To Whom It May Concern:
I was approached by a modeling agency here in NY. I'm
trying to become a model, but I'm not sure if the person
with whom I spoke is legit or not.
How do you know if it's a scam or not?
Thanks so much for the help.
The first thing you need to do is confirm the scout
works at the modeling agency.
In her book, The Modeling Handbook, author Eve Matheson
tells the story of how her daughter, Tracy, who was interested
in modeling, was approached by a man who said he was
a scout for an agency.
He gave the name of the agency, so Tracy and her Mom
went to the agency to see if he was legit. The agency
said they had nobody working for them who fit the description
of the man who claimed he was their scout.
If you confirm the scout does work for a modeling agency
in New York, then you can check the agency itself.
Start with the BBB records, and then go from there.
Find out how long the company has been around. How many
models they represent. What type of modeling jobs they
get their models. Ask for references and check them.
Check out their website. See if anyone has posted about
their experience with the agency online.
And then shop around to see what else is out there.
There are many options in New York for models and talent.
There are probably more modeling agencies in NY than
in any other city in America. There is even a directory
of all the modeling agencies for New York only which
you can buy online.