These people are definitely scum but I think we need to discuss personal responsibility here. Take a look at the post two up from me, the one from Gladys. She writes "they made my husband pay $800". Really? Did they put a gun to his head? No. Your husband made the decision to give them his hard earned money. I will always side with the victim in these situations. Ignorance shouldn't make you a target for the predators of this world. But seriously? You need to understand your mistakes so you don't repeat them.
Secret Agent Man
Back Stage Columnist
Thanks for the post. I was able to show my 17 year old that this was or is a scam. She did go to the mall and was approached recently. When I got the call I could hear the other agents in the backround. Sounded like the people that call about the time shares.
When I showed her your post and others, She then believed me ..... Yes she is beautiful and smart and had a wonderful personality. Also she has done work for a good company out of New York, but can't really remember because she was very young. Please tell the truth to all the young people that could fall prey to this scam. ....Thanks a mil
This is definitely a scam. Here is my story. My wife found a website and signed up for modeling for our new born son. Someone calls on Dec 30, 2011 and invites to their East Brunswick facility on Jan 01, 2012. He said their "Director" will be talking to us.
First, I don't know what kind of "director" works on a Sunday, which by the way is January 01.
Although I was skeptical from get go, my wife insisted we go there. Upon reaching we filled out a form and they made us wait for about 45 minutes. Finally, we spoke to the "director". He kept talking about how he can help us make our son become a model, how cute he was and showed us a bunch of folders containing pictures of what they have done in the past.
Finally, he asked us to sign up (or invest) in a photo shoot. This shoot started from $595 and went all the way up to five thousand and change.
This is nothing but scam.
My wife and I were approached in the Providence Place Mall and given the same speech - your kid is perfect, look at our success, it will cost you nothing. We received a phone call on Christmas eve night to set up an appointment. Who works at night on Christmas eve? We received 2 more phone calls from people trying to set up an appointment and I had to inform them that we already had one set up and if that one was okay still. We were told about the two forms of ID, but not that one did not have to have a picture on it. When we arrived at the Framingham office, with a pre-conceived notion in mind that this was a scam along the lines of a time share, we were not impressed. The waiting room had cement floors and a temporary reception booth with minimal actual stuff that showed this to be any business that will be there in a few months (though they have been here for years?). Photographers were in the parking lot taking "shoots" as parents looked on. We were handed a clip board with some questions on it, i answered them very generally and did not inform them that we actually do know people in the industry. The room huddled one couple touting their kid in after another. Not saying that all kids are not adorable, but some of these kids did not belong in a modeling studio and clearly the parents were in the mass quantity will produce high results category. The "director" brought us into her office and started the sales pitch. Your child is the best, I do not tell this to everyone, we have a very high success rate and your child will work, they are beautiful and I can see the long term potential, here is just some of our success stories (same book as the mall.) and so forth on down the line. Having studied high pressure sales and impulse purchases and the science behind them, I did not bring $1 in cash nor a credit card into the office with me knowing full well I could open the pocketbook and wallet and even show them if it came to it. When the conversation turned from the your child is so cute to me asking how do you make your money here at this agency, what is the sales pitch, the tempo immediately turned. I let them know that under no circumstances were we purchasing anything today and we would have to review if for no less than 24 hours, they started with all the different res ponces: Don't hold back your child's potential for financial reasons, we can work with you. We can give you a special discount if you sign today. Put some down payment down just to hold one of our photographers hard to get appointments (really, in the parking lot, lol.) Conveniently, they do not have copies of the cost sheet for you to take with you. I knew all the typed responses they would have and they would have the philosophy that as a client leaves, they are not coming back, get the money before it walks. The prices were huge, the facilities seemed like a fly by night operation, and the actual potential did not seem real. For some, who can afford to drop thousands, go for it. And then buy a time share in Aruba. I was not sold.
thanks thanks and thanks Interfaseemployee usave my family and may baby from potential scam
im not from usa i just came here to continue my training in medicine
they so us in the mall (( OMG )) his so cute big eyes and lots of potential " !!
