Yesterday I found out that a local model had been taken in by an infamous local "agency", and I had to write about it. For those who find themselves tempted to take modeling classes, or who are asked to go to IMTA by some modeling school, perhaps this will illustrate a bit about how the pitch works.
http://www.examiner.com/modeling-in-las … t-and-imta
Only sometimes, Joe. In her case, she hasn't given them any money yet, so her path away from them is clear. But once you pay for something like this they make it hard to get a refund. Modeling schools in most states have convinced the licensing boards that what they do is legitimate "professional training", so the recourse is limited.
I hate to admit it but I was drawn into and agency and I payed for classes (2200.00) which they taught me nothing. IMTA is nothing but a wishing well,you pay 8000.00+ for a small chance to be notice. The only recoarse in which we did was the news station here and they put them on TV,they couldn't answer the questions and most likely going out of business now.
This is why I wish people would learn the difference between scam and legit.
Models do not take "classes" - if you need to learn a runway walk or to pose, that is typically done right then and there on the spot, that I have witnessed in most cases for people who are new.
ACTORS take PROFESSIONAL acting classes actually taught by a professional
No where do you pay thousands of dollars.
Granted acting classes are not cheap ($200-$500 for 6-8 week class sessions depending on the teacher) but this is actually needed for actors.
But people who pay to "learn" to model, do not grasp the reality of the industry and then are out of not only money, but wasted time, when it would have just been best to research online, comprehend and then go about it the hard way, by working at.
I guess they also so it as a quick solution, another mistake.