Aspiring Models: How To Recognize A Scam
No matter where you live, if you are an aspiring model there are people out there that will use your passion to make themselves rich. The most important trait anyone can have is learning how to recognize real opportunities from the fake. Here are a few tips to help you:
1.Realize that the length of time an agency has been in business does not mean they are legitimate. One of the best things to do is talk to other models currently with that agency. And I don’t mean to talk to models who have become close friends with the agency owner, but talk to a couple who aren’t so close. Find out if they have been paid, if they’ve gotten work, etc.
2.If you are considering entering a pageant or modelling competition that requires you to pay a large fee to enter, always be wary. Talk to previous winners to make sure they’ve actually received the prize. Don’t fall for the promise of a professional career, do your due diligence and really research it first.
3.Check the background of the people in charge. They may act important and knowledgeable but do they have the experience? Have they had any management training, modelling experience, etc? In this industry, reputation is everything. Do the people in charge have a great reputation or a less than perfect one? These are all questions you must ask.
4.The next tip isn’t relative to agencies or pageants, and is a safety precaution. Agencies and agents aren’t the only scam risk. There could be con artists that come in many forms and you need to be wary about each one. In my personal experience, the worst one that you can come across are less than savory photographers. Be careful of the intentions of the people you are posing for. I’ve come across male photographers who have sexually assaulted models. They can appear friendly, trusting, and you may have known them for a while. Do yourself a favor and ALWAYS bring someone with you to the shoot. No matter what.
The last tip is pretty simple, and kind of an echo to what I’ve been saying. If it sounds too good to be true, it normally is. Keep in mind that you should never have to pay to be signed to an agency, and be smart. Research, ask around, get yourself informed.