• Report: #186028

Complaint Review: Infinite Talent

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  • Submitted: Tue, April 11, 2006
  • Updated: Fri, February 19, 2010

  • Reported By:carlsbad California
Infinite Talent
1901 Newport Boulevard, Suite 350 Costa Mesa, California U.S.A.
  • Phone: 949-999-2040
  • Web:
  • Category: Employers

Infinite Talent Modeling agency scam, ripoff Costa Mesa California

*Consumer Comment: I was contacted by this agency today.

*Consumer Suggestion: Be Warned

*Consumer Suggestion: HEATHER IS SOO SNIKY AND DUMB I CANNOT BELIEVE THIS GIRL

*Consumer Comment: NICE TRY HEATHER!

*UPDATE Employee: I LOVE INFINITE TALENT

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I saw infinite talent on the web. They were claiming to accept models of all ages, shapes and sizes. I got a response from them asking me to come in for an interview. I went in and was asked to return for a second interview with an "executive". I was told that they would take photos of me and evaluate me. If they thought I had a chance in the industry we would proceed. So I went back, had my photos taken. Rachel left the room for about a half an hour and returned with "GOOD NEWS"! She said the executives liked my photos and they thought I had a chance in the market. Then she told me that I would need a "book" to get started and they could lead me in the right direction. I had been warned about giving anyone money, but after I saw the portfolio of the photgrapher that they used I was totally impressed. They said I needed these HIGH FASHION photos to get started. I had done some research on photographers and the $695.00 they were asking for was a bit high, but they included a makeup artist, so I wasnt too shocked. I told Rachel that this is a lot of money for me and I need a guarantee that it would be worth my money. She put her hand on mine, looked me in the eye and said that she PROMISED I would be very happy. So I agreed.

I was promised a very professional shoot, makeup artist and somewhere near 150 photos on a disk. When I went to the shoot, I was horrified. It was in what they called a vingage house (more like a house on its last leg). I was rushed through. The makeup artist was very rude, slapped on some makeup and said "thats the best i can do FOR YOU" making me feel like I was ugly and she couldnt do anything for me. The photographer put me in these strange positions and snapped off a million photos. We did 4 changes and I was sent on my way. I left feeling horrible. When I contactd Infinite talent about the shoot they had every excuse in the book. "You are new to the business, dont worry they are professionals, it will be fine." More than 1 month later I received the disk of photos. (I was promised the photos in less than 2 weeks, when this did not happen they had every excuse in the book for that too) I wish I could show the pictures on this site. They were horrible. They were out of focus, the lighting was WAY OFF!!!! and it was basically 25 photos of the same pose for each look. Photoshop could not save these photos. I complained to Camille and eventually she got around to giving me another shoot. There, it was a bit better of an experience since it was in an actual studio, but again, I had no say in what I wore, or my makeup or hair. I was rushed through the shoot and my pictures again were horrible. I went on many castings with these photos and was laughed at and told I had better get some professional photos for my book before I go on any more castings. When I brought this to the attention of HEATHER, CAMILLE, and RACHEL I was told to call them and work it out. They have said that I just dont know the industry so I dont know what is good and what is not. They will not give me my money back, they will not give me a photoshoot with the photgrapher of my choice. All they do is tell me I can reshoot with the same photographer.

In a nutshell I have learned a huge lesson, this is a SCAM. They keep the money or pay very little to the photographer. They bait you in, make you feel pretty, or special, use lies to bait you into paying and then you are dropped, like trash. They dont email because they know it is documented proof of what they say. They lie on the phone. They say they call, but do not. They are a bunch of scam artists.

I am seeking a lawyer to get my money back. I have posted complaints with The Better Business Bureau, here and I am putting an ad on craigslist as well as the local paper. I just dont want this happening to anyone else.

Virginia
carlsbad, California
U.S.A.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 04/11/2006 09:18 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Infinite-Talent/Costa-Mesa-California-92627/Infinite-Talent-Modeling-agency-scam-ripoff-Costa-Mesa-California-186028. 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 Consumer Comment

I was contacted by this agency today.

