How do I apply to join The Sirius Agency?

We are looking for all enthusiastic, confident, performers with a passion for the industry. You certainly don’t need to be the finished article, if indeed there is such a thing. Polite and articulate with an ability to learn and develop. You and your family will understand the demands and commitment of the industry. You will face highs and lows, so resilience and patience will be required. We will offer a limited number of auditions with our team. The content of which will vary with age, but we would generally like to get an idea of the ability to learn a few lines, take direction and improve with instruction. We will also want to see the areas of interest demonstrated to us be it acting, singing or dancing. That said, the most important trait will be the enthusiasm of the individual and the whole families appreciation of the demands.

Do I need an expensive portfolio?

You do NOT require an expensive portfolio to apply to any agency. Snapshots 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!

Some companies have been known to charge thousands of pounds for completely useless portfolios, websites, z-cards etc. Companies who provide such things are NOT agencies and parents should be aware that any ‘reputable’ agency will insist on meeting and testing their own artist before signing them, regardless of any experience gained in a studio. Any agency that does not want to meet a performer 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.

Do Sirius accept all applicants?

No. We will unfortunately decline some applications to ensure we only have the right artists on our books. This is for the benefit of all concerned. That said, all is not lost. We have a number of experienced individuals both in house and whom we recommend externally from our choreographer and acting coach, to dialect, vocal and audition coaches. These services can be accessed in person or in some cases via video conferencing, to develop the individual. We will then take advice from these people as to how the applicant has developed and may well offer further opportunities.

Age Classifications:

4-18 You will be asked to become a member of Spotlight Young performers. If under 18, a parent or legal guardian will be required to sign contracts on behalf of the young performers.

18-25 You will now sign your own contracts and once you have a professional drama qualification or 4 qualifying credits, we will recommend you take Spotlight Professional membership. You will be able to stay on the Young Performers membership until you are 25.

Over 25 You will now need to have the requirements for Professional membership of 4 professional credits or professional drama qualifications. Of course, where a client is close, we would endeavour to negotiate with Spotlight. See links below for details of approved qualifications.

Spotlight is for professional performers, so to become a member you need to have either formal drama training to graduate level, or have had paid speaking roles in at least four professional productions (in either television, film, short films on the BAFTA short film list, theatre or character driven voice work).

As a rule of thumb these two websites will include all the courses that are accredited and therefore recognised by Spotlight and Equity – FDS and CDMT

Can I join the actors Union, Equity?

From the age of 10, you can join Equity. Criteria can be found on their website

Should an agency charge a fee?

Although it is not illegal for a talent agency to charge for website inclusion in line with BIS regulations, it is not considered the norm by reputable agencies. For modelling only, it is illegal to take up front payments.

What are the costs to join The Sirius Agency?

There are no up front fees to join Sirius. The only costs will be £106 for under 25’s and from £162 over 25’s paid directly to Spotlight for inclusion on their industry leading database.

What is our commission rate are we sole rep?

We charge 20% commission on all work. Due to confusion when clients have been booked to auditions by multiple agents, many casting directors will reject submissions from those registered with multiple agencies. As such, we are your sole representation within the period of the contract.

How often can I expect work?

The amount of work an artist is booked for would depend on many factors. It is important to understand it is the client and not the agency who chooses the models & talent for their campaigns. No agency can therefore guarantee work and any who do should be avoided. Some artists are booked regularly, some occasionally, whilst others may not be so lucky. We do however believe that by submitting artists that are suitable and match the brief rather than by volume of casting will produce the best outcome for all concerned. We also ensure professional, ethical representation at all times.

How much do child models earn?

All jobs are different and earnings will depend on the client, campaign and how much, how long and where the campaign is featured.

