In the Autumn only, we organise photo sittings for Spotlight Casting Directory. Details are circulated in writing. The approximate cost is £53.00 per sitting plus £95 per entry to Spotlight. We are only able to represent pupils with a current entry.
Full time pupils are automatically solely represented by Redroofs Agency. The School will not agree to external Representation for theatre, television, film, commercials or other media for any full time Redroofs pupil. For engagements, the school, on behalf of the production company, arranges a licensed chaperone and contracts are generally issued. The Agency will negotiate a rate for the engagement.
The Agency will work together with parents upon request to obtain a Licence to work. A copy of the licence will go to the child's school. The Agency comprises all full time pupils and some of our part time pupils. Any job secured as a result of an audition or activity through our contacts shall be deemed a Redroofs Agency commitment.
How does it work?
We receive casting information via Spotlight, or direct from casting directors to our own website www.redroofsagency.co.uk , through our longstanding relationships and reputation.
After our submissions are made, and from discussion between ourselves and the Casting Dept the young actor may be invited to audition/meet. An appointment will be scheduled. Often these run during school time and where possible we will schedule these after school hours.
Auditions generally take place in Central London although more and more often Casting Directors are choosing to visit us during the school day, to meet our full time pupils and selected Part Timers or to select at pre-cast level before they invite actors to a London based audition.
Auditions may be interview, short "into camera", prepared readings, or extended meetings. Depending on the nature of the audition pupils may be required to wear Redroofs uniform or to dress appropriately. They may be accompanied by a parent to the casting. Where groups of children are attending from our agency we will endeavour to group appointments for lift share/chaperone share. At this stage chaperones if required will be paid directly by the parent. Our chaperones will charge in the region of £10 per hour and will liaise with parent for payment. They will look after your child and return to an agreed point, usually our main Bath Road building. Pupils should bring train fares when travelling by train and the chaperone should also be reimbursesd out of pocket travel expenses.
Parents/chaperones take the child to the casting but NOT into the audition room.
We do NOT always receive feedback unless we are asked to recall. If a child is selected for recall they will usually have text to prepare. If a child is "pencilled" the parent will be required to begin a licence. Some authorities will require longer periods of time to process paperwork so it is vital that the process is started immediately. (Please note that some LEA depts close during holiday periods)
The parent will be required to provide a copy birth certificate, passport sized photos , a school letter from the Head stating that they are happy for the child to participate, a doctors letter, and details for a Part Two of the licence application. These will go directly to the childs Local Education Authority (LEA). This is defined by the council to which you pay your council tax (and NOT necessarily where they are educated).
We will arrange a licenced chaperone to accompany your child on request. From time to time we can arrange for the parent to chaperone on a professional job. No other relation may chaperone a child on a film set unless he/she is licensed as a Chaperone. (To arrange a chaperones licence please call your LEA direct. The process takes at least 6 weeks and may include home visits prior to licensing).
The school agency will arrange the logistics. Any contact made directly with parents shall still be subject to Redroofs terms assuming it has been the result of a Redroofs introduction.
Parents are reminded that all fees earned by the child are subject to a commission and that while we do all we can to secure prompt payment, we cannot be held responsible for late or non-payment. In cases where school fees are in arrears the Agency Commission will be deducted, expenses passed on and the fee will be offset against the child's account. This is not negotiable.
Commission Rates: from July 2013 until further notice
Commercials/tv/film and all media 20% of the gross fee; daily rate theatre 15% of rehearsals and daily performances (expenses are free of commission) ; Chaperone fees 15%
How can you best support your child?
Please ensure you have regular access to email. Many of our auditions are circulated by email and often you will be required to download scripts for auditions.
Please ensure all Spotlight information is accurate including height, playing age etc and that photographs are updated each year. Our Video 1:1 recordings are proving useful for casting purposes and provide Casting Directors with a good insight into the personality of the young actor before the call-in. When your child is booked for a job please update their record via Spotlight LOGIN pin.
Please ensure that your child is correctly prepared for auditions. If they are issued with a script they are expected to learn it.
If asked to start a licence please do this at speed! Doctors may take a few days to produce a letter needed for licencing and this will be crucial to an offer.
Please be philosophical and realistic! The casting experience should be positive and while often short, is valuable training for life! As your child is not relying on securing work to pay the mortgage our belief is that this is a positive part of education. Please keep it light and keep it fun! The right child will be offered the role - if the child is the best suited child for the role, it will be theirs!
Parents transferring children to our Agency should ensure that their previous Agent is given the required notice of any transfer, and we require a 6 week window IN WRITING if a child is leaving our Agency. This ensures that any suggestions already made on behalf of the child can be fulfilled. Any work for which a client has been offered (whether or not they have already attended a casting) will be seen as a Redroofs commitment and in the same way we will honour this agreement towards other Agents for children joining our Agency. Redroofs is a member of the TMA and Agents Association.