Have you got a question for us? Take a look at our frequently asked questions to save you time.
How does Elisabeth Smith work?
Once we receive your application, we will respond to successful applicants within 10-15 working days. Should we want to invite your child to join the agency, you will be sent full details of the next steps. It is not our policy to meet with children before letting them join us, however we are only too happy to arrange an appointment to meet with us if you wish.
Please read the FAQ's and Join the Agency pages on our website so that you are sure your child is suitable for the industry.
Do you accept everyone who applies onto your books?
We receive over 100 new applications a week. From these we only accept 10% as we will only take onto our books children and teenagers who we believe will find work. Unfortunately we are unable to contact unsuccessful applicants.
I have been approached by, or come across other companies that offer to take photos, build my child a website, fill out agency applications or offer a full list of potential agencies for my child to apply to. They are looking to charge me money to do so. Is this something I need to do for my child to be a model?
No, this is not something that you need to do for your child to be a model, with Elisabeth Smith or any other reputable child model agency. We only deal directly with parents of applicants and not any third-party representation they may have. Please be aware that there are many scam companies that will try and tell you otherwise, if you are unsure, please call us to discuss before you part with any money or personal details. We will be able to let you know if they are reputable or not.
Does it matter where I live?
You need to live less than 1 hour's travel time from Central London.
I work so can someone else take my child to shoots?
No, children must be accompanied by either a parent, legal guardian or a registered chaperone.
How can I tell if I am joining a good and reputable agency?
The length of time an agency has been established is a good indication of their reliability. Obviously, you would expect a better track record from an agency which has been successfully placing models in jobs for years, compared to an agency which may have only been in existence for a short time.
Ask the agency to give you some names of clients and call them to collect feedback on the agency concerned.
How long has Elisabeth Smith been established?
Elisabeth Smith started as a family run business which began trading in 1960. It was the first child model agency to be established in the UK and over the years, has become one of the most well known and popular agencies for babies, children, teenagers and families.
How does the agency earn?
The agency earns commission. We take between 25% - 37.5% commission on all fees depending on the type of work (excluding travel expenses).
Once my child is registered with the agency, are they guaranteed work?
No agency can absolutely guarantee you work; if they do, think about joining another agency. Please be aware that it is always the client’s decision as to the child that is chosen.
What we do guarantee is that we only take babies, children and teenagers onto our books who we feel that we can successfully place in jobs.
What happens once my child is registered with the agency?
Your child will be put forward for all suitable opportunities, based on briefs sent to us by our clients.
How can I help my child get work?
In order to maximize your child’s chances of getting work, it is really important to have up-to-date photos and measurements on the website. We ask you to send us updates every 4 months for babies, and every 6 months for the older children.
How will I know when a client is interested in my child?
As and when a client asks to meet your child for a casting or book them for a shoot, we will contact you by email or telephone, so please make sure our email address is saved in your contacts.
Still have a question? If you didn't find the answer you were looking for, feel free to contact us and we will be happy to help you.
"I have worked with Elisabeth Smith for over 15 years and have always found their professionalism and service impeccable. We have booked some amazing children, of all ages, and got beautiful photographs from our shoots. I would highly recommend Charlotte and her team. "
Ali Covele - The Bright Side
"We have been with a few agencies in the past and find Elisabeth Smith the most easy to deal with! The efficiency and family feel to the agency make it a real pleasure to be on their books. Elisabeth Smith work with quality clients who make the shoots really fun. My two sons have worked with Kinder Egg, Great Little Trading Company, MCS and have even been in a promo film and on the front cover of a book!"