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Dara_w
Posts: 12,100
Atlanta, Georgia, US


Hey guys. I just wanted to know if anyone has dealt with HOP in Atlanta before. Good and bad experiences welcome.
Jun 15 06 10:54 am  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
BridgitC-Makeup Artist
Posts: 231
Atlanta, Georgia, US


Just heard of them, as a rule I make it a point to only deal with reputable agencies.
Just do your research and know what kind of work you want to pursue and go from there.
Jun 15 06 10:58 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
SayCheeZ!
Posts: 17,793
Las Vegas, Nevada, US


I've taken the liberty of viewing their website, and came to the conclusion that this is just another one of many 'internet agencies' that are either scams or totally unqualified bullshitters.

Reasons (in no particular order):

1)  At http://www.hopmodels.com/aboutus.cfm , HOP claims to be incorporated as "HOP Models & Talent, Inc", and located in Atlanta, GA.   A check with the Georgia secretary of state (https://corp.sos.state.ga.us//corp/soskb/CSearch.asp) shows no listing for a corporation (or any business) under that name.

2) Claims to work in all markets throughout the world.  Claims to have affiliates in California and Miami... both states requiring specialized licenses for Talent agencies, neither state having HOP listed as a licensee. (The 'affiliates' may be going under a different name, but the whole thing simply sounds like BS in the first place).

Basically, it seems as though this is just another portfolio hosting website that implies that they are a true modeling agency.  Based on what I saw.... I'd pass.
Jun 15 06 02:55 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Angelus
Posts: 3,642
Atlanta, Georgia, US


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Jun 15 06 03:46 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
PhotoAtlanta
Posts: 661
Atlanta, Georgia, US


Hey ya'll...  stop beatin' up on HOP.  I had their Rooty-Tooty-Fresh-and-Fruity breakfast just the other day and service was great!  What....  HOP   A-G-E-N-C-Y?  Oooops........  nevermind!
Jun 15 06 04:36 pm  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
BridgitC-Makeup Artist
Posts: 231
Atlanta, Georgia, US


LMAO...Now that was funny.....



PhotoAtlanta wrote:
Hey ya'll...  stop beatin' up on HOP.  I had their Rooty-Tooty-Fresh-and-Fruity breakfast just the other day and service was great!  What....  HOP   A-G-E-N-C-Y?  Oooops........  nevermind!

Jun 15 06 10:33 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Dara_w
Posts: 12,100
Atlanta, Georgia, US


well!! thanks for the input
Jun 15 06 11:41 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
ANNABELLA
Posts: 1,642
Atlanta, Georgia, US


I'm confused here. I thought they were legit! I went to one of their open calls and it there was nothing fishy or out of the ordinary going on.

I scanned the office like I would normally do and they had wall to wall tear sheets of what looked like all their models. Even the guy who apparently runs the company had a tear of him on the wall from back in his modeling days.

They never were interested in me I guess. He sort of rushed me out of the office after I asked if using my own photographer was okay.

Anyone else been to their offices?
Jun 16 06 03:20 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
SayCheeZ!
Posts: 17,793
Las Vegas, Nevada, US


ANNABELLA wrote:
I'm confused here. I thought they were legit! I went to one of their open calls and it there was nothing fishy or out of the ordinary going on.

I scanned the office like I would normally do and they had wall to wall tear sheets of what looked like all their models. Even the guy who apparently runs the company had a tear of him on the wall from back in his modeling days.

They never were interested in me I guess. He sort of rushed me out of the office after I asked if using my own photographer was okay.

Yeah, I noticed a similar agency that opened in an office building directly across from my insurance agent here in Las Vegas.

Tear sheets and headshots were posted on the wall and stuff.

A few weeks later I saw the same agency again... this time being broadcast on the evening news... where the 'talent agents' were being cuffed and escorted into police cars. 

Something tells me that's not a good sign.

Anna... I think the HOP agency would have been really interested in you if you didn't have your own photographer to use.  Y'see, they would have used their own GWC to take pictures of you, so they'd be able to charge you up the ying yang!

That type of operation is illegal in many jurisdictions, and just plain unethical in most others.   If you would have claimed that you don't have your own phootgrapher and gone along with their program... you would have gotten some pictures and given them the liberty to go on a short vacation with the money that you gave 'em, but that's about it.   You don't think they'd REALLY try to get REAL modeling jobs for you, do ya?

Jun 16 06 04:11 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Angelus
Posts: 3,642
Atlanta, Georgia, US


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Jun 16 06 05:15 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Dara_w
Posts: 12,100
Atlanta, Georgia, US


ANNABELLA wrote:
I'm confused here. I thought they were legit! I went to one of their open calls and it there was nothing fishy or out of the ordinary going on.

I scanned the office like I would normally do and they had wall to wall tear sheets of what looked like all their models. Even the guy who apparently runs the company had a tear of him on the wall from back in his modeling days.

They never were interested in me I guess. He sort of rushed me out of the office after I asked if using my own photographer was okay.

Anyone else been to their offices?

I went a few days ago. There was nothing out of the ordinary, I actually know the director through my ex roomate. But I don't talk to the roomate any longer so there's no extra info there.

