Debonair Marketing - Letters / Experiences
To Whom It May Concern:
I was at the Robinsons-May with my mom's friend when a lady confronted us and said that she thought I would be great on TV.
She said that she was a casting director and did shows like Sabrina The Teenage Witch and Lizzie Mcguire.
She told me that all I needed to do was go to a screen test on Sunday at 2:00 p.m., and then she handed me her card and walked off.
This was the second time someone had asked me and I knew that money would be involved.
The first time someone had asked me I was so excited, but when we went for my first screen test, they said that I needed to go to this other interview the following week.
I did and at that interview they told me that I would need acting school which would cost $3,000.
My mom automatically said no.
So this is why my parents did not want me to go to this Debonair Marketing screen test, because it would just be the same as the last one.
A couple weeks after the lady asked me, I looked online to see if there really was a Debonair Marketing, and I found this site.
Now I am glad that I didn't go, because I would just be wasting my time and my parents' money.
My mom is a manager and notified the security guards, so now every time these people come into the mall, they will be escorted right back out, because soliciting business inside the property is not allowed.
My daughter has previously emailed you regarding this agency, and I just had to add my point of view as a parent.
She has been approached twice now by this same agency.
The first time I took her, because the woman who approached her really buttered her up, and, being a 14-year-old, well, I'm sure you understand.
So off we go on this journey to Beverly Hills, oh joy...
Low and behold, two days later, we end up in Santa Monica at —WOW —an acting and entertainment company —a second interview, we were told.
My daughter got to do a test on camera to see how she looked doing a skippy peanut butter commercial.
When it came to the crunch, they told me she needed acting school, and they needed $3,000.
I said, "Sure, she'll pay for it out of her first job."
So you can understand I never did get a call back.
These people make me mad —not because they are charging —but because they are not up front about the fact that they charge, and let me tell you, they know whom to approach.
They approach the child because they know that the little boy or girl is going to give the parents trouble with a capital 'T' if we make them "miss the big chance."
Now when my daughter gets stopped she knows: 'Don't give mum the card, just enjoy the fact they thought you were cute enough to stop and give you the card.'
Crimes of Persuasionon