ED Magedson – Founder
Carolina Talent1230 W Morehead St, Charlotte, NC 28208 Charlotte, North Carolina USA
Carolina Talent Carolina Talent Inc, Carolina Talent scam, or atleast a horrible "agent" Charlotte North Carolina
I was "with" Carolina Talent for around 6-8 months, so this is a first hand acount of the unprofessionalism of the company. From what I have heard, they are experiencing employee issues, but they WERE NOT and were completely full staffed when I was associated with them. For one thing, they lend call backs to almost everyone. Girls who are no where near model height or weight requirements were accepted. Sure, Charlotte is a commercial market, but it has some standards.
I paid $350 for a photoshoot, which every agency has you do, I mean you have to have pictures. BUT. 2/3 of my photoshoot was done by an "in house photographer" who isn't a photographer at all, he's the booking agents boyfriend. His pictures were HORRIBLE. Total lack of artistic insight. All he did was click the button on the camera and guide all the girls into the same four poses, (which are outdated btw). Comparing the pictures from them, from the pictures I've done recently is almost disgusting.
The daily or weekly emails sent out to all talent are FILLED with typo's and miscommunications. Being skeptical of the entire situation, I waited to sign my "contract" until I got paid work. (NEVER HAPPENED BTW) The company is so disorganized they never even noticed.
All they do is preach about the Talent Inc convention in Florida, (which is an absolute scam;it and all of the programs associated with it are under investigation by the state of Florida for fraud) I refused to pay over $800+ for something that wil never get me anywhere, and the booker REFUSED TO SUBMIT ME FOR PAID ROLES BECAUSE OF IT. First, what kindof agency does that?! Other scam agencies in Charlotte like Evolution go to these conventions, but I'm sure they don't decline submission for roles because of it.
One of the roles i was denied submission for through Carolina Talent I was actually personally contacted by the photographer and asked to model for that shoot.
One of the "runway shows" I was booked for through CT and actually audition in house was an absolute mess. It was in the GYM of a YMCA like place, with a bunch of rugs DUCTAPED to the gym floor for a "runway".
Since I've left CT, In these few short months I've been in two magazine spreads, an online catalogue, shot with 2 nationally known fashion photographers, been in 10 reputable fashion shows, 3 public service announcement shoots, and 3 editorials. I am sent work daily, and this is all on my own. Imagine what I could do with a real agency!
Yes they were good to ween me into the industry, but a lot of their models have real potential and are never given the chance to do anything with it because of the disorganization and unprofessionalism of Carolina Talent. They're always preaching about how they "Are and agency, not a school' but they walk a fine line. 80% of the emails I got were for workshops. ALSO, the CT staff gets profit from models going to the Florida convention, WTF. I'm sure the agency wasn't this corrupt and awful when it was opened, but as of 2013 it is about as horrible as it gets. They have a horrible reputation with casting directors, some people are turned down just because they were associated with them.
Please please do not waste your time with this if you have real potential!
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 11/06/2013 08:36 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Carolina-Talent/Charlotte-North-Carolina-28208/Carolina-Talent-Carolina-Talent-Inc-Carolina-Talent-scam-or-atleast-a-horrible-agent-1097344. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.
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