Bubblegum Academy is Finally Here!

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You’ve heard the rumours and seen the Instagram posts about something new and exciting called Bubblegum Academy, and we’re delighted to announce that the doors are finally open!

Yes, that’s right,

Bubblegum Academy is now open and accepting students.

But, I guess we better tell you what it’s all about, right?

What is Bubblegum Academy?

In the last few years we’ve noticed that the child and teen acting industry is getting so much more competitive. In fact, it’s more competitive now than ever before with dozens of new and talented kids entering the industry each and every day.

What this means is that it’s even more difficult to stand out from the crowd

You see, a cute smile or a certain look will only get a child so far in the industry. What they really need are skills that will make a casting director sit up and take notice

But a term of acting classes can be expensive — like, super-expensive.

So we decided to shake things up a bit and create a platform that would give everyone access to professional training and guidance from industry experts.

And to make it even better, we decided to put it all online.

Yep, Bubblegum Academy is a completely digital development platform that gives children the opportunity to learn the skills they need for success at their own pace.

It’s a combination of pre recorded classes and live online lessons and workshops that your child can access any time, anywhere. All you’ll need is a good internet connection and a tablet or PC.

What classes will Bubblegum Academy have?

It would be easier to tell you what classes the academy won’t have, because we’ve covered the lot!

While the industry was going through a lockdown-enforced lull, we were hard at work creating pre recorded lessons and tutorials for the academy. We also mapped out and wrote lesson plans for months of live online lessons and workshops.

These cover topics such as auditioning skills, self tapes, and a whole range of acting skills that casting directors are often on the lookout for.

In a nutshell, it’s everything a child actor needs to kickstart a successful career.

Who will teach the classes?

Since we started working on Bubblegum Academy, the team has grown to include successful actors, acting coaches, and industry professionals both here in Australia and in LA.

These are the people who know exactly what it takes to succeed in the world of entertainment and the ones who will help your child develop their acting skills.

Trust us, we only work with the best of the best, but you already know that.

How does it work?

Bubblegum Academy is a membership platform. That means that for a monthly subscription fee, your child will have unlimited access to the academy and all its pre recorded and live classes.

After signing up, you’ll receive your child’s login details. This gives you access to the membership dashboard where you can find tabs for pre recorded lessons and live online classes.

All pre recorded lessons can be accessed at any time.

Live online classes are held on Zoom and scheduled at appropriate times for children in Australia (nothing after bedtime).

We even record each live class for anyone that misses it so you can rewatch at a later date. All live recordings are available on the platform forever.

Some live classes will involve smaller group numbers to give everyone a chance to get involved while all classes will have a dedicated question and answer time.

There’s even a membership forum where kids can attend Q&A sessions with their teachers and industry experts.

It’s really that simple. As we said, all you need is a good internet connection, a tablet or PC, and a membership to Bubblegum Academy.

How much does it cost?

That’s the million dollar question!

Well, not quite. You see, while we wanted to make Bubblegum Academy the most comprehensive online acting development platform in the world (yes, we dream big), we also wanted to make sure that it could be accessed by all.

So for that reason, we decided to set the monthly membership fee to around the same price as a single private acting lesson.

You read that right.

For the same cost as just one private acting lesson your child will have:

  • Unlimited access to our library of on-demand tutorials and guides
  • The chance to attend live interactive workshops and lessons
  • Access to a membership forum with Q&A sessions
  • Advice and guidance from successful actors and industry experts
  • Access to our live classes archive

To view our pricing, follow the link below to our website and follow the enrolment prompts.

We want Bubblegum Academy to be the best acting development platform in the world. That means that we’ll continue to work hard to make sure that our classes and workshops are the best lessons out there.

So if your child is serious about their acting career, and you want to give them the best shot at success, you know what to do!

We’ll see you in the Academy!

Child Acting and Modelling in a Post-Pandemic World

When it comes to child acting and child modelling, much has changed in the post-pandemic world. Auditions now take place via Zoom or self-tapes, and photoshoots come with restrictions on how many people can be in attendance.

Here’s a full breakdown of state and territory government information

While virtual formats don’t allow you to enjoy a one-on-one session with a casting director, they do come with distinct advantages.

Self-tapes, in particular, allow you to take control of the audition. You can do another take when your child flubs heir lines, and you can adjust lighting and backdrops to showcase your child’s appearance and talents.

When you work with a professional editing company, you can take audition videos to the next level, putting your little star’s best foot forward. 

Launching Your Child’s Career

What’s the next step if you’re interested in launching your child’s career? It starts with finding the right agent to help you navigate the competitive waters of child acting and child modelling. 

Adam Jacobs, the Managing Director of Bubblegum Casting, is here to help. Bubblegum Casting represents the longest-running agency specialising in babies, children, and teen talent in Australia. 

Bubblegum Casting works with some of Australia’s biggest brands, media properties, and agencies to secure talented children to work in television, film and modelling roles. Apply now to jumpstart your child’s career.

8. Learn With Your Child

Don’t be afraid to step into the work with your child. Arguably, one of the best parts of being a parent is that your child pulls you into interests and hobbies that you’d never stepped into before or haven’t stepped into in a while. It’s a youthful feeling.

By working with your child on their lines, you’re showing them that you’re in full support of everything that they’re doing. If you learn another character’s lines, you’ll be able to (1) help your child learn their lines more effectively and (2) show that you’re fully invested in the interests that your child is pursuing.

Plus, researchers have found that memorising information – even at older ages – stimulates your brain. You can alter your brain’s neural pathways and improve your brain’s ability to store new knowledge.

There’s nothing bad that can come out of practising with your child. So, next time that they’re working on memorising lines, try to jump into the activity with them.

Your child may know some ways to memorise lines that you’ve never thought about before. These skills can help you memorise other things in life as well.

Taking this time with your child advances their career and helps you with your memory. It’s a winning situation all around.

From Aspiring Youths to Successful Child Actors

We hope that all of these tips on how to help your child with lines and script memorisation will put your child on the road to success. Especially when your child is just starting out, it’s difficult to balance everything. But, there is a way to find the groove.

When it comes to child acting, all your child needs is perseverance. With you by their side, they’ve got everything they need to succeed and become one of the many successful child actors.

Don’t forget to come to our team here at Bubblegum Casting to get your child on the road to more acting opportunities.

About the Author

About the Author

Adam Jacobs is the Managing Director of Bubblegum Casting, the longest-running agency specialising in babies, children and teen talent in Australia. Bubblegum Casting works with some of Australia's biggest brands, media properties and agencies to secure talented children to work in Television, Film and Modelling roles.

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At Bubblegum, we represent some of Australia’s brightest young stars, but even so, we’re always on the lookout for fresh new faces and talent.

If your child is aged anywhere from 3 months to 18 years of age, and you think they might have what it takes to shine in front of a camera or on stage, then we want to hear from you.

We’ll set up a quick informal chat where we’ll get a feel for your child’s suitability for working in the industry.

The lucky kids that make it onto our books benefit from in-house workshops and coaching sessions to help them brush up on their skills. They’ll also get great advice and tips from the Bubblegum team, some of whom have worked as child models and actors themselves! We’ll even arrange a portfolio shoot with our in-house photographer.

We want all the kids on our books to have their chance to shine and if that means working twice as hard to make it happen, then that’s what we’ll do!