• Report: #496449

Complaint Review: One Source Talent

  • Submitted: Thu, September 17, 2009
  • Updated: Tue, October 11, 2011

  • Reported By: thekidnine — Los Angeles California USA
One Source Talent
8383 Wishire Boulevard suite# 220 Beverly Hills, California United States of America

One Source Talent - One Source Talent Agency This company ripped off my father and sister for a $495 one time fee and a $39.95 monthly fee for "materials and services" which they do not provide. They take "unprofessional" pictures. Beverly Hills, California

*Consumer Comment: OST

*Consumer Comment: One Source Talent IS A SCAM...PERIOD!


* : Digital cameras are professional

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Regarding One Source Talent Agency, The first day we came in they sat Me, my sister, and father in a room along with many other families or should I say victims. They gave a big speech about all the people they helped including a young girl they helped with her singing career.

 They tell you they create comp cards and porfolios for you at a professional level. They then bring you individually into rooms to ask you questions about you and make you feel very confident by saying things like "You definitely have a unique look." OR "You can be a model and we can help you get there." They than draw you into a second interview and call you back to seal the deal.

 My dad and sister came back for a second interview and told my sister that she has a unique look and that she will get a job easily. They said it is a $495 one time fee for materials and a $39.95 monthly fee for them to update your comp cards and such. After signing the contract they told my dad and sister she will have to do her own homework and apply for jobs herself by logging on to her "One Source Talent Account" as she waits to hear back from them. They never gave any materials that my dad paid for hench the $495 fee. They said my sister would have to write her own cover letter and brought her back into their office a couple of times.

The times she visited their office they tried to lure my dad into purchasing pictures amongst other things. They will continue to suck as much money out of their victims until they get exposed. They use digital cameras to take photos which are supposely "professional" but with a digital camera that is hard to beileve.

They don't give you what you pay for. They say they will guide you and tell you they will always be there for you, but it is a different agent everytime. Don't let them scam you, don't let them even get the chance, they call everyone back for second interviews, there really is no competition, don't pay them any money at all, please do your research and don't fall victim to these money hungry scums. One Source Talent are a bunch of scammers.

Watch out!


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#1 Consumer Comment


AUTHOR: Maria Joobluh - (United States of America)

You are right on the money.
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One Source Talent IS A SCAM...PERIOD!

AUTHOR: guccigirl08723 - (United States of America)

Let me just say that in reading all this stuff on One Source Talent, I too ALMOST fell victim to their bs, but realized by a few key things that it was too good to be true. First of all, the people that were there...all were average every day people who looked like they didn't have a pot to piss in...most looked uneducated and below poverty level, and had their kids there thinking they were gonna get famous and make them rich.which is sad to me that these are usually the ones that get preyed upon..then we were all called in as a group?? That was #2...then the photo they took of me was a digital camera..and no honey...it wasn't a "high tech" digital camera...it was a cheap walmart pos..I am in photography and I know my cameras...then..the lecture we were all given was like they were selling themselves...another big flag..THEN came the $34.95 or whatever she said...the fee per month was...I didnt really pay attention bc after that I knew this was bogus..then to top it all off the infamous bluff was called, to anyone who didn't feel this was right for them then they should leave now, crap...lol..yea..you hype these poor people up for 20 min telling them how great they are in getting people $10,000 a job checks and these people are gonna up and leave??? PLEASE. I swear I almost felt sick..my husband and I knew from the moment we walked in it was a scam, but I was interested in seeing what they had to say anyway..I just shook my head he whole time in disbelief. And of course at at the end I was called in myself and told oh yes we will definately be bringing you back to a 2nd interview, you are what we are looking for, that's bc there's no one they meet that they aren't looking for, who has a valid checking account that is!!

I then went home and looked them up on the Better Business Bureau..they are listed quite a few times in different locations, only 2 so far are registered. Some have quite a few..Im talking 46 or more complaints, others have none, ONLY bc that office of the bbu doesnt handle their case! AND 46 may not seem like that many compared to how big the company is, but think of it like this, that is ONLY for that location AND, that is ONLY the people who have actually took the time to file a complaint! SO many people either dont have the resource or knowledge to do this, and go without reporting the company, they just complain to everyone they know..and thats about it.

