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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I apply?
    CHILDREN – As a member of Sally King Casting, your child will be suggested for any supporting and featured roles in Film, TV, Theatre and Commercials, for which they match the brief. Simply click ‘apply’ and fill in the application form. A private profile will then be created for your child, of which only we as agents and you as parents have full access to. This should be completed fully with all the information we need to cast and pay your child, including contact details, recent photo, measurements, skills, performance licensing documents and child’s bank details (this cannot be a parents account). Once you have applied, you just need to update your child’s profile on a regular basis. Please ignore the questions aimed at adults such as National Insurance Number. We review new applications every three months and if accepted you will then be given further information. We also offer representation and management to a select group of child clients. Some jobs (mainly cast roles) are only advertised on what is known as the ‘Spotlight’ directory and is another way for us to promote young performers for casting opportunities. Those accepted for ‘Spotlight’ representation with us tend to be performers that are particularly suited to the type of castings that come through the directory – mainly those aged 4-13 years & 16-20 years – for more information on how to apply for representation through Spotlight with us, please email ADULTS – We offer representation and management to a select group of adults. Clients must have graduated with a minimum of a year’s professional training from a full-time accredited drama school or university course or have at least four professional credits. Spotlight membership is also essential. Applications, CVs and showcase invitations should be sent to ALL ADULTS WISHING TO BE SUBMITTED FOR SUPPORTING ARTISTE WORK, SHOULD IN THE FIRST INSTANCE, APPLY TO ENTERTAINMENT PARTNERS.
  • How does it all work?
    1) We will receive a ‘brief’ outlining the nature of the role(s) 2) We will select specific suitable clients suited to this role(s) 3) We will then carry out an ‘availability check’ on suitable clients – please note that at this stage this does not mean a role has been confirmed, we are simply checking AVAILABILITY 4) We will then confirm available clients to the Casting Director/Production Company 5a) For supporting artiste work we will then usually receive confirmation from the production as to which clients they wish to use and we will confirm this as a booking. If not selected you will receive a ‘release’ message. 5b) For Cast/Lead roles there will usually be a casting – we will confirm audition dates/times if selected to attend 6) We will then notify the client if selected and confirm attendance Although every effort will always be made by the Sally King Team to submit clients for every suitable brief they match – this is an ever increasing competitive industry, and there is never any guarantee you will be called in for a casting or secure work.
  • What happens if selected?
    Once confirmed for a job there are several things that may happen – 1) All children in school year 11 and below are required by law to have a child performance license – this is why it is essential that the documents (birth certificate, part 2 and medical declaration) are kept up to date on your child’s profile. We will apply for the licence, but without these documents being up to date your child could miss out. The turnaround with licences can take between 5-20 working days depending on your child’s education authority. 2) Some jobs may involve a compulsory costume fitting before the day of the shoot – please consider this when accepting a role for your child and make sure your child’s measurements are up to date. 3) It is extremely important that once selected you do not cut or alter your child’s hair in any way. 4) For cast roles, parents/adult clients will usually be required to sign a contract and we will negotiate this on your behalf. 5) Once all of the above have been confirmed, you will generally not hear from us until the day before the shoot – call times, location and any other details are generally not given out until the afternoon/evening before the shoot – this is the way the industry works, due to many factors such as weather, location, schedules etc. and we have no control over this. As soon as we have the information we will then contact you via our automated check in system.
  • What are the terms of Sally King Agency?
    1) We agree to represent clients on the basis of SOLE agency representation (excluding photographic modelling and voice over) 2) Current rates of commission are CHILDREN – 15% on Theatre productions, 22.5% on Film, Television, Commercials and Print media. ADULTS – 12.5% on Theatre productions, 15% on Film, Television, Commercials and Print media. 3) Parents understand that they must be committed to transporting their child to castings/the designated pick up point in/around London and the Home Counties. 4) Client’s will keep their profile, CV and availability up to date on a regular basis 5) Once a child has reached compulsory school age, parents are not permitted to look after their children on set and will instead be cared for by one of our trained, Enhanced DBS checked, experienced, professional chaperones. A letter of agreement outlining further agency terms will be provided to those listed on Spotlight and registered with us for representation with Sally King Management
  • Is there a cost to join the agency?
    Sally King Agency charge an annual administration fee, in line with many other agencies, and within BIS regulations. In order for your child to be considered for castings you will be required to pay the yearly Admin fee of £78 (including VAT). This includes activation and administration of your child's website profile. PLEASE NOTE – the administration fee is only applicable to clients aged 5 to 19 years of age. Children are constantly changing and with the advent of technology and, in particular, smartphones, up to the minute photographs are now being requested by directors and assistant directors in place of professional shots for supporting and smaller roles. This should be a head and shoulders shot and full length shot, of just the child, against a plain background with good lighting. Please do not spend lots of money on these! We also run our Agency Workshops in April, May and October each year. There is no extra cost for the workshops, and they are an excellent opportunity for us to catch up with parents and children, advising on how you can update your child's website profile to enhance their casting opportunities. The children participate in an acting and audition technique workshop. We also have a photographer on site who will take a basic casting shot to use as a template for your own updates throughout the year. Workshops take place in Twickenham. If your child is accepted for Spotlight representation through us for cast roles, then you will need to pay an online subscription directly to Spotlight, currently £114 (including VAT) to join their database. A professional photoshoot is also recommended.
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