Frequently Asked Questions ?

HOW LONG HAS BUBBLEGUM BEEN ESTABLISHED

Bubblegum was established in 1981

WHAT DO WE DO

Bubblegum promotes children in all areas of the Film and Television Industry including still photography, television commercials, drama, film, mini series, musical theatre, corporate videos and voice-over work.

WHAT IS AN AGENT

An Agent in the entertainment industry acts as your representative when dealing with potential employers.  Your Agent works on your behalf to make sure that you receive the best possible rates of pay, to organise contracts and work permits and to make sure that all the conditions and guidelines in regard to working with children are met. For further informatiion regarding working with children go to www.irv.vic.gov.au   In return your Agent takes a commission out of the wage they have negotiated for you.  This commission can range between 10% and 20% depending on the type of work.  It should be remembered that the agent is NOT the employer but they work on your behalf to obtain the best for you by way of obtaining work and negotiating the terms and conditions of that work

WHO ARE OUR CLIENTS

Bubblegum is welll known and respected throughout the industry and provides talent of a high quality covering all areas.  Our list of clients is extensive and suffice to say that not all are listed here.

Still Photography clients include Target, Myer, Kmart, David Jones, Seed, Gypsy Kids ,Patons, Nike, Mitre 10, Bunnings, Harcourt Education, Vic Roads, Herald Sun, Just Jeans and many more.

Television Commercials - Vegemite, Huggies, Heinz, Cottees, Clarks Shoes, AAMI, Anti Cancer Council, Austar, Australia Post, Axa, Hungry Jacks, Nestle, Bulla, San Remo, Birdseye, Oreo,Wendys, Kraft, SPC, McDonalds, Ikea, Toyota, VW, Holden, Mitsubishi, Honda,  Australian Government, Worksafe, Drinkwise, Go For Your Life, Simmonds Homes, Birbank Homes, Campbells, Target, Kmart, David Jones, Myer, Corporate TVC's, Sony, 2D Apparel, Singulair, Civic Video, Red Book Carpets, Whiskas, IXL, Panadol, Telstra, Vita Wheat, The Age, Duracel, AFL, Metlink, Maggi, Peters Ice Cream, Stubbies Schoolwear, Starhub, Medibank, McCains, Specsavers, Berger Paints and many more.

Production and Drama - In the past with have worked will Horace and Tina, Genie Down Under, Don't Peek, Blue Heelers, Pirate Island, Saddelclub, Sleepover Club, Neighbours, Worst Best Friends, Wicked Science, City Homicide, Round The Twist, Summer Heights High, As The Bell Rings, Pass The Plate. Currently we are working with House Husbands, Its A Date, Winners and Loosers, Offspring, Tangle and many more.

Musical Theatre - Gypsy, Annie, Showboat, Les Mis, Sound of Music, Oliver, The Australian Opera and others.

HOW DO I KNOW YOU ARE REPUTABLE

 Please feel free to make your own enquiries by calling retailers such as Target, Kmart, Advertising Agencies, e.g. Saatchi, George Patterson, Fremantle Media, J.Walther Thompson etc.  Also casting consultants such as Chameleon, 2 Divas, Nick Hamon Casting, Mulliners and Zoo Casting.

The Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA), Industrial Relations Victoria and Consumer Affairs and generally we suggest that you ask around and speak to relatives and friends.  I understand that the Forums on the children related websites have some valuable information.  Remember it is up to the parent to make all appropriate enquiries in regard to Agencies they are considering.

HOW DO WE PROMOTE YOUR CHILDREN

We verbally advise our clients in regard to our children, we have a wonderful website which is widely used by our clients and which is continually updated with photos, measurements and all your child's information.  However it is up to the parents to make sure their child's profile  is updated and accurate.  Our website is safe, secure, password and coded and very user friendly.  Our clients can view our children at the touch of a button.


HOW OFTEN WILL MY CHILD GET WORK

This is the million dollar question.  We can offer no guarantees in regard to how often your child will work.  We do not know what work will come up from one day to the next,  what our clients will want to advertise or what age groups or size that they will require.  However we do choose our children carefully and our hit rate is very high.  A large percentage of our children do obtain work.  Bubblegum has been around for a very long time and our reputation has been built on the quality of our talent.

HOW MANY CHILDREN DO WE REPRESENT

Bubblegum is a "Boutique" Agency representing around 270 children of all nationalities, religions, backgrounds and abilities.  We  represent some  parents of the children who are registered with us should they wish to work in a "family" situation.  Often clients prefer "real" families as they feel the end result is more realistic when the talent can act and react with each other naturally.

We have a sister company Beyond Actors and though that we represent 18 - 80 year olds.

DO WE HAVE A CUT OFF POINT

Yes.  Our cut off point is between 250 and 270 children, including all age groups.

CAN YOU OFFER GUARANTEES

No Agency can offer guarantees.  We do however promote your child to the best of our ability and we will put your child forward for all jobs that he/she is suitable for.  Ultimately our clients have the final say.  We are however a small Boutique Agency and we only take on children who we think will get the work because if they don't get the work, then neither do we.  The success of Bubblegum can be congtributed to the careful selection and quality of our talent and our prefessionally trained Staff.

