Often in the summer and sometimes in malls firms or scammers will set up areas to approach children, teenagers, and/or parents to attempt to sell photography or look for the next child star. So, what is a parent to do should this “opportunity” arise.
Could my child really be a model or actor? Well, maybe but if you want to know how to tell a potential scam from the real opportunity here are a few tips:
- Do you have to use a certain photographer? If so, this could be a chance to buy some pictures at a price but modeling work may not be in your future.
- Do you have to pay an advanced fee to a person or firm unknow to you? If so you may be setting yourself up for a disappointment. Know the firm and check references from people who received what you are wanting.
- Know that modeling agencies and schools are different organizations. One tries to get work while the other is teaching, for a fee, make up ideas, diction etc. Know exactly what you are getting before paying.
- You are told the “opportunity is only good now”. That type of right now pressure will limit your time to check the company out.
- They talk big salaries or getting your child work. No modeling of acting job is ever guaranteed and depending on where you live the opportunity may be limited.
So, what do you do? Check the firm’s reputation on line. Go to bbb.org/Abilene or ftc.gov to get information on modeling scams before paying a firm new to you any advanced fee.
This consumer tip is made possible by local accredited business firms wanting you to have a great transaction with a firm you can trust.
Call 325 691-1533 or see bbb.org/Abilene for local BBB information before you buy.