Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Attention to who wan'ts to be a model.

If an agency asks you to pay for acting or modeling lessons. They're not an agency, they're a school, and they aren't worth your time. You'll spend more money on "learning to be a model", and will have little to no gigs to show for it in return. And the majority of what they teach you can be learned "on the job".

Likewise, if an agency asks you to pay a fee to join with them, run. No agency will charge you a fee to join with them. They might charge you for making copies of your resume, faxing, etc, but those fees will be deducted from what you make, and not charged up front. It's in your own best interest to ask about any fee you're charged. If the agency is unwilling to produce a break down of what you're being charged on paper, leave them.

Any agency that wants you to get new photos, but won't let you work with any other photographer other than "their agency photographer" is trying to scam you. Anything where you have to take photos with a specific photographer for the agency is more often than not, a scam. It's especially a scam if the agency is being run from a photo studio, by a photographer, who's offering to take your pictures. No agency is just "a studio". In most of these scams you'll be charged a ridiculous amount of money for photos, that aren't worth half of what you paid for them. An agency does have the right to ask you to get new photos, but it can't specify who you work worth, but they can recommend people. They'll usually give you a list of people, or work with you to find a photographer that's good for you and the agency. Likewise, no agency is going to pay for you photos. (Sorry.)

**** "Conventions/Searches" *******
99% of the modeling conventions and searches available are scams. They bill themselves as being able to get you connected with "high profile agents, casting directors, and photographers", and might include classes on how to model, act, or dance. (Sounds like the school scam,huh?) And what they cost to attend is usually no less than RM500 More often than not, you won't get any casting calls, gigs, or anything worth nearly what you paid for. Most legitimate conventions will bill themselves simply as networking opportunities and won't make any promises of you meeting anyone. The price is also another way you can tell. Attendance normally costs anywhere you'll hear about them from other models and photographers who already plan on attending.

There's as many scam searches as there are legitimate ones. Occasionally the searches will even charge a "fee" to be entered. The best way to tell if it's a scam or not is to find out what the search is for. If it's for a no-name agency, then it's a scam. Only real top agencies will do a search and it'll often be sponsored by a big name magazine or beauty product company. Often scam searches are done to find girls who are willing to attend the scam conventions or the modeling schools.

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