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TOP TAMPA TALENT SCAMS FOR 2010
1. Modeling Job Scams
Modeling job scams are now the most common talent scam in the Tampa market.
If you don’t have a modeling portfolio and comps, you have no business
trying to book a modeling job. If you have the tools and are able to book
jobs, you don’t need to buy new ones. If they say that no experience
is necessary to book work, then this is a scam; no modeling job is going
to book a new model. Never buy anything from anyone advertising jobs!
We have never seen any modeling jobs advertised on the radio, television,
or in the papers turn out to be a legitimate job. They all have been scams!
Check out Tampa Bay Modeling, our sister site, for more.
2. Actor and Talent
We have never seen any acting or talent auditions advertised turn out
to be legitimate. Never buy services from anyone advertising auditions,
especially if they drop big names and claim that they can get you a role
or part with no experience. Only a modeling and talent agency is legally
allowed to make money referring actors and talent to jobs, and if a company
is not able to make money doing what they advertise, and they spend money
advertising the talent jobs, you have to consider how they make their
money back. If they have to trick you into buying services by baiting
you with an audition which may, or may not, exist, can you trust them?
Check out Tampa Bay Acting, our sister site, for more.
3. Talent Management
In Florida, you have to have a talent agency license (TA#) from the Florida
Department of Business and Professional Regulation in order to make money
referring talent into jobs. If a talent manager does this, and they are
not a talent agency, they are committing a felony!
If a talent manager cannot make money managing talent and obtaining work
for them, how do they make their money? Can you trust someone who lures
you in with the promise of jobs and management, and then turn around and
sell you services?
See Tampa Bay Modeling, our sister site, for more.
4. Modeling and Talent
Modeling and Talent agencies should only be used as one of many sources
of jobs, and nothing more. Talent should always refuse exclusive representation,
and obtain the representation from as many talent agencies as possible
to maximize the potential for getting work.
A modeling and talent agency is only allowed to make money referring (booking)
models and talent into jobs. They work for the talent. It is unethical,
and illegal (at least in Florida) for a talent agency to make money selling
headshots, portfolios, or any services to the talent who they are supposed
to work for and represent. It is unethical, and illegal, for them to make
referral commission from referring talent to photographers and other services,
too. It is hard to prove the latter, so the best thing that models and
talent can do is invest in portfolios and headshots from professionals
who are honest about what they are selling, and who have no affiliation
with any agency. To rely upon an agency to refer you to some service to
get the tools that you need for your career is a big risk of being scammed.
A talent agency which sells services to the talent who they are supposed
to work for, or profits from referring talent to services, will be more
interested in selling talent services than finding them work. It’s
easier to sell talent services than to find them work. Also, since they
are doing something illegal to begin with, can you trust them? Will they
be honest with you? Talent agencies which sell talent services have no
obligation to book them into jobs, and most talent, after buying services
which are overpriced, do not obtain work from that agency. The agency
has concluded their business with them.
A modeling and talent agency has no business managing talent. They work
for the talent. A talent agency which manages the careers of the talent
which they represent is a working conflict of interest. How? Because they
try to control the career of the talent and guide them, while they also
try to control and guide the competition fo the talent, who are other
talent which the agency works for. Additionally, since an agency works
for talent, it is a conflict of interest for them to tell their employer,
the talent, what to do.
See Tampa Bay Modeling, our sister site, for more.
5. Indie Film Scams
The Tampa Bay market is full of unprofessional, unethical filmmakers who
are out to exploit actors and talent. These filmmakers are amateurs who
will undermine the credibility of professionals in the entertainment industry
if the professionals work for them. The filmmakers are also known for
their slander and credibility attacks against entertainment industry professionals,
Before working with any filmmaker or attending any audition, see a script
and samples of their work. Make sure that they have a professional web
site and references. If the filmmaker is making a horror film, use extra
caution. Run the name of the filmmaker and their company through a search
engine to research them before you consider working with them. Find out
what they do, as they are what they do. If they do it to others, they
will do it for you.
Nudity in Tampa independent films is too dangerous. It’s not worth
the risk. Some of these filmmakers are more interested in exploiting actresses
than in making a good film.
See Tampa Bay Film, and Tampa Bay Acting, our sister sites, for more about
Tampa indie film scams.
What is a scam? A
scam is a fraudulent business transaction where at least one party in
the transaction is taken advantage of. Most talent scams are services
that the talent is tricked into buying. Other talent scams include cons
artists who exploit talent. Teen modeling web sites which exploit underage
girls are a type of exploitation scam. Please remember that exploitation
is not art, and it is not a means to begin a legitimate professional career
in entertainment. It is anti-talent.
The Tampa Bay Talent
scam analysis database, when launched, will be an activity pattern analysis
database with a primary front-end which is scenario based (A second-generation
scam fighting format developed for Florida Modeling Career by Independent
Modeling in mid 2008, and soon to be deployed on all of the talent resource
sites in our fleet). Talent will be able to match their experiences with
the defined activity patterns of talent scams, and recognize them for
what they really are.
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