My 11 y.o son and I had an appointment 1/1/12. First of all we got there about ten minutes prior to our time and we still had to wait about 30minutes to be seen. When the "Talent Director" finally got to us (which they were all talent directors) she smelled of smoke and it was not cigarette smoke. She proceeded to sing my son praises and try to get to know his interest or "skill set". Of course, she said he would do great. I wasn't expecting otherwise.
Then that's when the pressure started she pulled out the pricing sheet, which started at $795 for one outfit and with 48shots for comp cards and that's not including the printing of the comp cards that are $4.75/sheet or $1.75/sheet for just a headshot. I asked if we had to use their comp cards and she said yes and they print their name on it. Which means the comp cards aren't truly yours because you can't take them to other agencies. She actually got upset because I asked if we can use our own photographer. I told her I would have to think about it for a couple days and I will get back to her. She got upset even more and said that their company do not have time to deal with people who are going to think about decisions. She needs me to be able to make a decision right away. She proceeded to say that I am not a good mother because I am not supporting my son's dream. I told her if i didn't support my son, he wouldn't be involved in the things that she deemed as "skill sets". Surprisingly the price dropped to $575 for one outfit.
I told her the problem isn't paying the money. I'm concerned about the legitimacy of their company. She then said its the fault of people who don't follow through that blame their company. She was extremely pushy to the point that my son walked away saying he still wants to be a model but definitely not with that company. She told me I wasted their time. I asked her if he is such a star then what is the difference in today versus a couple days. Of course, she didn't have an answer she just kept saying they don't need people like me who are going to wait to make decisions and hold back my son from his dreams. I asked her for our information back until I make a decision, she ripped up his application and said we don't need it anyway. So if you are scouted in the mall walk away quick from this company. It is clearly about the money!