• Report: #25239

Complaint Review: Hollywood Image Agency

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  • Submitted: Tue, July 23, 2002
  • Updated: Wed, July 05, 2006

  • Reported By:New York NY
Hollywood Image Agency
247 W. Montauk Highway Lindenhurst, New York U.S.A.

Hollywood Image Agency is a false advertising, talent agent ripoff. Lindenhurst, New York

*Consumer Comment: Really snooty owner

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: false report

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This agency is advertising in Backstage for new talent. They will only represent you if you pay them over $600 to have them post your photo and bio on their website. Never mind if you already have photos web-ready.

You must pay this fee. They will not represent you the standard way--with headshots, resumes, and composite cards. This agency is not franchised by any of the professional acting unions.

This practice is illegal according the the New York Better Business Bureau:

"No legitimate agency takes an advance fee, which is sometimes called a "registration fee" or a "consultation fee." This practice is prohibited in the state of New York by New York General Business Law Section 396-n."

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#1 Consumer Comment

Really snooty owner

AUTHOR: Zach - (U.S.A.)

I went to Hollywood Image agency to seek representation, explaned to me his upfront fees, $300 and up with his own photographer, I told him I already had headshots, showed him; in a very snooty tone he said, "Nothing I would use." thats where I said, f*ck em, I'll go some where else.
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#2 REBUTTAL Owner of company

false report

AUTHOR: Rich - (U.S.A.)

the report/complaint is not appropriate.

our company does not charge for picture taking of any kind and ask the talent to provide the pictures to us. we do not have an up-front fee for representation. we do not accept everyone who comes to us seeking representation but if we do choose to offer representation there are marketing expenses that are bourne by the talent. these expenses cover the costs of exposure of the talent to the clients who ask our company to provide images of the type individual(s) needed to do the job(s) being done.

all prospective talent is made aware of this at the time of their first interview.
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