Talent and modeling searches are often here today, gone tomorrow
recommends watching out for lofty promises and advance fees
Texas - July 28, 2011 – The
summer months are a popular time for talent and modeling search promotion
companies to solicit local events through radio and direct mail advertising.
With many children home from school, Better
Business Bureau warns not all modeling and talent searches deliver on
promises of fame and fortune.
past 12 months, more than 385,000 consumers have researched talent and modeling
companies at BBB.org.
During that same period, BBB received nearly 800 complaints from consumers
nationwide, including 43 from Texas, who felt they were misled by an agency.
complaints filed with BBB allege agency representatives require consumers to
pay upfront fees for items such as headshots, portfolios or for an out of town
trip. Upon receiving payment, consumers say the agency would put them in touch
with industry professionals or begin finding them or their child work.
paying hundreds, or even thousands of dollars, consumers allege these lofty
promises do not fulfill their expectations. Consumers typically request a
refund, but report having difficulties tracking down the agency after it has
attending an event or signing up with a modeling or talent agency, BBB
recommends consumers do the following:
· Do your research.
Find the name of the agency and check its BBB Business Review at bbb.org. If
the company has a poor rating, unanswered complaints or a past history of
misleading advertising, it may be wise to avoid doing business with it.
· Beware of big promises and high
pressure sales pitches. Consider it a red flag if the sales
pitch promises regularly scheduled jobs and big earnings. Additionally, be wary
if the pitch uses high pressure tactics to get you to sign up without thinking
it through first.
· Read the fine print and get
everything in writing. Take your time and read the agreement or
contract carefully, paying close attention to details regarding refunds and
what to do if you are dissatisfied. Make sure that all verbal promises are in
· Get references. Ask
the company for references from past satisfied clients who have a similar
background and qualifications.
· Report concerning behavior.
If you feel you’ve been misled by a talent or modeling search agency, file a
complaint with BBB at bbb.org.
the reliability of a company and find
trustworthy businesses, visit BBB.
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Contact BBB serving
Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin at (512) 445-4748.