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LaurenB
Posts: 36
Midwest, Wyoming, US


Hi, Does anyone have information on Model Management Group in NYC? 
Thanks,
Candace
Feb 02 07 12:50 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Scaldis
Posts: 374
New York, New York, US


Scam Scam Scam Scam SCAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Feb 02 07 12:54 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
LaurenB
Posts: 36
Midwest, Wyoming, US


Thanks--
Feb 02 07 12:55 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
picturephoto
Posts: 8,687
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


And that concludes out broadcast.
Feb 02 07 12:57 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
LaurenB
Posts: 36
Midwest, Wyoming, US


Funny....short, sweet, to the point.  Thanks again.
Feb 02 07 01:02 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Goodbye MM
Posts: 78
New York, New York, US


That's strange...I've worked with them before and have never had any problems with them.  They even landed me a spread in Elle Magazine.

They're nice people who always pay me promptly.  In my opinion, they're definitely not a scam.
Feb 03 07 12:15 pm  Link  Quote 
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Malin_
Posts: 3,900
New York, New York, US


I've worked with them too and I never had problems! Also, they are very cool with not taking their cut out of paychecks that are on the smaller side.
Feb 03 07 01:02 pm  Link  Quote 
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Stacy Leigh
Posts: 3,062
New York, New York, US


Scaldis wrote:
Scam Scam Scam Scam SCAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am curious as to what made you conclude that they are scammers? You wrote it with such ferocity- it's almost as though you had a specific incident with them.

Feb 03 07 01:08 pm  Link  Quote 
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alphamegus
Posts: 20
Thornwood, New York, US


they're not a scam, but about 50% of the people have some type of problem with them.  they can get flaky...  i happen to know them. but i won't say anymore than that.
Feb 03 07 01:10 pm  Link  Quote 
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GPS Studio Services
Posts: 34,995
San Francisco, California, US


Why don't you PM Tx, he is from the NYC market?
Feb 03 07 01:15 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Amandajp
Posts: 38
New York, New York, US


I interviewed with them and they wanted me to sign an exclusive contract, I decided not to because I didn't want to limit myself. I was sort of skeptical about the contract though because they aren't a major model agency, so I thought it was weird that they wanted it to be exclusive. I haven't heard of an exclusive contract just for commercial modeling? I'd move on to the next if I were you!
Feb 03 07 02:33 pm  Link  Quote 
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alphamegus
Posts: 20
Thornwood, New York, US


Amandajp wrote:
I interviewed with them and they wanted me to sign an exclusive contract, I decided not to because I didn't want to limit myself. I was sort of skeptical about the contract though because they aren't a major model agency, so I thought it was weird that they wanted it to be exclusive. I haven't heard of an exclusive contract just for commercial modeling? I'd move on to the next if I were you!

i'd have to agree with you Amanda....trust me on that.

Feb 03 07 04:57 pm  Link  Quote 
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Leah Michelle
Posts: 2,056
Dallas, Texas, US


Amandajp wrote:
I interviewed with them and they wanted me to sign an exclusive contract, I decided not to because I didn't want to limit myself. I was sort of skeptical about the contract though because they aren't a major model agency, so I thought it was weird that they wanted it to be exclusive. I haven't heard of an exclusive contract just for commercial modeling? I'd move on to the next if I were you!

Same thing happened with me. But they never asked for money or anything. So I don't think it's a scam, they just could run their business better.

Feb 03 07 05:09 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
LaurenB
Posts: 36
Midwest, Wyoming, US


Thanks everyone! I appreciate your input.
Candace-Lauren
Feb 04 07 09:02 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Emeritus
Posts: 21,947
Las Vegas, Nevada, US


I don't have as rosy a feeling about them as some others here do.  In my view they are akin to a portfolio mill, and nobody should sign an exclusive with them.  They aren't nearly strong enough as an agency to warrant it.
Feb 04 07 09:14 am  Link  Quote 
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LaurenB
Posts: 36
Midwest, Wyoming, US


Thanks Tx,  I appreciate your advice because I know you know the market very, very well.  We will say no.  Thanks so much for responding.
Candace-Lauren
Feb 04 07 09:17 am  Link  Quote 
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Gingerwings
Posts: 667
Frederick, Maryland, US


There's a girl in DC who is scene-famous for being signed with them.  She was a child model and I think she is 15 now.. and her biggest assignment was she was on the cover of the Washington Post Magazine once.  They did make her do an exclusive contract, but I know she was breaking it and they didnt do anything to stop that either.  They seem to be connected, but I think its luck of the draw how they treat you.
Feb 04 07 04:37 pm  Link  Quote 
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Scaldis
Posts: 374
New York, New York, US


Stacy Leigh wrote:

I am curious as to what made you conclude that they are scammers? You wrote it with such ferocity- it's almost as though you had a specific incident with them.

