Ideal Image Models — scammers not paying their models
“In Dec. 2013 I signed with Ideal Image Models in Chatsworth, CA. They have only booked me for two shoots. First shoot was B/G, which happened to be with my agent, TJ (Tee Reel). They advanced me the money for my test, which was taken out of my check on the day of the shoot, as well as their 15% commission.
The second shoot they booked me for was with Alicia Silver Productions in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. The shoot consisted of 8 photo sets, 3 solo videos and B/G video. The shoot lasted 13 hours. I was there from 8 a.m. till about 9 p.m. I came back home around 10:00 p.m. or so. I live in Los Angeles. At this shoot, I was told that the footage would be used for a MILF website.
The pay for this shoot as it stated on the release I signed was $1, 200. The other agent, Corey Carnes told me that the pay is payroll 1-2 weeks before booking me. He also told me this for weeks following the shoot when I inquired about my check. So I waited till the 2 week mark hit. Then I started getting worried and asked them if my check came in. That’s when things went downhill.TJ texted me a photo of my check, trying to prove to me that they are not stealing my money. Then they kept telling me the check has not cleared. Note: I have all of TJ’s texts saved on my phone of everything he told me regarding my check. I transcribed the texts into a document and I’m attaching it here for you to see, as well as a picture of my check that TJ texted me. As you can see in the transcribed texts, they made me drive all the way to Chatsworth from West LA only to tell me that they cannot give me my check and it has not cleared.See the Top 10 Worst Complaints in Chatsworth, CA I went to inquire about my check the second time with the police escorting me there hoping they would just give me my check. I know that the whole clear check thing must be a lie. It shouldn’t take that long to have the check cleared.
They told the police that they have 30 days to release the check to me according to the labor commissioner. It has now been past 30 days. I applied to the labor commissioner and at this point I have no idea what is going to happen. This is all a foreign territory for me.
I’m new to this industry, I signed to this agency without doing much research on them and sadly after all this I found out that they are not good through several people in this industry. Not one person had anything good to say about them. They all said that we are not surprised they did this to you. They have put me through so much stress with all this. My first experience in this industry has been ruined, now I’m scared to death to trust anyone and just don’t know how to even go about all this. This is so unfortunate. I feel like I’ve been used. Now this agency has been ignoring me when I asked about my check. They are probably just hoping they will not pay me.
I even contacted some of their models on their site and they had bad experiences too. Some people told me that this agency doesn’t pay their webcam girls either and that the girls never see that money. It seems like they owe money to other people in this industry as well, not just models but managers and others that work with them like agents. I’m not naming names now, but I can if need be. Another management company told me that supposedly this agency is broke and that’s why they are holding on to my check, also that they are in some lawsuit between LA Direct. I have no idea what is going on.
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