I am not sure if amms is a scam..I entered my 7 yr old son, and we paid the 150 for photos, did the talent, and modeling show, we received our pics right after the shoot, and I must say they came out pretty well...we recived all the copy rights to the pics as well...My son is a good looking kid, bi-racial, with long curly hair, he went in there and delivered his line pretty well, then did a great job on the run way...last week we received an e-mail informing us he had won a modeling contract..the e-mail said we should receive our contract in about 7-10 days..it also included our contract #, and said we have 60 days to sign and return the contract...I know people are complaining about having to pay for photos, My son wants to be on television really bad, and we have been trying to get him into modeling for a few years now, and some places wanted thousands of dollare for pics, so I don't think 150 was too bad, the pics look really good, and I was able to make a portfolio from them...you have to spend money to make money, nothing in this life will be for free...I am not sure what is what, but I am waiting to receive the contract in the mail, then take it from there...I once heard beyonce's mom said in an interview how much money they spend trying to make her dreams come true, she said they had to down size from a house to an apartment and make other adjustment...but it all paid off...I will take my chances, and see what happens...I will try to keep you all informed as to what the outcome was...
American Mall Model Search may be a scam but not everyone wins. Yes everyone get through to the second round but u DONT have to pay all up front. I paid $20 and this guy that was in front of me already got a call from a high fashion place. So, people just shut up just because your not pretty or handsome enough or your child isn't gives you no right no criticize this Business.
My experience was here in Arlington, Texas. I just did it for fun to see how and what it was all about. The lady I talked to (Jessica) said there are no fees to audtion but I knew I was going to pay something so I didnt bring my wallet just in case they sell me. I dont think its a scam but I do believe they are just trying to get money the best way possible. They want only new faces and people because most likely you want have a portfolio. I won the "first round" in competition but there was like 8 others that won and like 2 that didnt make it. Furthermore, American Mall Model search have been at the Parks Mall for weeks everyday at least twice a day and ALL these people are winning. What got me is that I didnt have the money for a photo shoot that day. I understand I need one and HAVE TO PAY FOR ONE BUT I could ONLY pay that day and nothing else. I told her (Trinie)when I come to the photo shoot I dont mind paying then but she said "do you really want to do this" and Im like "yeah". Well I want photos anyways so i didnt mind paying but she told me I couldnt go on if i didnt at least put something down today. Ha! If this wasnt for mostly your money and mostly love my talent and beauty they would let me come back to pay. Basically, this is just for money and the odds are veeerrryyy slim. For a company to have been here sooo long. WHY I HAVE NOT HEARD OF ANY OF THE MODELS OR ACTORS THEY CLAIM GOTTEN CONTRACTS. They were ONLY small jobs that they had. You'll have a better chance to keep entering into tv contest. If this is really your passion go for it and invest in yourself even if its by slim chance but dont let this be your only option.
I received a call to audition. However, when I arrived no one was at the stage that the company had set up. I called and left a text message like it said and still I got no response. I was unsure about it in the first place after reading reviews online, but figured I would at least see if they would tell me I had to pay. Long story short, no one showed up and I stayed at the mall 4 hours later, and there was still no one there. I can't seem to understand how a company can give you a specific time for an interview and never show up; a bit odd. Not only that, but I was told to come at 7:15 in the morning, I could have stayed sleep.
Some people are big idiots when they complain about American Model Mall Search. First of all you only have to pay if you do not have a portfolio. Many of the interns assume that you do not have one so they fill it out for you. You do not have to pay if you have a portfolio and resume on hand. Since there are little kids auditioning who obviously do not have that, they use this fact to fund their operations and keep the business open. I took my little niece to this today and it is legitimate enough for me. She did not know it was an audition of some sort, but she still made the best of it. The people were friendly and even offered to help those who did not know how to do the cat walk. I believe this will be a good experience for her.
This was the greatest experience for both my child and myself. A couple of months ago my child begged and begged for me to fill out the card with her information, so I did; thinking what is the harm. About 2 weeks later I had received a phone call from AMMS, the lady was asking about my childs experience/personality. After I had told her she was shy but breaking out of her shell the lady was about to tell me that it was not a fit for my child but then I had explaine d that this was all of my childs idea and not myself. The lady then said ok so she may be ready. That was on a tuesday and my childs try out was for thursday. We showed up and there was about 10 people, kids and adults. My child was not a top pick and actually Toby the photographer actually had a talk with us about how she is still a bit shy but that if I felt that she could then he would let her go on to the next round. I answered him that with a bit of practice she would be able to do it. I felt sorry thought because there was another child that did not make it not even with a second try out. So my childs photoshoot was for the following day; yes, I paid the $150. The auditions was for the next day Saturday. We showed up registered, received the photoshoot CD (42 pics total). I paid for the audition CD $25. My child did really well; especially on the cat walk. About a month later (I was getting a bit worried) I receive a phone call from AMMS and they indicate that my child has won the 1yr contract. About 4 days later I receive in the mail the contract packet and the audition CD. So for myself I did not see this as a scam because I have received everything I paid for. Also the pictures of my daughter are absolutely beautiful. Toby the photographer was instructing my child as in how to pose. I wanted to upload one of the pics but the size's range between 4.88 - 6.45MB and the max size is 2MB.
