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Complaint Review: Agency89 - cortney Sells

  • Submitted: Sun, May 25, 2008
  • Updated: Thu, March 05, 2009

  • Reported By:omaha Nebraska
Agency89 - cortney Sells
16820 Frances St. Ste206 Omaha, Nebraska U.S.A.

Agency89 - cortney Sells, DO NOT SIGN WITH AGENCY89!!! Omaha Nebraska

*Consumer Suggestion: Cortney Sells Agency 89 is a Scam

*Consumer Suggestion: Cortney Sells Agency 89 is a Scam

*Consumer Suggestion: Cortney Sells Agency 89 is a Scam

*Consumer Suggestion: Cortney Sells Agency 89 is a Scam

*Consumer Suggestion: Cortney Sells Agency 89 is a Scam

*Consumer Suggestion: Cortney Sells Agency 89 is a Scam

*Consumer Suggestion: Cortney Sells Agency 89 is a Scam

*Consumer Comment: Not Affiliated With AMTC

*Consumer Comment: Not Affiliated With AMTC

*Consumer Comment: Not Affiliated With AMTC

*Consumer Comment: this report is COMPLETELY FALSE

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My daughter was attending Agency89, we signed a contract with them in November of 2007 after I had contacted them to get some advice on AMTC(actors models and talent competition). I was then ask to bring her in for an open call so that they could take some pictures of her, talk with her and get her measurements. At the open call there was many people and it was very unorginized. After walking the runway we then waited for her name to be called to have a three minute conversation with one of their so called "agents" later to find that it was just a teacher, but anyways after talking with the agent she was then accepted to come back for a second interview. This is where you find out that you will be paying, in our case $90.00 a month for her to come to a class once a week from 4:30 to 6:00.

We started classes and everything was just fine, I can even say it was fun for my daughter. She loved everyone there and looked up to them in a big way. That is one reason why everything that I have found out about the agency itself and the president of the agency(Cortney Sells) pisses me off so bad. The agency itself is just ran very poorly. Nothing is organized and the people that work there dont even seem to know what they are doing or know whats going on in the modeling industry period. I have even seen one of the teachers fall off the runway during a model march at the end of class.

In my opinion agency89 is a big scam. They NEVER book any work while you have to pay them every month for "training"... and the people that work there, you can tell are fake. None of them has an extensive modeling background or career. The classes has way to many kids in there and the teachers dont really care about the childs progress. It sems like they accept everyone that walks through the door thats willing to pay them.

When my daughter had her first photo shoot with them they didnt even fix her hair very well, they just left it down and put some hairspray in. Eventhough the shoot itself was free and the photos you had to buy was cheap, why would YOU have to buy a picture of yourself for THEIR advertisment?? I could go on and on about this company and all the little things that I have seen.

My daughter attended agency89 fire n ice fashion show audition. They were somewhat working on learning new walks in there class but none of the smaller kids knew them very well. At the audition they had 15 minutes to learn the fashion show coreography well enough to audition. And well the teacher that was teaching didnt even know the coreography herself, she kept asking another pre teen girl how it went as she is falling out of her high heels.

When it came time to actually audition they did the coreography as a group and it went as good as it could have considering the circumstances, but when it was time to audition idividually when it was my daughters turn she stated her name, age and how long she had been with the agency and stood there waiting for Cortney to tell her what to do next. She told her "walk to me" she didnt give her a specific walk to do or anything, as for the other kids she would say for example "do the eskimo walk for me and show me a line turn".

Needless to say my daughter didnt get accepted that time, so we came back the next week for her to try again. She didnt make it this time either but let me explain... Cortney had two moms that didnt know the first thing about modeling or the coreography teaching them, had my daughter sit out for the first three times of the group doing the coreography and when she did get to practice it she had to follow another girl, at this time I ask how she is suppose to follow this other girl when it would never work because they would be getting all tangled up with eachother and they did.

After asking my daughters agent, Cortney, this she said and i quote "She(which is my daughter) doesnt have the mentle capacity or the attention span to get this coreography right" at this time I ask her if there is any reason for us being there and she said " yes because she can do the model march and 89 unvailed"(but i wasnt there for that, it was a FAHION SHOW AUDITION).