Average earnings for under 25’s are below:
TV Commercial – £180 day rate
Film   TV – £100 (extra) – £150 (day rate)
Photographic – £55-£95 per hour
Additional usage applies to tv commercial and photographic work £560-£28,000, depending on territory and time Commission is not applied to travel costs. Our agency commission is 30% for photographic & commercial work and 20% for stage and theatre.
The above rates are a guide; the agency will always negotiate for the best rate for a child and to secure the job. The more the child earns, then the more the agency does!
For a wider span of earnings, we recommend Equity for this and indeed recommend membership. Even children aged 10-17 can be members if they have at least one job and earnings in excess of £250 in an area of work covered by Equity.

What does “On Pencil” mean?

When a suitable artists is matched with a brief, or have successfully progressed through a casting process, they may be sent enquiries to see if they are available for the job or asked for instance to begin child licensing . As soon as you respond to such an enquiry to say that you are available for the given shoot day/s, you are on a PENCIL. Usually this will be confirmed by us. You must then stay available for the given shoot date/s. If something else comes up that you would like to do on a day you are pencilled for, you must first check with us to see if you can be released BEFORE taking the other opportunity. At that point we will either try to confirm you for the job or release you. Artists should always make every effort to be sure to honour pencils. To be very clear though, On Pencil does NOT mean that you have secured the job. Frustratingly, this can often be very last minute and is only fully secured once paperwork has been signed.

Are Travel Costs Reimbursed?

You are not normally able to claim travel back from castings or shoots. If you do a shoot outside reasonable travel distance to your area then we can claim travel. For any television work the chaperone would get a day rate of between £70-£100. Work secured abroad is always covered for travel and accommodation, rest days and work days.

What about school?

Most auditions are between 4-7pm for school age children and during the day for those younger. Assignments will mostly be during the day so time out of school may be necessary. It is a professional working industry and our clients shoot times reflect that.

Most of these bookings come in with very short notice, usually the next day. Being available to attend will obviously increase an artist’s chances of success with us.

We would love it if you can make every audition but do realise that parents and guardians have work and other commitments of their own. As such, we will always need to know all times where castings would be impossible.

If you cannot make it after you have confirmed, you must let us know. This will allow us to replace your child with another and give someone else the opportunity whilst not letting our client down.

The agency and client needs to get school permission for shoots held during school hours. Most schools are aware of how the industry is and a performers licence is obtained from your local education department which works with your school. Unless you land a permanent role in a feature film, TV show, or stage production, it will just be the odd day here and there. For permanent roles and touring, private education is always provided. Our bookers handle all licensing on your behalf with the client when the occasion arises.

Once education has been completed to GCSE level, licensing is no longer mandatory, but if only out of courtesy, educational establishments should be informed.

Additional Application Information

This industry can be hugely fun and rewarding in multiple ways including in some cases, financially. That said, it can also be frustrating, hard work and frankly sometimes unfathomable.

We want all of our artists and their family to understand this.

What to consider:

1. Is the young performer prepared for and understanding of “rejection”? Just remember, the key thing is, that for all the efforts of an agency, sometimes, the client has someone very particular in mind. It is never ever a reflection of the performers ability. We will try and get feedback where possible to improve future chances. Please note, we ask politely that you don’t contact us for that. Rest assured, if we have it, we will provide it to you.

2. Last minute is so often the order of the day. We will often get requests with 24hrs notice to casting. This will mean communications at all hours and days. It will also mean picking your child up from school after a long day with a script on the seat for them to learn for the next day. Then it’s an email to the school to ask for approved absence. Further to the school section above, it is crucial the school is onboard. They will probably have experience of this, but be honest. There may be a run of requirements then nothing. Assure the school that the industry protects children, but you must also assure the school that you will take mitigating steps to catch up on missed work. You must then make sure it’s done!

3. Remember there will be quiet periods and busy runs. You haven’t been forgotten.

4. Castings are often in city centres. We focus on London castings, but occasionally we will ask if you are prepared to travel. That said, for some, particularly theatre opportunities in London, you may be expected to have or be prepared to accommodate at least within the M25.
Thankfully, more and more castings are being done by self tape. This we can advise you on when required.

