"A great thank you for the wonderful work you doing and for believing in Chloe. May you have a Blessed festive season to you & fam & be safe on the road. Topco is the best I always recommend all the people I know you your agency. Kind Regards Vanessa😘 "

— Vanessa Jacobs —


"I Shamielah Taguchi would like to thank Linsay and the Topco team for prompt and efficient responses regarding payments and casting information. We could not ask for a better Agency. So from myself and the girls than you."

— Shamielah Taguchi —


"Just a heads up and thank you, Katie had so much fun today and Tuesday on her Next shoots. Crew was amazing and made little Katie feel completely at ease. Kindest regards Robyn "

— Katie D —


"Thanks so much Linsay. We are so lucky to be on board with such a great team, thank you for all you do! Jean De groot"

— Jean De Groot —


"I have been a part of the Topco Models family for over 15 years and I can honestly say that it has been one of the most enjoyable aspects of my life. Starting out at four years old can be a bit daunting as you aren’t really sure of what is going on around you. All you know is that one day your mother asked you if you wanted to be in the magazine pictures and you said yes. Then as time rolls by, at the beginning of each year she asks you if you’re still interested and you find yourself saying yes each time simply because it’s that much fun. Having been in the business for this long, I can recall so many amazing jobs I’ve done, but my favourite would definitely have to be anything that I’ve done for Next Directory. This is because I found myself working for them on a regular basis and I got to know the team that I was working with. They always provided the models with a pleasant, fun and enjoyable experience on the shoots and that sort of genuine hospitality always goes a long way, in my books. I have found that I always enjoy shoots more when you have developed a relationship with the crew. There are any perks to the job. You meet new and interesting people; you become exposed to new things; you constantly learn new things and on top of it all, you get paid for it all. The best thing my parents could have done was to put away most of the money I had made. Eventually, when we wanted to go on vacation abroad, I was able to pay for my own plane ticket. I now have my own bank account within which funds were stored for my university education. Now, being in university, I am able to reap the benefits of the funds that were set aside. So the earnings from the shoots have their practical and “fun” applications. But one also needs to be realistic about the industry. Not everything can be all peachy all of the time. People disagree, arguments break out, things don’t always go as planned and sometimes it’s all just a great big mess. This is simply a tiny obstacle that you have to be willing to overcome along the way. All you need is a good support base, a strong will and a great agency that will have your back when you need them. I have found Topco to be an amazing support base and such a trustworthy agency to deal with and belong to. You hear so many stories about how agencies end up double-crossing the models and cheating them out of money, so I feel very lucky that I never had to go through any of that with Topco. This industry can be daunting. I’m not going to deny that. So my advice for newcomers is that you have to be sure it’s what you want to do. I say this because as soon as you set your mind on wanting to be successful, nothing can stop you. Stay humble, be patient and always be grateful for the opportunities that you’re given. All that is left to say is that I wish you all the best of luck. "

— Jordan Vandayar —


"Dear Topco I would like to share with you the wonderful experience that Mariska had while shooting the Go Morgen Yogurt TV ad. We were on set from 08H30-13H30 and she loved every minute of it. After they were done she cried and said she wish she can have the whole morning over. She was very sad saying goodbye to her newly made friend (the other pool girl). Cyclone films was amazing. They treated Mariska and her co-star like real celebrities, and the girls just loved it. The lady that was the producer, worked so gently with them. They were literally picked in and out of the pool. When they were not in the pool, they were wrapped in towels with hot water-bottles on their tummies and a little gown to keep them warm and of course hot chocolate. I was touched by the care they gave the two little madams. This was our very first experience and we hope there will be many more in the future. Mariska was lucky, she landed this ad at her very first casting. Once again, I would like to thank Topco for putting Mariska forward and representing her. I included a few photos of her fun day. Kind regards Nicolette & Mariska Redelinghuys"

— Nicolette & Marsika Redelinghuys —


"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 BOWLES —


"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 mischievous Dalmatians 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."

— ROZ THOMPSON —


"Topco has been our booking agent for 6 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. "

— Tito Family —


"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 priveledge to get chosen and that sometimes it is simply not their turn. "

— Brett Thomson —


"Ashton joined Topco at 18 months and is now 7 and Heath was signed up before he was 6 months old and is almost 3. All the jobs the boys have done have been fantastic learning experiences. I would have to say Ash on set with "Harvey Spector" had to be one of my highlights but he would most probably tell you it was surfing in Scarborough. He has fond memories of most shoots even small memories of shared songs him and his co actors. Watching people's faces and reactions when the boys talk about their fake brothers, sisters and dads always makes me laugh. The boys earn R100 a job so they see the financial rewards immediately, but for us it is nice to know that their Tertiary education will be covered when they get there. 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 DE FREITAS —


"To be able to let a child make money for their future doing something that they enjoy is just awesome. Ciara's money goes into her own investment account which means that she will have a nice little nest to do what she wants with when she is older. After every couple of jobs we draw out some money that she can buy something for herself whether it be a toy, Lego or a treat out-she gets to choose and is a great way for her to see some kind of reward for what she does. There will always be one casting that runs late or is a bit disorganised, so always make sure you have snacks, books, colouring in things or their favourite toys to occupy them. It can be very frustrating, but don't be put off by one bad casting. Some children are lucky and get a shoot booked off their 1st casting or 1st few casting, so don't be offended or feel hurt if your child isn't selected, as hard as it may be. Keep attending castings and hopefully their lucky break will come. Just always attend castings and shoots well prepared. All the best."

— DE GROOT FAMILY —


kids

This successful board represents new born babies to young teens.

We have many years of experience, and well trained dedicated bookers to close each deal professionally for your child.

Established in 1968, the Topco name was built on an outstanding reputation of honesty and integrity. We are the oldest, and most established children's agency in Cape Town and therefore possess the largest database of local and international clients.

Our clients include all the major blue chip companies, local and abroad, Vogue Bambini, Lapin, Littlewoods, Tchibo, Nivea, Beiersdorf, Marks and Spencers, Next, to mention a few of our international contacts.

We have a reputation for being the best and we maintain that position by continuing to strive for excellence through honesty, professionalism, reliability and creativity.

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