Crimes of Persuasion

Schemes, scams, frauds.

AMS Models

To Whom It May Concern:

I looked over your letters section to find out whether the agency I am interested in had a track record of fraud. The agency, however, was not listed.

The agency name is AMS Models & Coordinators or AMS Models Inc. They are located in Syracuse and their web address is

I really don't want to be a victim of a modeling scam. I was scammed once before, and I failed to report the agency.

Can you please tell me whether AMS Models is a genuine Model Management Agency?

Thank you,

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No complaints on record with the BBB. In fact, they have an A+ rating after over ten years in business.

AMS Models was started 1999 with a solid reputation for booking talent for their models.

The agency owner, Ann Marie Stonecypher is a well respected, award-winning local business woman, writer and former model who has been in the modeling business for over 30 years. She started AMS Models to give aspiring models an honest place to book work, and clients a reliable place to find them.

Their primary focus is as a model management company, procuring modeling jobs for models and actors (mostly print and TV) in the Upstate NY market (Syracuse, Rochester, Albany and Buffalo).

They occasionally book promotional talent since talent agencies are called upon for these bookings (called Promotional Event Staffings- not modeling assignments).

They do require a $95.00 fee to create a web page for each talent in lieu of comp cards and portfolios, which is the standard for most agencies, but is not required for AMS Models.

This fee also provides registered talent access to all professional casting/audition notifications the agency gets.

Keep in mind, they are not a modeling school - they just manage and book talent. is their blog which has posts regarding model searches.