Industry Models and Talent — Photoshoot Scam
I am forwarding this message on behalf of my daughter Joanne Imbert. We signed a photo shoot contract with Industry Model and Talent Studios. The cost of the photo shoot was $950.00. That night we only paid half of the amount charged, and promised to pay the rest the following week. They stated that in order for us to get a refund, we would have to cancel the deal within 3 business days. We signed the contract on Friday night at 8:00 pm on February 15, 2007. Saturday, and Sunday should not have been counted as business days. We cancelled the contract on Tuesday, the 19th of February by faxing the company a cancellation letter followed by a phone call to the person in charge. She claimed that the company would not refund the deposit since that Saturday and the Sunday were considered two business days; following that statement, they hung up the phone. Those days were not legal business days, and that is what everyone goes by. Some acquaintances of ours who have been trying to get into the modeling industry have expressed similar disapointments with Industry Model and Talent Studios. We would like to get our money back because we have cancelled within three business days. The reason for deciding to opt out of the contract was after careful reading of their policies we had realized that they could market the pictures without our approval, and we would have to pay extra to obtain the pictures.