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placement scams are even more idiotic. A modeling and talent agency, which,
in Florida, is the only type of business which can legally make money
by referring models into jobs, is a middleman in the modeling industry.
Model placement companies are a middleman to the agency middleman, so
you work with two middlemen. It does not make any sense to chain together
middlemen in any career, as it makes doing business, for the model, much
more expensive, and therefor, less cost effective. What they do is advertise
modeling opportunities and modeling jobs, and they sell classes and portfolios.
Model placement scams have a big pitch, too, and they offer to introduce
you to agencies. So, you get a middleman introducing you to another middleman.
At the most, model placement scams are modeling development businesses,
or pseudo modeling schools (which bait models with the payoff of “introducing
them” to the right agencies) which are a poor value, and they are
not worth it. You can introduce yourself to agencies at no charge, or
even go to a professional photographer to get the portfolio that you need,
at a fair rate and the best value, and then go out and get modeling jobs
on your own! Why a professional photographer who specializes in modeling
portfolios? Because the photographer is at least honest about what they
are in business to do, and they do not mislead anyone. As long as the
photographer can demonstrate a history of doing good modeling portfolios,
they are a much better, and safer, bet. Believe it.
Another thing about any modeling business which claims to place models
with modeling agencies is this. Let’s say that you want to let a
modeling agency do all of your work for you, and that you choose to be
dependent upon a modeling and talent agency for your modeling job leads.
While this limits your modeling career, especially when the model allows
the agency to manage their career when the agency is supposed to be working
for them instead, that’s ok. It works for some models, we suppose.
Just realize that being an agency-only model also gives them power over
you, and their opinion therefor now has more weight. It can be said that
you are known by who you associate with. The modeling and talent agencies
know who everyone is in their market, and they know that model placement
businesses are low value modeling schools, at the most. Since you chose
to be dependent upon modeling agencies, essentially giving them permission
to have power over your career, what they think about you has a direct
bearing on your modeling career (that is, unless you find work on your
own, too). Do you think that the modeling agency will take you seriously
when the business which is referring them to you has ripped you off? Do
you think that they will ever respect you once word of your poor decision
Even if you choose to be represented by several modeling agencies, you
find modeling work on your own, and you do not allow the agencies to have
power over you, how are you going to feel when you realize that you paid
too much for a mediocre modeling portfolio and low quality composite cards?
How are you going to compete with models who have much better tools, and
who were smart enough to pay less for them than you did? This is why modeling
schools, modeling “management” companies, and model placement
businesses are poor value investments, in our opinion. If they get your
business by promising to manage you, or to refer you to agencies and modeling
jobs, don’t you think that is misleading when what they are really
selling you is not the same thing? Do you think that effective, high quality
modeling portfolios, comp cards, and modeling career tools are important
to them when they sold you on things which they really don’t have
any direct control over? This is why you have to go to professional modeling
portfolio photographers and companies which specialize in modeling portfolios
and in modeling career tools. Make sure that they are selling what you
are buying, and that is what their focus is on. Additionally, find out
what fair modeling portfolio rates are for the Tampa Bay market! Only
deal with professionals who are honest about what they are in business
to do! Don’t get ripped off by a business which promises to refer
you to agencies and modeling jobs when they are really selling you overpriced
modeling classes and crappy, overpriced portfolios.
Make sure that they focus on what they are really in business to do, instead
of selling you on other things which are more tempting. If their services
cannot be sold at face value, because they are poor quality, and they
have to rely upon luring models in with the promises of other things which
sound better, there is absolutely no incentive for them to improve the
quality, or the value of their services. After all, that’s not what
they are selling, and it’s not why you buy those services. Once
you cut through the misleading pitch of a model placement company, a modeling
school, or a modeling management company, you really get a substandard,
overpriced modeling development company with poor quality portfolios and
often worthless classes.
We’d like to see a model placement company honestly market what
they are really in business to do. Without the misleading lures, there
is no way that they can compete with a professional modeling portfolio
photographer or a photography company which specialize in modeling portfolio
photography services. Compare and see for yourself!
The irony, too, is that these model placement companies, modeling management
businesses, and other schemes are way more expensive than legitimate photographers.
There are two reasons for this. First is greed. The scheme figures that
any model who falls for their pitch is stupid enough to overpay for services,
and often, they are right. Second is cost effectiveness of operating the
business, and sell-through numbers. There are smart people out there who
don’t fall for the B.S., and they walk away. As a result, the modeling
placement scheme does not sell as many services as a more legitimate company
does. Subsequently, they have to charge more to offset the lower sales,
and to keep their profit margins up. So, essentially, you’re getting
ripped off twice. You’re getting ripped off by buying overpriced,
low quality services which were never advertised, and which you did not
sign up for, really, when you responded to the advertisement. You’re
also getting ripped off because you’re paying for services which
other people did not buy, and the cost of the lost business is passed
on to you!
As a rule of thumb, businesses which offer low quality, overpriced services
have to resort to other incentives to sell what they are really doing.
Their services cannot stand on their own merits, and they cannot compete
with their competition. They also don’t want you to shop around
for the services that you need.
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