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Educational Consumer Tips

Modeling & Talent Agencies

Author: Better Business Bureau
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This report is general in nature and is not intended as a reliability report on any company, service or product.

Before responding to any advertisement for a modeling or a talent agency or search, realistically assess your chances of success. Many people compete for a few openings. Few people possess the unique combination of physical qualities and camera-friendly features to be top models or actors. Of those who do find success, only a fraction ascends to the most elite level of the industry to command large salaries.

Beware of companies who require for you to pay for classes, that conduct unprofessional or compromising photo sessions, or that requires you to use a certain photographer.

Some companies only produce directories which they distribute or promote talent searches. These offers typically require you to pay several hundred dollars to participate in their programs. They do not guarantee you will get any work.

Agencies that actually place models are considered employment agencies. They must be licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor which can be found at www.dli.state.pa.us .

Before signing an agreement, read it carefully and understand the company's refund policy if fees are required to participate in their programs. Don't succumb to pressure to sign a contract immediately.

Ask for names and addresses of models or actors who work through the agency and clients who use the agency. Then contact both to verify what you've been told. Verify all claims made by the agency and make sure any oral promises are included in the written agreement.