5. Have at least 6 months on all your passports.

6. Think about chaperoning. Often, chaperones are provided by production companies when required. Indeed, in some cases such as theatre tours, parents are not allowed at certain times. That said, have you considered a long overseas offer. Will you want or be able to travel with your child?

7. Plan your travel well and leave plenty of time. I always leave at least an extra hour if travelling in to London. Your child will pick up on the tension if you are running late and will not perform as well. On the other hand, arriving early, finding the venue, then popping off to a coffee shop for a treat and run through of any script will work wonders. Remember to relax them. They can only do their best!

8. If they are consistently not enjoying it STOP! We can just stop putting them forward for a little while. At a young age they should be enjoying it not treating it as a job or pass/fail.

9. Remember in a lot of cases it’s about the individual not just the performing. Remember, if they are on our books, we not only believe that they have a performing ability, but we believe in and like them as a person. Encourage them to be themselves and remember the audition starts when they walk in the door and check in at reception to the moment they politely say thank you, goodbye and leave the venue.

10. Finally, in the last few paragraphs, I’ve tried to give honest considerations, but overall as a family, we have enjoyed our experiences. We have experienced both good and bad experiences of agencies and the industry, but it is definitely worth it if you go in with open eyes. Our son has developed as an individual by performing in general, undertaking professional work has also taught him to handle rejection, improved his communication skills and boosted his confidence. I wholeheartedly recommend the industry to the right people.

I hope this has been useful, please feel free to get in touch and we look forward to welcoming you to the Sirius Family.

Kind regards, Nick Harvey

Audition Day – How to Prepare

It is only natural to feel nervous it is completely normal to feel that way.
It just goes to show that this means a lot to you and that you want to do your best.
At Sirius all we ask is that you try your best.

We are not here to trick you, mislead or scare you. We just want to get to know you and find out a little bit more about you so we can put you forward for roles that are suitable.
Feel free to ask us any questions if you have any, we’ve put a few tips together to help your audition run as smoothly as it can go.
Good luck, keep smiling and most of all have fun!

1) Get there early – have a drive to the venue the day before if you can. Make sure your sat nav can find the address.
Check out the parking facilities, bring some change for the parking machines – This venue is free! But for future casting calls…

2)Look the part, dress smart as you want to give your best impression. clean hair, clean face and clean teeth. No fake tans!
Clothing must be ironed, smart/casual and without stripes, patterns or logo and make sure it fits well.
Keep it uncomplicated, a simple tee-shirt in a colour which suits you will be better than an over complicated look, layers of clothes also work well.

3) Learn your lines (if you have any!) Are you singing a song? Have you memorised the words? Does your backing track work? Is it on your phone/CD? Are you doing a monologue? Written word? Poetry? Dance?
Whatever you are going to show case always be prepared.

3) Be prepared to wait, we try our best to be fast paced but these things take time so feel free to bring a book or make your teacher happy and bring your homework!

4) Pack snacks, by this I mean water or plenty of fluids to keep hydrated as some of the rooms will be warm.
There aren’t any shops nearby so I would pack a sandwich or something for lunch as we don’t want to hear your growling tummies on camera!

5) Be polite, this goes along way (not just at auditions) but life in general!
There will be casting team members scouted around the venue if you have any questions.

6) Be yourself, this is really important, we want to see you and how you interact with other people.

7) Give yourself a big pat on the back for being here, you’ve done the boring paperwork, now this is the fun part.

8) Don’t forgot that you are amazing

Sirius Young Performers Limited client booking terms

All clients should read this carefully before booking a model or performer.