Jun 16 06 11:24 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
tcphoto
Posts: 495
Atlanta, Georgia, US


I've had a number of calls from their models about shooting. Unfortunetly, they don't seem to have any money. I guess that they want it for free. I'll bet you that they don't work for free.
Jun 16 06 11:30 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Michelle Renee
Posts: 1,073
Los Angeles, California, US


When I looked at their website I felt like I had seen it before. It is the same layout/format as www.iplusmodels.com in NYC. If I had an agency website I would want mine a bit different than someone elses. If they had the same web designer wouldn't you want it to be uniquely yours?
Jun 17 06 12:48 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
ANNABELLA
Posts: 1,642
Atlanta, Georgia, US


I'm glad I caught on to this thread. I had actually felt dissapointed when I did not get a call back thinking I blew it. So should we assume all the tear sheets on the office walls were fakes?

Why would a model himself try to scam other models? That seems so WRONG! You've been where we've been..you know what its like to struggle in this buisness and now you're doing the same thing that was probably done to you.

Just when you think this buisness can't shock you anymore...
Jun 17 06 02:09 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
SayCheeZ!
Posts: 17,793
Las Vegas, Nevada, US


ANNABELLA wrote:
I'm glad I caught on to this thread. I had actually felt dissapointed when I did not get a call back thinking I blew it. So should we assume all the tear sheets on the office walls were fakes?

Why would a model himself try to scam other models? That seems so WRONG! You've been where we've been..you know what its like to struggle in this buisness and now you're doing the same thing that was probably done to you.

Just when you think this buisness can't shock you anymore...

Sadly, from my best guess it seems that at least 90% of the agents and/or management companies that mainly promote themselves via the internet are either not qualified or purposely fraudulent... most being the latter.

Even before the internet became popular,and to this day, a large portion of the 'land based' people claiming to be some kind of agent or manager are just as phoney.

There are probably dozens of reasons that the problem is so great... but it's most likely due to the fact that 'models' tend to be young and naive.  Models typically are still in high school, or if they're in a college they're more likely taking liberal arts courses rather than courses that deal with business or law.  So, models tend to be an easy target!

Combine the above with the fact that most models are attractive, and you've got a serving of 'Fresh Meat' ready for the 'Wolves' to devour.

The fake agents are experts on preying on little girls.  They know just how to present themselves to make themselves appear important to the untrained eye.

To the trained eye... they expose themselves as worthless hacks... believe me.

It's actually gotten to the point that IT SHOCKS ME when I actually see a REAL, LEGITIMATE AGENCY or manager... especially on the internet!  Really!!!  The problem is THAT BAD!

Unfortunately, many models still choose to believe the fables of the fakers, than to heed the warnings of experienced people.

Jun 17 06 02:27 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Dara_w
Posts: 12,100
Atlanta, Georgia, US


Michelle Renee K wrote:
When I looked at their website I felt like I had seen it before. It is the same layout/format as www.iplusmodels.com in NYC. If I had an agency website I would want mine a bit different than someone elses. If they had the same web designer wouldn't you want it to be uniquely yours?

Actually, that layout is not exclusive to iplusmodes.com. Many "agencies" legit or fake seem to like that layout. It's simple I guess

Jun 17 06 10:31 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Angelus
Posts: 3,642
Atlanta, Georgia, US


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Jun 18 06 03:16 pm  Link  Quote 
Retoucher
Elite Touch Studio
Posts: 694
Atlanta, Georgia, US


I would really like to hear more opinions on this topic. It is giving me alot of insight!
Jun 15 07 05:18 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Dana Hutchinson
Posts: 1
Chicago, Illinois, US


I went to hop chicago and I'm not so sure about my plan with them either...I'm not sure what to think
Aug 06 10 10:17 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
DAVfoto
Posts: 2,324
New York, New York, US


Michelle Renee  wrote:
When I looked at their website I felt like I had seen it before. It is the same layout/format as www.iplusmodels.com in NYC. If I had an agency website I would want mine a bit different than someone elses. If they had the same web designer wouldn't you want it to be uniquely yours?

just went on hops site.. pissed me off that I had to hit escape to get off the site. 

Dont work with them. dont care to.  Click is now signing plus anyways so try them.

Aug 06 10 10:44 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
AlloyOne Photography
Posts: 138
Atlanta, Georgia, US


DARA....RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRUN!!!!! AND DON'T LOOK BACK!!!
Aug 06 10 01:52 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
AlloyOne Photography
Posts: 138
Atlanta, Georgia, US


I've dealt with with them personally as well as have a a couple of model friends deal with them.  No good came out of any of it.  They actually did'nt have a website up until a few months ago.  It was just a splash page that said coming soon.  Even thought they have been in business for at least 5 years. 

They only send you to casting calls you could have went to by yourself.  The owner poses as  photographer as well and will and has charge as much as 1,000.00 a pop to shoot you for your port.  Which by law is illegal for an agency to do.  By law they can only refer photographers to you.   They can not solicit their own photography service to you.   I've seen some of those tearsheets.  I know at least a few of them came from the models and\or photographers prior to going HOP. There are other reasons as well but if you want to hit me up I will discuss offline.