any parents would like to hear this words
they took our contact information called us twice in such professional way and they got us even me and my husband r very car full in such things
we set an appointment we met a very polite female director and she was showing us the success stories and was really nice conversation
then the ugly part begin when we start talking about moony she show us the prices start from 1200 $ we said ooooh no no too much
" o.k u can choose 750 $ !"
still too much my husband replay
ok u can choose the 500 $
and we agree to bay that amount
and she asks us to pay right now
my husband told her no i can't pay the full amount for nothing when we come back to photo shooting we ll pay the amount.. AND SHE WAS LIKE TRING TOOOOO HARD TO MAKES PAY ANY AMOUNT and she we pay but only 100$ >> thanks GOD
then we think about it twice and we said no we won't do it so we call them to return the deposit the 3ed day (last day for return the muony )
they was bring hardly to wast the time and referred us from person to person then they say sorry we r cloosing now!!
this moment my husband know that its a scam and he was shouting on the person who is in phone suddenly my husband get calm again !! they get hem again they r sooo good
the day of potshoting and we r preparing my baby i said to my self let me google them
and i found this website
we r sure that a scam and we canceled the app. we only lost 100$ thanks again interfaseemployee
i register in this website just to thank u
i hope u will find another job in other good company and thanks again
I wanted to respond to Mommy 8410. Eventhough it was from last year. I am going through the same thing and am wondering how to get the money back. I have contact ABC news 7 on your side and the Attorney General for NJ. I truly dont' understand how this is legal and that is why I am trying to fight back. They need to be shut down. Who can help me figure out what to do?
In the summer of 2011, the State of New Jersey sued them for fraud on behalf of 200+ families. See ABC News report here. http://abcnews.go.com/US/model...4171475#.T9tu_bVYtpq
Also, do a quick Google and you will find many complaints about them on ripoff report sites.
What they do is troll the malls to get families to come into their offices, and then it is a high pressure sales pitch to spend up to 2000 dollars for head shots and a comp. Moreover, they are NOT talent agents. They just allegedly make the shots available to agents.
My daughter was on Cloud 9 after being approached in the mall, and now that we have learned they are a scam, she is in tears.
F)*&ing predators! They should rot in hell!!!
Beware also of an identical scam company called Phaze 2 in Queens! (http://phaze2.com/)
I very nearly worked for them, but I couldn't stand the thought of robbing people and lying through my teeth every day. No matter how nice those commissions sounded!
It was all about learning "the script" and manipulating people into handing over their credit cards. Telling everyone that their kid is perfect and will have no trouble getting work. All they want is to sell the pictures, which are mediocre photos at best in addition to being insanely priced. But it was reading through the contract that clinched it for me. There were vague prices for having the membership to the website, tucked into long paragraphs of legal jargon. The website (http://phaze3.com/) is supposed to be where your photos will be seen by all the Super Secret Industry Pros, but those prices are nowhere in "the script." In fact, talking about the website in any great detail is not only totally off script, but virtually impossible since it is never shown or explained to the sales people. Oh, excuse me, Talent Executives.
I watched the head of the company lie through her teeth to one family with a little girl. She told them that she had directors calling constantly asking for children like their daughter. I might have laughed at the absurdity of the idea that casting directers would ever need to hunt down actors, and that they could only do so by calling and begging some non-agency to deliver them untrained nobodies, but I was too busy being appalled. These parents had no experience with the industry, so how are they to know? Thank god the father put a stop to it! I was so upset that I might have jumped up and smacked the credit card out of her hand.
I knew I would never be able to do that to anyone. In less than a day I was already fighting the urge to blurt out to everyone "Just go subscribe to Backstage.com! Casting directors and agents aren't some secret society of shadow men! You can find them on your own!!! THIS IS A SCAAAAAM!" And the best part is: there are cameras in every office to scare the employees off from admitting that it is a scam to anyone.
