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 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.

$99 - 18 years and older
$49 - 17 years and younger

Our Money Back Gaurentee

If we don't OFFER you work within 6 months, then you will get a full refund. However, you must meet our criteria to qualify!
These are:
1. YOU must be 18 years plus!
2. YOU must have your own realiable transport
3. YOU must have great availability

If you we offer you work and you turn it down for whatever reasons, then the gaurentee no longer applies.

 

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 - your obligations

Working for Fresh Talent means:
- You will become a CONTRACTOR
- You will receive SCHEDULAR PAYMENTS
- Your tax code will always be WT
- You are required to FILE a tax return
- You are liable to pay your own ACC levies 

As an extra or actor working for Fresh talent, you are considered a 'part-time self employed' contractor.  This means you can claim certain expenses against any schedular payments (the money we pay you) you receive from us.  It also means you have to file a tax return and then ACC will send you an invoice for their ACC levies.

We will provide you further information at your Meet & Greet, but strongly suggest you seek professional advice regarding your IRD and ACC obligations whilst working as a contractor for us.