You could be the target of a modeling scam. Someone stops you at the mall and says you could be a model.
People have always said you're good looking, and the idea of a glamorous career is hard to resist. Once you finally get your turn, you find out that what you thought was a job interview with a modeling or talent agency is really a high-pressure sales pitch for modeling or acting classes, screen tests, or photo shoots that can range in price from several hundred to several thousand dollars.
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.
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.
They get paid when you get paid.
These schools claim to provide instruction — for a fee — in poise, posture, diction, skin care, make-up application, the proper walk, and more. But after you take their classes, you may be on your own, despite their promises that attending modeling school will ensure you make it as a model. You need time to check out a company before you give them any money or personal information.
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If an offer is good today, it should be good tomorrow. They may say your deposit is totally refundable.