Eventhough at this time i was very upset at the fact my daughters "agent" basically just called her stupid, i walked away and let things finish up. Im not here just to complain that my daughter didnt get accepted because I can accept the fact that she didnt make it but what I cant accept is the fact that they didnt give her a real chance. I was informed that at the audition there would be outside judges come in to choose the sixty something people that would be selected for the show.

When i got there it was just the teachers judging and while suppose to be watching the people auditioning Cortney is over there talking to a friend like a ditzy school girl, not to mention during the practice part she couldnt help herself but to walk a few laps around the building with her boyfriend, i think all of this is very unprofessional.

My question is, why she sign my daughter in the first place if she doesnt think she has the mentle capacity or attention span to do the ONLY thing that agency89 has going for themselves,(fire n ice) and it aint even all that, but one fact to prove that my daughter in fact does have the mentle capacity and attention span is that she learned a coreographed dance within no more than 5hours for a beauty pageant.

I dont see how these other moms can put up with it. Stop and take a look around, open your eyes and dont just research the company name try researching the people behind it, you may be suprised of what you find. The truth is if there is an agency out there that wants you, no doubt they are going to do what it takes to get you. They are not going to make you pay them hundreds of dollars.

I have never seen anyone make it at agency89, there isnt not one person that i know of thats made money through them. It disgust me that someone can take advantage of people this way. This agency is stealing many peoples dreams and making them think they are something when in reality they are no more than they were the first time they walked through those doors.

They give people hope and relief that they now have the title "model" but remember you are not a model until you get paid and its claimed on you taxes. Avoid Agency89 at all cost!!!! They will just waste your time and money on top of crushing your dreams and making you nothing. They dont have anything to show for and will get you nowhere in the modeling buisness.

DO NOT SIGN WITH AGENCY89!!!!!

Mad parents
omaha, Nebraska
U.S.A.

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#1 Consumer Suggestion

Cortney Sells Agency 89 is a Scam

AUTHOR: Professional Model - (U.S.A.)

Notice that "Iknowwhatimtalkingabout"'s response is void of any facts disputing the allegations from "mad parents".

The modeling school scam that Cortney Sells has installed here in Omaha is now called Agency 89 and is one that she developed while she was with Impact 210.

The incident that happened with "mad parents" involved a 5 year old girl. I've been in countless fashion shows with children, many whom had never even done a show before. It does not take 16 weeks and thousands of dollars to "train" them. A simple "go down to the end of the runway and back and have fun with it" is all that it takes. The Agency 89 staff seriously lacks modeling experience and they apparently also know nothing about children.

The respondent states that "most models get jobs". I work in the Omaha market and I've yet to see or hear of an Agency 89 person that has worked with any of the clients here that hire models on a regular basis. I'll give them the benefit of doubt and maybe they're handing out product samples somewhere or it could be that making their students go to the malls or to events to hand out brochures about the Agency is what they call jobs. Working as a Model means getting actual paying jobs. Some modeling schools make it a requirement that they recruit a certain number of people in order for them to participate in their self produced fashion shows. Perhaps this is what the "problem" was with "mad parents" daughter. The "credentials necessary to get work" meant that she wasn't bringing in any other paying students.

Claiming that models are sent to agencies in other cities does NOT mean that they are represented there or are working there. It simply means that they e mail submittal photos to agencies in those cities. ANYONE can send submittal photos to anywhere in the world via the internet and it doesn't cost anything. In fact, getting submitted by someone who is known as a Scam Artist in the industry will pretty much guarantee that any respectable agency will have anything to do with you.

It is businesses and people like Agency 89 and Cortney Sells that embarrass the modeling and fashion industries.

P.S. To "Iknowwhatimtalkingabout"... they're called "GO-sees", not "LOOK-sees".
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#2 Consumer Suggestion

Cortney Sells Agency 89 is a Scam

AUTHOR: Professional Model - (U.S.A.)

Notice that "Iknowwhatimtalkingabout"'s response is void of any facts disputing the allegations from "mad parents".

The modeling school scam that Cortney Sells has installed here in Omaha is now called Agency 89 and is one that she developed while she was with Impact 210.

