Not to long ago, this year, my friend & I, who are both freelance models, went around Arizona, looking for agencies to represent us. One of the many agencies we went to was The Young Agency. Out of all the agencies, this one was the only bad experience and VERY UNPROFESSIONAL! First, they had "cattle calls", which is where every one is seated & rounded up into one room. INSTEAD of an actual, INDIVIDUAL INTERVIEW, like most professionals would. Second, he, (the Owner/Director), talks WAY TOO FAST. this may not seem like a big deal, but in my own experience in modeling, (and I have done modeling for more than 4 yrs. now), I have noticed, when someone in the modeling or business industry talks really fast, they sound like a sales man & are only interested in making A SALES PITCH". Wich is exactly what happend. my friend and I got picked to work for THE YOUNG AGENCY, and before we said Yes/No, the Owner/Director, was already throwing sales pitches & prices at us! He gave us, (and several other people that THE YOUNG AGENCY, was also interested in), he gave us ALL, packets of photographers to get. They wanted us ALL to get ONLY the YOUNG AGENCY photographers, SO THAT THEY CAN PROFIT FROM IT!!! And the packet they gave us for the photography packages", were over a $1,000 each. So my friend and I ran out of there, we DID NOT SIGN THE CONTRACT> THANK GOODNESS!!! I have heard from several people that they DON'T EVEN HELP YOU GET WORK. that their work is minute, mediocre & miniscule..like something small gigs, that you can find on Craig'slist on your own. We are looking for Careers, not small gigs. As I am sure if you are a model, actor, musician or talent of any sort, that you or your child, is doing the same, searching for a Career, not a small gig. A small gig here and there is just the same as living paycheck to paycheck, in my opinion. And I DO NOT BELIEVE THAT THE YOUNG AGENCY HAS INTERNATIONAL EXPOSURE & REPRESENTATION in HIGH FASHION INDUSTRIES: New York, London, Paris, Milan, etc. AND NO< they are NOT DEPENDABLE!!! Do NOT GO WITH THE YOUNG AGENCY, YOU WILL ONLY GET SCAMMED< NOT EVEN GAURUNTEED WORK<THEY MAKE YOU FIND YOUR OWN WORK WITH OUT REALLY TRYING TO HELP YOU< AND YOU AS THE CLIENT, SHOULD BE THE FIRST THING THEY HELP< NOT THEIR PROFIT POCKETS! And when I left the building, in the parking lot I could hear other families of the little children laughing at how RIDICOULOUS-THE AMOUNT OF MONEY THE YOUNG AGENCY WAS TRYING TO GET FROM EVERYONE> WITH NO SIGNED CONTRACT!
If you are a model or talent of any sort, do NOT EVER-give away your money, WITHOUT a signed contract, where BOTH you & the director/owner, etc, BOTH SIGN SAME CONTRACT. this is for legal neccessities as well as official confirmation that you are now working & part of the agency. Secondly, YOU SHOULD NEVER HAVE TO PAY FOR ANYTHING AT ALL ANWAYS: If a Casting Director or Fashion Designer is Really that interested in you, THEY will PAY FOR YOU...They will pay for your hotel, air/flight accomadations, travel, etc. hair, makeup, photographer, etc. YOU SHOULD NEVER HAVE TO PAY> YOU ARE LOOKING FOR PAID WORK, NOT PAYING THEM FOR WORK, there is a difference. It's like if you are looking for a job, you don't pay the company you are interested in, to hire you, so then why should you pay for the agency? If they want you that bad, they will give you a contract up front and they will provide you with hair stylist, wardrobe assistant, agent, makeup artist, the whole thing, etc. THEY ONLY GET PAID, when you get actual paid gigs...then they make about 20% of what your total pay is, from that paid gig. THAT IS STANDARD IN MODELING INDUSTRY> SOME AGENCIES THAT ARE MORE POPULAR & IN DEMAND MAY REQUIRE HIGHER PERCENTAGE, usually also because they are also INTERNATIONALLY known, and there for you may have to pay the agency of your choice, higher or standard percentage, depends on each agency. BUT PLEASE DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME ON THE YOUNG AGENCY. THEY WILL ONLY RIP YOU OFF< ASK YOU FOR MONEY WITH NO CONTRACT, MEANS YOU DON"T WORK FOR THEM< BUT THEY SURE DO LIKE TO STILL ASK YOU FOR MONEY! Friggn Jerks, they are! Glad we didn't sign anything. If you are in Az and want a GREAT AGENCY, GO to Danni's or Danny's (sorry if misspelled, Google it)...OR also Try FORD ROBERT BLACK MODELING & TALENT AGENCY. I ALWAYS HEARING GREAT THINGS ABOUT THEM. NEVER HEARD ANYTHING BAD FROM FORD AGENCY>they are PROFESSIONAL!