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Complaint Review: Image Development Talent Promotions

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  • Submitted: Thu, August 28, 2008
  • Updated: Mon, January 12, 2009

  • Reported By:Los Angeles California
Image Development Talent Promotions
25 W. Rolling Oaks Drive, Suite 202 Thousand Oaks, California U.S.A.

Image Development Talent Promotions Classic Entertainment Industry Scam Thousand Oaks California

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Here's their scam ad on Craigslist-they are not a legit agency-don't pay them!

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Image Development Talent Promotions boasts its services for actors of all ages. The company has been posting to Craigslist LA for over four years. They seek out actors, children and parents hoping to fulfill Hollywood dreams.

I waited an hour after my scheduled appointment. After reciting a generic commercial script, I was insulted by the owner before promptly leaving. I checked her "credits" online and found the majority of them to be bogus. I then searched the Internet and found this:

http://www.easybackgroundcheck.com/imagedevelopment.html

Image Development (imagedevelopmentonline.com) aka Image Development On-Line

February 28, 2005

[Last Updated: February 28, 2006 ]

"I am work in the Los Angeles area and would like to blow the whistle on Image Development On-Line... a total scam.
http://www.imagedevelopmentonline.com/

They advertise on the internet, in local newspapers, etc... pretending to have actual jobs for talent... Yet when you attend their interviews, they sell you classes and very overpriced photos. They charge approximately $400/roll for photo-shoots. That is $400 for about 36 photos... does not include prints, does not include a make-up artist, etc.. Here is a sample ad they have on craigslist...

Fresh, New, Unsigned Talent

Reply to: nicole@imagedevelopmentonline.com
Date: 2006-02-25, 3:25PM PST

Actors/Actresses and Kids wanted!
Men/Women (20-30ish) Beautiful & character types!
Kids & Teens (4 and up) that are cute, colorful & real. Grandparent types (50+).

Image in connection with N.T.B.R. productions is casting a live action show for kids. All bookings are paid. NO FEES.

If you have already auditioned for us, please don't call again.

Call Image (805) 494-9191 to schedule an appointment for an audition.
www.imagedevelopmentonline.com
But it's fake... they have been "casting" this same live action show for kids for about 1 year now... and anyone that meets with them, is told they need to take classes or to shoot with their photographers, which charge $400/roll of film... They are a total scam. Please post this on your web-site... it will help clean out the industry. Thank you.

Anon."

I located other reports and blog reports that repeat the content above. The typical "shame" tactics to apply sales pressure were common. Located over one hour outside of Los Angeles, save your time and gas money for a legitimate company.

Jesse
Los Angeles, California
U.S.A.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 08/28/2008 06:44 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Image-Development-Talent-Promotions/Thousand-Oaks-California-90293/Image-Development-Talent-Promotions-Classic-Entertainment-Industry-Scam-Thousand-Oaks-Cali-368034. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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#1 UPDATE EX-employee responds

Here's their scam ad on Craigslist-they are not a legit agency-don't pay them!

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

Unsigned Actors & Actresses (Los Angeles)

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Reply to: nicole@imagedevelopmentonline.com [?]
Date: 2009-01-10, 6:08AM PST



We are a Talent Promotional Company designed to promote actors to licensed (SAG) talent agencies for motion picture, tv and commercial representation.

Our clients have booked several national commercials, worked on many feature films, including High School Musical 3 and have had guest starring roles on many television shows such as The Office, The Ghost Whisperer and Hannah Montana, just to name a few.

We ask that you bring a headshot & resume (if you have them), must be able to take direction and also read copy.

All types, pros and new faces and children age 4 and older are welcome.

Visit our website for further information - www.imagedevelopmentonline.com

Call 805-494-9191 to schedule an appointment.
Appointments available this Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday.
Must be located in Los Angeles.




Location: Los Angeles
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