MODELING CONSULTATION AND AGENCY PLACEMENT SCAMS
Is the modeling consultation really free? Are the composite cards and the portfolio that the model already has "good enough" for a manager or agency to use to promote the model? Most professional models have portfolios and composite cards that work just fine in their careers. You will never hear these people admit it, however, as their intention is to scam the model and rip them off by selling them useless, overpriced services!
Consultation Scams are scams where a self-proclaimed "modeling
expert" offers to get models started in the business or help established
professional models with their careers. Money is made at the expense of
the model by either charging them for consultation and management services
or by referring the model to over priced services such as portfolio photography
and composite cards. Model Management Scams are often incorporated into
these schemes, and it is also common to see Model
Resell Scam tactics used as the Model Consultation Scam steals information
from other sources so they can lure the model into the scam with the information
and try to sell it to them. The information, such as model job leads,
are often easily available on free model web site job boards. There have
been reports that these scams are also a form of Model
Job Scam, where they use supposed "model jobs" which are
often either embellished or made up to entice the models to pay for services
(NEVER pay for any services as a condition for being considered for a
model job!). The Model Consultation Scam may also be a front for a Model
School Scam, a Model Search Scam,
or a Model Agency Scam.
here are not limited to models, and different types can be easily combined
for new types of scams. If you cannot CLARIFY their intentions and VERIFY
their references, go somewhere else to do business. It's professionally
responsible to do so and lowers your risk. There are lots of great companies
out there, like our advertisers and the companies in our resource sections,
who are not scams. You owe it to your career to shop around and be selective.
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