TOP 5 Ways to Avoid a Modeling Scam

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​TOP 5 Ways to Avoid a Modeling Scam

1. AGENCIES- Modeling and talent agencies get work for experienced models and actors. Some agents require that you sign up exclusively with them, while others allow you to also register with other agencies in town. Either way, legitimate agencies don’t charge you an up-front fee to serve as your agent. They get paid when you get paid.

2. PHOTOGRAPHER CHOICE- To break into the business, you need professional photos. But you should be able to choose your own photographer. An agency that requires you to use their photographers likely is a scam.

3. GUARANTEE- No modeling or acting job is ever guaranteed. And depending on where you live, the market for those types of jobs may be very small.

4. UNSOLICITED CONTACT- Some scams may try to contact you directly via Facebook or Instagram with an offer of a casting or modeling job. If someone asks you to send suggestive photos of yourself, pay him or her any amount of money, or offers you a large amount of money, it is most likely a scam.

​5. MEETINGS- NEVER arrange to meet alone with someone who you do not know about potential modeling work. If you are represented by an agency, be sure to field any work-related requests by your agent. A legitimate professional will not mind if you bring a parent, guardian, or trusted friend with you, especially upon first meeting.

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