Frequently asked questions.
An Agent represents their clients, promoting them to Casting Directors and securing them auditions. If a client gets a part, an Agent will negotiate the deal and will then collect payment on the client’s behalf, usually deducting commission for their work.
Absolutely not. Quirky Kidz will do their best to secure opportunities for every student but we can't make any promises. It is important to always set expectations to children when they want to work in such a competitive industry. With so many young performers all wanting to work professionally, being invited into an audition in itself is a fantastic achievement!
It's 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 for auditions every day for a week, then nothing for months. Others don't hear anything for a while but then when they do, they land a job which runs for 3 years! The performing arts industry is very unpredictable.
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.
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 child who may feel self-conscious, exposed and nervous. To enjoy an audition fully and keep those nerves at bay as much as possible, children should know their material inside out.
There are many roles for children in West End theatre productions, UK tours of plays and musicals, as well as parts in commercials, TV series, and feature films. There is also a frequent need for child supporting artistes.
When a child is under 16 years of age and offered paid professional work, they must 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 require a letter from their school, and occasionally will have to undergo a short medical to ensure they are fit to work. We will guide you through all this when it becomes necessary.
For film, television and commercials that is very rare. However, on occasions for theatrical auditions they may recall that very same day, therefore parents are informed there and then. The majority of the time the Casting Director will call us directly if they want to progress to the next stage. You should not try and contact them directly under any circumstances.
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 on to you, particularly if your child has made it through to the final stages for a part.
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 pay well, but most opportunities lie in TV or Theatre where the pay is lower. The objective to join the agency should be that your child loves performing, and would like the chance to do it more often, and in a professional environment.
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, for example after school and later in the day if it involves lengthy travel.