Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to the most frequently asked questions, useful guides and the small print.
Scallywags is a Child Model Agency based in Hoxton, London.
We have been representing babies, children and teenagers for modelling work in advertising, photographic, fashion and television commercials since 1984.
Our clients are advertising agencies, photographers, editorial magazines, fashion and production companies.
Whilst the majority of modeling work is in London you will also find jobs around other UK cities.
Staying Ahead of the Trend
In the world of child modelling and more broadly the whole fashion industry it’s a key factor to keep ahead of the norm. When the internet started taking form in the 1990′s Scallywags wasted no time in purchasing our domain, scallywags.co.uk. We became the first child model agency to create a website for child modelling in 1994. Scallywags were able to email clear, high resolution (as high as dial up modems would allow) colour images. This was a real game changer.
In 2004 colour printing became more affordable, with the onset of digital cameras and commercial laser printing. So, we launched the agency model book in colour for the first time. All previous editions since 1984 had been in black and white.
It wasn’t long before our clients started requesting more up to date photos of the children from us as opposed to 6 month old folio shots. Being an agency that listens to our clients we recreated our website to enable the parents of our child models to upload their own images. As more families have access to digital cameras in the form of mobile phones and internet access at home and on the go, the request became a reality. Clients now have job submissions from us with photos of the children taken on that very day.
To this day we continue to improve the technology we offer to help the child models and our clients.
At the Heart of our Agency
Our team of bookers are always sourcing new clients, collaborating with them and assisting them on bookings.
The agency fully manage our models, from sending them on auditions, confirming shoot details to invoicing clients and paying the models.
Scallywags plural of scal·a·wag (Noun)
A person who behaves badly but in an amusingly mischievous rather than harmful way.
Is An Agent Really Necessary?
Once you have decided to enter this industry the next step is to decide whether to go it alone or find an agent. The decision depends both on the ambitions of your child and the type of work they will be trying to get.
Modelling jobs for children are almost exclusively to be found through agents. Advertising agencies and photographers are too busy to advertise and hold open castings for every single job. They will either look first at the agency web site or they will go straight to an agent with a description of the type of children they need.
From that description, the agencies will look through their models and draw up a list of children who fit the requirements. The client will then liaise with the agency to arrange times and locations for castings. It would be virtually impossible to find modelling work without having an agent.
Stage schools, local drama groups and youth theatres might provide useful contacts in the business. It is possible that an unknown child will spot an advertisement in The Stage, and will go along to an open audition and land a major role, but agents are invariably the first to find out about such auditions and will ensure that their clients get to meet the producer or director.
Agents will also be the first stop for production companies who are hiring people for extra work in films and television. An agent will be told the number of children that the production company are looking for. If the agent is trusted and has a good relationship with the production company the children will be sent along to work on the day without an audition being required.
Agents have the necessary contacts and provide you with security. Having an agent is the mark of your professional attitude.
Finding the right agency
‘I know my child’s got talent but who can I trust?’
This is an all to familiar question that comes up and it’s not so easy, an agency with a prominent presence online is a great start. It means that they will be found easily by companies who are looking to employ child models or actors!
Here’s some simple checks to make yourself.
Word Of Mouth.
There is nothing better than personal experience. If you know any other mothers whose children are models, then their recommendation of an agency will be something you can trust. Contacting catalogues or magazines and asking them which agencies they use, that way you can be sure if an agency is in the habit of getting children work.
Trust Your Own First Impressions.
When looking at an agencies website or advertising campaign does it look right?
When emailing does your reply come from a business email or a Gmail/Yahoo/Hotmail account is there an official email signature, is the advice given well formulated or does it appear to be written off the cuff?
How Long Has The Agency Been In Business?
A well established agency which has been around for a long time will have had time to build up a good reputation and client list.
Find Out What Jobs The Agency Is Involved In.
There are different methods of doing this, contact an agent and ask them about the current jobs or see a job listing online.
The majority of our work can be viewed on our Jobs page, our Facebook page and Pinterest.
Once you have an active membership our bookers will send your child’s profile to clients whenever they match a job brief. To better assist us please use high quality photos and studio shots where available.
Measurements are also quite important, especially as the industry has a very fast turnaround. If our bookers can get your childs profile over to a client first without waiting on new measurements it will greatly increase our chances of securing a booking.
The job board is there so you can see what we are working on. You can help us by being proactive and letting us know what you are available for by clicking the I’m Available button.
Because our bookers make numerous suggestions each day, we can only contact you when your child is booked or if we require more information.
Our first port of call will be to contact you by phone. We recommend you store your mobile number with us. We will usually start sending out emails with details as outgoing calls are being made. If we don’t get through to you we will leave a message and continue to try and reach you.
The auditions are between 4-6pm for school age children and earlier in the day for babies and pre-schoolers. Jobs will mostly be during the day so time out of school is 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 next day. Being available to attend will obviously increase your child’s chances of success with us.
