• Report: #647751

Complaint Review: Premier Model Management (Anthony Barclay)

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  • Submitted: Tue, October 05, 2010
  • Updated: Wed, June 20, 2012

  • Reported By: P.O. Queen — Orlando Florida United States of America
Premier Model Management (Anthony Barclay)
N. Orange Ave. Orlando, Fl Orlando, Florida United States of America

Premier Model Management (Anthony Barclay) Hanzel Anthony Barclay Fashion Model Scams Orlando , Florida

*General Comment: Are you sure...

*Consumer Comment: I'm With You - These People Are No Good

*Consumer Comment: Response

*Consumer Comment: Proof/Evidence?

*Consumer Comment: Complete scam

*General Comment: No Problems With PMI

*UPDATE Employee: What's the rippoff?????

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Supposedly, this guy is a model scout and I was selected through an online email process. I was excited and wanted to get started right away. The end of the email said, Premier Model Management. I have done my research and know that this is one of the top agencies in the world.

Long story short, went to the meeting and I had not one photo taken of me. And no clothing to try on. I had no previous print work and needed a portfolio; which isn't included in the contract. So, I would have to pay out of pocket for my pics. I just went through the interview process, and asked for the main office info which was said to be in New York and not London!

He simply sent his personal number, not a physical address or anyone's name for reference. Unfortunately, I never recieved this info and was forced to call this one a bust. Please be aware aspiring models, mothers, and lawyers! This is not someone you want to deal with.

100% RIP OFF!  

 


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#1 General Comment

Are you sure...

AUTHOR: SimilarSituations - ()

 Are you sure the photographer wasn't in on these scams from the beginning?? Did you get your photos that she took? Did you pay HER any money? Did you include her in your complaints to the BBB and the State Attorney?? If the photographer still has any of your photos, she could used it or sell it..... I thank you for putting this info online for us to at least make better informed decisions! I am sorry that anyone would have to deal with such horrible people! I hope Karma is waiting around the very next corner for these people!! ;)

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#2 Consumer Comment

I'm With You - These People Are No Good

AUTHOR: Awesomeness - (United States of America)

Where do you live in Florida? I am on my way to file a police report, as well. Email me jadelilythings@gmail.com. I know another model who wants to file one so that makes three of us. These people claimed the photographer who was shooting me cost $465.00 so when I asked her for a refund she got really mad. Needless to say, she later told me she only got paid $100.00 for every shoot. That means the fake agency was planning on taking $365.00 even though they "do not charge models to be models" and on the phone the fake named Steve Reynolds (917-593-7006) said the photographer cost that much and was very expensive.

I told them I could only pay half. So luckily they never got the full amount. Yet I am still going to my bank and making sure no more money comes out of my account. They claim they have refunded me but I have yet to see it go back into my funds. These people are going to be reported all over the state by me. The man on the phone, who is actually Hansel Anthony, got SO mad when I told him I wanted a refund. He started to insult me and threatened to blacklist me from working with other agencies. 

They steal money, all day, everyday, and commit fraud. Enough to put someone in jail once you add up the thousands they have taken from people all over the state. 

Oh, also, the photographer said she had never even talked to anyone named Steve Reynolds or Christina Ivanski. The only two she knows are Hansel Anthony and Sizla Aponte. They are a couple. A couple of scamming, conniving, heartless human beings.
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#3 Consumer Comment

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AUTHOR: IgotRipped - (United States of America)

The other problem I also have with this company is that they search for complaints online and respond under another person.(hence the above) What random Joe is going to respond to a complaint and back up a company that they have obviously never done buisness with?! I have previous experience with a modeling agency. I have proper measurements. I'm not daydreaming about how I "might" be able to model. I don't have thousands of dollars to move to New York and strut my 5 foot 9 in 115 pound frame into an office. Every single piece of information they give is a lie. Premier models international is based out of London, correct. But this company is Premier models int'l.....Two different names, two different agencies. And if the name they use gets trashed, they change the name of the company. They used to be Omni models, until that name was plastered all over the internet for scamming hopefuls. Don't try to tell these people that it's them and that's why they don't book jobs! That is proof enough that they use false contracts and photoshoots to make the extra money to pay the bills. And by the way, if the "owner" of the agency tells you over the phone to meet you in a temp office, you meet him and he has the same voice, but he claims the guy on the phone can't be at the meeting? so, let's do the math! 600$ a photoshoot , they do (rough estimate) 5 a day. profits are 3000 dollars a day?! Also the photographer gets a cut of 125$ per photoshoot(I know because I called her day job as another person asking for rates)625$ a day. That's 2375$ a day for this so called modeling agency. And all they do is sign contracts and do photoshoots all day. Assuming they do this 5 days a week, that's almost 13,000 a week for them! Wow, if only I had a heart so black.......By the way, there is not one good review on the company, period! I'm in the process of filing a police report too! In Florida taking over 300 dollars of a person's money is a felony:) You think just because you provided a service, you are safe? no, premier models pocketed over 400 dollars from me and I have all I need to make a case:)
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#4 Consumer Comment

Proof/Evidence?

