Do any of these sound like a good deal to you?
- You shoot my ugly cousin’s wedding for 10 hours for free and give me all the photos. In exchange, I’ll let you use a few pictures that I approve for your portfolio. BTW, only top rated photographers need apply.
- I’m a model, you get to shoot implied nudes of me. I get all copyrights and I can use them on my subscription website. You can use a few photos on your portfolio but only the ones I approve.
- I’m a fashion designer and want you to shoot my look book for free. No, I have nothing to show you about my designs. Just trust me when I tell you it’s HOTTZ and EDGGGGY.
OK. How about this?
We are International Fashion Model Management. We have no clients, no references, no agency license, no functional website, no models to show you, no publications we work with. We want you to sign this agreement assigning your copyright to us for any images we use on our website and you cannot use the images online or publish them anywhere. Pay? What pay? We told the model to contact you via Model Mayhem, iStudio, or Craigslist. Everyone knows those are the places to get free shots.
That brings us to the subject of this post. I was forwarded some info for this company who has been soliciting models in Los Angeles and San Francisco. From a first reading, all kinds of red flags went up. I wouldn’t call them a scam. It sounds more like someone who does know something about the industry but is executing it in a very poor way that gives them all the cards. Not surprising since the owner has a wardrobe styling background and not an modeling agency background. There are some blaring mistakes that someone in a land based agency would never make. I recommend models and photographers pass on this one. These “opportunities” are a dime a dozen. Just because you can package it in a pdf with proper spelling does not make it golden.
They have a bare Facebook account here and it appears to be run by Tshombe Crumley who also has profiles on Facebook, Myspace, and LinkedIn. It also appears they are not licensed as a talent agency under California law but much of their marketing material indicate they are acting as a manager rather than an agent and if they are indeed acting solely as a management company and not booking work for models as an agent, they would not need to be licensed under California law. However, they claim to have an office in Dallas, TX where they don’t make a distinction between a manager and an agency so this company would require a talent agency license in TX but there is no record of them having one. Their marketing material is vague about how they get work for models. They appear to be a mother agency, a model management company, and an agency in different parts of their material referring to bookers and booking work for models.
Here’s a copy of their pitch along with my comments in blue italics.
International Fashion Model Management hopes that each of you is having a great summer. Please take time to read this email and all attachments in its entirety for they contain very important information. For the next month ; IFMM would love for each model to test shoot with different photographers, different wardrobe stylists, makeup artists and stylists, in a strong effort to continue building your portfolios. You need to email pics from those shoots Attention: IFMM Creative to [email protected].
[Who’s paying for these full teams to shoot these wannabe unrepresented models?]