I worked the New York Comic Convention with another model this past October . We both had found the ad on craigslist and submitted photos to the agency. We were accepted to work the event and were forwarded a contract and agency agreement which we both signed and returned. Overall, the agency was in good contact with us before the event. We worked all 4 days of New York Comic Convention and really established a strong relationship with the client. Some of the days, someone from the agency wrote us an email and we followed up when requested.
In the contract, it stated payment would not be considered late until after 90 days but never specified a window of payment. Since I switched addresses, I made sure to follow up with the agency. I checked in approximately once every 6 weeks... more frequently as we approached the 90 day deadline and began a new year, asking when the projected time for payment was.
My last returned response from the agency was approximately 2 months ago. 7 days ago marked the 90 day payment. When the other model contacted me to inquire whether or not I had received my check, I decided to look for a phone number. When I couldn't find one, ripoff reports appeared with the same address and different company names that the agency director, Allen Knauer uses. Sure enough, the title of the contract in PDF version is IndyModels (the name of his old business).
A brief search showed several other models who have not been paid and even an article in the Chicago Tribune. When the other model tried the phone numbers listed... DISCONNECTED. I have continued to contact Mr. Knauer everyday asking about payment...No response!
After further research, I noticed that Allen claims to not pay models because they do not follow their contracts, so I asked him to please specify what was in violation if that is a reason for no pay. No response! After working extensively in tradeshows and promotional work (clients including BMW, Samsung, and others), I have never encountered a more unprofessional demeanor. Mr. Knauer needs to make us aware of what would cost us a $1500 penalty or pay us!
In my opinion, given the track record of Trade Show Hostesses, Indy Models, etc., it was never in the plan to pay us. I am writing because I believe other models need to be made aware of the unfair practices of Trade Show Hostesses. Please do not fall prey!