Crimes of Persuasion: Schemes, scams, frauds. They say that they have created more stars than any other company and that their clients appear in national advertising campaigns. Hoping to make a movie star of your child modeling children 3 4 years photo respond by calling the number in the ad.
45 you will receive an objective, selective evaluation, called a “screen test” to determine whether your child will be one of the select few likely to obtain paid work as an actor or model. The screen test consists of a ten minute session taped with a video camera, conducted at a local hotel. 20, but do not discuss any further fees. The talent director, who claims to have many years of professional experience in talent evaluation, fills out a form printed on letterhead of the American Child Actor and Modeling Association, showing that your child has passed the screen test and can begin to earn money right away. 795 for their “agency introduction program” which they claim includes the type of photographs your child needs to interest agents or casting directors and help finding agency representation. During this initial visit, the talent director claims that those who buy and complete their program have a high rate of success and are likely to obtain agency representation with acting or modeling jobs and guarantee that at least one agency will offer to represent your child.
ACAMA has recognized and endorsed Screen Tests Inc. They encourage you to check out Screen Tests Inc. Screen Tests is an ACAMA-endorsed company. About two weeks after you buy the agency introduction program and have your child attend a photo shoot, you receive only 100 color portrait-type photos of your child along with envelopes and address labels for a few model and talent agents.
They claim you waived the right to a refund when you signed receipts that state they have fully explained the program, that you understood the program, and that you agreed that no refunds were available. So it turns out that the screen test was not an experienced person’s professional, objective, selective, reliable evaluation of whether your child will obtain work as an actor or model. In fact, the screen test was a marketing ploy designed solely to induce the purchase of agency introduction programs. The talent directors have no professional experience or basis for talent evaluation. Even if your child bore a startling resemblance to a pot-belly pig they would pass their screen test. Your child is not likely to obtain agency representation or modeling jobs as the result of buying their introduction program. The type of photographs they sell are neither necessary nor likely to secure agency representation or a modeling or acting job primarily because an infant’s looks change so quickly the photos become outdated.
Legitimate agents, advertising agencies, casting directors and producers generally ask for casual snapshots of infants that have been taken by family members or friends. Another big surprise, the ACAMA is not an objective, charitable organization, and is not at all independent because the owner of Screen Tests formed ACAMA, shares an address and telephone number with them and is the registered owner of ACAMA’s web site. Getting Looks From Crooks You are approached at the mall by a talent scout who states that you have just been selected to interview with Model Search Inc. He gives you his card with a flyer and suggests you give him a call to set up an appointment.