Whoops. Thanks for clarifying with the background stuff. Now I know you're full of it, or at the very least have absolutely no idea what you're talking about.
I can't believe people fall for this stuff :\ If I was going to drop any money at all on anything like this I'd do a little research first.
“Absorb what is useful, Discard what is not, Add what is uniquely your own.” - Bruce Lee
Please do not sign an agreement with InterFace. They will bring you into a room and conduct, what is known in business as a high pressured sales pitch. It reminded me of the aggressiveness of the Time Share folks when we visited Florida. Further, do not make any major decisions during your visit. I put down a $50.00 deposit in spite of the sales persons high pressured tactics, and immediately went home to cancel my daughters photo shoot. I have policy in my family that we do not make any purchases over $500.00 without 'sleeping' on it first. Thankfully, we only put down 50.00, because, as you see below, the prices of their photo shoots are very expensive. I will return to this site within 30 days to let you know if I actually got my refund returned. Please note that you must submit your cancellation notice via certified mail and within 3 days (note, these are not business days, they are counting actual days).
All InterFace purports to do in their contract is take pictures and send them out. I would recommend that if you are interested in the entertainment business, to go listen to their sales pitch as my daughter and I got some good advice about how to present a professional looking card, making sure you have different looks for your session (preppy, sporty, hipster, sophisticated). To me, if they were only concerned about getting your childs face out in front of agents, they would accept quality photos taken from any reputable photographer, but no, they require you take photos with them. I've listed all of the prices below, so that you can at least be aware of what it will cost you prior to entering into the high pressured sales pitch of doom!
1 Outfit (Infants) 48 Images/$595.00
1 Outfit + headshot 48 images/ $775.00
2 Outfits + headshot 48 Images/$925.00
3 Outfits + headshot 48 Images/$1075.00
4 Outfits + Headshots 48 Images/ $1225.
3 Outfits + Headshots 96 images/$1495
4 Outfits + headshots 96 images/$1645
5 Outfits + headshots 150 images /$1895
Elite Customers (8 hours) Unlimited shots $5500.00
Half day elite (4 hours) Unlimited shots $34.95
In addition to the cost of the shoot, you are required to purchase 50 prints at $4.25 a pop. Additionally, they own the copyright to your photos unless you read the fine print and pay $49.95 However, upon closer examination of the copyright policy, it seems that these crooks are making money two unscrupolous ways, 1st, by charging exorborante amounts of money for the photo shoot, and secondly, by retaining copyright of your images.
Additionally, in their disclaimer section of the contract, InterFace purports that:
We make no representation or warranties regarding likelihood of employment
We will not procure or obtain ...employment for you.
We will not identify appraise refer or recommend you to be considered for employment.
As you can see, these are astronomical prices. Any reputable agency is willing to invest this in you because they expect to get money in return from you as client when they book jobs for you. In fact, I learned that no reputable agent will ask for any money from you up front. Like a real estate agent, there motivation is in getting the deal done, not peddling products for up front cash!
InterFace is a photo agency. If you want to take expensive pictures as keepsakes, go for it. Otherwise, if you are really interested in pursuing the entertainment industry, speak to a reputable, licensed talent agent. Agents don't get paid unless you do, so they are motivated to get you employment. The people at InterFace are only motivated to get you to take pictures. I
I talked to my daughter about this in detail after our visit because I believe it serves as a teachable moment for anyone remotely interested in this industry. There are a lot of sharks out there who prey on your hopes and dreams, InterFace is one of those entities. Let's put these folks out of business in the state of Maryland!
What a dissapointment! Luckily I read thru the reviews prior to putting my daughter threir scam. I called to cancel my appoinment a moment ago, and a woman by the name of Michelle (whom I was told is the secretary to the Director) told me that "I was dumb to believe all the negative reviews on the internet" about Interface. First of all, I don't appreciate the insult, and second of all if so many people are posting negative reviews about the company - it's because there's some truth to them, right? My recommendation - STAY AWAY FROM INTERFACE!
We walked in, EYES WIDE OPEN with Interface. We have a relative who went through Interface to find her agent and is still working with that agent. We were not "mystified" by any of the high pressure, fast-talking BS. Also, the representatives incorrectly assumed that we were "new to the business." My daughter was modeling in Asia for quite some time, so we were somewhat familiar with the process and HAD read the reviews. We signed on to do the "2 outfit, 48 photos" package. Because my daughter already has been working and already has photos to submit (AND we know how to do it ourselves), we decided to have Interface show us their stuff, so to speak. Today, I went back in to view the photos and then came home and composed the following to them:
To whom it may concern:
We are hereby notifying you and any of your employees that we do not wish to pursue any more business with you in any way. We do not wish to be under contract and according to the cancellation policy you have spelled out on page 2 of our “Membership Agreement,” this document serves as such notification.
When we had our photo shoot, we spoke with Kia (sp?), who stated that we’d be able to come in and view the photos and buy the copyright to the photos at the marketing appointment. I asked her how much I was “looking at spending” and she replied “The copyright is $45.”
When I prepared for the meeting, I knew that Interface was indeed NOT going to let us out of there without another contract and even more money, so I prepared accordingly.
Furthermore, I walked into our marketing appointment with full intentions of moving forward in every way. When we saw the photos, we were somewhat pleased. However, in many of the photos, the “photographer” did not review the entire frame to ensure my daughter was completely in the shot. I was pleased that none of those photos were selected for her composite card. Then, we went to into the “marketing” meeting with someone named “Dien,” “Dren,” …you’d have to ask M*&) R@#$@# (an employee's name) who it was that handled our meeting, as she was apparently unable to print her name legibly.
This woman asked us to make a large payment ($2400) and when I told her that we hadn’t come prepared to spend that large of an amount today, she stated that our “original contract” stated the marketing appointment would cost a minimum of $300. This is something that you may want to clarify further on future contracts.
Our original contract states the following: Under the section marked (E) Additional Fees: “The price for head shots and composite cards range from $1.75-$4.50 each. You will have the opportunity to purchase these promotional materials after the Photo Shoot Products are available. There is also an option to purchase online promotional materials by executing a membership agreement with an affiliate of InterFACE, InterFACEpages.com.”
Does this sound to you like I was told “there would be a $300 minimum required at this meeting”???
Had your representative not treated our family with such disrespect,(please see below) we were fully prepared to move forward in every way with your organization, as we have another relative who has already gone through Interface and is now working with her agent.
In our “marketing meeting,” I told the representative that I would email my husband (who cannot make/receive phone calls at the office) and he emailed me back saying “Do not sign anything, or pay anything more until we discuss it.” To that, your representative stated “You can just do it. You said he’s pretty easy-going. Just tell him you didn’t sign anything.” After quite a bit of “back and forth” between myself and your representative, her comment that sealed the deal, (so to speak) was this: “Do you do everything he says to? If he told you to jump off a bridge, would you do it?” I said “Absolutely! Because I’d know he would be there to catch me!” She then turned to another associate and laughed with her about my response, asking her “Are you hearing this??????”
We do not do business in this great nation, that THIS MAN has served for more than 24 years, so that your representatives can encourage us to be dishonest with our spouses. This man, who works very hard for the money he earns should never be treated in such a way by ANY Americans, but does what he does so that people like your representative have the freedom to say/do whatever they wish. We, however, do not wish to associate with your organization, your representatives or anyone who would encourage us to lie, misrepresent the truth, or be dishonest in any way. THAT is not good business.
Do not EVER contact us again, in any way. There are far too many opportunities for our family that do not require we be dishonest in any way.
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