TTA List Administrator
Monday, July 03, 2006
Tucson: Audition Scam Alert
Dear TTA List Members,
There is a "talent agency" in town (I won't say names) making cold calls to attend an "audition". They called me, so that ought to tell you something right there! A quick Google search on them will raise some red flags. You can also search for potential audition scams on http://www.ripoffreport.com. Additionally, I recommend reading the consumer report from the US. Federal Trade Commission titled, "If You've Got The Look, Look Out! Avoiding Modeling Scams", http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/services/model.htm.
Here are 10 common sense things to remember when considering an agency or school:
1. Never pay for an audition
2. There are pleny of reputable acting classes in town for small, reasonable fees to help develop your skills
3. Modeling agencies which are reputable train models free
4. Watch out for agencies that charge you money to take their classes before you are "eligible" for work.
5. If pressured to make a cash deposit by a set deadeline - run like the wind.
6. Beware of anyone who promises to get you work as an actor or model if you first pay for their instruction
7. Never sign a document without reading and understanding it first. Ask for a copy of the contract to take home and review with someone you trust. If the company refuses, walk away.
8. Be wary of claims about high salaries, "making it in the big time", or all of the "big stars" who have "graduated" from their program.
9. Get everything in writing, including any promises that have been made orally
10. Beware of any agency who requires that you use only their phtographer
It's a jungle out there.