Keep your wallets far far away from these people. Don't waste your time or your money on their lies.
i would like to thank you all for informing me of this. i had gotten called in for an audition in march and i had went because we were on our way to the jfk airport and we were coming from PA so NJ was already going to be along our way. it was me, my mom, and my oldest sister. they fed us the whole malarkey about wanting to work with me and that i had what it took and then BAM! time for cash. im 17 so i have no money, my mom doesnt work and was heading to Haiti the next day so she had nothing to spare. my sister, the money maker of the house however said to us in creole that she wasnt going to pay for this because it was unexpected. what they were saying kinda made sense to me but i thought it was a huge risk because there is no garantee for work so as my mom tried to plead with my sister to at least put a down payment for my photo shoot, i told my mom to just forget it for now.. the "director" said with their policy you only get one shot, but yet he was willing to make "exceptions" for me and to this day still keeps calling to schedule and pay for the shoot via phone. i KNOW i have talent and potential so i will go far but with the right people. i asked God for a sign because i do have enough money for their scam now but thanks to these posts i know to spend my money elsewhere.. and after filling out there form while i was there, i had to attach a picture. i loved that picture and now ill never get it back but better i lost that than a crap-load of money. and yes, they told me their same success stories and showed me the comp cards with the different girls and the scripted lines the workers say that is said to us is in fact true and is the main reason i know they are a scam now because they said that same garbage to me.
Hello all, my name is Godis, InterFACE Director of Communications, and I am sorry to hear that some of you do not have a positive outlook on our company, and I think it may stem from not entirely understanding our business model. I would be happy to address some of the concerns you all have posted about InterFACE.
First, please do note that InterFACE is NOT, and has NEVER claimed to be a talent or modeling agency or management company. InterFACE is a TALENT MARKETING FIRM that works with aspiring models, actor, singers and dancers to help them create the marketing tools they need to be promoted to modeling and talent agencies, who can in turn, request our clients to participate in opportunities in the entertainment industry.
Please keep in mind that over 90% of online postings about InterFACE that are negative in context are written by people who are NOT clients of InterFACE. Because of the nature of the entertainment business, many people make a general assumption about InterFACE before even walking into our offices or using our services! Many people have not yet had our services explained to them in full detail before they begin to write online postings. The important factor to consider is that the majority of InterFACE clients are satisfied with their service! InterFACE has a fully staffed customer service department that is able to assist and resolve any issues our clients may have as swiftly as they occur.
InterFACE is proud to be able to say that the vast majority, over 80% in fact, of our clients receive a request from an industry professional agent or
manager. Our clients have gone on to be signed to world renowned agencies, appear in high-budget films and television shows, and appear
in major commercial print ads. InterFACE is in no way a scam, and we display up to the minute company news and client requests on our website(www.interfacetalent.com) and social media pages (Facebook-www.Facebook.com/InterFACENetwork)(Twitter-www.twitter.com/interfacenetwk), which we urge you to visit and review. We do offer a several photography and marketing packages for those who are interested in creating marketing tools that will be used to promote them to industry professionals, we also offer a cancellation policy for those who chose not to move forward with our services.
Our program works and I would love the opportunity to explain the framework of our company in more detail to anyone who has any concerns about our business. Please contact me at any time to discuss InterFACE further at: firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to hearing from you!
Ah fuck, I'm too busy right now to rip this to shreds. anyone else got a few minutes for this one?
It's Monday. If you don't want to make the effort, neither do I - let each "potential client" do their own homework.
At least the guy is facing you here. Well, sort of. Go ahead, workinactor, you were un-busy enough to log into here :P
So, Godis, what service DO you provide that people can't do for themselves? I'd love to hear what a "talent marketing firm" does that's worth the money. Do tell us "in full detail."
I'd love to hear an answer too, especially since I've never dealt with one of these companies in all the years I've been an agent.
Secret Agent Man
Back Stage Columnist
I didn't like it the first time when there was One Source Talent which claimed to do the SAME SHIT!
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