Thursday, July 02, 2009

Tucson: Beware of audition-acting-training scams

Dear TTA List Members,


Many of you know that about twice a year I’ll post a warning for new members, or just a friendly reminder to all, that it is a jungle out there.  Unfortunately, there are people and organizations, near and far, that target the acting community with bogus claims of stardom in exchange for your hard earned cash.  Our friend Brian at Independent Film Association of Southern Arizona (IFASA) has stated it well below, please read his caution.




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From: [] On Behalf Of Brian
Sent: Thursday, July 02, 2009 8:37 AM
Subject: [IFASA] Scam Alert


As always, I caution everyone to take due caution before paying money for any kind of film-related service or training.  While this is a wonderful business, with many terrific people, there are some people out there who are willing to prey on our dreams.  Actors, in particular, can often be the target of such unethical predators.  So, I strongly encourage everyone to Google and IMDb the instructors, contact people who have worked with them before, and trust your gut instincts.  If it smells suspicious, you are probably better off passing.  There will always be other, more beneficial, opportunities.  If an event or training is promoted by IFASA, TucsonStage, IFP/PHX, the Arizona International Film Festival, Arizona Film and Television Workshops, SAG, IATSE, the Tucson Film Office, the Loft Cinema, established talent agents, one of the local film schools, or long-standing members of our film community, or has been in operation for many years, those will most likely be legitimate.  Training is very important for growing in our crafts, yet prudence is worthwhile.



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