eHow Contributor interviewed Karen Slade Creator Elite Image International
How to avoid Modeling Scams avoid Modeling Scams
The modeling industry is filled with people who will try and scam aspiring models. They will try to fill your head up with empty promises and at the same time will try to take your money. There are key things to be aware of in order to avoid modeling scams. Below you will learn about: Modeling scams with upfront fees, modeling scams with fake modeling agencies, modeling scams with modeling searches, modeling scams with photographers. Learn how to avoid modeling scams below:
- MODELING SCAMS: UPFRONT FEE SCAMS
No Modeling should charge you and upfront fee for representation. A modeling agency may ask you to pay for your photos, comp cards or to be placed on the agency website. Other than that, you should not have to pay a modeling agency just to get representation from them.
- MODELING SCAMS: MODELING SCOUT SCAMS
Be careful of Modeling Scout Scams. Model Scout scams are when “Regular” people are paid a commission to find aspiring models or just people on the street that don’t even look like models and trick them by telling them look like a model or can make lots of money by working as a model if they sign up or register with a modeling company or network. The “fake” model scout’s goal is to get the person to sign up for any number of things which will cost the aspiring model hundreds or even thousands of dollars.
- MODELING SCAMS: MODEL SEARCH SCAMS
You will hear of model searches on the radio or TV, where a company is having a nationwide model search. When you attend the FREE model search at a hotel, you will end up getting “selected” as one of their model search participants. Once you are selected, one of the model search representatives will tell you it costs thousands of dollars to attend the big model search where there will be Top Modeling Agencies there. The model search scam is huge and you have to be extremely careful. There are only a few that MAY be legitimate. Do your research first before attending a Model Search that is held at a hotel.
- MODELING SCAMS: PHOTOGRAPHY SCAMS
Don’t get fooled by the photography scams that modeling agencies or companies try to do. If a modeling agency or company says they are interested in working with you but you need to shoot with their test photographer first and it will cost you. Legitimate agencies will provide you with a list of photographers that you may go to on your own. Some agency may even have a list on their website or may have photographers’ business cards in their office that you can take. As a model, you have the right to go to any photographer you want. An agency may make a suggestion but not “require” you to go to a specific photographer.
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