Look people, do your homework, google the place on the internet to see what kind of articles come up on the company, look them up on the better business bureau, talk to people, whatever. All I know is that no one and I mean NO ONE ask for money in show business!! NOT A PENNY!!! Ive done extra work on set before and how it works is you get an agent to represent youFOR FREENO MONEY UP FRONT IS EVER ASK FOR!! You provide your PROFESSIONAL photos to them, a comp card or whatever they request, and THEY will get YOU workthey then take a percentage, usually 10% of what you make, and this comes to them AFTER you are paid. You have to do your homework..if you want to be represented by an agency, then look them up in the phone book ..yellow pages. Usually the internet is not a good resource bc it is FULL of scammers like One Source Talent. If you go to a place and see that everyone is called in at the same time, be VERY waryif they ask for money RUN LIKE HELL! These are just a few pointers. I just hate to see people get scammed over by dishonest people like this.

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

Here's my story: I see these guys post on  Craigslist  and on google ads. All you had to do was answer a couple questions and submit a photo (optional), and someone would call you within the next couple of days. The "optional" to submit a photo should have raised a red flag right there, but I just submitted my stuff to see what would happen and went on my merry way. A couple days later, I got a call from One Source Talent, saying they wanted to meet me. I decided, "why not?" I can always say no.  When I got there,  the  office  was run by hot 20 something year old girls-clearly people who did NOT have experience in the industry. It was like "Boiler Room" but with hot women! They rounded all 50+ people into one room and showed off pictures of their "Success stories" (These people were all the ideal model type who would have found success WITHOUT One Source!). They also said "You don't need classes! Look at Jessica Simpson! Hahaha!" Then one by one they would call people to be interviewed as if only a few people got selected. They called me in, asked a few questions, and told me to come the next day. Having nothing to do and trying to expose this company as a scam, I went. The next day, I went to the LA office. I came 15 minutes early. Despite that, the person I was supposed to meet with didn't come 30 minutes after my call time (I waited 45 minutes!). While I was waiting, a client was waiting for his month follow up interview. I asked him if they booked him for any major  work  during his first month. He said he hadn't gotten anything and that it was mainly his fault because he was not submitting himself, when OneSource is supposed to submit you. I asked what kind of work did he see on his Onesource site. He mentioned a lot of reality shows and  extra  work  that anyone can find for free on Craigslist. Finally, this 20 something year old girl named Lynette Silvio asked me into an office, and then asked me a few questions before taking my photo portfolio. Lynette took my portfolio, walked out, and came back 10 or so minutes later and said "We think you're marketable, and we want to work with you. She then whips out this sheet of paper that she wants me to sign. It stated $495 with a monthly recurring fee of $39.95. She also suggested that I used their photographer who range around $400-800, depending on how many looks I got. When I asked which specific agencies and casting directors does OneSource work with, Lynette Silvio was stumped and said, "we work with many, many, many agencies and casting directors." I also asked if there were any success stories of average looking people like myself because all of the success stories on the site and their "Wall of Fame" were people who had the ideal model look or was a really cute kid. She failed to answer the question and provide examples of average looking people finding success through OneSource. I left with an unsigned contract. My ONLY regret was not hitting on the hot chicks working there.
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Digital cameras are professional

AUTHOR: 28hudson - (USA)

In brief, professionals the world over now use digital photography. I have modeled for a world renowned professional photographer who had a stellar reputation, authored books and photographed for Kodak Corporation. Yes, he still used his old film Hasselblad but he and all the pros on the shoot were using professional grade DIGITAL. You may be surprised what great quality even a mid-grade digital can produce now. Certainly fine for portfolio and head shots.

May I also suggest the original complainer do a significant amount of research on modeling and agents. It is importnat to know what really is the industry standard before you sign contracts with any agency.

Some of these complaints are not justified, although the actual customer service and relationship with this agency may be worthy of complaints. Of course you will have to apply for jobs yourself, and they are not going to do ALL the work for you.

IF you are going to try to be in the entertainment industry you need to do research NOW and know what to expect before bumbling into an agency and you have no clue what to expect, what is normal business practice and what is a true rip-off.

Most complaints I see about modeling agencies are because people don't have haven't educated themselves before hand and because they don't read the contract before signing.


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