I was called from AMMS after my daughter filled out a questionnaire in the mall. They called her a week later and told her to meet up at the mall for an "INTERVIEW" FOR MODELING AND ACTING at 3 pm on that following Saturday. They told me that it was a free audition and that I would not have to pay. We showed up and to our surprise their was a stage and we were told that my 11 year old had to walk down the catwalk and also recite a line from a small skit. My daughter was not told that at all over the phone when they spoke to me and her so we just simply went home as they lied to us. Now, figure we should have realized that something was wrong, but they ended up calling me 4 days later on Tuesday and they told us to meet up that following Friday at 6:45 pm with an interview with Nick that would be one on one, no catwalk and also no one else but Nick, my daughter and myself on that interview for acting for TV commercials. I asked them again if I have to pay or if its free of service and they said ABSOLUTELY OF NO CHARGE FOR AN INTERVIEW. We got excited and of course showed up and to my belief IT WAS THE SAME CRAP AGAIN, ANOTHER CATWALK TO BE DONE AND RECITE A LINE. Now i did ask for Nick and of course they said that he was in New Hampshire so right away I KNEW THIS WAS A WHOLE CROCK OF LIES!! If Nick was a professional agent he would have contacted me that day and told me that someone else was going to interview my daughter so I knew then this was not all real!!! We still stayed because my daughter was excited and was looking her best. She learned her lines in like 5 minutes, and she went up the catwalk, said her name, her age, and her line and did her walk and DID VERY WELL! At the end of the show, the judge OF COURSE CALLED ALL THE KIDS "AS THEY ALL WON" WHAT DO YOU KNOW!! How can all 6 kids in a show win! They called her name first up to the stage then the other kids and they took a fake pic of the whole group, with a LITTLE DIGITAL CAMERA!!! Now, it gets even better. They called us all to the back of the stage and they called all of the kids one by one and told them how great they were. They left my daughter for last, and then they TOLD HER HOW AMAZING SHE WAS AND HOW SHE HAD GREAT POTENTIAL AT 11 TO BE AN ACTRESS AND TO MAKE IT VERY FAR!! She was excited and then they told me to open the booklet and to go to the page with the head shots and the three prices. The cheapest was $150 and being that IF SOMEONE REALLY WANTS TO DISCOVER YOU THEY DO NOT CHARGE YOU ANY MONEY UP FRONT, I KNEW RIGHT AWAY THAT THIS WAS ALL NOT REAL, IT WAS A TOTAL TRUE SCAM! NOW, ALL OF THE PARENTS WENT TO THE LINE TO PAY, and I simply asked many questions and told the guy that I would come back and think about it and he told me to leave a deposit. I told him that I will just think about it and that I would get back to him, but I am not. I am not going to pay $150 for a company that is bogus and you know off the bat that its all fake, all they want is your money as they kept pushing it, BUT I WAS THE SMART PARENT THAT LEFT WITHOUT PAYING!!! PLEASE BEWARE OF THESE AMMS ###S!!
I got scammed by this company too, along with two fo my friends and their kids. I filled out the form like...
I got involved with them just by filling out a little slip in the mall, I was just curious. I wasn't expecting much out of it. Well about a week later, I get a call asking me to audition for them the following day (I was still just curious and figured why not?) Well, I made it past the first round, and my "judges sheet" said to see the judge before leaving. So, I did and she asked me to intern for them. She said that they thought I was perfect for them (Im 5'9 & a size 2, whos been trying to make it in this industry for a long time.) Once I got picked, they then asked for at least 50 dollars on the spot for the credentials & copyrights to the pictures. Then they were asking for 3 payments of 50 dollars total...
So I asked the "judge" - So, if I go and bring you my headshot & a couple of other pictures in my portfolio, (I have a photographer friend that does an awesome job) I shouldn't have to pay you a dime? (When I asked what the money was for earlier, the pictures was the only answer) well...
Her response- No. You need OUR pictures in order to COMPETE. We need to see how you work in a photoshoot setting, and since you dont have much on your resume, the most we could do is let you pay in 20 dollar intervals. Getting your pictures done at the picture people isnt showing us that you have modeling potential.
