Bettina Stories; Miika Schmidhuber

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Having your young baby working in the industry modelling for catalogues and TV work can be fun, challenging and at times a bit of a whirlwind.

Little Miika joined us when she was just 4 months old, and has been a little star from the beginning. Clients were captivated by her gorgeous eyes and flawless temperament, and her work has been plastered across in-store billboards and online campaigns. We spoke with Miika’s mum recently about her experience working with her baby in the industry, and why she decided to join the industry in the first place.

Age: 1yr

Signed: 2015

Clients: Pure Baby, Britax, Australian Country Spinners

screen-shot-2016-08-10-at-9-37-31-amWhy did you decide to join Miika up to an agency?

She always received a lot of attention as a newborn. So we thought why not? Let’s see if she gets any work and just for a bit of fun

What made you choose Bettina Management?

From sending through Miika’s application to the really informative interview process, the service was really amazing, very friendly and thorough.

What was it like taking her to her first casting?

It was quite nerve-wracking as we weren’t sure what to expect, but she loved it so it was overall a great experience.

What is it like seeing Miika in print?

purebaby_campaign_d2_shot09_0587-copyIt makes me very proud to see her face out there!

What is your favourite job that Miika has done?

Her latest job which was the Pure Baby summer campaign, they were gorgeous images.

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

Give it a go! You never know what might happen so it is worth a shot

Watch her interview here:

Bettina Stories; A Parent’s Perspective

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Kellie is the mother of two lovely twin girls, Chelsea and Chloe, who have been with us for 6 years! She has spent years driving them to and from castings and jobs, helping them in and out of wardrobe changes, coordinating school, extra curricular activities and bookings for Target, Kmart and many more!

We sat down with her recently to have a chat about her perspective on having her kids working in the industry and any tips she has for parents who are just starting out!

 

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

We were looking for somewhere that was trustworthy and somewhere where the children could have fun and be respected.

 

How long have the girls been working in the industry? Why have you have kept for this length of time?

The girls have been working for about 6 years, we kept going because they’ve had constant jobs and work along the way so while that’s happening and they’re having fun we thought why not keep going and enjoy the ride.

 

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

Sometimes it’s a little bit difficult having twins, especially because they’re not identical. Sometimes one twin might get more work than the other, so it is a juggling act that we deal with. But we’re pretty realistic with that, and we understand that its the client who’s picking the talent.

 

What is it like seeing your children on TV and in print?

It definitely makes me proud to see my girls in campaigns on TV or in print. But the fact that they’re enjoying it and having fun is the best part.

 

In what ways has working in the industry impacted Chelsea and Chloe in their life?

Working in the industry has had a positive impact on their lives, its helped them become more confident, everywhere they go they have a smile!

 

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

Keep it simple! Be on time, listen to instructions and most of all have fun.

 

Watch her interview here:

Why do I need an agent?

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The entertainment industry is one of the largest industries in Australia, and arguably the world. It is a busy, fast-paced and ever-changing industry which can be difficult to navigate for even the most seasoned professional.

While it is definitely possible to operate as a freelancer and handle all aspects of your or your child’s role as an actor or model in this industry, there are some very important factors that you should consider when deciding whether you need an agent or not, especially when it comes to your children’s career.

 

What does an agent do?

Your agent operates as the bridge between ‘talent’ and ‘client’. The client being those who require talent for their upcoming projects, whether it be a feature film, television commercial or photographic shoot. Clients may be casting agents, production houses, advertising agencies or photographers/companies themselves. The talent is YOU!

An agent’s job is to not only represent the talent, but to keep positive working relationships with clients so they keep coming back to book talent. A lot of work goes on behind the scenes with clients before agent’s get in contact with the talent themselves. Agents receive briefs daily from clients for upcoming projects, their job is to submit all their suitable talent for consideration and to coordinate castings and/or auditions as needed.

A children’s agent also needs to work with clients to ensure they have the appropriate permits (depending on the state) to be working with children and that they are aware of the guidelines they need to abide by. New clients are always vetted prior to the agent submitting talent.

