To Whom It May Concern:
I have never been a model, nor done any modeling or
acting, but I have always had the dream to become an
I found an advertisement in The Journal News.Com by
a company which was looking for "New faces, paying
top dollar, no experience req'd, TV, Print and Promo."
So today I went for my first appointment or "Open
Call" with the modeling/talent agency called MAXIMUM
I was not prepared and I was pretty naive about how
to break into this line of work.
MAXIMUM EXPOSURE claimed to be the
only licensed talent agency in Westchester, NY, that
handles the entire Tri-State area, or something
This company appeared to be completely legit, but I
have never been in any kind of modeling agency, so I
didn't know what to expect. I only saw one other person
besides the receptionist working in this office.
After signing in, filling out a photocopied and barely
legible "basic information" form, and waiting
for nearly 45 minutes, I was seen by that one person
working at this office.
This person brought me back to their office and
asked me a few questions, why I just now wanted to do
this type of work, etc., etc. I was also given back my
snapshots and ID which I had to provide.
After I was told how they operate, and a little about
what I can expect out of creating a relationship with
this company, he started telling me that they do require
a fee to cover their costs of "Marketing" me
to all of their contacts. He said this fee covers their
expenses for sending out my photos to so many people
to get me work.
He also mentioned that I could get into their acting
classes and pay for a package deal. The most expensive
was their "Platinum" package, which includes
five images on disc and the acting class. The price for
this package is $1,500!
And he wanted me to pay for one of their packages TODAY.
I told him I could not do that, and did not come prepared
to pay money. I definitely felt this was a red flag.
I finally got in touch with a few friends who have modeling
experience, and they all said that I shouldn't ever be
asked to pay anything up front like that.
One person (a former NYC Ford and CED Model)
said if anything I should tell the agency to take any
fees out of my first check(s).
I then looked for a website or listing for MAXIMUM
EXPOSURE, but I could not find anything on the internet
about this company.
The only place I found any info on this agency
was through the Better Business Bureau. They gave this
agency an UNSATISFACTORY RECORD, and even had many disputed
complaints against them.
Has anyone else dealt with this agency or had bad/good
experiences which they would like to share?
I think I am going to steer clear and stick to dealing
with the larger commercial agencies.