TDA is affiliated with the ACADEMY KIDZ AGENCY, giving our students the opportunity to receive professional representation in the Performing Arts industry.
Academy Kidz has been running for over 10 years and is a BBC preferred Agency run by experienced Casting Director Felicity Cutting. Academy Kidz has exclusively opened their books to TDA students who wish to apply to join the agency. Students must take either a Speech & Drama or Acting class to be eligible as the majority of roles supplied through the agency are acting based in Film or Television.
Am I eligible?
You must be:
A TDA student aged 3 - 18 (inclusive) who attends a Speech and Drama or Acting Class
OR a sibling of a TDA student, aged from birth - 3 years old.
What are the costs?
There will be a small cost for an audition. If you are successful in your audition you will be offered a 12 month contract with Academy Kidz. You will have to pay an agency fee (approx £35) which covers the cost of a headshot (taken by their preferred photographer) and listing in their artists online catalogue. There is also an option to film a showreel to be published alongside your headshot at a small additional cost (approx £45 total cost including headshot and catalogue inclusion). The agency will also take a small percentage of any earnings as is standard within the industry. The amount will be detailed in your contract.
Academy Kidz Casting agent Felicity holds audition days for TDA students twice a year. To apply for an audition slot please complete and submit this FORM (click on link). We will then be in touch to let you know the next available audition date & location (either Hinckley or Ripley)
What If I'm successful?
If you are successful you will be offered a place on the agency for 12 months (the contract only remains valid while you are a student of TDA). You will need to travel to Academy Kidz HQ in Derbyshire to have your Headshot/ Showreel Filmed.
Here are the main things to consider:
You may have to film a self tape or travel to an audition at short notice, anywhere in the Country.
You need to be reliable, prompt, courteous and confident.
You may receive several auditions in a year or none there is no guarantee.
You may land several parts or none there is no guarantee.
You must not chase the agency for work.
You will be paid for your work should you be successful in being booked for a job however payment will vary depending on the company you will be working for. Some pay very little, some a lot!
Parents will need to take you to any auditions/ jobs but may not be allowed to enter the venue. Academy Kids has a network of professional Chaperones who escort children into jobs.