As required by department of employment regulations, Sirius Young Performers Limited booking confirmation containing the terms of the booking must be signed and returned by the client before the shoot date. Failure to do so may result in the cancellation of the artist. These terms are supplied to the client at the first point of contact to the agency and proceeding to work with the agency is an understanding of these terms. Once an artist is introduced to a client by way of submission and/or casting/shoot, Sirius Young Performers Limited are to act as agent to that artist regardless of any subsequent requirements for the artist to fulfil the said assignment. Likewise, any repeat jobs and correspondence regarding that artist is to be with Sirius Young Performers solely. It is understood that booking an artist from Sirius Young Performers is an acceptance of this understanding until otherwise agreed between the client and Sirius Young Performers as agent.


Permitted use in general, photographic fees cover the right to use one image for one year from the date of the booking, in the UK only, for the initial Permitted use.


Booking fees are charged by the day or by the hour. Extra half hours or parts of half hours shall be paid at half the hourly rate. Equity contracts excluded, the day booking is for a 7 hour period including a 1-hour lunch break. Unless otherwise agreed the minimum booking is for 2 hours.


Overtime rates apply before 9am, after 6pm and on all bookings over seven hours. (a) The overtime rate is a one-and-a half times the daily rate between 6pm and 12am. (b) A special rate is negotiated for night work between 12am and 9am.


Fees for fitting are charged at half the hourly rate with a minimum of £25 per hour.

5. (a) USAGE

Additional fees are payable for the right to use photographs (or reproductions, or adaptations of, or drawings there from, either complete or in part, alone or in conjunction with any wording or drawings: including electronic reproduction) for all known or anticipated purposes other than the initial Permitted Use. (E.g. packs, posters, show cards, record covers, swing tickets etc.) In general, the additional fees cover the right to use one image for one year from the date of the booking, in UK only, for the purpose or purposes agreed. In the event that a client publishes, releases, prints, airs an image, footage, or material without consent of the artist, or their Agency, (i.e. Sirius Young Performers Limited), the Client understands that they will remain solely responsible for any subsequent legal claims and costs incurred. The Agency is not responsible for breach of Intellectual Property Rights issues arising because of any misuse of material in any form.


Additional fees are also payable for the right to use the photographs (or reproductions, or adaptations of, or drawings there from, either complete or in part, alone or in conjunction with any wording or drawings: including electronic reproduction) for all known or anticipated territories other than the UK. In general the additional fees cover the right to use one image for one year from the date of the booking, in the territory or territories agreed.

6. (a) USAGE 2

It is the client’s responsibility to notify the agent and negotiate additional fees (including extensions of existing agreements) for any usage, which may be required or anticipated subsequent to the time of booking as per 6 (a), above. (b) TERRITORY It is the client’s responsibility to notify The Agency and negotiate additional fees (including extensions of existing agreements) for any territory, which may be required or anticipated subsequent to the time of booking as per 6 (b), above.


All bookings, except Equity Contract TV commercials, will be subject to a 20% commission fee on all shoot and usage fees 30% modelling only. Fees will be invoiced by the agency, unless otherwise agreed at the time of booking. VAT where applicable and any agreed expenses will be added where appropriate.


All travel costs should be reimbursed with valid receipt and will be included in the final invoice. If the parent is driving, petrol should be reimbursed at the standard rate of 25p per mile. This is calculated from a recognised route finding application such as Google Maps.


All invoiced payments are required within 30 days of the date of invoice. In all cases the person booking the model will be invoiced and solely responsible for payment, unless otherwise agreed at the time of the booking. We reserve the right to invoice the €˜ultimate client’ (i.e. designer/manufacturer/owner of the product in question). All fees are for the right to use pictures and once agreed, are payable whether or not the use is appropriated. We reserve the right to add the interest at the rate of 1% per month to overdue accounts without prejudice to our rights to recovery.


A special fee will be negotiated when the work is in conjunction with a product, which precludes work for competing products. It is the CLIENTS responsibility to check whether conflicting work has been done. If a model advertises a product, he/she is able to work for any competitor unless an exclusion fee is negotiated.


