• Report: #75405

Complaint Review: Transcontinental Talent - Wilhelmina Scouting Network - Options Talent

  • Submitted: Fri, December 19, 2003
  • Updated: Sat, February 07, 2004

  • Reported By:Chicago Illinois
Transcontinental Talent - Wilhelmina Scouting Network - Options Talent
1701 Park Center Dr. Orlando, Florida U.S.A.

Transcontinental Talent - Wilhelmina Scouting Network - Options Talent ripoff Orlando Florida

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Holiday Blues, To talent scouts, ex-scouts, talent, potential talent:

*UPDATE Employee: HAPPY NEW YEAR DESTROYING OTHER PEOPLE'S LIVES

*UPDATE Employee: HAPPY NEW YEAR DESTROYING OTHER PEOPLE'S LIVES

*UPDATE Employee: HAPPY NEW YEAR DESTROYING OTHER PEOPLE'S LIVES

*UPDATE Employee: HAPPY NEW YEAR DESTROYING OTHER PEOPLE'S LIVES

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I am A make-up artist in the chicago area. I've worked as a contacted artist for TCT for 18 months. I was contracted by Holly Spears, former employee of Wilhelmina Scouting Network(WSN), in August of 2003 to work on a photo tour, along with other make-up artists and photographers, to shoot talent that had signed up for the Fashion Rock event that took place in Orlando,FL on October2-5th, 2003.

My contact was for $8,000,00 plus my airfare which was $682.00. Halfway through the tour, everything at corporate was getting screwed up as usual, people, including holly, were fired, and the tour was cancelled.

After the tour was cancelled, they tried to buy out everyone's contract for a ridiculously low amount. To make a long story short, they paid every other artist on the tour (50% of their contract) except for me. To this day they still haven't paid me. I hired lawyers to try to get my money and got no response. Now they are bankrupt and I will never see a penny of my money.

Anonymous
Chicago, Illinois
U.S.A.

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#1 UPDATE EX-employee responds

Holiday Blues, To talent scouts, ex-scouts, talent, potential talent:

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

Unlike many other accounts I have read, I am not here to complain or compliment the company. It isn't their fault that their marketing and advertising tactics and propaganda are well thought out. Isn't that the job of every company in the world? Yes, it is there job to sell, sell, sell. The only reason everyone here is complaining is because they didn't follow the golden "consumer" rule, "buyer beware".

As far as ex-employees you have no right to complain. You are just as much a sucker for buying into the sales pitch as the people that you "scout" or "scouted". I too am an ex-employee of the "network" but the only person I have to blame for my greedy nature is myself.

There is always a catch to a sales pitch when you can walk in and someone tells you that you can make tons of money for doing something that you have never done before and where you can be trained in a weeks time. If you look at the top scouts for world-class modeling agencies, they have been in the business for years, most of who started as models themselves. Moreover, don't cry about someone destroying your holidays because of complains filed against a company that suckered you in too. Even in car sales you make more then 10% of the sale. Labor is cheap with the economy is slow, and that I can honestly tell you is this type of companies strong point. Promise of a lot of money for potentially little work. Sounds like the same thing the scouts use as a sales pitch, what do you think?

In closing, I simpathize with the make-up artist who hasn't collected his/her contractually earned money. They still owe me close to that amount for photographs taken out of the West Palm Beach, FL office. And for the scout that lost their job, if this is the best you can do, then you are truely the lazy one, and WSM/TCT or who ever they are now, was in the right to let you go. Real money comes from real hard work not assuming that you can make a lot for a little. The only winners in all of this is the Scouting Network.
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#2 UPDATE Employee

HAPPY NEW YEAR DESTROYING OTHER PEOPLE'S LIVES

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

THANKS,...I APPRECIATE THE FACT THAT THRU YOUR EFFORTS THE COMPANY THAT I WORKED FOR IS NO LONGER AROUND. aS A RESULT I AM CURRENTLY UNEMPLOYED AND HAVE BEEN SO FOR THE PAST 9 MONTHS.