I did, i had a meeting with them, partnes, all the works blah blah blah.....the first audition the y set up for me was so off the charts unprofessional and ridiculous and laughable.after the talk that they talked and the "connections" that were on the tip of their toungs, to set up this laughable audition that a colledge freshman would put together better and more legitimately..............who knows about anything really. but in my experienced and certain opinion they are imbecilic poser scammers........

Feb 04 07 04:42 pm  Link  Quote 
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Ashley Marilyn
Posts: 1
New York, New York, US


They are a scam, trust me.
Feb 10 11 01:31 am  Link  Quote 
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Traci Jordan
Posts: 1
New York, New York, US


Jun 29 11 11:56 am  Link  Quote 
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Malin_
Posts: 3,900
New York, New York, US


Traci Eisenstadt wrote:
Even played roles on 90210 and gossip girl.

Were you an extra?

Jun 29 11 01:58 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Sweet Lee
Posts: 2
Bridgetown, Saint Michael, Barbados


Im so worried so many mixed views. I am about to meet with them, I guess I will find out for myself
Jul 11 11 12:07 pm  Link  Quote 
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Edgar Ash
Posts: 1
New York, New York, US


I'm signed to MMG and live in Ny. Not a scam. I've booked more gigs through them than through any of my high fashion agencies. Always get paid and actually love my bookers. I'm cool with everyone at the agency as well as the owner Jeff. Don't believe the bullshit. If your not with MMG and have booked through MMG you can't talk. I know from experience as well as you can call at any time and ask if I'm on the board or not as well as how many jobs in the last year and 1/2 I've booked through them. MMG is the shit and to get with them is a privilege. They don't ask for money but a few bucks to get you on the website that I never paid and they just took out of my first paying job. 45 bucks only. KNow your facts before asking the world for their opinions. Simona,Ben, Eva, Mandy, Theresse, Christie the accountant. I know everyone there. As well as the new booker Allie from Cali that just started last week. Now you can determine your facts from the actual models that work with MMG.
Jul 02 12 11:45 am  Link  Quote 
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K I C K H A M
Posts: 14,595
Los Angeles, California, US


Edgar Ash wrote:
I'm signed to MMG and live in Ny. Not a scam. I've booked more gigs through them than through any of my high fashion agencies. Always get paid and actually love my bookers. I'm cool with everyone at the agency as well as the owner Jeff. Don't believe the bullshit. If your not with MMG and have booked through MMG you can't talk. I know from experience as well as you can call at any time and ask if I'm on the board or not as well as how many jobs in the last year and 1/2 I've booked through them. MMG is the shit and to get with them is a privilege. They don't ask for money but a few bucks to get you on the website that I never paid and they just took out of my first paying job. 45 bucks only. KNow your facts before asking the world for their opinions. Simona,Ben, Eva, Mandy, Theresse, Christie the accountant. I know everyone there. As well as the new booker Allie from Cali that just started last week. Now you can determine your facts from the actual llamas that work with MMG.

Some agencies treat some llamas well, and not others.

You're new here, but if you look at the thread date you can usually tell if someone is likely to see it or not when they're looking at the forums. Considering this is from 2007, it is unlikely that anyone would have seen it recently. Now that you've bumped it, however, it's a lot more likely that more llamas will see it and question your agency... just things to think about.

Jul 02 12 12:36 pm  Link  Quote 
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Stacey Malo
Posts: 1
Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China


I had a meeting with them.  All went great, everyone was nice.  Then they asked for something around $400 just to be put on their website.  I told them to take it out of my first booking and they said they only do that with signed clients.  I was only interested in freelancing with them for commercial and print.  I didn't pay them the fee.  I haven't heard from them since and that was at least 8 months ago.  I think they're sort of a legitimate agency, but depend on model's registration payments as part of their income.  I think they have some select models that they put on their "A" list and the others never get sent out.
Nov 08 12 03:39 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Mark
Posts: 2,889
New York, New York, US


scammish
Nov 08 12 09:39 pm  Link  Quote 
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Rays Fine Art
Posts: 5,995
New York, New York, US


Just as a point of information, there is:
http://www.mmgny.com, a marketing and media management company
and an apparently unrelated:
http://www.nymmg.com/ , a model/actor personal management company which apparently licences its name as does Whilelmina.

Possible explanation of the differences of opinion.
Nov 10 12 12:08 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
M Pandolfo Photography
Posts: 12,116
Tampa, Florida, US


Traci Jordan wrote:
Okay first of all, there contract is NOT exclusive, none of you have ANY idea what your talking about. I'm signed with them and another agency as well. They get me a job atleast once a week with great pay. They take 10% of commission as all agencies do. but I have NEVER had to pay them for anything. so its not a scam. I was in many magazines/ fashion shows. Even played roles on 90210 and gossip girl.

