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BGT Actors Models & Talent is New Zealand’s leading film and TV talent agency established in 1998 by actress, accent coach, and former-casting director Sarah Valentine. When Lord of the Rings fever hit New Zealand, Sarah recruited over 300 extras in preparation. The agency she always wanted to start, to help other people's dreams come true, was then formed as Background Talent. In 2015 a name ‘tweak’ to BGT heralded the new face of a highly regarded agency with unsurpassed reputation to encompass the three divisions of Actors, Models and Talent/extras.

Based in the thriving hub of New Lynn, West Auckland, BGT pride ourselves on a professional, ethical, friendly and attentive approach to talent casting. We supply talent for local and overseas TV series, short and feature films, music videos, documentaries and TV commercials for the national and international markets. If it’s shot in New Zealand, we usually have someone, somewhere being something.

 

Why join BGT? 

BGT are the only fully online booking agency in Australasia, representing talent for commercials, film and television on any scale. Proud members of the AAANZ (Actors and Agents Association of NZ), BGT offer a variety of options to kick-start your career in film and TV. The only agency to offer Free Trials (to try before you buy!), and are the only agency to offer a money back guarantee if you don’t get work within your first year with us (applies to Superstar and Megastar packages and conditions apply).

BGT represent a diverse and multicultural range of talent from all ages and all walks of life who choose to do this work for a variety of reasons. You may have always dreamt of seeing yourself on the big, or little, screen and wondered how to get amongst the action. Whether you are passionate about the arts, unemployed, in search of some better work stories, a student wanting to supplement your allowance, an aspiring actor wanting some valuable on set experience, a retiree wanting a hobby that pays, or a more experienced actor seeking representation… Whatever the reason, we would love to hear from you and introduce you to the world of being a BGT talent. 

If you want to become the next BGT Star Join Up with us now!

Why book with BGT?

Casting Agents, you can customize your search to your requirements, book talent online for auditions or work, or simply browse for inspiration, culminating in a truly interactive experience. 

From the moment you make your bookings with BGT, your designated booker will be with you from start to finish. No job is too big or too small and our track record is second to none. If you require an onset coordinator for big sign in days, we can accommodate that too - our record of signing 300 talent out at wrap was 45 minutes!

When casting your next production, from a single individual to a crowd scene of 300 plus, BGT can supply your needs anywhere in New Zealand. 

If you have any questions check out our FAQ page here.

BGT ACTORS MODELS AND TALENT -  It's the best second job in the world!




Testimonials

Jeffrey Bedwell

Jeffrey Bedwell

So far I have played a Roman senator, a judge, I've been on Shortland Street and Brokenwood Mysteries as well as a number of films and TV commercials. It's great fun and I love the work and being ... read more »

Robert Perham

Robert Perham

I have been with BGT for almost 2 years and omg how famous am I (amongst family and friends anyway) As of recent months I've had featured roles in Shortland Street, Online photos for a well known ... read more »

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Bridget Bolton - Riley   Extras Co ordinator - Blue Rose

Bridget Bolton - Riley Extras Co ordinator - Blue Rose

BGT are amazing to work with as an Extras Agency with 100% commitment and professionalism from Agents and a really helpful 'can-do attitude'. The online booking system is easy to work with and ... read more »

TROY SUGRUE Creative director Madant Productions LTD

TROY SUGRUE Creative director Madant Productions LTD

"BGT do a great job, they are efficient, personable and easy to deal with. We have always been very happy with the extras and talent they have provided for us, and on top of all that they manage to ... read more »

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