I UNDERSTAND THE "SERVICE" THAT YOU ARE PROVIDING TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC BUT YOU MUST REALIZE THAT COMPANIES CONSIST OF EVERYDAY PEOPLE WHO DO NOT HAVE THE LEISURE OF SPENING THEIR DAY BITCHING ABOUT WHAT SOMEBODY ELSE IS DOING.

I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE YOUR JOB WHERE I CAN SIT ON MY FAT a*s ALL DAY AND CRITICIZE THE ACTIONS OF OTHERS WITHOUT TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION THE EMPLOYEES OF THE COMPANY UPON WHICH YOU ARE REPORTING.

HAVE A HAPPY NEW YEAR DESTROYING OTHER PEOPLE'S LIVES AS WEL!!!
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#3 UPDATE Employee

HAPPY NEW YEAR DESTROYING OTHER PEOPLE'S LIVES

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

THANKS,...I APPRECIATE THE FACT THAT THRU YOUR EFFORTS THE COMPANY THAT I WORKED FOR IS NO LONGER AROUND. aS A RESULT I AM CURRENTLY UNEMPLOYED AND HAVE BEEN SO FOR THE PAST 9 MONTHS.

I UNDERSTAND THE "SERVICE" THAT YOU ARE PROVIDING TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC BUT YOU MUST REALIZE THAT COMPANIES CONSIST OF EVERYDAY PEOPLE WHO DO NOT HAVE THE LEISURE OF SPENING THEIR DAY BITCHING ABOUT WHAT SOMEBODY ELSE IS DOING.

I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE YOUR JOB WHERE I CAN SIT ON MY FAT a*s ALL DAY AND CRITICIZE THE ACTIONS OF OTHERS WITHOUT TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION THE EMPLOYEES OF THE COMPANY UPON WHICH YOU ARE REPORTING.

HAVE A HAPPY NEW YEAR DESTROYING OTHER PEOPLE'S LIVES AS WEL!!!
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#4 UPDATE Employee

HAPPY NEW YEAR DESTROYING OTHER PEOPLE'S LIVES

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

THANKS,...I APPRECIATE THE FACT THAT THRU YOUR EFFORTS THE COMPANY THAT I WORKED FOR IS NO LONGER AROUND. aS A RESULT I AM CURRENTLY UNEMPLOYED AND HAVE BEEN SO FOR THE PAST 9 MONTHS.

I UNDERSTAND THE "SERVICE" THAT YOU ARE PROVIDING TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC BUT YOU MUST REALIZE THAT COMPANIES CONSIST OF EVERYDAY PEOPLE WHO DO NOT HAVE THE LEISURE OF SPENING THEIR DAY BITCHING ABOUT WHAT SOMEBODY ELSE IS DOING.

I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE YOUR JOB WHERE I CAN SIT ON MY FAT a*s ALL DAY AND CRITICIZE THE ACTIONS OF OTHERS WITHOUT TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION THE EMPLOYEES OF THE COMPANY UPON WHICH YOU ARE REPORTING.

HAVE A HAPPY NEW YEAR DESTROYING OTHER PEOPLE'S LIVES AS WEL!!!
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#5 UPDATE Employee

HAPPY NEW YEAR DESTROYING OTHER PEOPLE'S LIVES

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

THANKS,...I APPRECIATE THE FACT THAT THRU YOUR EFFORTS THE COMPANY THAT I WORKED FOR IS NO LONGER AROUND. aS A RESULT I AM CURRENTLY UNEMPLOYED AND HAVE BEEN SO FOR THE PAST 9 MONTHS.

I UNDERSTAND THE "SERVICE" THAT YOU ARE PROVIDING TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC BUT YOU MUST REALIZE THAT COMPANIES CONSIST OF EVERYDAY PEOPLE WHO DO NOT HAVE THE LEISURE OF SPENING THEIR DAY BITCHING ABOUT WHAT SOMEBODY ELSE IS DOING.

I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE YOUR JOB WHERE I CAN SIT ON MY FAT a*s ALL DAY AND CRITICIZE THE ACTIONS OF OTHERS WITHOUT TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION THE EMPLOYEES OF THE COMPANY UPON WHICH YOU ARE REPORTING.

HAVE A HAPPY NEW YEAR DESTROYING OTHER PEOPLE'S LIVES AS WEL!!!
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