One Source Talent
Questions / Complaints
To Whom It May Concern:
MONTHS ago I applied to a website for a
profile on their site. http://www.onesourcetalent.com/
was the site.
Just a few days ago, I got a call from
a - pushy, short and uninformed "rep" of that
website wanting to set up a phone interview with me.
Because they were interested in representing me.
Today I got the phone call - it was little
more than a long sales pitch from a model who claims
to have shot for vogue recently (and yet works as a telemarketer...
heh), her pitch was long winded and just a build up as
to how "great" a model I could be (even though
she had only 1 photo of me and it was outdated) - and
because I was a SERIOUS model the company wanted me.
She went on to push how expensive comp
cards were $400 - $500 on average - and that comp cards
are outdated. Online comp cards were all the rave though
- so they would give me a discount....charging my ONLY
$30 a MONTH to be on their site....$30 a month to get
access to their casting calls only.
Long story short - I hung up. Just another
[photo mill] scam.
To Whom It May Concern:
While bored one day, I stumbled across the OneSourceTalent.com
website. I filled something out and included a picture
to be reviewed, and totally forgot about it as I continued
surfing the net.
A few weeks later, I was called by a representative
and asked to go to the New York office for further evaluation.
I went, brought some photos, waited a long, long time
(there were other suckers there, too, like me).
I finally met with a "talent consultant" who
liked my look and asked me to come back for a second
A week later, I went to the second interview with my
parents, and the talent consultant said how if they signed
me, I would be getting lots of great modeling jobs, that
she'd look into jobs for me and call me frequently, that
I'd get marketing supplies, such as a digital comp card,
my own E-mail address at the website, and so on. She
even said something about signing me up for an Ashlee
I was so excited—and my parents were, too. We
agreed to pay nearly $400 upfront for me to be signed,
plus an additional $30 a month to "maintain" my
comp card. I was bummed out about the money, because
they never told me that I had to pay a monthly fee ON
TOP OF the upfront fee. But, my consultant had raved
on and on about how awesome my look is and how I should
have no trouble finding jobs, so I thought I'd make the
money back very soon.
She also said I didn't need professional photos, but
that I might be interested in having them done anyway.
So the next week she introduced me to the company photographer,
who was receiving a neck massage as we walked in. He
seemed very irritated and like he did not want to be
bothered with me.
It didn't help when I received the photo shoot pricing
guide. I was under the impression that the professional
photos were considered a "marketing supply" and
were therefore included in the upfront $400. However,
I was wrong. The price for photos was between $395 -
Since professional photos were not really a necessity,
I decided to wait. I read a lot of Success Stories at
their website, and the Comp Cards of many people with
success stories just had snap shots, nothing professional—so
I knew I didn't need them.
I would log onto the site every day and apply to castings.
No word from anyone.
My consultant left the company just a week after signing
me, and OneSource Talent never even assigned me a new
one. If I hadn't called them to complain, they would
have left me on my own (while still paying them!).
I called and asked for another consultant. The receptionist
left me on hold so long that I eventually hung up and
called back. He then connected me to another consultant,
who seemed utterly bitchy and informed me that the consultant
can't really do anything, that us talent have to look
for jobs all on our own.
I was so angry that I went on the website, and in the
Success Stories section, I wrote about how upset I was
with OneSource and why. Someone from the head Detroit
office read it, and contacted me. She went on and on
about how great their company is and how the only problem
is that I do not have professional photos.
My mother called the head of the New York office a few
days later, and told him how upset we were about the
inconveniences going on. He said he would take care of
me from now on, help me find jobs, and said that I DO
NOT need professional photos. He was supposed to call
me later on, but never did.
My father finally called him and discussed further how
upset we were, how he never followed up, and so on. He
apologized and told my father that a consultant would
be in touch.
She, the new consultant, called me soon after, and said
that I need professional photos.
I told her that the head of the New York department,
her boss, said that I do not need them at all.
She said something like, "Honey, I don't know what
he was thinking, but ya DO need professional photos,
otherwise you won't get any jobs?"
I GIVE UP.
In a nutshell. To be signed with One Source Talent means:
-Paying $400 upfront.
-Paying $30 a month.
-Paying $395 - $1,295 for professional photos.
-Logging onto the website and finding jobs ALL ON YOUR
OWN (which you can do for free at sites like Jurgita.com
To Whom It May Concern:
I was looking on monster.com one day for
jobs, and I found a listing for One Source Talent (well,
actually I found quite a few listings for One Source
Talent). Though I wasn't at all interested in the
job(s) they had listed, I was bored and went to check
out their site. They had this little thing that
was like "Become a Model/Actor Today."
