You’re young. You’re hopeful. You have dreams of becoming a star. Everyone sees potential in you, so you’re not entirely surprised when an agent walks up to you on the street and says you’re amazing. He sees greatness and can make you famous, all you have to do is a pay an expensive fee to sign a contract and have headshots taken.
You don’t need to think about it, they urge. After all, how can you put a price on your dreams?
If it sounds too good to be true, that’s because it is. Scam artists parading as talent agencies work across Canada to turn people’s dreams of success into cash to line their own pockets. They’ll promise their target a career as an actor or a model, but demand a hefty fee up front for their services, and then never deliver on the deal.
Earlier this month, ModelandTalent.tv was profiled in a La Presse story detailing those very practices: Parents took their children to an audition in Dorval, Que., and all of them were told that their children would be stars, theyRead More »from Legitimate talent agency or scam artist? How to tell you’re working with the real deal