IL- February 19, 2013 – Talent and modeling agencies that specialize in
children are continuing to attract the interest of parents. Some of this attention is likely fueled by
reality TV programs that highlight kids. The Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and
Northern Illinois (BBB) warns parents that some of these agencies take
advantage of parents’ pride and use emotions, rather than practical
expectations, to gain clients and obtain payments for their services.
has seen a three percent increase in inquiries about modeling and talent
agencies within the past 12 months. The
organization cautions parents and others to remain objective when evaluating
opportunities and to be very careful when signing contracts. It recommends all
agreements be in writing.
modeling can be something parents are easily get drawn into,” said Steve J.
Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois.
“They see this as an opportunity for their child, one that could make money and
even fame, so too often they get overcome with excitement. This can cloud their
judgment and they may fail to look at the reality of the situation or read a contract
with a clear head.”
individuals who are approached by talent or modeling agencies the BBB
Do Your Research – Illinois requires a talent agency or
modeling school to be licensed and bonded; confirm the company meets those
requirements. Always check the company out with the Better Business Bureau by
Beware of Big Promises and High
Pressure Sales Pitches
– In the modeling world, income is never guaranteed and jobs can be sporadic.
Consider it a red flag if the sales pitch promises many jobs and big earnings
or uses high pressure tactics to get you to sign up. If the offer sounds too
good to be true, it probably is.
Read the Fine Print and Get
Everything in Writing – Take time and read the agreement or contract carefully, paying close
attention to details regarding refunds and options if dissatisfied. Make sure
that all verbal promises are in the agreement.
Complain if You’ve Been Ripped Off – If you feel you’ve been misled
by a modeling or talent agency, file a complaint with your BBB at www.bbb.org
For more advice on finding businesses and services you can
trust, visit www.bbb.org
a private, non-profit organization, the purpose of the Better Business Bureau
is to promote an ethical marketplace. BBBs help resolve buyer/seller complaints
by means of conciliation, mediation and arbitration. BBBs also review
advertising claims, online business practices and charitable organizations.
BBBs develop and issue reviews on businesses and nonprofit organizations and
encourage people to check out a company or charity before making a purchase or