How do I become a Starfish Kid?
Every single Starfish Kid is important to us, so we like to make sure we’re right for you and you’re right for us. First, contact us via phone or email, then we’ll ask you to send us a recent photo of your child.
From there, we like to conduct a 20 minute face to face interview. It gives you the opportunity to learn more about what’s involved. We’ll explain how the industry works and how we operate, and also assess if your child would be suitable as a Starfish Kid.
If you’re invited to become a Starfish Kid, we’ll arrange a photo shoot, which gives us what we need to create a profile on our website. This photo shoot is held in our Warriewood studio and takes between 30 and 45 minutes.
Membership fees are due at the time of the photo shoot. For more details, view our membership page.
How do I become a Starfish Kids Family member?
Starfish Kids also invites real families to become members of our agency. If this is something you’re interested in, please read the details above on ‘How do I become a Starfish Kid?’
How do I know you’re a reputable agency?
Starfish Kids has been in operation for more than a decade and the owners, Hannah and Michelle, have a background in television and film production. We like to think our client list speaks for itself! We’ve worked with brands like David Jones, Just Jeans, Big W, Nickelodeon, and our talent have also worked in major feature films such as Wolverine and The Great Gatsby.
Our clients regularly recommend us and we have a strong reputation in the industry among casting agents, advertising agencies, directors and production houses.
Also view our About page for more information.
What ages do you represent?
You can become a Starfish Kid if you’re aged 4 months up to 18 years of age. We also represent real families of all ages, and mums and toddlers.
Who are your clients?
We’ve been in business for more than a decade, so our client list is broad and ranges across the advertising, television and film industries:
- All Australian casting agents
- Advertising agencies
- Production houses
- Television Networks – including Nickelodeon
- Audio Production houses
- Major brands such as David Jones, Just Jeans, Big W
- Magazines – Studio Bambini, Shop Til You Drop, Total Girl, Girl Power, Girl IT
- Fashion Labels – Indie Kids, Seafolly, Sosooki, Fred Bare, Witchery Kids, Cupid Girl & Waverat
- And the list goes on.
What type of work do you offer to kids & families?
Whether you are interested in modelling, advertising, television or film work for your child, Starfish Kids secures work for our talent across all mediums, including:
- TV commercials & stills advertising campaigns
- Feature Films
- Television series
- Modelling in catalogues & magazines & fashion lookbooks
- Voice Overs
- Short Films
- Corporate Videos
- Music Clips
- Extras Work
Do you accept everyone that applies to Starfish Kids?
No, Starfish Kids is a boutique agency and for that reason, we limit the number of children in each age category. This is to ensure personalised service and is based on a genuine assessment of whether we feel we can secure you work.
Do you accept kids from outside NSW?
At this time, we only represent NSW based children and families.
Are there any management fees when accepted into Starfish Kids?
Yes there are management and photographic fees, these are based on a twelve month contract period, and each age category has different management/photographic fees, as follows:
- 0 – 3 yrs: $395
- 4 – 12 yrs: $495
- 13 – 18 yrs: $295
- Families: $150
- Mums and toddlers: $150
For full membership details and what’s included, please view our membership page.
Do you charge a fee for the interview process?
No, there is no charge for an interview. It’s an opportunity for you to learn more about Starfish Kids, how we operate and the industry, while we assess the suitability of your child.
Do you take a commission from money earned on jobs?
Yes, we take a percentage of jobs booked to cover our time for representation and booking management. Our rates are as follows:
- Jobs under $100: 10%
- Jobs over $100: 20%
- Family bookings: flat rate of 15%
How does my child get paid?
When you become a Starfish Kid, we’ll ask you to provide your bank account details for your file. Any money you earn from jobs booked will be transferred directly into your nominated account.
The usual process of payment is that once a shoot is complete we’ll process an invoice and then notify the parent via email once the payment has been transferred into your nominated account.
Payments are only made once we receive moneys from our clients.
How many children do you represent?
We are a boutique talent agency and it’s our aim to secure as many Starfish Kids with work as possible. It’s also our desire to provide personalised service and get to know the children on our books, so we set a limit of 30 Starfish Kids per age group. Currently we represent approximately 500 in total.
Do we need to be exclusive to Starfish Kids or can we have another agent?
We view dual representation as problematic because conflict of interests can occur between brands. It can also cause complicated price wars between agencies, which can potentially lose your child money they deserve. Therefore we do not allow multiple agency representation as part of our contractual agreement.
Do you guarantee work?
Unfortunately, no, we cannot guarantee work, although we do our best to secure work for every Starfish Kid where possible. Ultimately it is the client’s decision on talent selections and we don’t have any influence in the selection process.
How does my child get work?
Below is a brief outline of the process by which your child can get work via Starfish Kids:
- Your child’s profile: your child has a secure profile on the Starfish Kids website and also on Casting Networks, which is a search engine for Casting Agents.
- Starfish Kids receive a ‘brief’: our clients seek ‘talent’ by sending us a ‘brief’ outlining their specific requirements. The brief details the type of job, the type of talent required, what special abilities may be necessary, the shoot dates & talent fees.
- Starfish Kids recommendation: we then submit children who match these requirements to the client for consideration.
- Talent invited: the client then invites their choices to a casting where they will take a photo of the child, ask them to do a quick chat to camera introduction and perhaps some improvisation. In the case of a modeling casting the children will simply have to have a quick photo taken and perhaps a quick chat with the client.
- Shortlisted callback: after the initial casting, shortlisted talent may then be required to attend a recall or callback casting (in television and film jobs).
- Child placed ‘on hold’: if your child makes it onto the client’s final shortlist, they may be placed on 'hold'. This means they’ve made it through to the final stage and are subject to client approval.
- Confirmation or release: your child will either receive confirmation of the job or be released from the on hold status, if not confirmed.
Occasionally clients will select kids directly from our website without a casting.
How often will my child have to attend castings?
It varies for every child and will also depend on trends in the market place.
What are my potential earnings from a job?
Approximate rates are:
- Photographic & Advertising Rate $75 – $120 per hour + any loading if applicable
- Catalogue Work $75 – $100 per hour + any loading if applicable
- Television Commercials $100 – $20,000 + any rollovers if applicable
- Editorial $150 per half day
- Film & Television Series $100- $48,000 (as per Actors Equity rates)
- Loadings $100 – $18,000 (for billboards, packaging, posters etc)
What is a casting & do I get paid to attend a casting?
A casting can also be known as an ‘audition’ and does not attract any payment. This is the process by which your child is chosen for a job. Castings are generally held after school but can also sometimes be held during business hours. At a casting, the child is often photographed, asked to try on clothes and dependent on the role, they may be asked to do a piece to camera.
What much notice will I receive for a casting and where are the castings generally held?
Castings are generally arranged at short notice, on the same or following day. Most castings are booked with an average of 24 hours notice, for the following day. Castings are usually held in the eastern suburbs or inner west or CBD of Sydney.
Will my child have to miss any school to attend casting or shoots?
Castings are generally held after school. If your child is successful in securing a shoot, most are scheduled during normal working hours (ie Monday to Friday). Parents will need to be available and committed to supporting your child for shoots. Shoots can also occasionally be scheduled on weekends.
Where are the shoots generally held?
Most shoots are within the Sydney metro area, however if shoots are held outside of Sydney, (either interstate or internationally) the client will pay for all travel and accommodation expenses.
Are my child’s details secure on your website?
Starfish Kids takes your privacy seriously and all of our talent’s personal details are password protected and made available only to those with our express permission.
Are there any regulations that govern children’s employment?
Yes, there are. Please view the Children’s Employment Regulation information for parents and guardians.