Agency Deregulation Removed From HB 5005
last week, Tampa Bay Modeling is now please to report some good news about
see our previous letter to TBT (Tampa Bay Times, which was published a
few weeks ago), HB
5005 Deregulating Modeling Agencies Enables Modeling Scams.
like an agency owner was right: Once again, a motion to deregulate modeling
and talent agencies in Florida failed. HB (House Bill) 5005, which would
have done that has been modified, with most of the industries proposed
for deregulation removed, including sports agents (At this time, we don’t
know if telemarketing deregulation was also thrown out, and that’s
an industry which needs to be regulated, but we are a modeling resource
site, so we don’t really care about that).
So, because modeling and talent agencies will be regulated for the foreseeable
future, all is well. Modeling and talent scams will be limited in what
they can do, and so will modeling and talent agencies in Florida, which
includes the Tampa Bay area.
Modeling scams will legally be kept in check by law.
Modeling and talent agencies will not be able to sell modeling portfolio
photography, composite cards, or be allowed to make money by referring
models and talent to such services. They are limited to making money the
way that they are supposed to, anyway, by finding and referring models
and talent into jobs. Agencies, leave the portfolios, headshots, and composite
cards to us and Aurora PhotoArts Tampa Photography and Design. That’s
what we do, and you can continue doing what you do.
Passinault, upon learning that agencies would have tried to move in on
his modeling portfolio market had deregulation passed, countered with
“If they move into my market, I’ll pull my agency plans off
of the back burner, start the most advanced modeling agency ever conceived,
and move into their market”. So, it’s good news for Tampa
modeling and talent agencies that deregulation failed, and that Passinault
has no immediate plans on opening up his own agency as a result.
Also, modeling management businesses, modeling consultants, photographers,
model placement operations, and modeling schools can’t start claiming
to be an agent, too, and bait aspiring models with the promise of getting
them work. Sorry, Erica! Sorry crazy stage moms / modeling consultants
and managers who advertise modeling jobs. Your schemes remain limited!
The Pandora’s Box of modeling scams remains closed.
We were positioned to make a lot of money had deregulation passed. Sure,
we are against it because it would have dramatically increased modeling
scams and made them more dangerous, but on the flip site, Tampa Bay Modeling
and C. A. Passinault would have opened up our own modeling and talent
agency, and it would have been the most advanced, and effective, modeling
agency in the world. Tampa agencies would not have been able to compete
(Passinault may still end up opening a modeling and talent agency because
of his event planning and stage production companies, and it is a no-brainer
that he would also take on the agency market by default if this happens.
It just won’t be as flexible as a regulation-free agency would have
been). Our modeling agency would have been an online agency using the
Tampa Modeling Agency domain which we already own, the Tampa Talent Agency
domain name which we already own, and a third domain name which we would
have bought (it’s brilliant, and it is available, as we checked);
our agency would have had low overhead, and segmented services. Also,
the agency, regardless of whether it was in it unregulated or regulated
format, would have been completely compatible with the independent talent
movement, as well as 30 years ahead of any other agency out there.
there you have it. We would have benefitted either way. It’s just
that we are happy that modeling and talent agencies will still be regulated
in Florida, as regulation adds legal muscle and leverage to things which
should be common sense. By no means should people point at something and
say that it is wrong because it is against the law. What they should be
doing is pointing out that it is wrong because of what it does. Laws can
change, but what you do is what you are, and laws should never be substituted
for common sense. The laws merely add another layer of protection, and
give victims another avenue of legal help. Modeling and talent agencies
are regulated for a reason, models, and it’s because they are high-risk
businesses which have the motivation, and every incentive, to take advantage
of people and to rip them off.
Although we would have made more money had deregulation passed, we’d
rather lose the potential to make money and see talent agencies and modeling
scams crippled. We’d rather see scams minimalized than make money
from a deregulated market. Ironically, most modeling and talent agency
owners did not want deregulation to happen, either, because it would have
flooded the market with competitors and modeling scams which would compete
with them, and regulation does limit competition, as well as scams in
a risky industry; had deregulation happened, most agencies would have
had a big incentive to go to the dark side to make up lost revenue, and
would have done things that they are not supposed to do, such as sell
modeling portfolios instead of finding modeling jobs for models. The unethical
talent agencies and modeling scams were certainly licking their chops
in anticipation of deregulation, we are sure. Now, because of regulation,
it is easier for us to keep modeling and talent agencies in their place,
and to fight modeling scams. Instead of a lot of modeling and talent agencies
and a ton of new modeling scams springing up everywhere, they are kept
to a small number with limited effectiveness and influence on the market.
Our work goes on, and we are poorer due to lost potential, but happy,
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