WHAT AGES DO YOU REPRESENT

Bubblegum represents children from 6 months to 18 years. We also have families.

Bubblegum has also  started BEYOND ACTORS (www.beyondactors.com.au) our Sister Agency which is dedicated to representing talented Adult Actors.

CAN YOU BE A MEMBER OF MORE THAN ONE AGENCY

No, you can only be represented by one agency at a time. We take on your child on the understanding that he or she is not represented with another agency. It is your responsibility to inform us if this is not the case.

HOW MUCH COMMISSION DO YOU TAKE

We take between 10% and 20% depending on the type of work.

IS THE WORK DURING THE WEEK OR WEEKENDS

The large majority of the work is during the week and can be during school time. There is very little work done at weekends as loading apply to crew and talent.
Work, auditions and castings can be at any time. For this reason parents should be prepared to take their children out of school if necessary.

WHAT DO THE CHILDREN GET PAID

As this varies from job to job, the fee structure is explained in detail to you at the interview and prior to each job together with all the relevant Tax requirements.

ARE THE FEES TAX DEDUCTABLE

Fees paid to Bubblegum are tax deductible only if the child has earned in excess of the tax free threshold (around $6000 pa). Tax issues are the responsibility of the parent and if in any doubt the parent should speak to their Accountant or Tax Adviser.

Upon joining membership fees are payable immediately. Memberships may be cancelled within the first seven days of signing up after which fees are non refundable. After this period the membeship is for a twelve months period or upon mutual agreement in writing that the member wishes to terminate such membership, such termination not to be unreasonably withheld.

*Bubblegum reserves the right to vary the fees the agency charges from time to time.

DOES MY CHILD REQUIRE A TAX FILE NUMBER

Yes, Bubblegum is NOT the employer of your child, we act as your agent only. PAYG taxation instalments are deducted by most of our clients. It is your responsibility to apply to the Tax Office for a TFN for your child. This agency also requires that you provide us with Tax File Declaration Forms for your child otherwise our clients will deduct close to 50% from your child¹s pay.

DO WE NEED TO SIGN A CONTRACT

Bubblegum has an Agreement that you sign when you join. It is a legally binding document however can be terminated subject to mutual agreement at any time. Children join an Agency usually for a minimum of 12 months which gives us the time to properly promote the child to our clients and the industry.

CHILD EMPLOYMENT PERMITS

All children in every industry require a permit before they can work. These permits will be sent you you when your child is confirmed for a job.

HOW DO I GO ABOUT REGISTERING MY CHILD

 If you are interested in having an interview with Bubblegum with a view to
joining please go to the 'Talent Application' page.

WHERE IS BUBBLEGUM LOCATED

The Bubblegum's office is in Melbourne. The main contact number  is 03 95780991 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting   03 95780991 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.  The postal address is Post Office Box 41, Glenhuntly.  3162.  The email address is casting@bubblegumcasting.com.au




WHERE ARE INTERVIEWS CONDUCTED

Interviews are conducted in Melbourne in Carnegie.  

It should be noted here that the majority of work is done in and around the inner city areas of Melbourne and therefore you should be aware that if you live in outer areas travelling will be involved.  We ask that you carefully consider whether you are happy to travel to Melbourne for castings, fittings, auditions, screen tests, wardrobe calls, photoshoots and television work BEFORE you go through the Application and Interview process.                                                               

WHAT ARE YOUR MEMBERSHIP FEES

Our fee structure varies with the age of the child and all fees cover a 12
months period.

Children under 2 years pay a fee of $310 (incl. GST) and includes the set up administration fee and representation on our website, unlimited updating of photos and information from parents.
For this age group we usually suggest that the parents provide us with good, clear photos, plain background, head only shots because the children change so quickly. However we can certainly organise photos for you if you prefer for a fee of $100 per child.

Children aged between 2 to 4 years pay $400 (incl GST) for the first year. This covers the set up/administration fee, professional photos by our photographer, representation on our website which incorporates newly advanced technology and unlimited updating of information during the year.

Children aged between 5 to 18 years pay $435 (incl GST) for the first year. This covers the set up/administration fee, professional photos by our photographer, representation on our website which incorporates newly advanced technology and unlimited updating of information during the year. This fee also includes a workshop  on audition techniques, approaching a professional script, improvisation, how to dress and more. Even if youhave done workshops before we like to see you perform so we know how to best place you.



A discount of 10% is given to families with 3 children or more.

Fees for Beyond Actors - our Sister Agency for Adult Actors can be found by visiting - www.beyondactors.com.au

*Bubblegum reserves the right to vary fees from time to time.

CAN YOU OFFER GUARANTEES

No Agency can offer guarantees.  We do however promote your child to the best of our ability and we will put your child forward for all jobs that he/she is suitable for.  Ultimately our clients have the final say.  We are however a small Boutique Agency and we only take on children who we think will get the work because if they don't get the work, then neither do we.  The success of Bubblegum can be congtributed to the careful selection and quality of our talent and our prefessionally trained Staff.

 
 
 
Bubblegum Casting | PO Box 41, Glen Huntly, 3163 | +61 (3) 9578 0991 | 0411 063 625 | casting@bubblegumcasting.com.au
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