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    I've been accepted to Perfect Look Models. But they want £99 joining fee. Do you recon i should give it a miss, or can anyone vouch for this agency.

    Also anyone ever attented a test shoot for Impact Model Management?

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    Ive always been told to be wary of any agency who ask for a signing on fee....if they want you then they will make their money out of you!

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    ....if they want you then they will make their money out of you!

    Agreed....

    • 1st Jun 2006
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    NEVER pay any agency a thing.

    It is actually illegal for agencies to charge joining fees.. you shud report them to AMA.

    Stay clear of them!!

    As for impact.. yes I have been with the agency.. its an absolute joke.. any1 else who has been with the agency will say the same thing, so many dodgy stories about them going through my head right now!

    glad you posted on this before you done anything!!

    Hope you find the right agency for you.. maybe look through the AMA list so you know they are approved and apply to those agencies.

    Take care,

    Yasmin xo

    • 1st Jun 2006
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    Thanks guys.

    There are several 'Impacts'. But the one in London-Impact Model Management. I went to their test shoot 5weeks ago. It cost me £91 (plus another £50 in petrol)so I could have my disk or the images. The disk arrived-it was broken and i had to send it back-still haven't got it yet. They keep saying too that they've not gone thru to see who they want yeT. Re the disk tho-Can i go legal?

    • 1st Jun 2006
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    At this stage you wouldnt be able to go legal on them. The best thing to do is ruin their reputation.

    I done a shoot with them in November.. it took till late may the next year to get a cd of images.. which I had to pay a cheque of £40 for.

    They have left girls in dangerous situations in foreign countries and allsorts.

    Stay clear of them

    They told me all this rubbish about decisions etc.. they decided they wanted me.. they didnt do too much other than mess me around.

    Report the matter to AMA. Loads of people have..the more complaints they get then the better chances they have of setting an investigation and shuting them down. Thats the best step from here.

    Sorry to hear that you had to experience them.

    Yasmin xo

    • 1st Jun 2006
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    Agreed, never pay to sign with an agency.

    Also agreed, IMM. I attended a test shoot in November last year and was told they wanted me on their books. Then I didn't hear anything for a while and when I asked the situation they stalled some more and messed me about, so I never bothered in the end!

    Don't bother unless you've got time to waste!

    x

    • 1st Jun 2006
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    Hi,

    Never Ever pay an agency for anything...they make their money by finding you work then taking a commission/cut.

    Do not join an agency that asks for joining fees, training costs, Admin charges, insist that you use their photographer etc.

    Get some photo's done (tfp/tfcd if pos), get some Z-Cards printed and create a portfolio for yourself.

    Then get yourself on as many modelling sites as you can.....work to promote yourself.

    All the best,

    Ian.

    • 1st Jun 2006
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    First off, its a common adage that the agencies are really meant to be working for you, ideally its a 2 way thing because agencies only really make money if you do, if they even want a fiver for it, tell them where to shove it.

    • 1st Jun 2006
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    HI,

    I am trying to look up AMA but i can not find it. Could someone give me the address.

    Thank you,

    from CAroline Butler

    • 1st Jun 2006
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    Hi,

    Sorry i intended to include the following for contacting the AMA but got sidetracked.

    Association of Model Agents

    122 Brompton Road

    London

    SW3 1JD

    Tel: 020 7564 6466

    Hope this helps.

    Ian.

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    I am looking to finding an agent that can send me on go see's for fashion week etc.

    I am with commercial agencies, but find there are so many people on the books. Any tips?

    • 1st Jun 2006
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    Ugly/Rage charge a fee for inclusion in their catalogue, but they seem to be respectable, or at least, they've provided plenty of casting calls and a fair bit of work. Is anyone else with them?

    • 1st Jun 2006
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    I was under the impression that Ugly/Rage was more of an Extra's agency. However thank you for your advice and I will look into that agency today.

    • 1st Jun 2006
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    I did a 3 day shoot with a few Rage models for the BBC teens in Feb and they seemed to speak quite highly of it, and they don't take just anyone on.

    • 1st Jun 2006
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    I suppose nothing to loose by checking out different agencies. Thank you

    • 1st Jun 2006
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    I have been asked to go for a casting with girls management? i dont know what to expect they said to bring some snap shots of myself and that was is!! any info on them would be great

    Sioned xx

    • 1st Jun 2006
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    hi everyone ,

    i was messed around by impact as well, they asked me to enter miss bikini uk 05 that they were arranging last summer ,said that i was replacing a girl who had been thrown out as she wasnt old enough ( 18 ) , however when i arrived and started chatting to some of the other girls i found out that half of them were only 16 , some even 15. the whole event (in my personal opinion) turned out to be a total shambles really. when they sent me a letter about a test shoot with them i told them to get stuffed .... anyone else should do the same!

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    hey! ive been fleeced loads of times out of money with model agencies! the main one was models direct! i paid around 160 quid to join them and ive never heard anything from them since! ive definatly learned my lesson! it really annoys me that all the time we are handing our well earned and honestly earned money they are laughing! lest burn them all lol!!!

    • 1st Jun 2006
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    From The Sunday Mirror News paper

    "Karen Diamond -boss at established agency Models 1, with names such as Yasmin Le Bon, Twiggy and Linda Evangelista on her books - said: "Girls shouldn't have to part with any money to be a model."

    • 1st Jun 2006
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    I was just thinking about how there should be more emphasis in the fashion world to hire models in their twentes and of a slim, but average size 8/10.

    The pressure on other models and average young women is becoming crazy and I think it is up to the mass media to put across more appropriate images (or at least more of a mixture)

    The Christian Dior ad with Sophie D a few years back was incredibly striking and Charlize theron, catherine Zeta jones and Scarlet J all screen actresses of age and slim, but attractive bodies all stand out as classic, beautiful advertisements.

    I appreciate some of the D&G ads as the young,tiny girls do look fab in the clothes...just would be nice for people to stop telling 23 + woman to retire from modelling.....I know that I am good at what I do and I have many friends around my age who are fantasticlt talented models, yet we are all starting to feel the pressure from agencies with age limits and Any thoughts!!

    • 1st Jun 2006
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