AUTHOR: Gym - (United States of America)

I was contacted today by infinite talent with the following email:

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We would be interested in meeting with you in person.  We will be doing interviews tomorrow (Thursday) you can come in anytime between 4-5pm, please reply to this email to confirm.

1901 Newport Boulevard
Suite 350
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Heather
Infinite Talent
www.infinitetalentusa.com
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After reading many many complaints of their fraudulent activity I decided to respond with the following:

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Hi Heather,

Thank you so much for your quick response.  Unfortunately, after doing some due diligence on your "Agency"  I came across more complaints than expected.  I was just preparing myself for the interview but realized that most of the people you have worked with consider your company a scam/fraud.  So, I will have to decline your invitation. 

I hope you find it in your heart to go a different direction in life.  I am a business owner myself and ethics play a big part in my business.  Without it, I don't think I would be as successful as I am today.  Thanks again for considering me, I hope this e-mail makes a difference.

Take care Heather.

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Thank you guys for posting what you did.  I really appreciate it and thought this email to Heather summed up your efforts.

-One Love.
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#2 Consumer Suggestion

Be Warned

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

I was doing a clients hair when she told me she was taking her son to this "agency". My son is signed with a "reputable" agency. In conversation I learned that she was told they would have to pay $30 a month for their "service". I knew IMMEDIATELY this was a RIP- OFF... While browsing the web, we found this page. Thank you RIP OFF REPORT! Because

A: Almost EVERY single REPUTABLE Talent agency IS located IN THE LOS ANGELES AREA- NOT Orange county

B: Any REPUTABLE agency would NOT CHARGE YOUR FOR THEIR SERVICES. Reputable agents WORK FOR YOU- NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND. They are ONLY PAID (10% is industry average) for all the MONEY YOU MAKE AS THER REPRESENTED TALENT.

C: While headshots/zed cards are important- ALL REPUTABLE AGENTS will allow you go ANYWHERE for your photos- NOT INSIST ON YOU USING THEIR PHOTOGRAPHERS...

So to wrap it up in short:
If THEY ARE CHARGING YOU, IT'S A SCAM.
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#3 Consumer Suggestion

HEATHER IS SOO SNIKY AND DUMB I CANNOT BELIEVE THIS GIRL

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

FIRST OF ALL I LIKE TO SAY GOOD JOB TO VIRGINIA FOR HER VERY VERY ACCURATE WAY OF TELLING WHAT HAPPENED BECAUSE THE SAME THING HAPPENED TO ME !
IF YOU NEED HELP FIGHTING THEM LET ME KNOW!

GOOD LUCK WITH EVERYTHING!!!

PS:

TO HEATHER DUBACK!

U REALLY SUCK!
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#4 Consumer Comment

NICE TRY HEATHER!

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

Funny but the rebuttal to my original complaint is the exact story I heard when I went to Infinite talent for my interview@ I have been emailing Heather about all of this and she has been very defensive. She also gave me this link so I could read this rebuttal. I find that VERY COINCIDENTAL. I also know how to get on a site under a different name and make postings. YOU HAVENT FOOLED ME!!!!!!!!!
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#5 UPDATE Employee

I LOVE INFINITE TALENT

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

I just wanted to say thanks to the girls from Infinite Talent and let everyone know the pictures I took for me have opened up a world of response for me. I have booked the a spokemodeling job for a major beer company and I've used the pics to land 2 other paying jobs. I'm shooting Sat for a Lifestyle clothing designer, that's been around for 20 years. Has a big fashion showing in NY in the next few weeks. He's wanting to put his clothes up online and the pics got me the go-see.

I also booked a jewelry print ad that will shoot 4/17 and run in Japan (All Silver-It's gorgeous) come this May. Posters, mailers, catalog and magazine.

All of this has happened in the last 2 weeks. If it wasn't for me connecting with you these gals who hooked me up with their photographer. I wouldn't be on my way to more and more modeling gigs. Thank you so much.

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