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Complaint Review: Agency 89 Agency Eighty Nine

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  • Submitted: Sat, August 09, 2008
  • Updated: Fri, November 21, 2008

  • Reported By:Omaha Nebraska
Agency 89 Agency Eighty Nine
Omaha NE Omaha, Nebraska, Nationwide U.S.A.

Agency 89, Agency Eighty Nine is a rip off.. Don't blame the scouts, they got ripped off too.. here is the story from and ex-scout, answered the ad "talent scout/ Recruiter wanted", went to the interview.. Omaha Nebraska

*UPDATE Employee: Agency 89 Under New Management

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Okay So I answered the ad "talent scout/Recruiter wanted", went to the interview and was offered the position. It all seemed legit enough, My job was to keep an eye out for individuals who stood out to me and invite the to an "Open Call" which the hold every Monday. I was also to be at the open call to welcome, suport and assist any of the potential models I scouted.

If anyone I scouted was asked back for an "audition" and got signed I recieved a bonus. All seemed okay at that point. Well, I had a busy week and although I did scout a couple of potential models, I was suppose to have 5 so I cheated and asked a couple friends of mind if their children could go to open call to cover me... I expected to get a talking to about my selection, and figured I would just promise to do better. Intead, I got thrown into the flow and was put into a room to "interview" the potential models. I was told this was to help speed things up and that I would only be sent potentials that had scored very high on all things already and would be asked back, so that I didn't have to worry about making the decision or have to reject anyone. Well, to make it all short, after a few "Open Calls" I realized that everyone gets invited back, and being signed, meant they signed up for the schooling or whatever. Well, needless to say this was against my integrity and I no longer scouted for them.

I don't know if I would say it is all a rip off, I believe that some have gained confidence and that maybe some have gotten paid modeling jobs. I know my friends daughter did gain alot from her experience, she did not get any paid modeling jobs... as for the cost, well the spent abouth the same on her brother who joined a hockey team, he may not get signed either, but he is learning a lot...

Grrrrrrrr
Omaha, Nebraska
U.S.A.

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Agency 89 Under New Management

AUTHOR: Agency 89 - (U.S.A.)

We understand your concern of the integrity maintained with yourself and with the talent selected. While we cannot speak for the previous management of Agency 89, with our current restructuring, I can assure you our signing agents do not give call-backs to everyone and not everyone is signed. They take the scoring process of talent very seriously in order to maintain the standards that we have set for any new or potential talent.

Agency 89 Model & Talent Management presents a unique opportunity to the talent we represent. While we are a school that develops the skills of individual with no previous industry experience, we are also a full service talent agency, representing talent with an already accomplished resume. Those seasoned individuals with a print and commercial background therefore do not take any classes. They are simply looking for an agency to represent them and book jobs for them.

Agency 89 is very clear to their talent, both during the signing process and in their talent handbooks. Our staff understands the skills that are necessary during a selection process, whether that's acceptance into a social organization, college or university, a professional position or a modeling or casting audition. The individual is responsible for guaranteeing their own success stories by using the skills, knowledge and opportunities gained at Agency 89.

There are dozens of success stories that have come out of Agency 89. The talent we represent have signed with other agencies in Miami, New York, Chicago and LA, as well as done look-sees in Europe.

The Agency 89 talent we represent are also very successful in the local commercial and voice-over market, doing ads for Cox, Toyota, Harrah's and Horseshoe Casinos, Elisa Ilana and Nebraska Furniture Mart, amongst numerous others.


Agency Success Stories

1. Sammi N I believe my greatest accomplishment has been getting signed with a Kansas City agency. This will provide the opportunity to expand my future into not just the local market, but the regional Midwest and possibly nationally. All I can say is THANK YOU Agency 89 for believing in me which has helped me to believe in myself.

2. Becca W when we heard about Agency 89 in April, we decided to go to Open Call. We did look into some other agencies in Omaha, but it appeared Agency 89 had the most to offer. Since then, our lives have definitely changed! A few short months later, Becca was offered a contract with Elite Model Management in Chicago AND has two agents in New York express an interest in representing her when she's a couple years older! We have learned so much about the business and met so many nice and interesting people.


Agency 89 is also considered a school. Our central focus is the development of the person, encouraging each student to achieve their personal best. Our classes are designed to provide the knowledge, skills and opportunities to pursue careers in the modeling and entertainment industries. It is the only talent agency licensed with the Nebraska Department of Education (NDOE). The Agency must meet and adhere to strict guidelines for private postsecondary schools as set by the NDOE.

These guidelines include but are not limited to:

1. Authorization to Operate - approval by the Department to operate a private postsecondary career school in this state.

2. Course of Study or Instruction - a program of study, training, or instruction consisting of a series of lessons or classes which are coordinated as a curriculum or program of instruction to prepare or qualify individuals or improve or upgrade the skills needed for employment, career opportunities, or any specific occupation.

