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Spotted FAQ's

Why apply to join Spotted?

Spotted is the new name for an existing agency that was first established in 2017.

Spotted is a boutique agency.  This means we keep the numbers of child actors/models on our books low in order to provide a bespoke service.   This means we aim to ensure we have a diverse range of talent in each division and in each age range. We like to get to know all our models and actors so that we can submit them for the right jobs.

We aim to nurture all our talent. We are a talent agency primarily and submit our talent for model work too. You are welcome to apply without training or experience and if you only require model work the agency will need to pass your application to our model department for assessment, so please state this in the messages section of your application.

If you are not selected, it doesn’t necessarily mean you are not talented, it just may mean we may have too many children with your look or ability currently in the agency and so we, therefore, cannot faithfully represent you. 

Sole representation

From 1 January 2020 Spotted became a sole agency. This means that you cannot be registered with other agencies.

How does the agency earn its money?

The agency earns commission on work secured.  It does not charge commission on travel expenses and does not charge registration fees.

How do I apply to join Spotted?

The Spotted books only open three times a year for children in January, April and October.

However, our books are open all year round for babies and toddlers (aged 0-3 years). Notification of when the books are open are made via social media.

To join you will need to submit an application form, found on the ‘Apply to Join’ page of the website, when the books open. 

Sadly, we do not accept postal or email applications. Should your application be successful, one of our team will contact you via email, or phone, usually within 14 days.

If you are unsuccessful then you are more than welcome to apply the next time the books are open. 

What are the costs to join Spotted?

There are no fees to be represented by our agency.  We do however ask our artists to cover the cost of their own fully searchable website where clients can view and select children for work.

Children: £65 for website set up hosting, administration and app download and covers the assessment day. 

Siblings: If siblings apply together the cost will be £95 for the two and £145 for three

Family: Should a family wish to apply with group photographs at least one child or adult already accepted into the agency there will be an additional £20 to be added for an additional searchable section of the website.

If you would prefer your child to just be submitted for photographic modelling, subject to acceptance by the agency, the agency set up fee will be taken from your child's first earnings.  You will be notified in writing of this.

We work with some of the biggest names in the industry, an industry which is highly competitive. We therefore must insist our artists have only images of the highest quality on their webpage to offer to our clients.

The website allows you to log in and update/add details and images.  You will also be able to download a free app which will allow us to notify you of castings and allow you to advise us of your child’s availability.

All children over 3 years old must have head shots taken with our agency photographer every year to ensure that our Spotted website stays uniform and up to the same standard to allow clients to easily compare artists. It is also a further opportunity for us to reassess your child’s profile for our agency work.

For all children under 3 years old they can use snapshots, or professional images, it is your choice. We supply parents with an updates chart explaining how often the images should be updated as per our client’s requirements.

Do I need formal training to join?

In short, no, as we are looking for dedicated and passionate individuals who may not necessarily have had the opportunity to train before.  We will provide advice to help you train and we will offer our own casting workshops via the Spotted Academy.

We are a talent agency primarily and submit our talent for model work too. You are welcome to apply without training or experience and if you only require model work the agency will need to pass your application to our model department for assessment, so please state this on your application.

Do you only accept applications from certain areas?

Most auditions or castings are held in London or Manchester.  Typically, we say only apply if you are within 1 hour’s commute of these two centres as most of the castings are at short notice. 

However, we will accept applications from further afield, but you may need to attend for castings at your own cost.

More and more castings are now being requested via a self-tape.  A self-tape is where an individual videos themselves, often reading a script, and submits this to the agency from home.  This means that there is less of a requirement to come to the casting centres for the initial casting but there may be a requirement to travel there if the artist is recalled to meet the director. 

Assessment day

If selected, all children will be invited in for an assessment afternoon with us.  We will meet children in age groups and individually to see how they might perform at castings. 

A full assessment will be written up following their time with us.  This is all part of the joining process and is important information for the agency when placing a child for work.

Following the assessment day, you will then be notified whether you have been successful. The agency is very selective as to who it accepts. 

We will encourage all children who are accepted onto our books to train in the dramatic arts or in musical theatre and we will shortly be launching the Spotted ‘Academy’ where we will be providing casting advice and guidance for adults, children and parents in the industry. 

Photography

It’s important to show the children to their best potential and our photographers ensure that the style of photography on our website stays uniform and to a high standard.

Parents are more than welcome to send in additional headshots that they have arranged themselves and these will be kept on file should casting professionals wish to view them, however these headshots will not be featured on the website.

Do you take on extras?

An extra is someone who may just want a walk on or non-speaking part.  We do take on children to be extras.