Anthony Lloyd
AlloyOne Photography
www.alloyone.net
Aug 06 10 03:31 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Escalante
Posts: 5,367
Chicago, Illinois, US


their so called "preferred " photographer is using a Fake Bullshit VOGUE Cover he put together himself , he has never been published , has never worked for Hearst , Conde' N , and the Agency is Fully aware of this and YET Continue to Endorse this themselves when they are TELLING THEIR MODELS THEY WILL NOT USE ANONE ELSE'S IMAGES. IF you Insist then you will be Yelled at then fore warned.
  Sorry nothing but LOUD BULLSHIT SIGNS in my book .
Aug 06 10 05:38 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
K_G
Posts: 2,930
Detroit, Michigan, US


Dana Hutchinson wrote:
I went to hop chicago and I'm not so sure about my plan with them either...I'm not sure what to think

Are you signed with them? Did you have to pay their photographer for your portfolio?

Since you are in Chicago, there are so many legit agencies you could try. Don't do HOP.

Aug 06 10 05:48 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Jena Mroz
Posts: 136
New York, New York, US


They are legit, I'v worked with them and was paid each time within a month, the owner was a former model himself, and I belive he is now also a photographer. I am talking about the one in atlanta, I don't know tho anything about chicago.
Aug 07 10 05:11 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
William David Photo
Posts: 100
Atlanta, Georgia, US


PhotoAtlanta wrote:
Hey ya'll...  stop beatin' up on HOP.  I had their Rooty-Tooty-Fresh-and-Fruity breakfast just the other day and service was great!  What....  HOP   A-G-E-N-C-Y?  Oooops........  nevermind!

rofl. nice.

Aug 07 10 05:19 pm  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
kenea
Posts: 4


I have been workin with HOP Models for over 10 years. Very legit Agency. They have  placed models internationally and with major clientele in the states. Don't be mad because some of you got rejected as models and  as photographers. Must not be good enough for them. Also do your research correctly next time..

Smooches

Call me when you need a make up artist!
Aug 26 10 04:10 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Joseph Hires
Posts: 6
Savannah, Georgia, US


Hey guys, I am new to MM so bare with me. I live in Savannah, Ga and was wondering if anyone knows of any legit agencies in Atlanta for someone new to modeling/acting. Any advice is appreciated. Thanks!
Jul 05 12 11:33 am  Link  Quote 
Model
Sarah_
Posts: 1,487
Denver, Colorado, US


HOP is technically a real agency.  They're not a scam looking to take your money and don't charge you to sign with them.  However, as a model who has worked with them personally, I do not recommend them.  The staff at HOP was extremely unprofessional, arriving 45 minutes late for a meeting with me.  I was stuck waiting outside for them in the Atlanta heat because there wasn't anyone in the building even though it was well within their business hours.  They were friendly enough and seemed to have some good models, so I decided to give them a try.  Thankfully, I signed with them exclusively in Atlanta only, so I was able to get business outside of Georgia through other agencies, but they only contacted me once about a casting (fortunately I did book it -- but it was not paid) the entire year.  After my contract was up, I was extremely fortunate to be contacted by an agent at Factor Women, which has a much better reputation...
Jul 05 12 01:02 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Digitoxin
Posts: 13,341
Houston, Texas, US


Sarah_ wrote:
HOP is technically a real agency.  They're not a scam looking to take your money and don't charge you to sign with them.  However, as a model who has worked with them personally, I do not recommend them.  The staff at HOP was extremely unprofessional, arriving 45 minutes late for a meeting with me.  I was stuck waiting outside for them in the Atlanta heat because there wasn't anyone in the building even though it was well within their business hours.  They were friendly enough and seemed to have some good models, so I decided to give them a try.  Thankfully, I signed with them exclusively in Atlanta only, so I was able to get business outside of Georgia through other agencies, but they only contacted me once about a casting (fortunately I did book it -- but it was not paid) the entire year.  After my contract was up, I was extremely fortunate to be contacted by an agent at Factor Women, which has a much better reputation...

You will do much better at Factor.

Jul 08 12 01:03 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Digitoxin
Posts: 13,341
Houston, Texas, US


Joseph Hires wrote:
Hey guys, I am new to MM so bare with me. I live in Savannah, Ga and was wondering if anyone knows of any legit agencies in Atlanta for someone new to modeling/acting. Any advice is appreciated. Thanks!

Houghton talent.

Jul 08 12 01:04 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
MODEL CITIZEN LLC
Posts: 1
Atlanta, Georgia, US


HOP is NO GOOD and will TAKE your campaign payments! I was non exclusively with HOP and booked a  campaign through them this year as of May 2012. I was to be paid 60-90 days from the booking. Was never paid until september 2012, and was given a check. When deposited at their bank, the teller advised me that there were insufficient funds. I have contacted the "so called Director multiple times and their offices...I have yet to recieve my payment nor a returned call! They are horrible!!!!!
Oct 19 12 02:06 pm  Link  Quote 
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