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Traditional modeling agencies do not require any advance monies from you. They are paid a fixed commission from assignments or jobs you perform. The following are warning signs should you be solicited or respond to an advertisement of agencies seeking new faces for commercials, modeling or movies or who claim "no experience necessary": (1) Ads appearing under Help Wanted should be offering employment and not asking for fees for services or products; (2) Sound alike names which may be similar to names of well-known movie studios, TV networks, or reputable organizations; (3) Fees required for expensive photos, audition tapes, workshops, or other services and materials; (4) Agencies that insist you use their photographer, claim to have a contract with an unidentified studio, or who require you to take instruction from a particular school or teacher which will cost you additional money; (5) Agencies that will not provide you with complete information as to where they are physically located and/or client references when requested. An agency should be willing to answer your questions fully. If a written contract is required by the agency, it should be carefully reviewed before it is signed or money paid to the agency. Consumers should be realistic and understand that only a very few individuals will be successful in a modeling career. Therefore, modeling agencies should not profess to guarantee modeling assignments.

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