"As a parent I am truly grateful for the opportunity. Saeed simply loves that he is able to work and play at the same time. He gets very excited about his bookings. Even though it’s work and sometimes tiring it is enjoyable. It has been an incredible growth experience for him being a shy boy I see him becoming more confident. Thank you for your amazing positive vibes."
— Sukaina (Mom of Saeed) —
"I always had reservations about my kids doing any kind of modeling work; and I was very hesitant when we were approached by booker Talia Fourie a few years ago to sign Haley-Rae and Oliver with Topco. After much soul searching and Talia’s kind and thorough guidance, we agreed. Needless to say, 4 years and countless jobs later, we are ever so glad we took the plunge! My children and myself have been on so many exciting adventures and met so many incredible people in amazing places I can’t begin to pick a favourite! From glamorous hotels to makeshift lemonade stands, from quirky homes to sun bleached sand dunes and sprawling beaches. We have visited corners of the western cape that we hadn’t even dreamed of. We have made so many friends and worked with many interesting models including a budgie, a pony, a few mischievious dalmations and a chicken. The children would most definitely agree that the highlight of their “career” was the opportunity to appear on the Expresso Show with booker Sian Klose and chat with Bonnie Mbuli about child modeling. They felt like mini celebrities. As a parent; their interactions with teams of clients from around the world and their learning how to communicate, participate, take direction and most importantly BE RESPONSIBLE for their work on set has been the most important. Watching my children become independent and confident in their roles has been amazing. I feel these experiences will see them excel in any chosen profession. I have always been cautious about mentioning the earnings to them as I don’t want them to feel pressured in any way to land jobs; my husband and I reward them after a job well done with a toy or treat of their choice, and the rest is quietly tucked away until they reach 21. I cannot wait to hand it over to them and watch them do something truly meaningful with it. As in any industry, unexpected situations will always arise and miscommunication will always be a factor. I have always felt secure enough to call Topco while we are on set and have never felt that anything but our best interests were at heart. My advice would be to always have Topco contact details on speed dial and to let the Agent step in if anything were to become uncomfortable or confusing. My words of wisdom to any new “mommagers” would be to look beyond any earning potential and focus on the life lessons and experiences gained while modeling. Seeing your child blossom in front of the camera and the amazing photographs are so special. Keep your child grounded at all times by reinforcing that it’s a privilege to get chosen and that sometimes it is simply not their turn."
— Brett T (Dad of Haley & Oliver T) —
"I have been with Topco since my daughter was a baby, so almost 12 years if memory serves. I have found the Agency and the staff efficient, caring and highly organized. More importantly they have made my daughter feel special and at home with the agency. In all this time I have never once thought of moving or changing agencies, they have always steered me well in my decisions and the process of modeling and its impact on my child. We love the team. Congratulation on your Amazing new website. You’re TOP CLASS."
— Vanessa B (Mom of Georgia) —
"Topco has been our booking agent for 8 and a bit years now and have been really awsome in getting our kids out there and into jobs. There have been too many awsome jobs to only pick one but a few do definately stand out. H&M, Cubus, M&Co and Boden have really made and impression right through to the production companies they use, really proffessional and well run shoots. Earning potential varies greatly from job to job and we have not been picky in this regard, you have to take the good with the bad. All the money has been invested for our kids which should provide them with a nice little payday when they leave school, studies will obviously come first. We have 4 kids so chaos is pretty much part of our daily lives but it does help to be very organised and keep tabs on EVERYTHING, from casting and shoot dates and times, fittings, call backs payments. I also have a hubby who does lots of driving around and waiting.
Advice for new moms?
- Get a diary. Now actually use it.
- Find some patience. You’re going to need it on those hot summer days when you’ve been waiting at a casting for 3 hours.
- Go to as many castings as you can. No one is going to use your kid if he’s never been seen.
- If you get a job, take it. The little ones really do lead to the big ones.
- Keep some games or activities at hand.
- Most importantly, you and your kid need to have fun, parents mustn’t pressure their kids, the children must want to do it so that it is fun for everyone."
— Michelle (Mom of Ryan, Liam, Jemma, Abigail) —
"My boys have been with Topco since 2006 and we have loved every minute. Matt, Claire and Sian are incredible and always looking after the boy’s best interests. They available for any comment concerns or queries at any time of day or night when necessary. I have been exposed to many other agencies over the last 12 years and very glad to be part of the Topco Team. We have hardly ever had a bad shoot and as for chaos I have always kept my kids away from the set until they are needed, as they don’t need to be involved in anything other than their part. If anything goes wrong, phone your agent - Topco have always given me confidence in knowing that they will sort it out. Don’t force your children to do shoots, they must enjoy every aspect of industry. Don’t try to do to many jobs there will always be another casting, option or job. Don’t take not getting jobs personally and never pressure your children or judge them on whether they get a job or not."
— Nicole (Mom of Ashton & Heath) —
"My daughter has been part of the Topco family for 6 years now and we couldn’t have asked to sign her up with a better agency. From the casting, to the callbacks, to the booking, they are beside you all the way. She has been booked on amazing jobs and given so many different opportunities and the bookers go out of their way to accommodate you and to make the job as straight forward as possible. The Topco Team are always a call away and always so friendly and proud. It is reassuring as a Mom, to know that The Topco Team have my daughter’s best interest at heart. Ciara is so proud of the jobs she has done and loves getting to buy herself special things. Thank you for being such a professional agency."
— Jean (Mom of Ciara) —