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management scams are another common scam. They often advertise modeling
jobs and career opportunities for models. Most modeling management companies
are NOT modeling and talent agencies (ask them if you dare). If they are
not a licensed modeling and talent agency in the state of Florida, they
cannot make any money referring models to the jobs that they are advertising.
How do they make their money? Well, they make their money by selling services
and portfolios to models! Advertising a modeling job when you cannot legally
follow through, by referring models to those jobs, with what you are advertising,
and then turning around and selling things to the models who contact them
in order to be considered for the modeling job is wrong! In our opinion,
it is deceptive advertising, and deceptive trade practice, bait and switch,
and fraud. It needs to be reported to the authorities.
We’ve never seen a modeling management company turn out to be legitimate.
They ALL have been scams, taking money from models who are easily misled
and giving them nothing of value in return. If the models do happen to
book the job, it is one job which usually doesn’t pay what it should,
and the model never makes their money back!
NEVER BUY ANYTHING FROM ANYONE ADVERTISING A MODELING JOB!
If the modeling management company IS a licensed modeling and talent agency,
well, it’s a working conflict of interest, in our opinion. How is
this, when so many modeling agencies claim to manage models and their
career? Well, it’s because the model works FOR the models whom they
represent. It’s not the other way around. Models do not work for
modeling agencies, and they are not employed by them. An agency is a middleman
which makes money by referring models to modeling jobs. A model is an
independent contractor, and a self contained business, even if they are
represented by an agency, and the agency works FOR the model. This means
that the model is the boss of the agency, for practical purposes. Agencies
managing models is a situation not unlike an employee trying to tell an
employer what to do. What really makes it a conflict of interest when
agencies manage models is that the agency does not exclusively work for
the model (although, ironically, many agencies will try to get the model
to sign an exclusive representation agreement, which traps the model into
only working with that agency in their market), but also works for the
competition of the model. Competition? Of course! Who do you think that
the other models whom are represented by the agency are? All of the models
are competing for the same modeling jobs! If an agency is managing a model
and their modeling career, and telling them what to do when they are supposed
to be working FOR the model, and they are also working for the competition
of that model, which are other models which the agency represents, can
you see why that is a conflict of interest?
In our opinion, it is a recipe or shady politics and manipulation. No
wonder many model who allow agencies to control them allow themselves
to be taken advantage of!
Keep it simple and avoid a scam. Never allow a modeling agency to manage
your career. Only use the modeling agency one of many sources of modeling
job leads, and nothing more! Better yet, make the agency work HARDER for
you, and get the edge over the models who are competing against you, by
finding and booking modeling jobs on your own! When the agency realizes
that you are serious about finding and booking modeling work, and that
you ARE booking modeling jobs on your own, they will work that much harder
to refer you to the job first because they won’t want to get cut
out of their commission!
Also, never, ever buy anything from a modeling agency, or from anyone
whom the modeling agency refers you to for things such as portfolios and
comp cards. The only sure way to avoid being scammed by an agency, and
to make sure that they only make money by referring models into jobs,
which is what they are supposed to do, is to get your modeling portfolio
and composite cards before going to any agency!
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