After searching and searching for an acting agency, I stumbled upon AMP Talent Group on mandy.com. After having a good look on the website, I submitted my resume and headshot and hoped for the best. Two days later I received a call from Anne Marie's Secretary asking me to come in for an interview. I was ecstatic and a few days later found myself sitting in the hallway of a church building on a ratty couch filling out forms. Half an hour after my original interview time, I was called in. I performed a monologue and then my mother was called in with me so we could all have a nice chat. Anne Marie said she wanted to sign me right then and there, and it seemed like there were absolutely no catches. Right before we left she asked me to sign up for a week long camp that was coming up. My mom and I said we'd think about it and we were on our way.
A week later I received an email from Anne Marie saying I needed to sign up for the camp. I said I would not be able to get the work off and I was sorry I would have to miss it. I did not get a response.
A few days later my mom received a call from her saying I had to sign up for the camp and guilt tripped her into speaking me into it. I called Anne Marie and said I really could not do it and she got very mad, yelled at me, and hung up on me.
SO I called my boss, took off work, got in trouble for it but said 'my agent is making me do it'.
The camp was $500 for 5 days. It was nothing special, and none of the instructors struck me as amazing or established.
Soon after Anne Marie started hassling me to get new headshots. I said I would but not until my braces were off, which were assumed to be off in a month or two.
The hassling continued, it seemed she could not get it in her head that I had to wait to get my braces off.
Emailing her to ask questions about anything got you nowhere. She always seemed to be on her phone texting and emailing, but to any of her talent, she would never respond.
She then asked me to take 6 acting for film night classes with Anne Tait. I agreed as it seemed like a great opportunity. This cost another arm and a leg and all together I learned nothing new.
The braces came off and we set up an appointment with the photographer.
The studio was in an unsafe neighborhood and it was after dark.
Anne Marie had originally told me during our first interview it would cost me $500.
Then before my headshots she told me it would cost me $600-$700.
After the shoot she placed her hand out for a $975 dollar cheque. I was shocked and said she had not said it would cost such a large amount. She said she had told me on many occasions it would cost that much. I said I would have to give her another cheque some other time. She said it was unacceptable and would take the cheque for $700 now and that within that week I would need to stop by her office to get her the rest of the money.
She then had me sign up for Bob Luke's sitcom workshop. And of course it cost $350. She said it would go from 12 until 6. Bob Luke said he needed to leave at 430 to catch his flight.
And thats when everyone found out that for everything we had paid for, Anne Marie received half. That goes for the headshots, and all the classes.
I waited it out for a while to see if I would get any auditions. It had been 10 months since I had signed with her and I still had gotten not one audition.
The only people out of the whole agency who got auditions were a total of three or four. Everyone called them her favourites.
I called the AMIS hotline and spoke to a very kind man about all of this, without mentioning the agency name. He immediately guessed that the agency was AMP, said it was on their scam list, and to get out of the agency ASAP.
I fired off an email to Anne Marie saying I would like to cancel my contract, that I had spoken to AMIS and that they had told me she was a scam. She said she had no idea what I was talking about and was very mad that I would assume such a thing.
Since then we have not spoken. Many others have dropped out of the agency and moved onto bigger and better things.
She deletes everyone who accuses her of scamming off of Facebook and out of the Facebook agency group.
Stay far far away. My family and I have wasted so much money and all of it goes to her.
She is unprofessional, rude, steals your money and you get NOTHING out of it.