The incident that happened with "mad parents" involved a 5 year old girl. I've been in countless fashion shows with children, many whom had never even done a show before. It does not take 16 weeks and thousands of dollars to "train" them. A simple "go down to the end of the runway and back and have fun with it" is all that it takes. The Agency 89 staff seriously lacks modeling experience and they apparently also know nothing about children.

The respondent states that "most models get jobs". I work in the Omaha market and I've yet to see or hear of an Agency 89 person that has worked with any of the clients here that hire models on a regular basis. I'll give them the benefit of doubt and maybe they're handing out product samples somewhere or it could be that making their students go to the malls or to events to hand out brochures about the Agency is what they call jobs. Working as a Model means getting actual paying jobs. Some modeling schools make it a requirement that they recruit a certain number of people in order for them to participate in their self produced fashion shows. Perhaps this is what the "problem" was with "mad parents" daughter. The "credentials necessary to get work" meant that she wasn't bringing in any other paying students.

Claiming that models are sent to agencies in other cities does NOT mean that they are represented there or are working there. It simply means that they e mail submittal photos to agencies in those cities. ANYONE can send submittal photos to anywhere in the world via the internet and it doesn't cost anything. In fact, getting submitted by someone who is known as a Scam Artist in the industry will pretty much guarantee that any respectable agency will have anything to do with you.

It is businesses and people like Agency 89 and Cortney Sells that embarrass the modeling and fashion industries.

P.S. To "Iknowwhatimtalkingabout"... they're called "GO-sees", not "LOOK-sees".
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#3 Consumer Suggestion

Cortney Sells Agency 89 is a Scam

AUTHOR: Professional Model - (U.S.A.)

Notice that "Iknowwhatimtalkingabout"'s response is void of any facts disputing the allegations from "mad parents".

The modeling school scam that Cortney Sells has installed here in Omaha is now called Agency 89 and is one that she developed while she was with Impact 210.

The incident that happened with "mad parents" involved a 5 year old girl. I've been in countless fashion shows with children, many whom had never even done a show before. It does not take 16 weeks and thousands of dollars to "train" them. A simple "go down to the end of the runway and back and have fun with it" is all that it takes. The Agency 89 staff seriously lacks modeling experience and they apparently also know nothing about children.

The respondent states that "most models get jobs". I work in the Omaha market and I've yet to see or hear of an Agency 89 person that has worked with any of the clients here that hire models on a regular basis. I'll give them the benefit of doubt and maybe they're handing out product samples somewhere or it could be that making their students go to the malls or to events to hand out brochures about the Agency is what they call jobs. Working as a Model means getting actual paying jobs. Some modeling schools make it a requirement that they recruit a certain number of people in order for them to participate in their self produced fashion shows. Perhaps this is what the "problem" was with "mad parents" daughter. The "credentials necessary to get work" meant that she wasn't bringing in any other paying students.

Claiming that models are sent to agencies in other cities does NOT mean that they are represented there or are working there. It simply means that they e mail submittal photos to agencies in those cities. ANYONE can send submittal photos to anywhere in the world via the internet and it doesn't cost anything. In fact, getting submitted by someone who is known as a Scam Artist in the industry will pretty much guarantee that any respectable agency will have anything to do with you.

It is businesses and people like Agency 89 and Cortney Sells that embarrass the modeling and fashion industries.

P.S. To "Iknowwhatimtalkingabout"... they're called "GO-sees", not "LOOK-sees".
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#4 Consumer Suggestion

Cortney Sells Agency 89 is a Scam

AUTHOR: Professional Model - (U.S.A.)

Notice that "Iknowwhatimtalkingabout"'s response is void of any facts disputing the allegations from "mad parents".

The modeling school scam that Cortney Sells has installed here in Omaha is now called Agency 89 and is one that she developed while she was with Impact 210.

The incident that happened with "mad parents" involved a 5 year old girl. I've been in countless fashion shows with children, many whom had never even done a show before. It does not take 16 weeks and thousands of dollars to "train" them. A simple "go down to the end of the runway and back and have fun with it" is all that it takes. The Agency 89 staff seriously lacks modeling experience and they apparently also know nothing about children.

