What exactly does an agent do?
An agent represents their clients, promoting them to casting directors and secure them auditions. If a client gets a part, an agent will negotiate the deal and will then collect payment on the clients behalf, usually deducting commission for their work.
Is having an agent a guarantee of work?
Absolutely not. Quirky Kidz will do their best to secure opportunities for every student but we cant make any promises. It is important to always set expectations to children when they want to work in such a competitive industry, just getting an audition opportunity is not as easy as it may seem.
How often will my child get auditions?
Its impossible to say. Shows, films and TV series are constantly going into production, many of which require younger performers. Whilst there are opportunities out there, there is also a lot of very good competition. Sometimes we have had clients called in everyday, then heard nothing for months. Others don't hear anything for a while but they when they do, they land a job which runs for 3 years! It is so unpredictable.
What sort of jobs are out there for kids?
In theatre, there are many parts for children both in the West End, regional theatres and UK tours and as well as the big parts in films and TV series, there is also a frequent need for child supporting artistes. These jobs are often good fun, don't take up too much time and can be a great experience.
What legal requirements are there?
When a child is offered paid professional work and are under 16 years of age, they have to be licensed to perform by their Local Education Authority. Children are only licensed to perform for a certain number of days per year. They will also need a letter from their school and occasionally will have to undergo a short medical to ensure they are fit to work. We will go through all this with you when it becomes necessary.
Will all auditions be in London?
Not all of them, but they are mainly in London. For our Northern clients it's mainly Manchester. However, there are lots of regional film, TV and theatre productions that require local children, and in those cases auditions are likely to be elsewhere.
How much notice will I get of auditions?
Usually somewhere between 1 week and a few days, although it's not unusual to only get 24 hours notice. Being flexible really helps although we will always try to get a convenient time slot for you i.e. after school and later in the day if it involves lengthy travel.
How will I find out about an audition?
We will phone you to confirm you are able to make it and to give you all the details. In some situations, there will be pages of script (known as sides) to look at and prepare. If this is the case, we will email these through to you. Attending an audition not fully prepared appears unprofessional, but more importantly can be a negative experience for the student who may feel self-conscious, exposed and nervous. To enjoy an audition fully and keep those nerves at bay as much as possible, students should know their material inside out.
Will I be told at the audition if my child is through to the next round?
No. It's not like X Factor/BGT. The casting director will call us directly if they want to proceed to the next stage, known as a recall. You should not try to contact them directly under any circumstances.
Will I get feedback if my child doesn't get the part?
Due to the high volume of young people that casting directors will see for one role, they simply don't have time to offer individual feedback for everyone, so you shouldn't expect it. Of course, if we do get any news, we will always pass it onto you, particulary if they have made it through to a couple of recalls.
And finally..will my child earn any money?
Unfortunately, there is only one Harry Potter so please don't expect this to make you rich! It should be viewed as another rung on the ladder of Performing Arts life. That said, film and commercials can be very lucrative, but most opportunities are in TV or Musical Theatre where the pay is lower. So again the objective to join the agency should be that the student loves performing, and want the chance to do it more often and in a professional environment.