Does Spotted accept all applicants?

Sadly not, we will only take on applicants that we feel best suit our client requirements.

Equal opportunities

We welcome applications from all children regardless of age, gender, race or disability. We are increasingly receiving submission requests for a diverse range of children.

What happens to my details if I am unsuccessful in the application?

Under GDPR legislation we do not retain any information concerning adults or children who are unsuccessful in their application and their information is deleted.  We take privacy and personal information very seriously.  Please see the privacy policy on the website.

Will you guarantee me work?

No agency can guarantee you work since the amount of work a child is booked for depends on many factors.  It is important to understand that it is the client and not the agency who chooses the models and talent for all their campaigns.  The agency will submit you for all jobs that you are suitable and available for.

We receive many casting requests a day.  It is important that you have up to date headshots and sizes on your profiles so you can be put forward and be seen by our clients.

Will my child’s picture be visible on your website?

In short, no.  Pages of our children and family section are all password protected.  Clients who would like to view children’s portfolios need to request access and background checks are done on the clients first before passwords are released to them.

What is Spotlight and do I need to join?

Spotlight is a company that “connects performers to roles in theatre, television and film productions.” 

Spotted is a Spotlight approved agent. Spotlight Children and Young Performers directory is the UK’s definitive database of performers aged 4 – 25.

Children can join any time after their 4th birthday. Only children who are represented by an agent are eligible for Spotlight membership, which is why they are the casting community's most trusted database of young performers.

We strongly advise all our children to join Spotlight. It costs an annual fee of £100 which is payable directly to Spotlight. 

Please note that unlike some agencies, Spotted does not charge any administration fees associated with this registration.

Access to Spotlight's online database is only available to vetted industry professionals.

Auditions and Your Commitment

The agency and their clients need to get school permission for shoots held during school hours. Most schools are aware of how the industry works and a performers license is obtained from your local education department which works with your school.

Unless you land a role in a feature film, TV show, or stage production, you will most likely need time off for at most 5 days across the whole year but equally it could be as little as an afternoon but it is very difficult to be specific. 

For touring roles private education and chaperones are provided. Our bookers handle all licensing on your behalf with the client when the occasion arises.

Most auditions or castings are received with very short notice, usually the next day. Being available to attend will obviously increase a child’s chance of success with us.

Most auditions are between 4-7pm for school age children and during the day for those who are younger and are usually held in London/Manchester.  So, accessibility to these centres is key.  Whilst it is desirable to live within 1 hour’s commute to London/Manchester we will accept applications from further afield who are ready to commit to the industry.  Please note that casting fees are sometimes not offered by production or typically do not cover you and your child’s travel costs and should be born in mind when applying to the agency. 

The agency will always advise you at the time of booking in for the casting whether travel expenses will be payable by the client.

We would love it if you can make every audition, but we understand that parents have work and other commitments of their own.

We provide a calendar for you to inform us of holiday dates, or other general unavailability.

As non-attendance at a casting after acceptance can seriously affect the reputation of the agency, this factor will be taken into account at the agency renewal date.

Who can attend castings?

Any responsible adult can take your child to attend castings and auditions including grandparents, brothers/sisters provided you have given permission for them to do so. 

However, only a parent/legal guardian or a registered chaperone can accompany your child to a shoot/model assignment/TV/film production due to licensing restrictions.  Please bear this in mind when applying to the agency for child representation as you may need time off work as a parent to fulfil the obligations of the work.

If the role requires a longer commitment, then the production company may supply a registered chaperone.

Is this right for my child?

Only you can determine whether this is right for your child and we can help determine this at the assessment day. This is a very competitive industry, but it can also be a highly rewarding one for your child particularly when your child sees themselves in magazines, TV, in a film or lands a stage role.

Equally, the industry is not right for every child.  If a child does not land a role or is not recalled for a role, then it can knock their confidence and sometimes very young children may find this difficult to understand.

Children under the age of three years old should be calm, contented and happy to be held by people they haven’t met before. 

As an agency we may not hear about the casting results for several days or weeks and generally we will not receive specific feedback on your child’s performance in the casting.

It is important as a parent that you make the whole process fun, and in this highly competitive industry even attendance at castings are viewed as a huge success and an opportunity to improve a child’s confidence and self-esteem.

Does my child need their own bank account?

The short answer is yes.  Any payment we receive from assignments will need to be paid into their account and on successful application you will need to provide us with these details.

When does my child get paid?

The agency pays your child as soon as the production company pays the agency.  Please note that this sometimes can be at least 60 days following the assignment.

Further help and advice

If you need further advice, please do not hesitate to contact agency@spottedtalent.com