Prestige Model and Talent Dev. Inc.(NY)
Questions / Complaints
To Whom It May Concern:
Recently I responded to an ad in the New York Post which
was published by a company based in New York City called
Prestige Model and Talent Dev, Inc.
I went in and was told I was suitable for a career in
modeling, and I would need to pay $80 for sample photographs
to get an idea of how I look in photos...
Being a small price, I went ahead and paid and got the
pictures taken, and now they want to put together a portfolio
for me for the price of $495.
I'm a bit skeptical because of the physical appearance
of the offices. They don't look like what I would expect
of a successful modeling agency.
$495, is, in my opinion, a decent amount of money.
I did this to make money, but so far I've been getting
hit up for my money?
I think it might be a scam. I checked the Better Business
Bureau, and they don't even have records for this company!
Here's the company's contact info:
Prestige Model & Talent Dev., Inc.
39 East 31st
New York NY 10016
P.S. I just noticed on the letterhead I have they have
a typo —not professional! Let me know what you
think. I'm pretty sure this is all a scam. Thanks in
If you have doubts, don't do it. There are too many
opportunities in NY to take a gamble on a questionable
agency starting out.
(Do they even have a talent agency license? It's illegal
in NY to run an agency without a license.)
If they can't even market themselves properly with professional
letterhead, how well do you think they could market you?
It's not as bad as some places if they want you to start
with sample photos or a test shoot. Others take you straight
to the expensive pics and there is no test shoot.
$495 is not extreme, but if you start with a photographer
prepared to do test shoots or TFP (Time for Print), it
would be free. (Trading for a better portfolio).
Whichever agency you find and choose, make sure you
don't pay the agency; pay the photographer if you can't
get a photographer to do a test shoot free.