So we took A to the modeling & talent agency that was promoting the photo contest. The lady, forgot her name, fell in love with A. and said he was highly marketable. She looked kinds weird. She caked on her makeup.
She went on and on about only 24 kids being chosen and that she was on her way to Dallas to talk to a load of talent agencies and blah, blah, blah. Catch was we had to pay $975! Yeap. My boy was one of the chosen on the photo contest. Up to what I know contests are free.
She also talked about a sponsorship for training when he turns 4 and how marketable he was (she repeated this over and over and over again).
We did not budge. We were not going to pay.
It was all a scam. They ask you to pay and promise the moon and stars and tons of work. But you might never hear back from them. You might be able to reach them some day and they’ll simply say there’s nothing available for your pumpkin.
It’s a shame how many scams are out there. After this experience I decided to educate myself about job scams. A great resource for this is TheLadders Scam Prevention site.
For all of you mommies out there who want your kids to enter the entertainment bizz: Agents do not charge you an up front fee. They get paid 10% of what you make. I honestly don’t know where to go or who to ask. Go to craigslist. There’s got to be tons of opportunities for commercials or extras in a movie that’ll be filmed in your town. Here in Portland we’ve got a few major movies being filmed, like The Burning Plains with Charlize Theron, or the infamous Twilight.
I’m pretty sure Ty is going to keep looking for opportunities for both him (yeah, he was already in a commercial and was given a role in an independent local film as a Mormon missionary, hehehe) and A. maybe even J would join in the fun!
I’ll keep you guys posted on whatever we learn from the Entertainment Bizz!