Provisional bookings will be automatically cancelled if they are not confirmed within 24 hours of the proposed booking, or if a definite booking is offered and the provisional cannot be confirmed.


If a booking is cancelled within 24 hours of the starting time, the full fee will be charged unless the same model is re-booked within 24 hours, in which case half the fee is charged. Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays are excluded from these calculations. However, if a booking is cancelled due to illness or some other reason beyond the models or agencies control (and upon the production of the appropriate evidence) the model shall not be liable for cancellation charges. This is a reciprocal arrangement between models and client.


At the first cancellation, a half-fee is charged unless the client fails to cancel in time to prevent the model’s attendance, when the full fee is payable. At the second cancellation, the full fee is charged.


Clients are responsible for models meals, unless client requests child/parent to bring along a packed lunch or otherwise beforehand, at the time of booking.


Payment of the agreed fees confers the right to make use of the model’s services on the catwalk for the specified show and the right to use photographs and video of the show reporting purposes only. Any other usage must be negotiated at the time of the booking.


All fees will be invoiced to the record company or ultimate client. For all videos the normal daily rates will apply PLUS a buy-out to be negotiated.


A Photographer is not entitled to use test and experimental photographs for commercial purposes unless specific arrangements have been made before the photographic session.


The photographer is not entitled to use any of the images he or she takes for any usage beyond that agreed under sections relating to usage above. The photographer to this extent agrees to restrict use of his copyright and if the model agency client is not a photographer, the client is to draw these Term & Conditions to the attention of the photographer and obtain his agreement to them before the shoot commences.


The client is responsible for the models health and safety when the model is travelling, or providing services, in connection with the booking to the same extent as if the model were an employee of the client. The client will maintain adequate insurance cover to underwrite its obligations to the model. The agent is not responsible if the model fails to attend the booking. The client is advised to insure against any losses, which might result if the model does not keep a booking because of ill health, or some other reason.


These terms and conditions for booking and all other matters connected with the booking are governed by English law and any dispute will be settled in accordance with that law by a court in England.


Any cause for complaint should be reported to the Agency when it arises. Complaints cannot be considered in retrospect.


Children under 16 years of age require a licence for paid performances. It is the client’s responsibility to licence the children. Please note to put a licence in place takes a minimum of 5-10 working days, depending on the council involved.


Please note that should you wish Sirius Young Performers to apply for a Child Performance Licence on your behalf, there will be a fee of £20 per child, whether or not the child is confirmed. Please note that: Whilst every endeavour is made to provide satisfactory and efficient service to our clients, we cannot be held responsible for a models conduct on an assignment. We reserve the right to negotiate within the structure of these Terms & Conditions. It is the clients responsibility to arrange insurance if indemnity is required against a models inability to attend through sickness or unforeseen circumstances. PLEASE NOTE As the supplier of services, these Terms and Conditions take precedence over any Terms and Conditions, which may be received from the client even if those Terms and Conditions have a clause similar to this. All fees are to be negotiated only with Sirius Young Performers Limited. It is not permitted for a client to use photographs, or footage for any use whatsoever until all fees are paid in full. Usage is to be paid to Sirius Young Performers for additional use for all footage, images and data which was achieved whilst an artist was registered with Sirius Young Performers, whatever the circumstances or time lapse involved (incl. the artist having left the agency, or represented by another). In the event an artist leaves the agency and cannot be contacted any fees paid to the agency in such circumstance will remain in a Client account for a period of 12-months, after which time will become the property of the agency. It is not permitted for a client to have direct contact with an artist/parent without prior arrangement by the agency and in writing. Any arrangements made with, or contractual obligations agreed to, by the artist, with the client and without the written agreement and/or knowledge of the agency, will not stand and Sirius Young Performers Limited accepts no culpability for such agreements. Whilst every endeavour is made to provide a satisfactory and efficient service to our clients we cannot be held responsible for a models conduct on an assignment. We reserve the right to negotiate with the structure of these Terms and Conditions.