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Complaint Review: One Source Talent, Katie Ludwig VP

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  • Submitted: Sun, December 02, 2007
  • Updated: Thu, February 21, 2013

  • Reported By:New York New York
One Source Talent, Katie Ludwig VP
3025 W. Big Beaver Rd. Troy, Michigan U.S.A.

One Source Talent, Katie Ludwig VP Fraudulent talent agency, One Source Con-Artists, Beware of Scam Troy Michigan

*General Comment: one source talent and Katie Ludwig

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Hard time during and ending @ O.S.T. Sweet Shop on 500 8th ave

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Former Employee who loved One Source Talent... until I realized it's just high school all over again.

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As a producer for a nationaly-syndicated television show, I went on assignment to the headquater's of One Source Talent in Troy,MI located in one of the wealthiest areas of Michigan. It came to my attention that the former con-artist's behind the "Wilhelmina Scouting Network" scam, (not to be confused with Wilhelmina Models in NYC) were conning people again with a new twist, modeling consultation under the guise of modeling promotion. The crafty sceam developed with the pseudo-open call.

The office manager, Christina, played "the devil wear's prada" on a flat screen TV, while aggressively pursued applicants wait to hear a better-than attitude to ploy people into the con. She even invited people to leave if they were not up for the demands of the industry. She mentioned names of people One Source allegedly elevated to levels of working models and superstars like, Diamond White on Broadway.

Everyone should know that nobody needs to be consulted in the industry of modeling unless it is a legitimate agency, and even then, there is no model's union with codes and standards for this business. I was asked to sign with the company to be promoted to authentic modeling and talent agencies. One Source Claims to cast reality shows and local events. The truth is the information on castings is available to anyone who knows where to look.

My company and an undercover asscociate disguised as my gay-lover, went in to the second interview only to be told what celebrities we looked like by a naive teenaged employee.

As I dug deeper, I was asked to get photographs taken by the in-house photographer to the tune of $900.00 plus the intial fee of $395 and the $30 monthly fee for the "My-space for Models" website that is inaccessible to the public. I followed their orders, and confirmed the con while gathering more evidence for the TV show. The catalyst was the overwieght, long black hair and overly-injected lips of the VP, Katie Ludwig.

She described when she first met me, I was too gay to make it in this industry, too gay to be sent out
on jobs and I need to butch it up for fashion cause the gay designers only want what they cannot have. I personaly am not gay, however I have many gay friends who who work in all parts of the entertainment field, this is where I drew the line. One Source is still unaware that we are working on a nationaly syndicated TV show about modeling scams, however, we hope to shed light on this covert exploitation of innocent people who have dreams of making it big.

Note: OneSourceTalent and Ms. Katie Ludwig, brother Kevin Ludwig, and owner Anthony Toma are master con-artists out for your hard earned money. They will try to intimidate and take a one-up position to allegedly help anyone become famous. Never, ever pay any "modeling agency" up front money. Agencies make money when the Model makes money and any costs will be deducted from that model's paycheck. This is industry standard. Until the TV show airs, Please be aware of the onesourcetalent.com scam!!

Scott
New York, New York
U.S.A.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 12/02/2007 02:53 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/One-Source-Talent-Katie-Ludwig-VP/Troy-Michigan-48083/One-Source-Talent-Katie-Ludwig-VP-Fraudulent-talent-agency-One-Source-Con-Artists-Bewar-288413. 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 General Comment

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AUTHOR: justice01 - (United States of America)

I read your report. I believe you must have done a expose show on this company. I'm trying to expose them by going through media . Please help me since I am one of their victims. They also did illegal stuff. write to me at melodyandalex@comcast.net     can i have a copy of your show  on this subject
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#2 UPDATE EX-employee responds

Hard time during and ending @ O.S.T. Sweet Shop on 500 8th ave

AUTHOR: O.s.t. Rip Offf - (U.S.A.)

Hello fello Readers. Well here it is. I have the real low down. I know what goes on during office hours , after hours. How the TS's Take money from the company with out the owner even Knowing . To the Dirt on the new Under aged Director TEMUR D. (GAY) Director. Who i was told changed his last name for slander reasons . This part i dont know if its true. Well Any way. Who is Racial and only wants to drink @ chef u Across the street. Or how about up drinking druing the day and expecially right before open call in the office my I add.He love malibu COCO. and VODKA. He has a smoking free Office. Located on the last floor where in side the suite of ost. all the way in the back of the office. he continues to somke polly mont ciggs. Excuse the spelling I'm Not a smoker. Thier is going to be a office fire in the back one day. This new office director is responsible for getting 5 fellow good working and caring T.S.s fired. Going back and forth like an corp. Snich, with lies Just so he can be in a position to send money back home to russia to his poor brother ect. over thier,and to top it off

The director who he was working with who was from Det. Beautiful woman. He is responible for her job as well. He did not like blacks to much. From the first day the director came to NYC. He was telling coorp. and the staff @ the time he wanted her fired Because he loved Katie so much and wannted here to stay.How messed up is that.Many will miss her and the real staff of ost.Im an Ex Because Temur was calling coorp. and was feeding them all kind of lies. So after about three weeks of snooping around my office and tring or acting like he was my friend he submitted papers that not only got me fired. After my attorney let me know its ok to tell you the rest i will. Im suing not one party but two. I have ex emp. and Talents who will testify about every thing to back up what i say. Any other Ts who was fired please hit me up like K.A.,G.H.,A.D.,P.S.,J.M.,C.W.,T.J.A.,P.P,J.B.K.S.,W.S.Romonda,Shatia, ect. thank you.