We would love it if you can make every audition but we realise that parents have work and other commitments. It’s helpful to inform us of holiday dates or other general unavailability. If you can’t make it after you have confirmed please be sure to let us know. This will allow us to replace your child with another and give someone else the opportunity.
We need to get school permission for shoots. Most schools are aware of how the industry is. Unless you land a permanent role in a TV show it will just be the odd day here and there. For permanent roles and touring, private education is always provided. Our bookers will help you through the simple license application process when the occasion arises.
We would love to guarantee all of our little Scallywags work! Our bookers get a great sense of achievement when our kids get booked and are filled with pride whenever they see them on TV or in magazines. However, it’s up to the casting directors, clients and photographers on who is seen and ultimately booked. Taking note of all of the the above will give your child a very high chance of securing work.
First you’ll need to apply, it’s super easy. Just register using your email address and start filling out your childs profile. You will need to have some photos ready to upload for us to assess. Once your child’s profile is complete you click a button to apply. This can be done at any time during the year and your child will be put in a queue for assessment.
Once we receive your online application it will be reviewed by the members of our team. Response time can vary but it shouldn’t be longer than a week. You might hear from us sooner if we are working on a job that your child matches.
We receive an enormous amount of applications and can’t take everyone on, we would not be able to offer that many children a good enough chance of securing auditions and bookings. Our clients also expect to only receive prime candidates from us. For these reasons we can only accept a certain percentage for each age group. If you don’t get in first time please give it a few months before trying again as our circumstances may have changed.
Once you receive an offer of representation from us you will need to become a member.
By becoming a member you will have your child’s profile made active so it can be viewed by our clients.
You will also be able to apply for and leave comments on our job board.
It’s helpful but not essential to live near London. The majority of the work was always in London and a lot still is. Since rent prices for studios have slowly risen more clients have gone for out of town studios. There are other notable media hubs in Manchester and Birmingham.
We take on new borns to teenage models.
The assessment is completed on the photographs submitted at registration. Any further assessments are completed by the client at the time of audition. Our members will be considered for photographic, commercial and live film work.
We are a sole agency. There are some exceptions so please check if you are unsure.
I was the photographer on a shoot for the YMCA last week – our model, Bradley, came from Scallywags. I just wanted to commend Bradley: he was very friendly, professional, patient, a pleasure to work with and great to direct. – SIMON BRANDON
They are so cute, Lexi is such a gorgeous model, you can see why we wanted to use her again! Thanks again for all your help! – RACHEL RILEY
Thanks again for all the models, they were great. – MY 1ST YEARS
Also, do me a favour and email both Leon’s & Zara’s parents and say how well their kids did. They were great, particularly Leon whom arrived smiling and didn’t stop all the way through! – MOOKIE (MIKE D)
Harry was amazing, such a lovely boy, very easy to direct and truly stunning! – LA PIETE MAGAZINE
He was an absolute star and we really enjoyed working with him. (Arjun Nagra) – BBC / CBEEBIES
Epson MUFC Shoot – Just wanted to say a big thank you for your help with today’s shoot. A great crew (some of the usual faces, some new) helped make it go very smoothly! Hope to work with you again soon! – FELLOW PRODUCTIONS
Thanks so much for your quick response! You are a life saver. – KARSTADT
We are chuffed to bits with the shots. Standout kids were Isa, Sienna and Ayva, they were gorgeous and brilliant. Thanks so much for all your help. – KIDDICARE
Just to say that Sara was an absolute star on Saturday and made the best tiger ever! She loved her hair so much! – KITTY GALE
The spots are now on-air on E4. Hope you like and thanks again for all your work on this job! – SASSY FILMS
Just wanted to say thank you to you and Clint for all your help yesterday. George was an absolute star and so easy to work with – we’ll definitely be recommending him to other teams in our agency for any future shoots they’re working on. We’ll share a link to the video when it goes up next week. – GOLIN
Thank you so much for your help with getting Imani & Jessica for our shoot they were both really great! – RE:PRODUCTION
Thanks for your help over the past week getting Michelle on board for the Bluewater Christmas shoot, went really well yesterday! – 23RED
I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you all for a great couple of days. The atmosphere on set was superb and a happy crew make fun shoots with great results in my humble opinion. From the footage I’ve seen and from the reaction of agency and clients on the day this seems to have again be proven true. I really do appreciate all your efforts and hard work, it is duly noted. – PARK VILLAGE
Fantastic! Thank you very much for helping me to turn this around at short notice. – ARGOS
Hi Rosie – we really enjoyed working with the kids and their guardians. The “never work with children and animals” proverb definitely didn’t ring true for us! – DOBBIES
Your First Audition
The audition can be anything from a 15 minute chat with you and your child, to a much longer session where the child will be asked to go through some of the motions that will be required from them on the shoot.
Photographs will probably be taken, perhaps even a screen test with a recording on video. Young children may be asked to play games to see if they can accept direction. Older children, going for a part in a drama may be asked to read something from the script.
