We were recently contact by Andrea Brigette who had read the piece by Mark Bell on “Things To Consider Before Signing Up To A Modelling Agency”. She felt the article had stuck a chord with her and wanted to share her experience with others and sent us this very interesting post below.
Hello, I Read your story on Twitter about agencies and wanted to share my story.
A few months ago, I was searching on Facebook for agencies so I could see reviews, photos, etc… I decided to apply to one that was headquartered in my hometown and has various other locations.
Once submitted, I received a call requesting a video conference with the different agents and the next day another call asking me to come into the Atlanta offices. I loved the agent and signed the papers. She told me they wouldn’t have hired twenty people that looked like me and everything seemed legit.
Later that night I got a call from the CEO saying I had written down the wrong card number (apparently they had to submit me via a site which required a small monthly fee). I then received an email informing me that they had charged the annual fee instead of monthly one which I had requested and circled on the paperwork.
I called twice to get this rectified and was told it would be taken care of. However, when I called the headquarters, you would have thought I was talking to a monster. The lady told me the wig has to go (which it wasn’t) and that my look needs to be more conservative so I needed to change my hair and do another shoot.
Whilst I understand constructive criticism I was left shocked because this was the complete opposite of what the agent told me and putting out even more money to please someone else wasn’t going to happen. So as you can probably gather I never went back. Out of courtesy I did notify the agent and she sincerely apologized.
There was also another agency in Atlanta that called me for an interview – they had a diverse portfolio had been Around for 30 years. However, the catch was it would take about 1300 dollars with 700-800 upfront with the rest paid in installments. Whilst the money was towards workshops and it did sound reasonable, ultimately, it was more than I wanted or was willing to pay.
Thank for reading,
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