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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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.

The Waiting Game

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This industry is full of excitement, with new opportunities always waiting around the corner. But more often than not it is one big waiting game, from waiting for the opportunity to come knocking to waiting on that final decision to be made. It can often be frustrating when you feel like you’ve been waiting forever, and your patience starts to wear thin.

For parents who are new to the industry, it can be difficult to understand the nature of the industry. So let’s clear up some common misconceptions and answer some of those questions you may be asking….

 

How do I know my child has been submitted for work?

If you have signed your child up with an agent, they will be working away every week submitting your child for suitable work. The easiest way to find out what your child has been submitted for recently is getting in touch with your agent. They will be able to tell you what work has come in recently in their categories that they have been submitted for.

Bettina members are always welcome to call us on 1300 888 611 to receive an update on their child’s membership.

 

Why aren’t I notified when my child is submitted for work?

This industry is very fast-paced, with jobs often turning over within a week. There are many reasons why it is simply not feasible to contact parents when their child is submitted for work;

  • We can submit anywhere from 5 to 50 children for any given job, depending on the roles and how specific the brief is. Some briefs require multiple age categories, sizes or skill sets. As such contacting that many parents is time-consuming, and often creates more unnecessary back and forth communication. Our casting department is dedicated to coordinating castings and jobs, which often requires a lot of time on the phone to parents as well as communicating with clients. 
  • There is no action required from parents at this stage, it is simply a matter of waiting to hear back from the client as to who they would like to see for a casting
  • While the reality of the industry is well known, that disappointment is a part of the game, we do try to minimise this for children, and as a relatively small percentage of submitted children are selected for a casting (depending on the job), keeping this stage of the game “behind the scenes” prevents consistent disappointment.

 

If my child is suitable for a brief, why weren’t they selected for a casting?

Often the casting director will have a certain “look” in their minds about what they are searching for for a particular role. While a child may be suitable on paper, they may not have the right “look” for this particular campaign. Sometimes they may not have a clear picture of what they are looking for, so it is our job to provide options for them to choose from. 

 

What can I do in the meantime?

Glad you asked! We cannot stress the importance of keeping your AT2 profile up to date enough. Keeping sizes, measurements and skills up to date will ensure that your child is being submitted for the right work at all times. Uploading new photos is also a great way to show clients what your child looks like currently (as children change so quickly). Chat-to-cameras and skills videos are also fantastic and make our job so much easier.

 

A Moment with our Casting Manager…..

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Tell us a bit about yourself!

Hi everyone! My name is Kathleen, i’m a Melbourne girl and attended Monash University, completing in my degree in Communications and a Diploma in Languages, la bella vita! I have a little dog called Penny (see picture below!) who is the love of my life! In my spare time, I love to dance, go to the beach, ride my bike and love a good Neflix session….

 

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When I was younger I was in the Children’s Performing Company of Australia where I took singing, dancing and acting lessons. I’ve done some musical theatre and continue to dance to this day! I was also in a talent agency growing up, I was even the face of Primary School Wear! I was also in a short film that won an award at the Melbourne International Film Festival. More recently I worked as an event supervisor for The Entertainment Store, with clients such as Disney, Nickelodeon, Marvel, Cartoon Network etc.

 

What is your favourite part of your job?

The delight we get from seeing our little kids shine! Once our kids are finally confirmed for that big job, all the hard work is worth it.

 

What is your least favourite part of your job?

Paperwork! A necessary evil…….

 

What do you look for in potential talent?

Above anything else I look for a child with a great personality. There’s nothing better than seeing a child who is doing what they love and you can always see that when they get on camera.

 

What do think are the most important things to have in a talents portfolio?

Lots of photos! Not just your professional head shots, any natural shots showing your skills, personality and passions! A chat to camera is also really important, this allows us to see your personality and how you come across on camera. An outline of any skills you have, and what level you are at. Briefs are often very specific, we can’t often only submit kids who have specifically said they have certain skills. Up to date sizes and measurements, especially in kids as they are constantly growing.

 

Have you seen any changes in the industry recently?

There’s no such thing as a “typical” commercial look anymore, clients are looking more and more for a diverse range of talent, which we love!!

 

What advice would you give parents with children who have big dreams in the entertainment industry?
The industry is all about timing, you need to be ready as opportunities can come quickly and unexpectedly. Your time may not happen straight away but it may be just around the corner! You also need to work on any unique skills you may have, as this will make you stand out from the crowd. Always make sure your portfolio (whether it be AT2 or the likes) is full of material that allows clients to see your personality and unique skills. Videos (monologues, chat to camera, dancing, singing, anything!) as these will give you more opportunities to be recognised. Never give up! This industry is very unpredictable, but hang in there as your time may be just around the corner!

Working the Runway!

Recently our talent have been booking lots of runway shows, we know this can be a daunting for a first-timer so here our top tips from the Casting Department!

  • Wear comfortable, well fitting shoes. This way you will feel confident that you can stride down the catwalk without incident!
  • Think about your posture – stand tall with your shoulders back
  • Let your arms relax naturally by your side
  • Pace yourself – take your time and don’t rush
  • Look up and straight ahead at all times
  • Make sure you take a long pause at the end of the runway
  • Remember you are there to show off the garment
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One of our members, Jake, recently shared his experience walking in the Kidz Fashion Week runway –

‘My experience on the Catwalk was fantastic! Not only up on stage but behind the scenes as well. Being in front of the cameras, lights and audience was so much fun.  Walking up and down the runway knowing that everyone is cheering you on is such a good feeling.  I made lots of friends backstage and the clothes I wore were awesome!
This was my first time on stage and I loved the whole experience.  I can’t wait to do it again!’

