Frequently Asked Questions
How Do I Join Munchkins?
To join our agency you will need to submit photographs through our Talent Application link. Once we have reviewed your application we will be in touch to let you know if we would like to conduct an interview. We do not accept everyone onto our books and it is dependant on what numbers we have in each age-group at the time of application.
We are currently recruiting fresh faces from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane & Perth. If your child/family has the potential to shine, we encourage you to apply!
I Have Been Accepted For An Interview, Does This Mean I Can Join The Agency?
If you have been accepted for an interview this means we are possibly interested in representing your child. We like to set up an interview to assess whether your child is suitable for potential work within the industry.
We are highly selective and only represent children that are confident and show potential, thus our reputation for supplying the industry with suitable children.
This is also an opportunity for you to ask us questions you may have. We encourage you to do as much research as possible as there are many facets to the industry and it is not suited to everyone.
Am I Able To Be Registered With Another Agency?
Absolutely not! We work very hard to promote your child under the banner of Munchkins and if you are listed with another agency we will not accept you onto our books.
Prior to accepting an interview with Munchkins we make it your responsibility to inform us whether you are currently registered with another agency or have informed them in writing you no longer wish to represented by them. Please bring this documentation with you upon Interview.
Under NO circumstances are you permitted to join another agency of any sort during your contract with Munchkins. If so, you will be automatically terminated from the agency without any further notice.
Am I Too Young/Old To Join Munchkins?
Munchkins represents newborn babies through to teenagers. We also represent "real families" as a lot of our clients prefer the look of real families to booking only models. If you are interested in also being represented by Munchkins please ask one of our friendly staff how.
How Many Children Do You Represent?
We do NOT accept all talent that apply to be represented by Munchkins.
Our numbers are capped on average at approximately 8-10 per category based on age, gender and state. This allows us to get to know our talent and provide a more personalised service whilst at the same time offer enough choice for our clients.
We endeavour to represent a wide range of ethnicities reflective of the multi-cultural society in which we live, and to meet the increasing demand from advertisers to reflect the diversity of their customers.
Once I Join Is Work Guaranteed?
We are unable to guarantee work as our clients make the ultimate decision as to who they wish to book.
We only register children on the books who we believe have a good chance of obtaining work in the industry. It is our role to ensure that your child is put forward for all available work he/she is suitable for.
What Kind Of Work Will My Child Be Submitted For?
Munchkins is a talent agency so we submit talent for catalogue, photographic stills, billboard advertisements, catwalk, Mini series, TV commercials, feature films, live theatre, voice-over work and the list goes on. Your child will only be submitted for work he/she is suitable for. Please remember that ultimately it is our clients who select the children they wish to use.
When And Where Does The Work Take Place?
Most of our assignments are scheduled during normal working hours Monday to Friday. The majority of work is located in studios close to the CBD areas of Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Brisbane. Some jobs do take place on weekends but this is a rare occurrence. Please be aware that most work takes place during school hours and you must be 100% comfortable with this. Flexibility and availability is essential to participate in the industry.
All work must adhere to Child Welfare Regulations which vary in each state. Due to Child Welfare Regulations we will not accept applications from talent who reside more than 90 minutes from the CBD.
How Much Will My Child Earn?
We have our own contracts and set fees with clients such as Target, K.Mart and Myer.
Munchkins will negotiate fees relating to your child's work pertaining to the job description, amount of hours and exposure of child's image for each assignment which can also carry a loading fee.
All types of work within the industry carry various fee structures and in most cases are set by the client. Children can earn anywhere from a few hundred dollars to thousands.
How Do I Know If You Are Reputable?
Munchkins has been successfully established for over 23 years.
Munchkins Management was actively involved in the formation and running of the VCAA (Victorian Children's Agents Association), which was an association representing the welfare and interests of children in the entertainment and modelling industry. This association is no longer active as Child Welfare now has strict and thorough governance over the conditions of employment for children.
We strongly encourage parents to do their research when choosing an agency to represent their child. Please take a look at our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter feeds to see the latest work our Munchkins are doing.
Is my Child's Information safe?
Munchkins State-Of-Art website is password protected and each child that joins has their own unique Username and Password. All of our clients also have their own log-in details. At no time do we give out your private information unless requested by the client for the process of confirmed work. We are required by law to notify the client of your Medical status and school child attending to complete paperwork for Child Welfare Regulations.
What do my Fees Include?
Your yearly fees include your initial set-up and registration on the books, a professional photographic shoot for the agency, promotion to our clients such as Casting Agents, Photographers and Major Advertising Companies. Inclusion on our State-of-the Art website for 12 months, maintenance of photographs on your child's webpage and also our monthly tailored Headsheet which in full color and sent to the clients to keep abreast of children currently listed with us. As a member you are also permitted to change your child's details on your webpage with your full encrypted log-in which only you have access to.
Once fees are paid in full, REFUNDS are NOT given if you simply change your mind or make a wrong decision.
Is a Contract Required with Munchkins?
No, we don't have a Contract however there are terms and conditions to be represented by Munchkins. Usually you stay listed with an agency for a period of 12 months as it does take some time to organise the internal photoshoot and get your child's image promoted to the Industry Clients. Your representation with Munchkins can be mutually terminated between the parties in writing at any time, however refunds are not provided.
What Commission do you take?
Munchkins deducts between 10%-20% commission plus GST from all work obtained.
Do I Need a Tax File Number?
There is no need to obtain a TFN unless you are specifically instructed to do so. On occasions we need to send Tax File Declarations to our clients however a TFN is not needed for this form for persons under 18. Munchkins is not your Employer but merely acts as your agent. Sometimes you'll be required to fill in a tax form when on set for films or mini series however once again a TFN is not required.