to ask to meet your child for a casting or book them for a shoot, we will contact you immediately. Sometimes we might contact you beforehand if the client requests us to do so to confirm availability on a number of shortlisted models or maybe to confirm a specific detail. We will not contact you each and every time your child is submitted for work. It is obviously crucial that parents continuously keep the agency informed of any changes whatsoever.
Should you have any other questions not covered above, then do feel free to contact Bonnie & Betty.