One year ago today, I was referred to The Phoenix Agency by several false reviews which are on www.Google.com
. I was very new to the business and the owner, Janice Lujan was waiting for a sucker like me to come along. She told me that if I didnt spend a minimum
of $350.00 for a photo shoot AS WELL AS $150.00 to appear on her website, then she would not
represent me. When everything was finished, my total amount spent was in excess of $1000.00. I never got any work, and I never got any auditions. ALSO- I never received my photos! I paid all that money for NOTHING! I read about opportunities for New Mexico Films from the newspaper and booked my OWN work several months ago!! She had the audacity to DEMAND 10% OF MY INCOME EVEN THOUGH SHE DIDNT BOOK ME A JOB!!!
As of today, Janice will no longer represent me because she claims I owe her another $150.00 for her website. I contacted another local talent agency to explore my options and I was shocked at what they had to say:
According to the Screen Actors Guild, The Phoenix Agency is not allowed
to charge for ANY service they provide. This includes: photos, websites, comp cards, etc. In addition, she is not permitted to have auditions at her office. Even though I have NEVER had an audition, I know several people who have attended them at her office on numerous occasions.
Ive tried to contact Janice Lujan via phone, e-mail AND in person and she refuses to speak to me. I requested a refund for a portion of the money I wasted on her illegal operation so she forced her innocent assistant to tell me "nothing could be done". I have had an attorney contact The Phoenix Agency as well...His call was never returned either. It now seems as though I have no choice but to file a lawsuit against Ms. Lujan, possibly a class action suit along with the others she has scammed.