So by then, i was really fired up & I asked another question- Well, I have been involved in LOTS of things like this (Barbazon, John Robert Powers) where I've gotten through, (along with everybody else who auditoned) and they said they really like me & such, but, in order to move on, you need to pay us. Ive put way to much money into just a maybe, or classes.
Her response- Well, were definetly not a scam, because were giving you the option to walk away. If we were scamming you, we would make you pay, plus this is ofr work, not for classes.
I mean, I give them credit, they have the speech down. But Im sorry, if a REAL modeling angency, (which they are not, they claim to be sort of a "middle man", who will send your stuff out to the real agencies) but, if a real modeling agency was as interested in me as AMMS said they were, they would NEVER just let me walk away. Also, I do understand that pictures cost money and your original headshot & bodyshots will probably cost you something, however, i dont think you should HAVE to get them taken with this company or pay nearly as much as 150 dollars to do it.
For a real agency, You would NEVER pay them to represent them. In the "real world" if you are good enough, they wouldnt even bother with the little kids and people they weren't interested in. Thats why you can tell that they are fake, because they put everyone through, no matter the age or anything. I feel bad for the people that actually gave them their money. SO what happens if you give them the $150, and dont even win the contest?! Well anyway, a real angency would also know if you really have what it takes, the agency gets paid when you get paid. Their goal is you get YOU hired, so that hopefully, they will get profit from it. These people are just a waste of your time & money.
Also, aside from the adults, all of the young people that worked for them, were very rude and not very helpful. Excpecially once I said I wasn't paying. So, from personal experience, if you really wanna make it and are serious about modeling, skip them, and contact the agencies yourself. You can do exactly what they "claim" to do. :)
~~~I HAVE WORKED FOR THIS COMPANY~~ THEY ARE ONE OF THE MOST BIGGEST SCAMS STILL ABLE TO OPERATE. EVERYONE IN...
Well I think it's BS that so many people say it's a scam, Well if you wanna act or model you need to learn how to know not everything is real. But we're gonna have to go threw stuff like this. It's life. I don't feel like it's a scam. It's fun. If you thought you weren't gonna pay for anything. Well sucks to be you. Almost EVERYTHING makes you pay for something. I feel like a lot of people are pissed off they didn't make it and you had to pay for thee photoshoot. Okay, So if you wanna get a job with acting and or modeling you need photos they simply helped you. If you were gonna wanna pay like 1, 000 for a couple pictures be my guest. :) I haven't made it yet I'm waiting on thee results but if I don't make it. I'm not gonna come on here and blaaah about it. I'm gonna smile and know I can always try again.
The American Mall Model Search is a complete con artist. The employee that helped me out was not very...
Okay stupid ###, THE AMERICAN MALL MODEL SEARCH IS NOT A SCAM! I interned for them so I know everything about...
I tried out for this sick joke, I made it and they sent me to the desk so I could purchase a photo package. My father told me to tell them that I already had my head shots and Modeling portfolio, so I did. The person (model director Ashely) turned from really welcoming to extremely sour and rude. She told me that unless if i bought the photos from the photo package then I couldnt advance to the next round. I walked away holding back tears of frustration and sadness as i realized they had taken my dream of becoming a model and gave me that hope that i desperately needed only to take it away from me and spit in my face... I recommend to anyone wanting to try out for this or know someone who is, have fun on the walk but when you make it to the next round dont be caught in the web of lies they have worked on so long to perfect. Be smart about it. Real agencies would sponsor you if you have potential, you shouldnt have to pay a dime for modeling or acting if it is a legitimate agency. And for those who have been tricked by these cowards, if you want to get your money back and get them behind bars for destroying yours or your childs or your friends hopes and dreams, ADD ME AS AN ASSOCIATE. I will send you a message and I would like to know what happened in your experience with them in as much detail as possible. I am determined to stop this from happening to anyone else.
EXPERIENCE FROM AN INTERN!
I had fun with this at first. The first audition was fun. They said all these sweet things to me and told me how great I was, (eventually I was told that I don't even know how to walk in high heels.) Then They made me pay $150.00 for a photo shoot. FIRST, I ended up getting the wrong photos on My CD. I had to take them back to get the right ones. I looked at the pictures, and they turned out dreadful. I doubt these people are real photographers. I can take much better pictures of myself with my webcam! Another thing, pretty much EVERY contestant gets through to the photo shoot so that they can make more money off of it. I KNOW that almost everyone gets through, because I was offered an internship. I took it, thinking that it would be a great opportunity. I enjoyed it for the first couple of days, but I had to stand on high heels for 5 hours at a time, and it's amazing that I haven't had to have my feet amputated. All they want the interns to do is push more people into signing up for the model search so that they can MAKE MORE MONEY! The internship is basically free labor. They didn't even give us breaks. I doubt it will even go to this talent show. After you finish, if you win this "contract, " you will have to cough up another $1000 to fly out to Florida for some more bull ###.