Once talent have been confirmed by the client, the agent will organise forms to be filled out by the client and parent, and will pass on all relevant details to the talent for the shoot.

Agents are also responsible for negotiating rates, invoicing clients and paying talent.

 

Why is an agent important?

Your agent is your child’s ‘gatekeeper’ to the industry. They have direct contacts with clients and are able to promote your child to their client base. Many clients will only source their talent through talent agents. Agents are also there to ensure that your child is safe on set and at castings, by only working with vetted clients.

Agents are always there to provide support and assistance to talent, especially when they are new to the industry.

Bettina Stories; Achok Majak

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It’s not every day that you get to fly to another city and shoot along side an international model. But our Achok was lucky enough to have this experience of a life time!

They casted across three cities to find the perfect girl for this role, and they found that perfect girl in Achok! Achok was cast to play the role of a young Yaya Deng in the Westfield ‘Own Your Story’ campaign. Achok and her mum were flown to Sydney for the shoot and Achok’s images were plastered on billboards across Australia.

We sat down with Achok and her mum recently to have a chat about their experience.

Age: 10yrs

Signed: 2015

Clients: Westfield

 

Achok

westfieldHow long have you been with the agency?

I have been with the agency since November last year

What was your first job?

My first job was for the Westfield ‘Own Your Story’ TV commercial

What was it like going to your first casting?

I was excited for my first casting, it was a lot of fun.

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

I was happy – and excited that I also got to go to Sydney with my mum.

What was the best part of working on set?

The best part about working on set was getting to meet everyone, especially Yaya Deng, she gave me a lot of advice and motivated me not to be nervous or shy.

What things did you find difficult or challenging on set?

It was a long day but it was fun so it wasn’t too bad.

 

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

She always wanted to model, so last year we decided to give it a go.

What was it like taking her to her first casting?

I was nervous but I was very excited for her.

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

I always thought she was a shy girl, but when she got on set she wasn’t shy at all. So that was the best part, seeing a side in her I hadn’t seen before.

 

Watch their interview here:

Bettina Stories; Partington family

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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; Sachin Warnasuriya

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The only thing more exciting for a young star than getting booked for your first job, is seeing yourself on TV!

Sachin was lucky enough to be booked for a huge TVC for Australian Super as his first job, making it through the casting and two rounds of callbacks, as well as learning multiple sets of lines before the big day. He made us so proud, receiving lovely feedback from the director – no one knew it was his first big role!

His mum, Saku, recently told us about her experience, and how overjoyed she was to see her son on TV for the first time. She also told us how Sachin has turned into a little celebrity, being stopped everywhere they go!

Age: 10yrs

Signed: 2015

Clients: Australian Super, Museum Victoria, Childhoods End TVS, ABC3

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How long have you been with the agency?

I’ve been modelling with Bettina for about 9 months.

What was your first job?

My first job was for an Australian Super TV commercial

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I was excited but a little bit nervous

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

When mum told me – I was so happy and proud of myself

What things did you find difficult or challenging on set?

Remembering my lines was hard, but everyone made me feel comfortable and I got it in the end

 

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

Sachin and my other son, Senith, worked as extras on a TV series. We asked other parents on set which agency they were with and most were from Bettina, so we thought we would give them a try.

What was it like taking him to his first casting?

I was very nervous, but I knew he would do well!

Has Sachin been noticed out and about since he was on TV?

Yes! We were at a restaurant recently and the girl there said “Oh I have seen you on TV! Its lovely to meet you”. We were also at the medical centre and the receptionist said us “I recognise this boy, you must be on TV!”. Our friends and family have also all contacted us when they saw Sachin on TV, its very exciting for the whole family.

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

Working around our own schedules can be difficult, but the benefits make it worth it.

What is it like seeing Sachin on TV?

I was so proud, I couldn’t believe that was my son!

 

Watch interview here:

Bettina Stories; Chelsea & Chloe Hall

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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

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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

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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.

Master Jack shines bright for Target Australia

Not long ago the Bettina team were blessed to be introduced to young Jack Radford, his infectious smile and warm nature quickly won us over and we were very pleased to have him on board.

