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Old 03-29-2007, 12:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello everyone. I am new here. This site is really wonderful!
I actually just returned from a session done by ProScout with my 2 daughters aged 13 and 11. One wants to act and the other wants to model. They both got accepted (this is their third year trying) and were asked to attend an "event" in Orlando in May. Of course, they want money to "put down" and a remaining balance upon check in @ the Event. I'm thinking this is not a good idea. They are both so excited....I can't stand to tell them about it possibly not being legit. Here is what opinions I need.....
A: what other ways would there be to get my kids noticed without having to pay "up front" fees and ...

B: The following are simple pictures I've taken of my girls. With all you being photographers, I would like opinions on if they have a "look" for this kind of business. All opinions are appreciated and I thank you all in advance.








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Old 03-29-2007, 01:38 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Many of these "pay us a fee" and "meet the agents" things are a scam. If you just type "proscouts scam" into Google you'll see thousands of results. Here is an interesting link that sort of outlines the general way these sorts of "scams" work (you should see some interesting parallels in reading the link below):

http://www.modelingscams.org/modelingconventions.html

Keep in mind that you'll find shills of the various scam organizations planting their own posts to lots of sites saying how wonderful these various companies are.

In a typical scam of this sort you shell out from $500 to $1000 for each "potential model" and then you have to have travel expenses for the girls and yourself, since you can't let them go alone. So you'd easily be out $2000 to $3000 if you try this venture. For a lot less than that, you can just hire a professional photographer in your area to take some good modeling type shots of the girls and then send those shot of them to a local agency. If they have potential, then that's usually the best shot.

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Mr. Smith is right on the money here. Please do not waste your money on a scam like this. You have two lovely kids and being a parent myself, I know you would love to make their dreams come true. However in this case if you shelled out the money, your daughters would just come away disappointed and disillusioned. There are many good photographers in your area (some right here on this site). Get with one of them and have some photos done for your girls and start showing them around. some of the modeling sites. If there is any interest you will be contacted.
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My wife's cousin, Maren, started out very similar to what was described above at about the same age as your daughters. Don't have them expect to have overnight success bit it can happen. Example- check out Cosmopolitan this month on pages 342-351 to see how Maren is doing now, that she's worked a few years.
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This is definitely a scam. Where I live we frequently hear of open casting calls for some show, commercial or whatever. They have these all the time in Orlando as well. You might start searching for one of those.

Another, and probably better way is to get the girls involved with a legitimate model and talent agency. They can also advise you and the girls on your prospects for success and what you can do to improve their chances of breaking into the biz.
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what they said. Be careful out there, as I sure you are (I'll bet that's why you checked here first.)

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Thank you all so much for your responses. Looks like we won't be going to Orlando come May. I just don't want to have to tell them since they are both so excited.....
I'll just get their photos out there and see what turns up. Thanks again for all the advice.
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