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Talent Agency Deregulation Removed From HB 5005

Official last week, Tampa Bay Modeling is now please to report some good news about HB 5005.

Please see our previous letter to TBT (Tampa Bay Times, which was published a few weeks ago), HB 5005 Deregulating Modeling Agencies Enables Modeling Scams.

Looks 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.

The good news:
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.

The bad news:
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.

So, 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, regardless.

PUBLISHED 05/09/11

UPDATED 05/19/11






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