All you had to do was answer a couple questions
and submit a photo (optional), and someone would call
you within the next couple of days. The "optional" to
submit a photo should have raised a red flag right there,
but I just submitted my stuff to see what would happen
and went on my merry way.
A couple days later, I did in fact get
a voicemail from One Source Talent, saying they wanted
to meet me. I didn't feel like returning the call,
so I figured that was the last I'd ever hear from them. The
next week while I was out, however, my cell rang. Who
was it but One Source Talent? ! ; The person on
the phone said again that they wanted to meet with me,
so I was just like "sure, why not?" and agreed
to go in that Saturday to their office.
First of all, I had NO idea that when I
would get there there would already be 20 or so people
wating in line to see someone from One Source Talent. I
had nothing else to do that day, so I waited in line...
for a rather long time. Eventually, after probably
an hour or so of waiting, they pulled everyone out for
individual "interviews" and when I went they
asked me to come back on Monday with some snapshots. I
So, I went back on Monday. My appointment
was actually for 3 pm, but they said to get there early. I
did. Didn't really matter though, as I waited for
TWO HOURS to even see anyone. This woman asked
me into an office, and then asked me a few questions
before taking the picture disc I brought and leaving
to look at my photos. I don't know if they even
looked at them, and I don't know why they couldn't have
looked at them there, since there was a perfectly operational
computer sitting on the desk.
She came back 10 or so minutes later and
said "We think you're marketable, and we want to
work with you. We even have a casting for you for
an independent film on Wednesday." (Funny
how I might get a casting right away for an independent
film since earlier when they were "interviewing" me
I had said I thought it would be interesting to work
on an independent film.) Before telling me anything
about the supposed casting, other than it was at 4 pm
on Wed at their office (also funny), she whips out this
sheet of paper that she wants me to sign.
In hindsight, it looked quite unprofessional
for a contract, but the most important thing was that
in the second or third bullet point down there was a
clause stating that I was to pay $395 for a "digital
comp card" along with the $29.95 they requested
for monthly fees. When I said that they had made
no reference to a $395 fee at the Saturday interview,
she told me they had, almost in a sort of "yes,
they did and you are insane" tone of voice.
When I still voiced concerns, she said
that if money was a problem, I could pay $195 or so now,
and get the rest to them within 2 weeks. She said
again how they "really wanted to work with me" and
wanted to get started right away so I could attend that
Wed casting. I left with an unsigned contract.
There were several things about this place
that bothered me:
1) They asked me to pay this money up front. They
said it was for a "digital comp card," which
is basically a space on their webpage with a few pictures
on it. I could make one myself if I wanted to in
perhaps 10 minutes and for far cheaper than $395. That
bit doesn't really matter, the part that worried me is
that they were asking me to shell out a big sum of money
without any guarantees that it would lead to a job. I
have yet to hear of a legit company that's in the business
of finding clients modeling or acting jobs that doesn't
work on commission. Real agencies only get paid
when they find you work. One Source Talent said
that they're not "a modeling agency," and that "don't
work on commission," but if they don't, what motive
or ability do they have to find me work?
2) They were saying that they were going
to set up this "digital comp card" without
me even going to a professional photographer. Even
though I do some photography and some of my photos were
self portraits that I did for art reasons, I know they're
not acceptable for being on a professional comp card. If
I know that and I'm not even in the industry, what does
that say about them?
3) Everyone who came in for an interview
that I saw walk out the door walked out with a folder
that seemed to signify they'd been signed with One Source
Talent. No matter what they looked like.
4) The place came across as being entirely
unprofessional. No one should have to wait 2 hours
for a scheduled appointment. Even the worst doctor
I've been to wasn't that bad. And there was no
one telling the people waiting that things were going
to take longer than we'd initially planned. It's
just odd that on this sheet I got for my second "interview" they
were saying how important punctuality is, and how you
should arrive at least 15 mins prior to your appointment,
when they were making us wait 2 hours to even see someone! It
also didn't look like there was a single person working
there over 30. There is nothing wrong with workers
who are in their 20s, but it's a little strange when
you go into a business and it doesn't appear that a single
person there has been working for more than a couple
I went home and looked on the internet
to see if I could find out anything about this company. I
found report after report of people spending money for
services they didn't get or employees not getting paid
for work they did. My conclusion: there are better
(and more effective) ways to get into modeling or acting
than through this agency. I feel lucky that I didn't
sign anything and give it to them. I get the idea
that many people have, only to find out later that they
were ripped off.
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