Frequently Asked Questions

 

Why Fresh Talent?

We accept people from all walks of life, ages, ethnicities, sizes and shapes. In fact, most clients want ‘real people’ and ‘character faces’, so as far as we’re concerned EVERYBODY has the right look!

Plus! We don’t charge any fees upfront, so it costs you nothing to get started.

What kind of people do you want?

If you can approach each job with an outgoing, relaxed and fantastic attitude no matter the situation, then you’re exactly what we need!

  • Yes! I am 100% reliable, punctual and professional
  • Yes! I enjoy meeting new people and working in different environments
  • Yes! I can handle long hours and lots of waiting around
  • Yes! I can get up at the crack of dawn if I need to

I am a non-resident of NZ, can I still apply?

Yes you can, but ONLY if you hold a VALID VISA with WORK RIGHTS and you must bring this proof with you at your Meet & Greet.

What else do I need?

  • Great availability
  • Reliable transport
  • IRD number (even babies and children)
  • NZ bank account

Agency Exclusivity

If you decide to join our talent agency, you can only be with us.  For us to represent you in the best way possible, you can't be signed to another agency at the same time.  Most agencies if not all, will have this exclusivity clause.

I don't live in Auckland, can I still apply?

No. We only accpet talent who live within the greater Auckland region.  On occasion we may accept talent from as far as Whangarei or Hamilton but you must check with us first before applying.

Do I need professional photographs?

A great photo makes all the difference, so we say ‘yes’, and highly recommend you invest in some.  If you are thinking of joining Fresh Talent, check out our FRESH SPECIALS page for photo packages that come with free membership.  

If you don’t have any suitable or current photo’s we will take headshots for your profile to get you started which is free when you JOIN US.
 

I’m really keen to join, do I have to meet with you?

Yes, you do.  We call it our ‘Meet & Greet’ session where you finalise some paperwork, we take your photos and discuss anything you want to know. Our office is based in Kingsland, Auckland.

When you click on Join Us and submit your completed online application, you will be emailed all the Meet & Greet info. 

 

So what are the fees?

There is a ONE-OFF joining fee which gives you a lifetime membership on our books.

We have two payment options to choose from:

PAY AS YOU GO – this is our ‘no upfront fees’ option which means you pay nothing until you get booked on a job. We then deduct your joining fee from your first pays until it’s paid off. So we pay you, before you pay us!

PAY NOW – choose this option and you receive a massive 20% discount off the joining fee. 

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Free membership

If you pay upfront for either our CLASSIC or SUPREME photo packages you can join us for free!  Check out the FRESH SPECIALS page for more info.

Do you charge commission?

Yes, we charge 20% including gst on all jobs we book you on and it's deducted from your quoted gross rate.

What are the pay rates like?

For local TV shows, rates start from minimum wage *GROSS per hour and up.  For commercial, photography and film work, the rates vary and can be from $150-250 GROSS per day or up to hundreds or thousands of dollars per job.

*GROSS RATES are always quoted for jobs which means before commission and tax is deducted.

TAX & ACC
When you sign with Fresh Talent, you will be considered a CONTRACTOR.
You will receive SCHEDULAR PAYMENTS and your tax code will be WT.  This means:

1) You'll generally be required to file an income tax return at the end of the tax year
2)
You will be sent an invoice for your ACC levies directly from ACC (we do not deduct these levies)

We will provide you further information at your Meet & Greet, but strongly suggest you seek professional advice regarding your IRD and ACC obligations.  You can claim expenses against work you do for us and for most children you can get quite a significant tax rebate when you file a return.  So it's worth it to become informed and understand how it works.