3. Private Postsecondary Career School - any organization or business enterprise which is not specifically exempt under the Act, which offers courses or subjects for which tuition is charged, and at the place of business where a course of instruction is available through classroom instruction, home study, or both to a person for the purpose of training, preparing, or improving the person for an occupation even though the organization's or business enterprise's principal efforts may not be exclusively educational in nature.


Our Fusion class is a prep course for those seriously interested in the modeling and entertainment industries. Each student is assessed after successfully completing 16 classes. At that time, Agency 89 will determine if the student is proficient enough in the areas of the program to start auditioning for jobs.

The Fusion areas of study include:

1. Beauty, Body and Branding students become skilled at the necessities of good skincare and basic makeup application in our modern vanity room. Students discover their own fashion sense and learning the art of personal care. This includes in-class meetings with guest experts in the fields of fitness, nutrition and personal styling.

2. Business Savvy students gain exposure to life-long skills such as interviewing, resume writing and professional courtesy. This area provides students with the knowledge needed to interact with industry professionals.

3. Performance learn acting and speaking skills that are vital in commercial and script work, whether on camera, in a live performance or behind a microphone.

4. Runway includes class photo shoots in order to practice and perfect proper posing. Students will develop the skill and artistry of the perfect walk, including hesitation and fashion show stance.


School Side Success Stories

1. Lindsey G Modeling was something I had always wanted to do I just didn't think I had what it takes. After starting my classes at Agency 89 I became more comfortable in my skin and realized what my parents had been telling me was true. If you work hard at something and put your mind to it you can achieve. Gaining confidence has helped me in my everyday life. I held a leadership role at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus as a Junior Delegate for Delta Delta Delta Sorority and worked with other Junior Delegates to represent Greek life. Working with others and leading helped me become more comfortable in my skin and to stand for what I believed in. Confidence continues to help me in my life as I start my business career and learn to succeed in whatever I do.

2. Ruth E Agency 89 has been nothing but an absolute help in furthering my career and confidence in myself. This agency made a drifting dreamer LIVE her dream! Inside of me, I now have the drive and leadership to be number one you must always believe that anything is possible. BELIEVE AND YOU WILL SUCCEED! Now I am not saying this business is a piece of cake. You have to WORK HARD for the prize. Keep your head up and stay on top of things.


Agency 89 and its staff are always looking for ways to improve our student and talent's experience. The agency is currently doing some restructuring of its management to better serve our purpose. Miss Cortney Sells is no longer with Agency 89 and is pursuing other interests. The staff members now in place are all very excited to move forward with a new direction and a new focus.

1. Miss Shannon N. Young, Director of Operations - Miss Young is a dual degree graduate from Dana College where she took on many leadership roles: Senate Vice President (2 terms), Academic Honors, and varsity basketball. Young is no stranger to the stage, as she is a former Miss Nebraska, National American, top-ten Semi-finalist and Evening Gown winner of Miss NE USA.

2. Miss Molly Berens, Booking Director - Miss Berens attended the University of Kansas and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she was the president of Textiles Clothing and Design's Montage. She lived in NYC for part of her career, where she worked for Showroom 7, a showcase of upcoming innovative designers. Molly graduated with a degree in Fashion Merchandising with a minor in Marketing, and has worked in the Omaha fashion scene for over 5 years.

3. Mrs. Michelle Lewis, Office Manager - Mrs. Lewis has a strong background in education and working with students. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Midland Lutheran College in 2000. Michelle completed her Masters Work in Education at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, obtaining her Nebraska Teaching Certificate. She spent 7 years teaching high school science and coaching volleyball, most recently at Wahoo Public School.

4. Mrs. Michelle Stephenson, Business Development - Mrs. Stephenson has been heavily involved in the media and event arena for over 10 years. She has traveled throughout the United States and overseas as a spokesmodel for ClearChannel MotorSports. Michelle is deeply involved as a volunteer for ALS in the Heartland.

5. Ms. Kellie Pearson, Staff Editor & Instructor - Ms. Pearson is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree. Before joining Agency 89, she worked at two television stations in the Omaha area, KPTM Fox 42 and most recently, KETV Newswatch 7. In both roles she held a Producer position, writing the content for local newscasts and special projects. Kellie also served as the Speech Teacher at Raymond Central High School.

6. Mrs. Sasha Speiker, School Director & Instructor - Mrs. Speiker has worked professionally in theatre, film, television, and radio. She has studied acting in Nebraska, Texas, and California. Sasha has competed in national beauty pageants and has done hundreds of regional print and commercial spots. Some of her work includes Bubble Yum, Chil-fil-a, Coca Cola, and Con Agra. Sasha received a BA in Education and works directly with the Department of Education.
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