I was suckered, and now I'm mad!
I was recommended to Posh by my cousin, who was sought out
by Posh in a mall. Seeing as how I work in the film & tv
biz, you would think I would have been smarter that this,
but here is what happened (it's pretty straightforward).
We went in for an initial meeting with LaJoy. LaJoy interviewed
us and our then [...]-month-old. She showed us pictures of
other children on their roster and told us how one kid just
made "$160,000" from an Old Navy job. Talk about
dangling the carrot.
We got a call a few days later and were told that they don't
take everyone, but they would love to work with our daughter,
but she has to get photos done. We asked how much it would
all be and they said only "$550."
My partner and I decided that that was a lot of money, but
we looked at it as an investment in this new adventure. We
have one income now, and since my partner is home with the
baby, we knew she could be around to take her to auditions.
Fast foward to after the photo shoot . . . We get a call
to come in to go over the photos.
I asked LaJoy if the $550 included the cost of prints as
She avoided giving me a straight answer and said, "Oh,
we'll talk about that when you get here."
Basically, we ended spending up another $1,100! We just
got swept up in the moment. We were led to believe that we
needed these professional photos and portfolio books in order
to get work.
I even asked what happens when the baby changes--which is
what infants do--and was told that we wouldn't need to get
new photos for at least a year. She looks totally different
NOW, and it's only three months later.
We soon had another meeting with Dana and found out that
Posh was not the agency, but Go Models & Talent was.
I asked Dana if this was a real "agency": "Are
you an agent?"
She said, "Yes."
Lies. We felt completely misled. In the interim I have spoken
to several other agencies and managers. Not ONE of them ever
asked for professional pictures. They were all appalled when
they found out what we had done, and said all you need are
new snapshots every three months because the babies change
so much so often.
We now have representation with another company, a licensed
I was told by a friend that one could dispute a credit card
transaction for up to a year of the transaction date. We
paid Posh back in [. . .] of 200[.].
I am so mad that I was led to believe we needed to get these
photos done for my daughter. I am also so mad at myself,
but I am willing to fight to get this money back.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated on this matter.
Thank you very much.