The respondent states that "most models get jobs". I work in the Omaha market and I've yet to see or hear of an Agency 89 person that has worked with any of the clients here that hire models on a regular basis. I'll give them the benefit of doubt and maybe they're handing out product samples somewhere or it could be that making their students go to the malls or to events to hand out brochures about the Agency is what they call jobs. Working as a Model means getting actual paying jobs. Some modeling schools make it a requirement that they recruit a certain number of people in order for them to participate in their self produced fashion shows. Perhaps this is what the "problem" was with "mad parents" daughter. The "credentials necessary to get work" meant that she wasn't bringing in any other paying students.

Claiming that models are sent to agencies in other cities does NOT mean that they are represented there or are working there. It simply means that they e mail submittal photos to agencies in those cities. ANYONE can send submittal photos to anywhere in the world via the internet and it doesn't cost anything. In fact, getting submitted by someone who is known as a Scam Artist in the industry will pretty much guarantee that any respectable agency will have anything to do with you.

It is businesses and people like Agency 89 and Cortney Sells that embarrass the modeling and fashion industries.

P.S. To "Iknowwhatimtalkingabout"... they're called "GO-sees", not "LOOK-sees".
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#5 Consumer Suggestion

Cortney Sells Agency 89 is a Scam

AUTHOR: Professional Model - (U.S.A.)

Notice that "Iknowwhatimtalkingabout"'s response is void of any facts disputing the allegations from "mad parents".

The modeling school scam that Cortney Sells has installed here in Omaha is now called Agency 89 and is one that she developed while she was with Impact 210.

The incident that happened with "mad parents" involved a 5 year old girl. I've been in countless fashion shows with children, many whom had never even done a show before. It does not take 16 weeks and thousands of dollars to "train" them. A simple "go down to the end of the runway and back and have fun with it" is all that it takes. The Agency 89 staff seriously lacks modeling experience and they apparently also know nothing about children.

The respondent states that "most models get jobs". I work in the Omaha market and I've yet to see or hear of an Agency 89 person that has worked with any of the clients here that hire models on a regular basis. I'll give them the benefit of doubt and maybe they're handing out product samples somewhere or it could be that making their students go to the malls or to events to hand out brochures about the Agency is what they call jobs. Working as a Model means getting actual paying jobs. Some modeling schools make it a requirement that they recruit a certain number of people in order for them to participate in their self produced fashion shows. Perhaps this is what the "problem" was with "mad parents" daughter. The "credentials necessary to get work" meant that she wasn't bringing in any other paying students.

Claiming that models are sent to agencies in other cities does NOT mean that they are represented there or are working there. It simply means that they e mail submittal photos to agencies in those cities. ANYONE can send submittal photos to anywhere in the world via the internet and it doesn't cost anything. In fact, getting submitted by someone who is known as a Scam Artist in the industry will pretty much guarantee that any respectable agency will have anything to do with you.

It is businesses and people like Agency 89 and Cortney Sells that embarrass the modeling and fashion industries.

P.S. To "Iknowwhatimtalkingabout"... they're called "GO-sees", not "LOOK-sees".
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#6 Consumer Suggestion

Cortney Sells Agency 89 is a Scam

AUTHOR: Professional Model - (U.S.A.)

Notice that "Iknowwhatimtalkingabout"'s response is void of any facts disputing the allegations from "mad parents".

The modeling school scam that Cortney Sells has installed here in Omaha is now called Agency 89 and is one that she developed while she was with Impact 210.

The incident that happened with "mad parents" involved a 5 year old girl. I've been in countless fashion shows with children, many whom had never even done a show before. It does not take 16 weeks and thousands of dollars to "train" them. A simple "go down to the end of the runway and back and have fun with it" is all that it takes. The Agency 89 staff seriously lacks modeling experience and they apparently also know nothing about children.

The respondent states that "most models get jobs". I work in the Omaha market and I've yet to see or hear of an Agency 89 person that has worked with any of the clients here that hire models on a regular basis. I'll give them the benefit of doubt and maybe they're handing out product samples somewhere or it could be that making their students go to the malls or to events to hand out brochures about the Agency is what they call jobs. Working as a Model means getting actual paying jobs. Some modeling schools make it a requirement that they recruit a certain number of people in order for them to participate in their self produced fashion shows. Perhaps this is what the "problem" was with "mad parents" daughter. The "credentials necessary to get work" meant that she wasn't bringing in any other paying students.

