login info join!
Forums > General Industry > Las Vegas Agencies. The best and worst? Search   Reply
Model
Jules B
Posts: 106
Las Vegas, Nevada, US


Just moved here and wanted to know if anyone has any experience with the agencies around here and might know which ones to check out and which ones to steer clear of.

Thanks!
Dec 05 12 08:51 pm  Link  Quote 
guide forum
Photographer
-JAY-
Posts: 6,305
Las Vegas, Nevada, US


I like ENVY, BEST, and RED for fashion work...

Platinum, Cool Blue, Tru Talent... decent for fashion, but among the best for tradeshow, hosting, and atmosphere, where most of the money in town is at.
Dec 05 12 08:56 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Jules B
Posts: 106
Las Vegas, Nevada, US


thanks so much!  very helpful and just what i wanted to know!
Dec 05 12 10:53 pm  Link  Quote 
guide forum
Photographer
-JAY-
Posts: 6,305
Las Vegas, Nevada, US


Jules B wrote:
thanks so much!  very helpful and just what i wanted to know!

Just stop in a couple. Ask about their client list. If they mention popular boutiques, hotels, etc, they're more fashion oriented (as far as this city goes) If they talk about MAGIC, SEMA, and other big tradeshows, they cater more towards promotional... though there's a ton of money there too...


BTW, we should shoot.

Dec 05 12 11:01 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
SayCheeZ!
Posts: 17,758
Las Vegas, Nevada, US


-JAY- wrote:
Platinum, Cool Blue, Tru Talent... decent for fashion, but among the best for tradeshow, hosting, and atmosphere, where most of the money in town is at.

Tru Talent is not and never has been a licensed agency.
There are tons of horror stories about the fraudulent scams they were operating (both in LV and Salt Lake).  They were shut down, but reopened under a different name, "Press Talent".
http://www.yelp.com/biz/tru-talent-management-las-vegas
http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=7104545
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/5253 … s.html.csp
http://westvalley.fox13now.com/search/r … tru+talent

Another guy that claims to be an agency is Remington.  Stay away from that one.



================================================
Most of the larger agencies are divisions of DMC's.  Providing models for conventions and events are their specialties, but they also can and do provide models and talent for all other requirements in the industry.

BEST is probably the largest of the agencies right now.  I've heard some complaints that they don't pay as well as the other agencies.

Baskow & Associates is one of the oldest operating agencies in LV, and it seems they're always looking for models and actors of all ages for various gigs. 

Allan Waxler Group provides quite a lot of models for trade shows and conventions.

Bookitinvegas.com is also known to pay well and pays immediately after the gig, although I don't know if they're still in business.

----------------------------------------------------------

In Clark County, Talent Agencies are required to be licensed as an employment agency.  Modeling agencies are required to hold a separate license. You can verify a license at http://sandgate.co.clark.nv.us/business … isting.asp  Category 340 for employment agencies and 529 for modeling agencies.

Some agencies (such as Platinum) are located in an incorporated city such as Henderson or Las Vegas and are not required to have the county license, but do have to have the applicable licenses for the jurisdiction that they're located in.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------
A side note to the OP.  The CITY of Las Vegas primarily starts at Sahara and runs North just past downtown.  Summerlin is also included in the CITY of Las Vegas.  If a business is only operating within the CITY limits, the do not need a county license.

Almost everything south of Sahara are the unincorporated towns of Paradise, Winchester, and Enterprise.  This includes the strip where most of the casinos are located (the strip is not located in the city of Las Vegas).   All of those towns are under the jurisdiction of the county so any businesses operating there would require a county license. 

It should also be noted that while a license is required to legally operate, this should not be the ONLY factor in deciding to work with an agent or not.  Just like any other licensed business, there are good people with great reputations, and there are bad businesses.

Dec 05 12 11:06 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
SayCheeZ!
Posts: 17,758
Las Vegas, Nevada, US


from a similar thread back in 2008:

SayCheeZ! wrote:
TRU TALENT is a HUGE SCAM!!!

They recruit much of their victims via "Craigslist", and now dozens of people are also warning others about Tru Talent via craigslist.  Awhile back Tru Talent had a 'scout' on Model Mayhem,  that person was banned, but it's possible they attempt their bs here again.  If so, report 'em to the moderators.

Tru Talent have 2 locations, one in Salt Lake City, the other here in Las Vegas.
The website (www.trutalentmanagement.com) advertises several different large corporations as their clients.

They are a "photo mill".  They will try to get naive people to sign up for worthless, but expensive classes, services, and products.  All EXPERIENCED models/actors that I know that has been to the Tru Talent offices have stated that they weren't "accepted" by the agency.  All the novices or people that didn't have any experience have reported that they were accepted immediately.

Nevada labor law requires talent/modeling agencies to obtain a license issued by the state.  County law requires agencies to obtain a non-gaming sheriffs card.
TRU TALENT DOES NOT HAVE ANY OF THE REQUIRED LICENSES to do business as a talent agency, modeling agency, or employment agency in Nevada.

TRU TALENT  doesn't obey to the other state labor laws regarding agency operations either.

The company that I work for is the company that's responsible for marketing one of the displayed brands.  NOBODY at my company and NOBODY at the brand company has ever authorized Tru Talent to do any work for us, and NOBODY ever even heard of Tru Talent.

When I called Tru Talent to ask what project we hired them for they gave me a total bullshit answer, which basically was "a guy that was hired to do a presentation for my company needed an assistant, so he called a friend, and that friend was a Tru Talent member".

That particular 'gig' was printing photos on an inkjet printer at a convention.  Yeah, that's a real acting job alright!!!

DON'T FALL FOR THE TRU TALENT SCAM!!!


http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&safe … tnG=Search

Dec 05 12 11:21 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Haylee Lynn
Posts: 2,464
Las Vegas, Nevada, US


I too am trying to find an agency here in Las vegas..submitted to  Best but have heard nothing..will try envy but just shy of the 5'9" mark..really wanting fashion print work. Let me know if you had any luck?
Jan 13 14 01:42 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
DK san
Posts: 71
Las Vegas, Nevada, US


Red has stolen money from almost every model I have worked with.  I highly DO NOT recommend them.
Apr 22 14 04:22 am  Link  Quote 
  Search   Reply



main | browse | casting/travel | forums | shout box | help | advertising | contests | share | join the mayhem

more modelmayhem on: | | | edu

©2006-2014 ModelMayhem.com. All Rights Reserved.
MODEL MAYHEM is a registered trademark.
Toggle Worksafe Mode: Off | On
Terms | Privacy | Careers