I dont know about OST now .When honest people are on Ost wants them out. so make sure you really widen your searce be fore you go to OST. ITS just A freak off and Party time for current worker.Check it out for your self.All Gay too his taste.
oh and if your black your probaly not going to get called back. Just laughed @ and escorted to the door like you just walked right in to the kkk.
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#3 UPDATE EX-employee responds

Former Employee who loved One Source Talent... until I realized it's just high school all over again.

AUTHOR: Silent Bob - (U.S.A.)

Let me preface this by saying that I was not a long-term employee of OST. I was there a total of 3 months. In the beginning, I showed up for the mass interview process which Christina Koshizawa conducted, bought into the "We're better than anyone out there - and we know it!" attitude, and went on to the second interview. That lasted 5 minutes, I think. It consisted of the girl behind the desk telling me "Wow, you're into extreme sports? Can you take me sometime? Oh, yeah, you've got the job."

From there, I went to the training class which was given by a lovely girl named Farideh. I truly enjoyed working with her and though I was there a short period of time, got to know her as well as one can in such a small space of time. Anyhow, the training consisted basically (I am condensing it because I don't want you to have to read too much) of telling us: "Okay, you're going to go to malls, college campuses, anywhere there are good-looking people. You're going to approach them and tell them how beautiful they are and that you want them to come to an open call.

If they show up, and then show up to the SECOND open call - we give you $10. If they sign with us the price goes up!" (I don't remember the price... I never made it.)

So, we would go to every mall literally in a 60 mile radius. Every day. We went to the Oakland University campus countless times. We went to the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) campus a few times. We went to Wayne State. You name it, we were there. We were asked to leave the Somerset Collection (a high-priced mall right down the street from the Trot office) because we were making people uncomfortable.

After hitting the malls and campuses for a few hours, we'd go back to the office and sit around and BS for awhile. There was a definite feeling of "stay out of the office" for those of us who were rowing the ship. We were only allowed to be there during open calls - where we would be assigned various jobs of either greeting, ushering, or photographing the potential clients.

After the open calls we would gather in Christina's office and listen to her talk about the people who came in: who was wearing what, who looked nasty or good, etc. I definitely had the feeling I was back in high school.

Regarding Katie, we really hardly ever saw her. She simply was never there, and when she was in the office she would just stop to BS with Christina and talk about going to the bar later. I never ONCE talked with Anthony (the owner) on a professional level. The only comment I ever elicited from him was "Nice suit!" as he jumped into his Hummer 2 with the small tires on it.

Went to a couple parties and concerts with the staff - Christina included, and it consisted of her basically comparing herself to every other woman there, flirting incessantly with the guys she "liked" who worked on staff (she had a boyfriend at the time), and chugging booze. Seriously, if I heard "I'm MUCH hotter than her" or "Do you think I'm better looking than she is?" once more, I was going to jump out the window.

I left high school in the 90's. I don't need to go back. I would sit there incredulous while she tried to coach some of the less fashionable members of staff on how they needed to buy Lucky Brand or True Religion jeans, get a haircut and highlight, and they'd look "stylish enough to be taken seriously." She constantly bragged that she'd helped several people with no fashion sense to learn to dress better and "be popular" (her words).

Christina seems nice, but in reality is very shallow and very conceited. She reminds me of that other joke - Paris Hilton. The original author of this article is right though: Katie is definitely addicted to collagen implants in her lips. You'd think she'd spend her money on liposuction or something. She's definitely a muffin-top.

All in all, I liked working there. I never made any money... but at that time in my life, I was financially secure, VERY bored, and had time to kill; so I went for it. I never bought into the "you can make tons of money" BS, and I knew that I wouldn't be there very long. so I'm sure that helped with my apathy. I left on good terms, but I do laugh when friends of mine tell me they were offered this BIG modeling contract by a rep they met in the mall. I don't tell them not to go, but I do share some of my experiences with them and urge them to listen to that little voice in the back of their head.

I have been approached several times by the newest crop of drones (I'm not bad-looking) at the mall, and politely but firmly decline to give them my name and phone number. Hell, if I showed up for an open call as a client, Christina would probably just try to put me to work.

I look forward to seeing the syndicated TV show about modeling and how OST fits into it.
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