Scams: How to Spot Them and Avoid Them!
You’ve been approached by a so called “agent” who says he can make you a star if you’ll only pay a small training fee. What do you do?
If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.
In this episode of Starstyle® The Business of Showbusiness, we’re going to tell you how to spot scams and keep away from them. Scams targeting the entertainment industry are on the rise. Every day another so called agent or manager is apprehended for scamming innocent victims. But how do you recognize a scam and what can you do to protect yourself?
Pat Wallace, President and CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving 14 counties in Northern California, has handled credit and consumer assistance issues for many years. He has a file a mile high on scams concerning the modeling and acting business. The Better Business Bureau is available to educate the public.
Cynthia with Pat Wallace
Miles Locker, as Chief Counsel for the Department of Labor Relations, licenses talent agencies, enforces the laws, revokes licenses for infractions, and prosecutes offenders. Legitimate talent agencies do not advertise or solicit talent.
Cynthia with Mike Locker
Here are some signals that a so called agency is a scam:
- Any advertisement that states, “Model or talent search, new faces wanted, no experience necessary, will train, auditioning or interviewing now for upcoming roles, be a model or actor in films, commercials, and print jobs...”
- A legitimate agency does NOT charge any up front fees. Agents make money through a commission at the end of a job.
As long as there are people who have dreams of being the next star, there will be operations out there to promise you the moon. In order to become a star, you’ll need to keep your feet and head on the ground . Beware, be smart...there are no free lunches.