Acting scams are common in the acting industry, as they take advantage of people's enthusiasm, dreams and inexperience.
The scammers are in the business of selling dreams, rather than fulfilling
them! They promise fame and fortune, however are only interested in your
They may promise a shortcut or secret to success in show business, and tell you they have got jobs for actors in major motion pictures. it's all bait to get you excited and believe you are going to be 'discovered.'
Modeling scams are very common because there are lots of teens who want to become models, and are easily taken advantage of due to their enthusiasm and inexperience.
Parents who think their child has unlimited potential and believe they could be the next big child star are also easy victims for scammers.
The role of the agent is to find you work and
also to send you for auditions. The agent makes their money when you make
money - they take a percentage of your earnings for finding you the work.
If they ask for monthly retainers or fees to be placed on their books, be very suspicious.
Agents usually represent actors, extras or models. They normally specialize, so if they claim to represent all these categories, be suspicious.
Agents cannot guarantee work, so if they make that sort of guarantee, look for another agent.
Agents don't advertise for new talent and faces. Reputable agencies are
overwhelmed with headshots from promising actors, and don't need to place
ads looking for new faces.
The talent events looking for 'new faces' are looking to sign you up for expensive classes, or to steal your money for fees of various types. They may also try to convince you to part with $500 - $1500 to attend a talent event where the 'big shots' will get to see you.
A common way for potential victims and
especially children is for 'talent scouts' to find you or your child at
shopping malls and other public locations.
You may get approached and told that you or your child has the 'look' they are after. You get given a card and told to visit the agency. If you visit the agency or 'talent scout', you might go to a hotel room if they are visiting town, or an office to assess your potential.
Once they tell you that you or your child 'has what it takes' they ask you for an investment to take it further.
This could be fees for an expensive modeling or acting school.
It could also be an investment to pay for a session with top talent agencies in New York City or Los Angeles. Some people who have paid the $3,000 - $5,000 have traveled to those cities to find a non-existent address, and then try to contact the original agency, only to find the contact details don't work, and they have become another victim of acting scams.
If you've think you've been scammed by a bogus model or talent scout, contact your local consumer protection agency, state Attorney General, or Better Business Bureau. They're in your local directory assistance.
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