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Model

CasaDiBerardi

Posts: 25

New York, New York, US

Ok, so I went to an open call at Wilhelmina Rochester last week. They want to sign me and then charge me for a photo shoot and all of the marketing materials (comp cards, online portfolio etc.) I have read a myriad of articles on the web about Wilhelmina affiliates being so called "scams". I understand they need to make money, but isn't this just ridiculous? So if a drop dead gorgeous model was working a minimum wage job wanted to sign, but someone mediocre looking with more money could foot the bill, the drop dead gorgeous girl doesn't have a shot? Just look at the models on their website, they're models look pretty average to me, but I guess they had the $$$$. They said I could have my own photo shoot and deduct $1200 off the total "bill" on what I would owe them, but then proceeded to tell me that there would be a 98% chance that those photos wouldn't be accepted! What are your thoughts on this??

May 17 12 05:26 pm Link

Photographer

Nature Coast Lightworks

Posts: 1889

Tampa, Florida, US

May 17 12 05:31 pm Link

Photographer

Flair Photography

Posts: 287

Rochester, New York, US

I may be wrong on this but I think the guy who started that agency is currently serving 25 years in prison for fraud if that tells you anything.

May 17 12 05:45 pm Link

Photographer

TXPHOTO

Posts: 1907

Fort Worth, Texas, US

The "real" Wilhelmina in NYC is legit and very well respected.  Most, if not all of the "affiliates" are mostly scams.  It is beyond me how Wilhelmina allowed their name to be used in this manner.

May 17 12 05:53 pm Link

Model

CasaDiBerardi

Posts: 25

New York, New York, US

J Emmett Fertic wrote:
http://www.newmodels.com/myths.html

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Precisely!!

May 17 12 06:01 pm Link

Model

CasaDiBerardi

Posts: 25

New York, New York, US

DBVE Imaging wrote:
The "real" Wilhelmina in NYC is legit and very well respected.  Most, if not all of the "affiliates" are mostly scams.  It is beyond me how Wilhelmina allowed their name to be used in this manner.

Guess it was the $$$ they got paid from the licensing.

May 17 12 06:08 pm Link

Photographer

Flair Photography

Posts: 287

Rochester, New York, US

CasaDiBerardi wrote:
Guess it was the $$$ they got paid from the licensing.

Not really worth it if your good name becomes synonymous with scam agencies.

May 17 12 06:23 pm Link

Model

QuietAsKept

Posts: 5935

Baltimore, Maryland, US

Flair Photography wrote:

Not really worth it if your good name becomes synonymous with scam agencies.

+1

May 17 12 06:32 pm Link

Model

CasaDiBerardi

Posts: 25

New York, New York, US

QuietAsKept wrote:

+1

Totally

May 17 12 06:56 pm Link

Photographer

Albertex Photography

Posts: 16636

Mansfield, Texas, US

We call it the Mayhem for a reason.

May 17 12 07:01 pm Link

Model

Leo Chan

Posts: 3

New York, New York, US

wow I'm really glad I read this...I've been trying to get in contact with them. I need to just focus on the NYC legit one

Jan 29 13 09:17 am Link