Strike a Pose!

There’s one thing our talent can agree on – modeling is definitely harder than it looks! But our job is to make it look as effortless as possible. So here are some top tips from Bettina HQ on the art of posing! Use a mirror and follow the steps, and remember, practice makes perfect!

Whether it’s a simple snapshot or a rigorous test shoot, if you know how to pose rather than just standing for a photograph, you can help create shots that stand out in a positive way.

 

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Compare the above photographs, which one do you think is more interesting? We prefer the one on the right as it is asymmetrical: one side of the models body is doing something different to the other.
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Here is another asymmetrical pose. Not only is it more interesting than the top photo on the left, the model also looks less stiff and more natural.
Tilt your head 
People rarely hold their head in a straight line with their body. So, one of the easiest ways to create and interesting and natural looking pose is by slightly tilting your head to one side or the other.Screen Shot 2015-10-23 at 3.31.43 pm
Bend your joints
With exceptions and without taking it to the extreme, the more bends in your body the better. Including elbows, wrists, knees, ankles and toes. Just remember to make your pose asymmetrical!
Don’t hyperextend your joints
Locked joints, especially knees and elbows can look like that part of your body is bent in the opposite way that it’s meant to. So try to keep joints bent or at least straight.
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Don’t ‘cut off’ your limbs
Referred to as ‘foreshortening’, pointing arms, hands, fingers, legs or feet directly towards or away from the camera can create the illusion that they have been removed.
Shift your balance
Another simple way to create asymmetry is by shifting your balance (or planes of your body). eg. Try dipping your shoulder and hip like the model above in the photograph.
Create shape
Posing can be looked at as creating shapes with your body. When you’re posing, think about the basic outline of your body and try to create interesting asymmetrical shapes with it.
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Create the shapes of letters
A lot of interesting poses can be created by forming the letter ‘C’ or the letter ‘S’ with your body. The above photographs show some of the ways to achieve this.
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Models are often required to ‘hold’ a pose (keep still). But you can still create the illusion of movement, such as walking. Try planting one foot in front of the other on the ground and stepping forward with the back foot. Practice holding poses at different points during the step.
Pose your hands
Posing with your hands so they look natural is a real skill. So it is well worth spending a considerable amount of time just on practicing posing hands.
Now it’s time to practice, practice, practice!

Show us your skills!

We have so many bright stars who work regularly for brands like Target, Kmart, Big W, Myer and many more. Modelling is a big part of what we do here at Bettina Management but even more so, we cast regularly for campaigns that require special skills or talents, these could be for roles in feature films, television commercials and even live stage shows.

But more often than not, we are unaware of our kiddies secret skills! So here’s a little bit of information on how you can show us your child’s skills and talents.

Special skills and/or talents could include: skate boarding, sporting abilities (soccer, basketball etc), dancing, singing, performance arts (juggling, acrobatics etc), accents or acting abilities, languages (other than English), musical abilities (playing an instrument) and many more!

AT2:

The Bettina Casting Department use AT2 every day to find and submit talent for briefs that come through from casting agents. We utilise all sections of the AT2 profiles to find suitable talent, this includes the skills section. This is why it is so important to keep your child’s profile up to date.

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You will find the skills section at the top of your child’s profile, between “Comp Card” and “Audio”. Here you can update your child’s skills in any of the nine available sub-sections. These include Accents, Languages, Instrumental, Dance, Vocal, Circus, Sports, Performance Skills and Suggestions (this is where you can add skills that are not available in the other sections).

For each skill, you are able to select either “Basic”, “Good” or “Professional”. If we take basketball for an example, if your child has played basketball at school and would know the basic ins and outs of playing, this would be a “basic” skill. If your child has played basketball regularly for a number of years this would be a “good” skill. But if your child plays basketball on a team or has played for a majority of their life, this would be a “professional” skill.

Don’t forget to hit “save” at the bottom right hand  corner once you are finished.

Videos:

The perfect way to showcase your child’s talents is by uploading a little video to their AT2 profile. There is a maximum of 5 minutes of video available to all AT2 profiles, so keep this short and sweet!

Introduction:

A short introduction is best, just stating their name, age, their agency (Bettina Management), and a bit more about themselves! (how many people in are in their family, any pets, where they live etc etc)

Skills:

Next, we would love to see a short showcase of their skills, this can be just one or ten!  A little introduction is useful to let the audience know what the skill they will be performing is and perhaps how long they have been learning the skill. For example, if your child plays basketball, they can tell the audience about how long they have played, if they are a part of a team and even any awards they have won for basketball.

Then a 10 – 15 second demonstration of the skill, it is important to shoot a few takes so you get the best one!

Conclusion:

It is important to end your video with a conclusion, make sure to thank the audience for watching!

Here is a fantastic example of a skills video, by young Henry!

If you need any help with AT2, please refer to our Foolproof Guide to AT2 post!

Members are always welcome to contact us on 1300 888 611 or email us at info@bettina.com.au if they require any assistance.