MODEL CONSULTATION AND MODELING AGENCY PLACEMENT SCAMS
Is the modeling consultation really free? Are the composite cards and the portfolio that the model already has "good enough" for a manager or agency to use to promote the model? Most professional models have portfolios and composite cards that work just fine in their careers. You will never hear these people admit it, however, as their intention is to scam the model and rip them off by selling them useless, overpriced services!
BEWARE OF ADS IN THE NEWSPAPERS ADVERTISING MODELING JOBS OR RADIO COMMERCIALS CLAIMING JOBS WHERE "NO EXPERIENCE IS NECCESSARY"! (SEE ALSO MODELING JOB SCAMS)! EVERY SINGLE ONE THAT WE HAVE LOOKED INTO IN THE TAMPA BAY MARKET HAS TURNED OUT TO BE A MODELING SCAM, AND EVERY SINGLE PERSON WHO HAS BOUGHT SERVICES FROM THESE MODELING SCAMS WITH THE PROMISE OF MODELING JOBS OR AGENCY PLACEMENT HAS BEEN SORRY! THEY WASTED A LOT OF MONEY (OFTEN PAYING TWICE FOR ANOTHER SHOOT THAT WAS DEEMED NECCESSARY BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T GET ENOUGH USABLE PICTURES DURING THE FIRST SHOOT) AND TIME, AND WERE NOT ANY CLOSER TO A MODELING CAREER THAN BEFORE THEY WERE SCAMMED. IF YOU WASTED YOUR TIME AND MONEY ON THESE MODELING SCAMS, HOW ARE YOU SUPPOSED TO HAVE WHAT YOU NEED TO INVEST IN A REAL MODELING PORTFOLIO FROM A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER?
Some of these modeling consultants offer to "refer" you to modeling agencies, place you in modeling agencies, and refer you to their professional "contacts". You can do the same, and it could be as simple as picking up a phonebook or looking up license modeling agencies on the Internet. This step is free, and you don't have to be tricked into paying for their overpriced modeling portfolio photography and composite card services! Some of these modeling consultation scams STEAL their modeling job leads and modeling industry "contacts" from free modeling resource web sites such as ours (we have a way to combat this and may end up taking legal action against these industry vermin). If they rip off others, they will do the same to you! Imagine investing in their overpriced "services" and building a mediocre modeling portfolio that will never sell you. Once they have your money and you obtain your low quality modeling portfolio and composite cards, they will walk away laughing at another sucker served. Since they cannot make money by referring you to jobs, agencies, or their so-called "contacts", and those people probably don't want anything to do with them, there is NO INCENTIVE to manage your career or do any more work for you.
Consultation Scams are modeling scams where a self-proclaimed
"modeling expert" offers to get models started in the business
or help established professional models with their careers. Money is made
at the expense of the model by either charging them for consultation and
management services or by referring the model to over priced services
such as portfolio photography and composite cards. Model Management Scams
are often incorporated into these schemes, and it is also common to see
Model Resell Scam tactics used as the Model
Consultation Scam steals information from other sources so they can lure
the model into the scam with the information and try to sell it to them.
The information, such as model job leads, are often easily available on
free model web site job boards. There have been reports that these scams
are also a form of Model Job Scam, where
they use supposed "model jobs" which are often either embellished
or made up to entice the models to pay for services (NEVER pay for any
services as a condition for being considered for a model job!). The Model
Consultation Scam may also be a front for a Model
School Scam, a Model Search Scam,
or a Model Agency Scam.
listed here are not limited to models, and different types can be easily
combined for new types of scams. If you cannot CLARIFY their intentions
and VERIFY their references, go somewhere else to do business. It's
professionally responsible to do so and lowers your risk. There are
lots of great companies out there, like our advertisers and the companies
in our resource sections, who are not scams. You owe it to your career
to shop around and be selective.
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