AUTHOR: Awesomeness - (United States of America)

Do you have any solid proof or evidence that the owner and his "girlfriend" are pretending to be two different people? In modeling agencies, you cannot always expect to get jobs. There are many, many people who have much better portfolios, photos, and physical requirements than others. Just because you don't get booked, doesn't mean it's a scam. There are people who have worked as models for Premier Models International, Inc. 

Also, photographs cost a lot of money. Photographers use expensive cameras and editing software to make the images look their best. But it's also up to you to know how to model and work the camera. If you are uncomfortable, it shows in your pictures, and what client is going to hire somebody through an agency if that "model" cannot even shine through their port?

It's one of the most competitive industries out there, and since so many people aspire to be models, you really have to be patient and keep trying out different options. You can't expect to just get booked simply because you paid a few hundred dollars for a portfolio. A lot of this sounds like anger. 

When I was younger I received a portfolio for a little over $500.00. I got one job and then I went off to college. The agency continued to ask me to attend casting calls, but I was unavailable and soon those calls became once a year or less, until finally I did not hear from them anymore.

I was angry for a minute at not getting "jobs" but I realized my pictures were not up to date, and clients want the most recent images of you. It's a fast moving industry and unfortunately, it is one that requires you, the model, to pay start up costs -- such as building your portfolio. 

Being a model doesn't mean you sign with an agency and all of a sudden start getting jobs and making a living. Also, Premier Model Management is a different agency based out of London. 
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#5 Consumer Comment

Complete scam

AUTHOR: IgotRipped - (United States of America)

 Please, look at the EXACT name of the company. You are stating PMI as in Pemier models intl! The people above are saying premier model management! which is totally different in legal form! premier model management is in London.....sadly, this PMI is really a bust!I signed the dotted line and payed for pictures that weren't up to par. I haven't gotten one job yet. I called up Ford modeling agency ( in which they claimed to be in the same building from the address) Ford modeling agency broke the news saying the address is theirs and only theirs. There is no space for another agency in the buliding and that they've never even heard of Premier models intl. And that's probably why they've changed their address to a vacant office in Miami, Fl. oh, and Christina Ivanski is not his "director". It's his girlfriend and it's a false name that she uses as he did too when he first spoke to me. ( in which he acted as 2 people) I could go on and on, but the purpose of this message is PLEASE do your research and be informed of the scams out there! He took every dollar I had AND I told him as I was handing him the money! I was a fool, but a fool no longer as I will do everything to get him shut down! Oh and by the way, he has a criminal record!
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#6 General Comment

No Problems With PMI

AUTHOR: Betty - (United States of America)

I would like to say one thing about PMI and Mr. Barclay.  My grand daughter signed with PMI in November of 2011.  When we signed her with them for a one year contract we were asked if she had current photos.  We had just taken her for photos to Key West to have them done by a photographer from Miami.  I told Christina Ivanski that and she said to email them to her and let her look at them.  We did so and received an email back from them stating that they were fine and they could use them.  They offered their services for a photo session with a photographer here in Florida but said her photos could be used for her portfolio with them online.  My grand daughter has not gotten any shoots with them yet but I know it takes time to get a shoot sometimes.  My grand daughter sends emails to their office about once every two weeks and they always answer them with kind words of encouragement for her reassuring her they are trying to get some jobs for her.  I have faith in them and we have high hopes for her getting work very soon with it being the busy season for shooting in the state of Florida.  Just wanted to relay our experience!

Betty G

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#7 UPDATE Employee

What's the rippoff?????

AUTHOR: barclay123 - (United States of America)

This statement makes no sense!!! You were interviewed by us, we explained to you what needed to be done to be a part of this organization.  You paid out of pocket for photographs, but not to Premier Models, because we are not photographers.  And yet you say that we ripped you off.  In order to be ripped of by Mr. Barclay you would have had to pay for some type of service that was not delivered.  We do not charge models to be  models, we do not have models pay to go to school to be a model like some agencies do.  We never requested you to pay anything whatsoever.



So the question still remains what is the rippoff?  Go to the Chamber of Commerce in NYC and look us up, or just look at our website instead of making dumb acusations.  Potential models like yourself needs to realize that signing with any Agency large or small guarantees nothing.  You should have just been patient.





Thank you,



Anthony Barclay 

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