Claiming that models are sent to agencies in other cities does NOT mean that they are represented there or are working there. It simply means that they e mail submittal photos to agencies in those cities. ANYONE can send submittal photos to anywhere in the world via the internet and it doesn't cost anything. In fact, getting submitted by someone who is known as a Scam Artist in the industry will pretty much guarantee that any respectable agency will have anything to do with you.

It is businesses and people like Agency 89 and Cortney Sells that embarrass the modeling and fashion industries.

P.S. To "Iknowwhatimtalkingabout"... they're called "GO-sees", not "LOOK-sees".
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#7 Consumer Suggestion

Cortney Sells Agency 89 is a Scam

AUTHOR: Professional Model - (U.S.A.)

Notice that "Iknowwhatimtalkingabout"'s response is void of any facts disputing the allegations from "mad parents".

The modeling school scam that Cortney Sells has installed here in Omaha is now called Agency 89 and is one that she developed while she was with Impact 210.

The incident that happened with "mad parents" involved a 5 year old girl. I've been in countless fashion shows with children, many whom had never even done a show before. It does not take 16 weeks and thousands of dollars to "train" them. A simple "go down to the end of the runway and back and have fun with it" is all that it takes. The Agency 89 staff seriously lacks modeling experience and they apparently also know nothing about children.

The respondent states that "most models get jobs". I work in the Omaha market and I've yet to see or hear of an Agency 89 person that has worked with any of the clients here that hire models on a regular basis. I'll give them the benefit of doubt and maybe they're handing out product samples somewhere or it could be that making their students go to the malls or to events to hand out brochures about the Agency is what they call jobs. Working as a Model means getting actual paying jobs. Some modeling schools make it a requirement that they recruit a certain number of people in order for them to participate in their self produced fashion shows. Perhaps this is what the "problem" was with "mad parents" daughter. The "credentials necessary to get work" meant that she wasn't bringing in any other paying students.

Claiming that models are sent to agencies in other cities does NOT mean that they are represented there or are working there. It simply means that they e mail submittal photos to agencies in those cities. ANYONE can send submittal photos to anywhere in the world via the internet and it doesn't cost anything. In fact, getting submitted by someone who is known as a Scam Artist in the industry will pretty much guarantee that any respectable agency will have anything to do with you.

It is businesses and people like Agency 89 and Cortney Sells that embarrass the modeling and fashion industries.

P.S. To "Iknowwhatimtalkingabout"... they're called "GO-sees", not "LOOK-sees".
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#8 Consumer Comment

Not Affiliated With AMTC

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

I wanted to let you know that Agency 89 and Courtney Sell are in NO WAY affiliated with AMTC (Actors, Models, & Talent Competition).

You can always confirm if someone says they are a Regional Director for AMTC by calling 800-STAR-420 or visit http://www.amtcworld.com/about-us/regional-directors.
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Not Affiliated With AMTC

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

I wanted to let you know that Agency 89 and Courtney Sell are in NO WAY affiliated with AMTC (Actors, Models, & Talent Competition).

You can always confirm if someone says they are a Regional Director for AMTC by calling 800-STAR-420 or visit http://www.amtcworld.com/about-us/regional-directors.
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Not Affiliated With AMTC

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

I wanted to let you know that Agency 89 and Courtney Sell are in NO WAY affiliated with AMTC (Actors, Models, & Talent Competition).

You can always confirm if someone says they are a Regional Director for AMTC by calling 800-STAR-420 or visit http://www.amtcworld.com/about-us/regional-directors.
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#11 Consumer Comment

this report is COMPLETELY FALSE

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

This report about Agency89 is nothing but ludicrous slander. Yes, it is true that models are required to pay for classes, but the statement that no one ever books any jobs is FALSE. I'm sorry if your daughter did not fit the credentials necessary to get work, but it is frankly quite immature and downright childish to blame her agents and teachers. The class required by the agency is one night a week for 16 weeks, and there are ample opportunities for everyone (who is qualified and prepared) to get work throughout that period. MOST models get jobs. In fact, some have been sent to other agencies in Miami, New York, Chicago, and LA, as well as look-sees to Europe. Also, this is Omaha, NE. Not a huge fashion market. It is through the start and thriving of businesses such as Agency89 that the fashion market can expand. Check your facts from now on.

P.S. You can't spell!!!
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