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Conned Modelling agency
totalling about £240 in joining fees
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I joined this agency during march 2009, I had seen them advertised in the yellow pages and also online. As i was new to modelling I did not quite understand the set up of agencies. When I first got in touch with the agency they seemed really nice and guaranteed me to help me get work.
All I had to do to begin with was pay a £90 joining fee which would help me set up an online profile for clients to see myself which I could update whenever I wanted to. They convinced me I would get work from them so would instantly work out that I get my £90 and then some. As I had already stated I was new to how modelling was and the set up of agencies so I took their word for it that it was a way from help promote myself.
When the paper work came through after paying out my £90 joining I then realised that I had to sign a contract and choose how many years I wanted to be signed up to the agency. I remember it was £150 for three years, as I really wanted to get into modelling I felt like I had no choice but to choose three years as they did seem genuine they would get me lots of well paid work. As I was a university student to I just wanted to get some nice paid modelling work in the hope in the long run to pay off my tuition fees.
Models Direct even make out that Easyjet was one of their well known clients booking models for overseas photoshoots, as that was something i wanted to do I thought I was doing the right thing on paying out to hopefully get it back and then some.
I have learnt my lesson since as I have had no work from them, I did update my profile regulary as I thought I was doing the right thing and hoping I would be put forward for work. Four months after I signed up I still did not hear anything, I even wrote a letter to them stating about me not getting any work from them and that I had some from other agencies who had not charged myself for a joining fee. I also asked for my money back.
I did get a letter back stating that I would not be getting my money back as apparently they only ask models for a small joining fee which I know is a load of rubbish. A year and a half later I still have not had any work booked from Models Direct.
I have learnt my lesson to never payout to an agency, but I am more wiser with the modelling industry.
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[01/10/2009] Bev: I too emailed a couple of photos to Models Direct early in September, as trying to get into modelling (mature women). I've had phone calls, a couple of emails and a reminder letter re the 3 yr contract @ £128. Luckily I have not paid tem anything as I'd read about them being exposed as a con to some newspapers and a tv program. I also looked on another website that tells you which agencies to stay well clear of (models direct being one) and those that are reputable agencies. I've always been told a genuine agency WILL NOT charge for registration; only when they have found you work will they take a cut! I hope all you 'new' models get your money back! There is always bbc's watchdog!
[10/12/2009] Emily: There's some useful information about Models Direct on their site: http://www.modelsdirect.com/about/modelling-industry-today.html
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