M.C. in Mullica Hill, NJ, you are dead on! We heard about the so-called audtion on Nickelodeon...all the same garbage about only 200 will be seen, be on Nickelodeon, blah, blah, blah. Of course off we went to the Sheraton in Philadelphia today; watched hundreds of children with their parents going and coming. We waited for our 2:00 audtion in a line that wrapped around the entire second floor where the Liberty Ballroom is. Once we were about to enter the ballroom we were handed the paperwork just as you were; disclaimers and the like. As I sat in the ballroom with my daughter and read through the information they handed me, slowly but surely I realized we were "audtioning" to be "accepted" into a school of some sort.
Mind you, this is not our first experience with the predators of this industry and I immediately sensed another con coming on. After seeing the last page of the paperwork with the fee schedule, I knew we had to leave. And that we did. I did not wait for the interview nor did we stay to do the "cold commercial" or to get told to call back on Monday; we just up and walked out. Of course, as soon as we arrived home some 2 hours later, I immediatley logged on to the computer and searched this company. The only reason I did not do it previous to subjecting my daughter to this disappointment was because when I called the same 877 number mentioned before and point blank asked was there any fee involved, I was told ABSOLUTELY NOT, and so I trusted that information. I guess it really wasn't a lie; it cost no money to come to their cattle call and get students for their school. I have most recently been down that road with another national "agency" promising to promote my child's talent after attending their so-called "school," only to find out a couple of thousand dollars later that they just keep sucking more money out of you. I wish I knew how to stop these things. Between the local modeling agency...or so they advertise...to the IMTA competition you get accepted in only after you pay $5700 to attend...it is all a disgrace and something has to be done. I appreciate everyone's right to make money, but it shouldn't be at the expense of a child.
Cape May, New Jersey