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Modeling Scams-How To Avoid Being A Victim
Trust Your Instincts...Scams Are Everywhere
Modeling agency scams are so prevalent that both the Better Business Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission have released warnings about unscrupulous modeling agencies, modeling scouts, and modeling photographers. Parents or Guardians of young aspiring models must be on the look-out for scams of all types.
The Federal Trade Commission has issued a report for consumers on modeling-agency rip-offs that offers some guidlines about scams. This report gives aspiring models great advice about the many potential rip-off schemes out there including the internet. (the FTC website> www.ftc.go/bcp/conline/pubs/services/model.html)
Advice From The Better Business Bureau
The BBB advises caution when dealing with modeling agencies. Although ethical and legitimate agencies exists, the BBB warns that "for too often, consumers are victimized by unscrupulous talent and modeling agencies" and yes photographers too. Promising, money, exposure, and stardom.
Before becoming involved with an agency, know exactly what the agency should be doing for you. An agency should be engaged in the marketing and booking of talent. Usually a state license is required to book work for a fee. The agent's role is to promote the talent [ in this case, a model] who has contracted them for their marketing services, negotiate the most favorable contract for the talent and collect a commission from the talent.
There are ethical and legitimate talent and model agencies. You should interview your agent as throughly as you would interview your doctor, lawyer, or tax preparer. Remember, the agent will be "working for you" not vice versa. Careully review your contract with the agency/agent. This is your agreement regarding what the agent will do to earn the commission you pay.
Problems or complaints about an agency/agent may be referred to the Better Business Bureau, state Department of Licensing and Regulation or state Attorney Generals Office in the city where the company is located.
Scams Are Everywhere
Parents Beware (Do Your Homework)
Because young impressionable girls desire to become a model can cloud their judgement, Parents should be on the look out for all types of scams. A young aspiring model's desire to launch a modeling career may sometimes overshadow her logic and she find herself in a situation she is'nt equipped to handle. Or she may realize she is being ripped off. This is why it's essential for parents or guardians to stay involved on every step of their daughter's career, especially when she is starting out.
Steer clear of modeling companies that require you to use a special photographer.Compare fees and work quality of several photographers. Be suspect if a company requires an up-front fee to serve as your agent. Be leery of companies that only accept payment by cash or money order. Read it as a strong signal that the company is more interested in your money than your career.
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