Modeling Scams


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.

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