ED Magedson – Founder
Ab Fab Management1121 N Mills Ave Orlando, Florida USA
Ab Fab Management; Jane Rooney; ABFAB Management Avoid this place! This place and it's owner have bad issues! Orlando Florida
I have to agree with all the negative comments. Having been close to this situation, actually working or this agency, I will say that the owner of Abfab Management is a crook that hasn't been caught by the IRS or local law enforcement yet. It is true she has many people signed to her agency and only a select few favorite models get all of the jobs because they are still fooled by her and don't question her tactics but I have no doubt that one day even those girls will get wise and start questioning her plus she has to have a few models working to give her agency some credibility.
But even the models who work have issues and they aren't aware of it or choose to remain blind to the scheme taking place. For those few models that actually do get work know that there is no justifiable reason for models to go months or as long as a year without being paid but this is what happens at Abfab. If you are crazy enough to work for Jane Rooney make sure you find out who the client is and keep in touch with them to find out when they pay Abfabs invoice and then show up to Janes office and demand your money. It is the only way you will get paid in a timely manner.
Also insist on getting your own photographs and your own comp cards and do not take any runway classes or workshops she offers because it is all a rip off scheme to defraud you of your money. Jane feeds off the models dreams of having a career in the business by using her tactics to promise a better chance of getting jobs and success in the business. Her office really is disorganized but it is deliberately disorganized so that there are no records of any transactions and no paper trails and no evidence of the fraud she is committing.
Be careful when you give her your credit card make sure you watch the entire transaction and make it clear to her you do not want your card number written down on any of your files. Many models have found random charges to their credit or debit cards because their number was written on a file and Jane decided that she needed a payment from them to pay for her personal needs and charged their card without informing the model of the charges. Do not, repeat do not sign her contract.
In the state of Florida you do not need to be exclusive with any agency to get calls or work and you do not need a mother agency. Know that before you meet with her she does not have any verifiable credentials other than two Orlando agencies, both fired her. She talks a good game to build your trust and none of it is true. Also know that her licenses are never up to date and she has had to pay fines to keep them from being revoked. The agency is always in financial trouble and therefore she has moved from location to location.
Has no idea how to run a legitimate agency and deliberately avoids learning how to run a legitimate agency.She has conned her friends out of money and should not be trusted. She is very good at acting helpless and will tell you that her husband cheated on her and left her with no money and will go as far as to say other very negative and personal things about his character but will still socialize with him. She is a vindictive gossip who will sit and tell you how she hates gossip. The woman has no integrity.
Hopefully your eyes are opened after you read all of the reviews not just the ones she asked her favorite few models to write on her behalf. She will talk behind the backs of friends, clients, photographers, stylists, models and even her own family and then tell them how much she loves them to their faces.Check out all of the complaints against this agency before you schedule a meeting with Jane. There are many complaints out there on the internet.
If you are a client wanting to hire models from Abfab know that you will have angry parents and hostile models calling you for proof of payment because they haven't been paid by Jane. Just ask any former models or people who have worked with her. A good reference if you really want the truth is Azwah Saddiq a successful Miami based photographer who worked with Jane and was also a close friend and confidant of hers until he realized he was being ripped off by her too. Also talk to her former assistants and interns most of which have nothing nice to say about Jane or Abfab. In my opinion it is best just to find an honest agency.
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