Frequently Asked Questions
We have become the industry's preferred agency when selecting children for work and all because of our application and assessment process. We also manage adult models actors & extras of all ages.
We are required by the IRD to deduct income tax from your earnings. For the entertainment industry the rate is set at 20% plus GST and is referred to as a tax on Scheduler Payments (formally Withholding Tax).
Do I need an expensive portfolio?
NO you do 'NOT' require an expensive portfolio to apply to an agency. Snapshots from your phone are fine so beware of companies claiming to 'help' or 'prepare' you for this industry. You do NOT need a portfolio to apply to any agency!
We receive in excess of 5 calls a day from parents & models who have paid hundreds and sometimes thousands of pounds for completely useless portfolios, websites, comp cards etc. Companies who provide such things are NOT agencies and parents should be aware that any 'reputable' agency would insist on meeting and testing their own models under camera before signing them, which if you are based in the North West and do not have your own photos we will invite you in and test you FOC regardless of any experience gained in a studio. Any agency that does not want to meet a models and test them should be avoided as clients insist only those 'capable' of the task asked be sent. An agency cannot know an artist well enough to send to a client with confidence unless they have met and assessed them. No agency will allow a model to present their own comp card to their client, nor supply, or use their own website to their clients. Our agency produces comp cards them for a small fee which is taken from the models earnings.
Does Majestic accept all children/adults who apply?
No. We decline many applications weekly to ensure we only have the right artists on our books. We receive approximately 500-1000 applications weekly and those who are successful are invited in to meet their booker if local tour office or have never professionally modelled before. We are an extremely busy agency securing work for our children & adults, so it would prove impossible for a booker to invite everyone in to meet them and carry out her regular agency duties. Our philosophy is to only accept an applicant who we feel would make a fantastic addition to our agency portfolio. Majestic children are cute, unique, have a great personality and a temperament to cope with the varying demands of this industry. Majestic Adults are reliable, eager & committed.
Children Terms & Conditions
Are there any fees?
We always advise parents/models that applicants should always be aware, despite being badly informed with gossip, all successful and reputable agencies will charge something to be on their books. It is illegal for model agencies to charge upfront but not talent or casting agencies; however it is legal to charge from the models earnings. That saying Casting/Talent Agencies are permitted to charge for website inclusion along with comp cards and test shoots. We supply children & adults for all areas of the industry and are a Model/Casting/Talent Agency supplying kids & adults for photographic as well as TV, at no extra charge. Even those agencies who claim not to charge will hit you with 'you now need to pay for this to be seen by our best clients' once on their books, so beware! This we do NOT do, we only charge once yearly and this comes from your earnings. Some agencies will accept from images alone and never meet their artists (if the photos are to agency standards) and some will invite you in to meet them and charge fees for a test shoot if you do not have photos or your images are not to agency standard.
Here at Majestic we prefer to do things differently.
If we like a child, or adult, based on their application, then they will be contacted by one of our bookers and invited in for a meeting. This will allow a parent to see how their child (or adult artist) reacts in a studio environment, whilst also allowing the agency to see beyond the application by gauging their character and see how they take direction under camera, as to see how a child/adult engages and takes direction is crucial. The agency booker will be the photographer and a full assessment will be written on their time with us. This is all part of the joining process and invaluable when placing them for work as we only send the best to our clients.
How do I apply to join Majestic?
There are no fees to be merely represented by our agency, but artists are asked to cover their own expenses for website fees; standard with all the major child /adult agencies. Our agency website is what clients use to select children & adults for work.
Children: £100 for the first year and then £75 for continuous years to cover children until they reach 16yrs and is to be taken out of earnings as standard with BEIS regulated Employment Agency. You are able to use your own portfolio, (if to agency standard) or you can book with our photographers to create one; details provided if accepted.
Adults: Our adult section has a yearly website cost of £150 and then £100 for continuous years. You are able to use your own portfolio, (if to agency standard) or you can book with our photographers to create one; details provided if accepted.
We work with some of the biggest names in the industry, an industry that is highly competitive. We therefore must insist our artists have only images of the highest quality on their webpage to offer our clients.
What is our commission rate and why not a sole?
Our commission rate is between 25% - 35%. Majestic are not sole, you can register with more than one agency, we only ask that you notify us of any other agency you're registered with as a courtesy measure and that it has to be out of 45 miles radius.
How often can I expect work?
This can vary on many factors for all artists. It is important to understand it is the client and not the agency that chooses the artist for their campaigns. No agency can therefore guarantee work and any who do should be avoided. We at Majestic make no false promises, nor guarantees.
Some artists are booked regularly, some occasionally, whilst others may not be so lucky and land nothing. This is the game sadly, this industry is very cut throat and competitive. We do however have an extremely high percentage of our children & adults out daily on castings and shoots and can guarantee that we submit all those to clients when they are suitable and match the clients brief. We also ensure professional, ethical representation at all times.
We receive over 20 briefs a day (including weekends!) so as long as you have up to date photos and sizes our clients will see you. We want our children & adults working as much as they do, that is where we earn our money, please do understand this!
How much do artists earn?
All jobs are different and earnings will depend on the client, campaign and how much, how long and where the campaign is featured and of course the artist.
Average rates are below:
TV Commercial - £100-£180 day rate (again this can vary depending on the client and what we agree to secure the booking)
Film & TV - £100 (extra) - £150 (day rate) (again this can vary depending on the client and what we agree to secure the booking)
Photographic - £40-£95 per hour (again this can vary depending on the client and what we agree to secure the booking)
Additional usage applies to TV commercial and photographic and again can vary if applicable, depending on territory and time Commission is not applied to travel costs. Our agency commission is 25% -35%. The above rates are a guide; the agency will always negotiate for the best rate for the artist and to secure the job, once again please understand this. The more the artist earns, then the more the agency does!
Additional Application Information
Please Note; we cannot consider incomplete applications, or those with incorrect information. We simply do not have the time to reply to unsuccessful applications as much as we would like to, however if you wish to call us to see if we have received your application as sometimes they can get lost or misplaced due to the high volume of applications and the size of the files you submit.
We do not accept applications from those only seeking model work. We are a Casting agency primarily and submit our talent for model work too, not the other way around! You are more than welcome to apply without training or experience.