You should add all these to your bio as well as some of those tear sheets from the magazines and fashion shows. That's quite a resume for someone who describes themselves as an "aspiring model looking to build her portfolio."

Nov 10 12 12:22 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Mark
Posts: 2,889
New York, New York, US


HA!!  plus 11111111111111
Nov 11 12 12:07 am  Link  Quote 
Model
Miss_Bee
Posts: 147
Minneapolis, Minnesota, US


I'm also wondering about this.. I'm sick of people saying agencies are scams though without ever working with them. Did you apply online in October?
Nov 12 12 05:26 pm  Link  Quote 
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QueenaYanStylist
Posts: 2
New York, New York, US


I just had a meeting with them and MMG wants to sign a non-exculsive contract and pay over 600$ worth in fees. They say its for me to be posted on website for jobs and how casting directors will be able to find me in their database through their website.

I believe if a real agent wants to work with me and sees the potential in me to make money for them then there a fee wouldn't be necessary but it makes me feel like their scamming me....
any thoughts???
Jun 18 13 10:20 am  Link  Quote 
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Q U E E N A Y A N
Posts: 2
New York, New York, US


Sorry I posted under my Stylist account earlier....

I just had a meeting with them and MMG wants to sign a non-exculsive contract and pay over 600$ worth in fees. They say its for me to be posted on website for jobs and how casting directors will be able to find me in their database through their website.

I believe if a real agent wants to work with me and sees the potential in me to make money for them then there a fee wouldn't be necessary but it makes me feel like their scamming me....
any thoughts???
Jun 18 13 10:21 am  Link  Quote 
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L A U B E N H E I M E R
Posts: 8,440
Seattle, Washington, US


QueenaYanStylist wrote:
I just had a meeting with them and MMG wants to sign a non-exculsive contract and pay over 600$ worth in fees. They say its for me to be posted on website for jobs and how casting directors will be able to find me in their database through their website.

I believe if a real agent wants to work with me and sees the potential in me to make money for them then there a fee wouldn't be necessary but it makes me feel like their scamming me....
any thoughts???

did you read this (zombie) thread before posting to it?

the answer lies within.

Jun 18 13 10:23 am  Link  Quote 
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BENZ VEAL
Posts: 54
Los Angeles, California, US


Traci Jordan wrote:
Okay first of all, there contract is NOT exclusive, none of you have ANY idea what your talking about. I'm signed with them and another agency as well. They get me a job atleast once a week with great pay. They take 10% of commission as all agencies do. but I have NEVER had to pay them for anything. so its not a scam. I was in many magazines/ fashion shows. Even played roles on 90210 and gossip girl.

i agree with you traci jordan

Jul 09 13 01:27 pm  Link  Quote 
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BENZ VEAL
Posts: 54
Los Angeles, California, US


they are definitely not a scam agency. i have booked commercials with them and print campaigns with them and i am non exclusive with them either. i never had a problem with pay with them either. as of matter of fact i just left an audition for them today for a commercial. i have nothing negative to say about them and they are very personable. you can just pop up and talk with them etc.
Jul 09 13 01:30 pm  Link  Quote 
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Katherine Windels
Posts: 2
Reno, Nevada, US


Okay, so. I started the process with MMG two years ago. I've been going through alot & the VP, also the woman who is my agent, Aviva, is a total sweetheart, scam agencies make you pay for port work. Aviva set me up with some amazing photographers, they have good ethics there, don't let people's misconstrued opinions on what a scam is cloud the reality. Listen, anytime you go into an agency, you are taking a risk. You have more restriction exclusive or non-exclusive contract, yes, non-exclusive has more freedom, etc... But any agency can "scam" you, you may not always get the best work, but that partially has to do with the effort you put in, and the jobs available. Also union vs. non- union work can also make a difference.
Get to know agencies, go in for interviews you're not bound to sign or pay for going in, test the waters & see what suits you, also look for open calls, bring a good port, that will do you well.
Hope that made some sort of sense, wish you the best in your endeavors.
Sep 17 13 02:46 am  Link  Quote 
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Image K
Posts: 23,365
Las Vegas, Nevada, US


LaurenB wrote:
Thanks everyone! I appreciate your input.
Candace-Lauren

Just curious...

Who did you decide to believe?

Like most opinions on MM, they were polar opposites!

Sep 17 13 03:44 am  Link  Quote 
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Kent Art Photography
Posts: 2,688
Ashford, England, United Kingdom


If you enter the name of any respected organisation into google and add the word 'scam' to it, you're bound to come up with hundreds of results.

This is the internet, people can claim to be who they want to be, they can claim knowledge of something they really don't know anything about.
Sep 17 13 04:01 am  Link  Quote 
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