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 10 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 an assessment session with the agency. The assessment gives the agency the chance to meet your child face to face to assess and discuss your child's suitability and raise any further questions you may have, as well as for us to observe your child and their overall behaviour in an unknown environment, similar to that of an average casting session. You will be informed of the agency's decision in writing within 5 working days of the assessment. For babies & toddlers under 3yrs, we do not need to personally meet your child for an assessment, as they obviously changing often still 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 sure their child is suitable for the industry. The agency's decision is final.
Why does Bonnie & Betty need to meet my child for an assessment?
For children 3yrs and over, we feel it is imperative an agency meets the child in person before accepting them onto their books. It is the agency's duty to ensure they are sending the right child for the job, this would clearly be extremely difficult to do if the agency hadn't met and therefore only knew who the child photographed on camera and experience they had in the past. The reason a client will approach a professional agency for a child may often have nothing to do with the child's look, but that they want to be sure the child takes direction well, is happy and confident in front of a camera and of course is well behaved. A client will often ask the agency questions like 'How confident is this child in front of the camera?', 'How do you think this child would be able to handle lines to camera?', 'What sort of accent does this child have?' etc. These would all be impossible questions to answer had the agency not met your child.
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 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 casting 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. Children must have head shots taken either with one of our agency photographers or an alternative suitable high quality photographer at least once a year.
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. 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.