It is extremely important that you are always punctual for your auditions and jobs as our clients do not take kindly to people arriving late and upsetting their schedules.
Always make sure your child knows they are represented by Scallywags. Please let us know if your child loses any teeth or has a complete change of hairstyle.
The more relaxed your child is the more professional they will appear. This also applies to mums and dads. Do not express surprise if your audition takes just a few minutes, or if there are more than a dozen other candidates present.
You are not told immediately the result of the audition. If your child is chosen we are normally informed within a few days. If we do not call you please feel free to call the office to check there has not been an oversight.
Once your child has been confirmed for the job we will negotiate all contracts and rates with our client. The fees will then be approved by you. As details of the job come through we will pass the information along. There are many factors involved when producing a shoot, because numerous people are involved it all normally comes together quite late on in the schedule. So the time and location are normally finalised the day before.
We have always had a good working relationship with all our mums, dads and children and try our best to be a friendly agency. However we must appear professional to all our clients. You are all individually special to us and we know without your cooperation Scallywags would not be what it is today – one of London’s top child model and talent agencies for babies, kids and teens.
Using Suitable Photos
Pictures are one of the most important things when applying. We need to see your face and body shot in a clean and professional way. If you have professional portfolio or studio shots please upload them. A client will prefer to see that your child is happy not just with parents but also with strangers taking their photo. If you do not this simple guide should help you get the most out of your digital camera.
Get assistance in taking your photos, you can’t do it on your own. Photos need to be shot in good light. The background needs to be as clutter-free as you can make it. Standing against a blank wall is perfect. Be near natural soft light settings, direct sunlight may dazzle the photo and make it look blurry.
If you have long hair take one shot with your hair tied back so that we can see your full facial structure and a second shot with your hair out. Like the photo, you must present yourself as a clean, uncluttered canvas. Do not make the common mistake of over-dressing. A simple vest and a good pair of jeans are ideal. Posing In terms of posing, stand up straight with your shoulders back. We prefer a relaxed, neutral expression and also a smiling shot. This gives us a good idea of bone structure and versatility. Stand with your arms casually at your side and body straight, looking directly into the camera in front of you. Ensure you also have a facial close up and full length taken.
Things to Avoid
Friends, family or other people in shot Blurry unfocused images, the pictures should be sharp enough to show the details A self photo taken in the mirror Photos of photos Face paint For Babies and Toddlers Remove dummies or pacifiers Remove earrings If your child is accepted onto our books we would recommend they have some professional photos taken.
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As part of our website you can register on line and sign up to apply for the various roles advertised. When you register to use the service, there are further terms and conditions that are set out below.
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Third Party Services
Applying for roles
You understand that when you apply for a role, your contact details and any information entered into your personal profile will be sent to Scallywags Agency. This includes any photo you have uploaded.
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Spam and your email address
Your email address is used to identify your membership, and to sign in to the site.
After registering with scallywags.co.uk you will receive emails, containing casting calls and auditions matching your profile. You may also receive our email newsletters, account updates and information about scallywags.co.uk features.
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Help using the website
The job board is not working.
You must be logged in to post your availability to the job board. Once you submit a post you should see it appear in the list. Jobs are updated in real time and posted as they arrive at the Scallywags office. If something else is not working click the help tab on the page you are receive the error message and follow the prompts to submit a screenshot.
I can’t find my children on the site.
If you are searching for your child using specific search terms try broadening them. If your child is showing as ‘Active’ in your admin area then they are visible on the site. Please check the details you entered for your child carefully. Also try searching for them by name.
My payment went through twice.
You may have clicked refresh while the transaction was taking place. Please email us the following information; the email address you used for PayPal and your child’s name. We will send you a refund for the duplicate.
I have forgotten my username.
Your username is usually your main email address.
How do I delete a photo?
To remove a photo make sure you are logged in and on the photo tab in the admin area. Hover over the photo you wish to delete and a cross will appear in the top right corner. You can delete the photo by clicking on that.
How do I delete my account?
Please send us an email to email@example.com with this request.
How do I change my username?
Please call the office to confirm your identity and we will be able to amend your username.
Can I change my subscription plan? Is my subscription active?
Your expiry date is displayed on the membership tab in your admin area.
How do I cancel my subscription?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with Cancel in the subject line and your child’s name and PayPal email address in the body.
How do I put my subscription on hold until further notice?
Please contact the office and we will be able to offset the expiry date.
How do I change my payment method or add a new card?
If you wish to change the way PayPal bills your account you would need to do that in your PayPal control panel. Log in to PayPal. Then you should be able to find it under My Profile (Grey Box with silhouette top right corner) > My Money (Left hand Menu) > My Pre-Approved Payments (click update) > Scallywags > Primary Funding Source.
I have forgotten my password, how do I reset my password?
Click the forgotten password link on the login page.