Empire Talent and Modeling Agency / Lies about Cost
When I called to get information about this agency for my child, I asked "Maricia" Do you charge anything?" At which point she told me NO, that they only make their money when the child gets work at which point they take 20%. When I arrived and 1 1/2 hours later and half a tank full of gas used, she told me it would be $800.00 to get started. That only their photographer could take pictures and it would be the $800.00. Then she said her name was Kelly, I guess she forgot that she gave me another name when I spoke to her on the phone. She even stated " I was the one that spoke to you". I don't believe that a reputable agency would lie about fees, This tells me that this agency makes their monies by this method. Also, I have been to legitimate agencies elsewhere and they always spend time with the child to make sure that the child is what casting agents are looking for. She didn't spend one second with my child or even speak to her other than to say "hi cutie". My child sat on my lap the entire time without any speaking. So this tells me that they accept anyone with a checkbook. Bottom line, a lot of kids are not cut out for this work and would never get any.