Bizzykidz frequently asked questions
What type of work should the children with Bizzykidz expect?
Roughly 70% of our work is commercial/TV, with the remainder being photographic modelling. We receive anything up to 40 queries a day from clients and subsequently submit a minimum of 60-100 children out for audition every day. We hold regular contracts with clients and also have long standing working relationships with Production Companies, Advertising Agencies, Casting Directors and Photographers from all over the UK. For a list of our clients please see 'our clients' from the home page. There is very little work that does not come through our agency!
Can an agency guarantee work?
Any agency that guarantees work to any of its models should be avoided. An agencies duty to its clients is to create a full and varied portfolio of up-to-date artists, then to advertise the agency (therefore its artists) adequately to the industry. Bizzykidz currently advertise in every directory known to them that is used by clients when seeking a child Talent, or Model Agency.
No agency can know what particular assignment is going to arrive on their desk from one day to the next, so needs to ensure that they can supply whatever the client is asking for, hence the reason to produce a full portfolio upon demand. If, for example, a client asks for a selection of 6-month old babies, then, naturally, teenagers could not be considered for submission, and vice versa. The client therefore makes the decision as to what they are looking for and not the agency. Likewise, once the agency has submitted a selection of children to the client, the choice as to which of those children is actually selected is down to the client and not the Agency. This is why no agency can guarantee work to any child that it represents. A reputable agency will only accept a child if they feel that the child would be a valuable asset to their portfolio, but should not be blamed if the client does not confirm them whilst with the agency.
How do Bizzykidz promote their children?
BIZZYKIDZ TALENT DIRECTORY Bizzykidz Agency are fully computerised and equipped to present our children by way of Z-cards/brochures, the online Directory and in our Look Book when children are represented as Models (where appropriate). This way a child's details can be updated as and when necessary throughout the year, so keeping the client informed of their progress and thus avoiding any unnecessary commercial castings for children who have changed somewhat since the 'old style' Agency Book first went to print. Due to technology, clients are increasingly using the Internet for up-to-date images and measurement details when searching for children. This technology enables us to access a far greater volume of client for your child, both nationally and internationally. Please note that we exercise the strictest of security measures when taking bookings for children through our website and that generally the site is used as an up-to-date reference for our already established clients. We do not display any details on our website other than basic age, height, hair colour, eye colour, skin colour, name, licencing authority and CV details. Our Talent Directory is also protected by a secure access. Should you have any concerns about this facility please speak to one of our staff. Our children are only accessible on our website with the use of a username and password which is specific to individual clients. This is only issued to established clients and parents of children who are displayed on the website. Bizzykidz Talent Directory fees are not refundable once work has been completed on a child’s portfolio and the 7-day cooling off period has passed. Full Terms provided at the point of acceptance in accordance with legal requirements.
LOOK BOOK Bizzykidz also have a Model Agency, which is one of the largest in the UK. We promote children of all ages in our Agency Look Book and it is available to selected clients and those who are seeking only photographic models. All children will be assessed at the time of their Agency Audition by our staff and if suitable for model work will be offered the opportunity to become a Bizzykidz Model. There is no additional cost for this service. They can choose the option be submitted to and viewed by photographic and commercial clients via the Talent Directory using their own or professional photographs, or choose the option to appear in our Look Book publication using professional images only. Our newest Look Book is an online version, which means that all newcomers to the agency can be offered a place and included within a few days. This is also very helpful when a child has a severe haircut etc, or changes in appearance somewhat when new photos can be replaced immediately. All Look Book photographs must be taken at Bizzy Studios to maintain a common theme and standard. Due to client request there is no password access for our Look Book, which is why entry is optional.
PRODUCTION MANUALS All reputable agencies will advertise in Production Manuals, of which there are many to choose from. These publications, which are available to and used by their clients as a reference when seeking stylists, agencies, etc, are often referred to as a clients "Bible" and all good agencies will advertise in one, the majority of, or all of those that are available to them. Bizzykidz currently advertises in every publication that is known to the agency and look to increase that number every year as new publications are produced. A few that we are currently in include, The Knowledge, Contacts, Kemps, The Creative Handbook, however, we advertise in many more too. Those that we do not advertise in, but may have done in the past, have proven to not generate enough work, as our clients do not primarily use them as a search tool.
WEBSITE Bizzykidz advertise our website in every way that we can in order that we are seen first by our clients. Although we have an already extensive database of clients that use us regularly, as with any efficient company, we are always looking to extend that list.
STUDIOS Bizzykidz operate from a fantastic state of the art studio complex which offers audition services, dance rehearsal rooms, photographic & filming facilities. For this reason clients are increasingly using our facilities and children as a 'package' and to help keep things easier to manage. Our Studios are used by many clients which acts as an additional method of advertising our agency and children.
How long will it be before my child gets work and how many assignments should I expect?
This is an impossible question to answer and any agency that does promise a figure should, again, be avoided. No agency can know in advance what assignments are going to come in the next day, or even that day. Although they may be involved in campaigns that have been planned for several weeks, or even months, the general rule of thumb would be that a client will simply call the agency and ask for a selection of children to be submitted to them by return, then they will make a selection from that list and inform the agency. In our experience, some children can start working immediately after joining the agency, whilst some may be slower than others and then become very busy. Some may work periodically throughout the year, whilst others may have larger gaps in-between assignments. The fact remains that an agency earns commission when a child is working, so will always submit every child on their books for every assignment they are suited to, in the hope that they are selected. After all, this is how the agency earns their money.
HOW DO I KNOW IF BIZZYKIDZ ARE A BONA FIDE AGENCY?
1) Bizzykidz have been established since 1996
2) Bizzykidz is listed with ALBA, Reputable Model Agencies (RMA) & Every Model (EM) as being a reputable and recommended agency
3) Bizzykidz does not charge yearly fees & do not charge as a Model Agency
4) Bizzykidz terms are approved by BIS and they operate to the amended legislation as of 1st October 2010
5) Bizzykidz is registered with Companies House as a Limited Company
6) Bizzykidz is a Bexley Council Work Experience Approved Company
7) Bizzykidz is a VAT registered company with Customs & Excise
8) Bizzykidz has a very large client list (a sample of which is published on our website)
9) Bizzykidz has a fantastic reputation amongst clients within the industry
10) Bizzykidz uses every means known to them to advertise their agency, artists & models to the industry
11) Bizzykidz operate from their own studio complex which is used by clients for auditions, photographic shoots, rehearsals & filming