But nothing compared to our excitement when he was booked for his first job with none other than Target Australia! We sat down with Jacks mum, Natalie, recently to have a chat about her experience working on set with Jack and her hopes for him in the future.

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Jack is 3 years old and the baby of the family being the youngest of 5. Our Jack was born at 35 weeks after suffering a stroke in utero at around 33 weeks, he was born with cerebral palsy mostly affecting his lower limbs and moderately in his left  hand.

Jack is a very charismatic and loveable kid with a cheeky smile (but I am biased), we are very blessed to have him in our lives… He has already overcome so many obstacles to do what he can. My husband and I were told right from the early days that we should not expect that Jack would ever do much at all, meaning he may never talk, walk sit up and possibly be plagued by many other conditions that can be associated with having cerebral palsy. Our family has always encouraged Jack with early play therapy and interventions to help him achieve goals..we have the mottos of “never say never” and “expect the worst and hope for the best”.  We focus on what he can do. Jack has taught himself to sit up in the last month and hold a sitting position, he commando crawls & and of course can talk and hold a conversation like a married magpie. Jack is also now the first proud owner of the first infant power chair in Victoria called a Wizzybug made possible by Yooralla for which we are so grateful for as it has given him so much independence. Jack has also taken on his role as spokes-kid for Wizzybug quite seriously as he stops everyone he meets and tells everyone about it.

 

Why did you decide to get Jack into modelling?

In November, Jack was asked to be the Christmas appeal child for Yooralla to help raise money for more Wizzybug power chairs, the photoshoot went so well the pictures were stunning and of course Jack loved smiling and showing off for the cameras. It had been suggested to me that Jack would be great at this kind of thing because of his nature, and of course we saw the Easter catalogue with the young man in his frame posing with the Easter eggs, which reaffirmed that yes Jack can do this. Having a “differentability” should have no boundaries…I really want society to see all people as being special and unique and Jack has a voice, so as long as Jack is happy that makes us happy. On a side note, equipment for Jack is very expensive and we are doing our own personal fundraising to help with the purchase of a wheelchair accessible vehicle so every little bit Jack makes from modelling will go back into a lot of his needs.

 

Did you have any expectations when you first applied to the agency? Have things turned out differently than you expected?

I did some homework on reputable agencies and came up with Bettina who have made the experience fantastic so far and have embraced Jacks condition. I will admit I really wasn’t sure as to what to expect, prior to coming down to Melbourne for our initial interview, I was a little concerned about all the what ifs… But I should never have worried as Bettina have made the process very easy and have gone out of their way to give Jack the greatest attention.

 

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The initial shock of getting a job for Target was so exciting! The Bettina girls were great, they explained things to me well, looked into my queries about disabled parking everything was smooth and well planned. No hidden surprises and being a toy catalogue that made it even more special. The feedback from Jacks photoshoot was so encouraging and positive and Bettina relayed the feedback it validated that we had made a good choice in letting Jack “have a go” .

 

What did Jack think about his experience on set?

Oh my!!!  Jack was in his element. I think he thought he was some kind of celebrity, he had the photographer and stylists laughing and playing with the basketball & was even having his photo taken with the photographic team. Jack was made to feel very welcome and looked after very professionally. I loved the way he was given such a fantastic experience and he fitted in so well.

 

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Firstly, if Jack said to me tomorrow that he didn’t want to do it anymore, I would respect his wishes because Jack has a voice. But that is what I want to foster in Jack “that voice” that says he can and so can others. Modelling can also act as a therapy in that it keeps his mind and body active and let’s him speak to others about being different but being treated with dignity and that our society should be accepting of all our differences regardless of disability.

 

Would you do it again?

Jack has already asked when the next one is. So of course I hope that one day branch out from modelling to maybe tv but all in good time and only if he wants too.

Finally I really want to personally thank Target for choosing Jack to be in the upcoming catalogue we can’t wait to see it. I thank you for letting Jack show the world what is possible and that its all kids that play with toys and wear clothes regardless of disability and we look forward to working with you again.

 

You can read more about Jack’s journey here:

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Go Fund Me – Jack’s Independence

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