Model Talent Management (MTM)
To Whom It May Concern:
I have an issue with a Tampa, Florida, modeling agency
connected with, and operating out of, the same office
as John Casablancas; it operates under
the name of Model Talent Management.
Upon interviewing with the director of Model Talent
Management, I was told that there were plenty of jobs
out there, and it was only a matter of obtaining a comp
card to proceed with bookings.
I went ahead and took these pictures at the director's
home, and it is also interesting to note that the photographer
is the director's husband. This session cost me $300.
After receiving the final product (the comp card), I
received one phone call about a job that would only provide
me with experience and no pay. Otherwise, I have not
received any work from this agency.
I made an appointment to discuss the issue with the
director, and her response was that it was only a matter
of time, and to contact her in three months. Still nothing.
I am seeking your advice in this matter, because I have
done a lot of work through legitimate agencies and have
never encountered such an issue until now. I was also
wondering if you may know of any other complaints against
this particular agency.
Thanks for your time,
Either the Model Talent Management director
was tricking you into signing so you would sign up for
photos, so they could get $300 from you, or there are "plenty
of jobs out there," and in her "professional
opinion," you are qualified.
You already observed the conflict of interest with her
husband being paid for her comments which persuaded you
to sign up. This could be a modeling scam.
The most basic modeling photography scam, which is also
one of the most popular modeling scams, involves management
telling aspiring models they can help get them work,
they only need to get comp cards. So the model gets comp
cards, pays upfront fees, but never gets any work.
Since you were told by the Model Talent Management director
there were "plenty of jobs out there," you
could press for more information. Why not ask which models
they represent have worked in the last three months,
or since you signed up, and the names of their clients.
You need to know if they are getting anyone any work,
and find out if you are wasting your time waiting for
them to get you work. Those who are paid upfront fees
can quickly lose interest in getting models work.
Did you sign an exclusive contract with MTM? If you
are not under an exclusive modeling contract with MTM,
you could and probably should seek representation elsewhere.
You said: "I have done a lot of work through legitimate
agencies." Are you also represented by any of these
legitimate agencies? Or did you break from them to be
represented by MTM?
It is not a good idea to put all your hope in one company
if you can be represented by several, at least then you
can maximize the opportunities and chances of getting
How many agencies are there in Tampa which could get
P.S. There were already serious conflict of interest
issues at John Casablancas having a modeling school connected
with a modeling agency (MTM), and a modeling school closely
tied up with a modeling convention (IMTA). Is this yet
another conflict of interest with the modeling agency
being "married to" a modeling photographer?