Just don't bother with this at all. It was fun, but it is just another scam.
If you want to be a model, build a real portfolio, get a GOOD photographer, and go to real casting calls. If someone want's money after an audition, it is automatically a scam. Don't believe any of it. If they truly want you, then you won't have to pay them until THEY find work for you.
I was in the mall with my 3 year old at the time AMMS was there with a big presentation. My child was intrigued with the whole thing and saw other children on stage. As a spur of the moment thing, we decided to go through the whole process of the event. They play into the minds of these kids and parents that there is a shot at fame. I never expected anything from this but an experience for my child to go on stage and take some photos. We "made" it to the finals miraculously and had to come back another day for that. The bottom line is, i paid $150.00 for a half ### photo shoot with a 16 year old kid taking pictures of my kid in front of a white sheet! Never the less, Dawn Rees, some flake that runs this crap, still to this day has not sent me the photos. I have several emails from her saying there was a computer error and she had to find them. Now, she told me she sent them twice to my email, nothing has been sent. Also, they were supposed to send hard copies which i filled out a return envelope for. She denies that they send hard copies. This is a waste of time and money. Take $150 and take your child somewhere nice and have fun instead of paying these ### artists! I am thinking about showing up in the next mall they hit in NJ and warn others of this.
My daughter is 2 years old and is currently going through the process. We have completed the initial walk on the runway, the photo shoot, and we are now practicing for the talent portion. This has been a wonderful experience thus far. We had an amazing photo shoot with 3 looks for only $270.00. If you do some research, a photo shoot is normally double that. The people that we are working with are amazing. No matter what happens this has been a great bonding experience and we have some wonderful pictures. I am sorry to those of you who did not make it with the company but that is how this business works. Every agency, whether modeling or talent, will have people complaining because of loss of money or no work. It is simply a try-out.
I signed up and was a finalist as well. If I'd known they were to charge a "portfolio package" fee, I NEVER would've joined. The lowest cost is $150 and sometimes they'll run it as $150 or let you split it up into payments of $50; trust me it's NOT worth it. You take pictures in this small set-up in the mall, which is SO not professional. I've done other photoshoots, and seeing that already made me suspicious. Not only that, the workers were dressed unprofessional. Cheap boots? Their hairstyle, their outfits. I figured something was not right, but I ignored my instincts. I ALREADY also have a portfolio but I'm NOT signed to an agency so they made it seem mandatory after charging it.
Also, after being a finalist, I went over to get more information for the "finals". They woman asked to see my credit card to "verify". I handed it to her, and noticed she charged me something. At first, I thought it was $50, so it wasn't too bad so I signed it. Turns out it was $150 and I yelled at her for a refund, and she said didn't you read, it says NO REFUNDS. I had to call my bank to open a dispute to get my refund. Luckily after calling their company though, they issued me a check after a week after threatening to call my bank. Whether or not that check is real, I hope so. My bank also said that on the charge, it says American Mall Model Search is claimed to be a COSMETIC company. That shocked me! Aren't they supposed to be labeled as a modeling agency/company? NO. They're signed up as a cosmetic company.
Such a hassle for a so called dream. Plus, they accepted A LOT of children to the finals JUST so they can get more money. They're obviously not in it to make dreams come true, but to get $150 per person. In addition, A LOT of girls were accepted to who honestly didn't have the REAL requirements to be a runway model (heights, looks, etc) but obviously since they're receiving $150 per person, who cares.
Be careful of these type of fashion modeling scam contests. ALWAYS do your research!
I can't believe I went through SO MUCH for $150. Save yourself the time and money. Be smart.
I brought my 2 children to the AMMS and one of my children passes- After she passed they wanted me to pay for her to have a photo shoot right there before she advanced on to the next round. I told them I didn't need pics for her that I already had her headshots and brought them there with me- The woman told me that she had to have already booked 3 gigs with the headshots I had or else they couldn't accept them. I told her that when i spoke to someone on the phone prior to the event and I had mentioned I had her headshots done and they told me that was fine- of course this was a different story when I got there. Scam or what?! I think so.
I regisyered my 7 month old daughter for this competition. I attended two sessions, the first was a "walk down the runway, . The second was a photo shoot which I was told to be at the mall at 11:00 the representative who scheduled the photo shoot didn't arrive until after 11:40. My daughter was supposed to compete in the finale which was scheduled for January 9 at McCain Mall in North Little Rock, AR. The representative told me to be there at 9:00. The companies representative didn;t show up until 11:15. I asked for a refund and was told to contact the company via email or phone. I have sent SEVEN messages and have not received a reply. I did not receive any photo copies and they have received $100.00. I am contacting my financial institution for fraud as well.