• Report: #338014
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Avenue Productions Model And Talent Agency

  • Submitted: Sat, June 07, 2008
  • Updated: Tue, August 30, 2011

  • Reported By:fort pierce Florida
Avenue Productions Model And Talent Agency
Fort Lauderdale, Florida U.S.A.

Avenue Productions Model And Talent Agency THE RIP OFF MODELING AGENCY Fort Lauderdale Florida

*General Comment: Happy parent of child that worked and got paid

*Consumer Comment: stay away from this rip off company

*Consumer Comment: this is a scam

*Consumer Comment: Experienced the Scam + Plus Advice to Talent

*Consumer Comment: Beg to Differ

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Avenue Productions -- Photo mill, comp factory that makes their money selling sunstandar over-priced comp cards

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#1 General Comment

Happy parent of child that worked and got paid

AUTHOR: Belinda - ()

 our son started when he was around 11 years of age he got work quickly after we did photo shoot and 100 comp cards. We paid 400.00 for all this, he got call for music video. He got standin position. We also submitted his cards to other agencies and he is with three talent agencies. He still gets calls from at least one of them. He is the one that turn down work these days. He did back to school commercial,more music videos, print work and etc. Like someone said you do have to call in every week, send letters with comp cards to see what other talent agencies will accept you or your child. One of his commercials had residual. This commercial came from one of the other two agencies.

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#2 Consumer Comment

stay away from this rip off company

AUTHOR: Galaxia - (United States of America)

I also got riped off from AVE Productions. I payed $1200.00 for comp cards, totally crappy and if you complain about the quality, they don't want to hear it. You can through the $1200 right into the garbage, it will save at least your time for the fotoshoot. All that you get from them are unprofessional comp cards for a lot of money, nothing else, not even the pictures. I only can warn you, don't be so stupid and fall for it unless you don't know what to do with your money. AVE makes money with the foto shoots, they don't help you to get casted. Every photographer makes better comp cards for much less money.

Actually everything that you find in a Mall, is a rip off. Glamour shots is the same, with the difference that you get better pictures, I paid $320.00 for 2 pictures, but at least I have something for my money where I can work with.
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#3 Consumer Comment

this is a scam

AUTHOR: Gabi - (United States of America)

I have had the same expirience with Avenue Production. My daughter went for an interview in their office, was sold on the comp cards and to be online for $ 1000, every month I called their check in line, brought them more comp cards and in one year we did not receive one phone call for a casting. I would not be upset if my daughter would have had the chance to go to a casting and not make it there, but not to be called once is pretty bad, knowing that there is so many castings in our area. The way they make their money is with the comp cards, which no other agency will even consider because of the bad quality. I have a box full of cards which we can't use. Yesterday I made a general comment on their facebook page which was not rude, and within 2 minutes the comment was deleted as well as I was removed from their fan page. This company is a scam and should be put out of business before more girls get scamed into spending a lot of money.
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#4 Consumer Comment

Experienced the Scam + Plus Advice to Talent

AUTHOR: anonymous - (United States of America)

The bottom line is: Beware of agents that sell pictures, that is a conflict of interest! And that is what this agency clearly does. They seem determined to make you pay for cheesy head shots before they will even consider sending you on any audition (even as an extra - which can be LITERALLY be booked with a Polaroid!).

I had my head shots taken by the crme de la crme of regional photographers. This photographer spent no less than 6 hours getting to know me, and then charged approx. $400.00 for the session. My head shots are spectacular. 

An agent at Avenue told me they were amateur, and that they had a photographer who could shoot better head shots for far less money in an hour and 1/2 - and I HAD to have them before I could book anything. Red flag #1.

I wasn't told the name of the photographer, nor shown a portfolio, yet a deposit for the photo session was demanded of me before I left the interview (at an open casting call at a Holiday Inn, which was advertised on CraigsList - Red Flag # 2). My advice: LOOK AT THE PHOTOS ON THIS AGENCY'S WEBSITE!!! They are untouched, unprofessional and horribly lit. They paled in comparison to the head shots I already had. Red flag #3.

I was shown (as a sales pitch of their "Talent") the head shot of a boy who supposedly Avenue Model & Talent booked in a major motion picture with A-list stars. Come to find out (not only through IMDB, but also through the child's website) the boy was not only an extra in the film, but did NOT book that role through Avenue! What a surprise.

And I was told how "talented" I was, yet I was not asked to audition. I suppose the agent was psychic. This is not how legitimate talent agencies work, people!

Look, go to the Screen Actor's Guild website at sag.org, and look up your local franchised agents list. They are union and non-union, but they are all reputable and legit. You will notice that Avenue Model & Talent is not on that list, nor on Actorsinfobooth.com. RED FLAG #...what number are we on now...?

Stay away. All they book are extras - and you don't even need professional headshots for that! DO NOT EVER PAY MONEY TO AN AGENT!!!!! Everyone in the industry will tell you that! If they ask for money, WALK. OUT. period. Good luck :)
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#5 Consumer Comment

Beg to Differ

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

Not a ripoff. Maybe for you but not for me and a lot of other people I meet on set of movies, tv series, and commercials. I am called almost every week for either a movie or a casting. The reason I and so many other get called is because there is 2 things they require of you after receiving your comp cards and signing a non-exclusive contract. 1 You must call every month into the check-in line with your name, # and age (this is simply to remind them of you. You are not the only model or actress!) and 2 you must send 15-20 comp cards every month. Not to hard, but I find that when people complain about this company they failed to do those things, and expect to be first on line when it comes time for casting. Also if you are being called you MUST be on time. This requires a lot of flexability and if you don't have the time nor the means to get to the job why spend the money. That would be your problem not Ave Productions. Alot of the jobs are in South Florida not in St Lucie County, so if you didn't think you turned down a offer because it was too far and couldn't make it, well Ave has to get the job filled. If you are maybe complaining about the time frame they give you before a job, thats how it is everywhere, so get used of it. 1 day notice everywhere, once again not their problem. Also, when it comes to being paid for job, on time everytime! Gotten paid everytime! Just wanted to clear any possible arguement you might've had with them. It sound like since you are having issues with Barbizon (which is a highly reputable company) and Avenue looks like you are the common denominator). I would highly recommend Avenue Productions and love all their employees. They are so curteous and kind.
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#6 UPDATE EX-employee responds

Avenue Productions -- Photo mill, comp factory that makes their money selling sunstandar over-priced comp cards

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

So here's how the scam goes. "Open casting call all types, ages, sizes" call pam or some other 3 letter name so that Avenue knows where they are getting their "hits" from.
Their open call is a hotel or what-have-you. They pretend to go through a screening process. Then it's " Oh you have a great look -- but you need headshots, comp cards, Fill in the blank. We can set you up with a photographer ( Staff photographer or someone who comes on Saturdays and a make-up artist ( Usually receptionist/ make-up artist.)

They then shoot pictures outside the "agency" may be in the parking lot or somewhere close-by. Then they sell you as many "comp cards as they can -- and throw mostof them in the trash. They tell everyone they have a "great look." They just want the dollars.

A good agency only takes your money when you book a job. This so-called agency makes the majority of their money from photo-shoots. Then they rarely if ever call -- they don't get the really good castings -- oh maybe some extra work -- which you can get with a snapshot or at most a headshot.

Do yourself a favor and hire a " real" photographer -- and check out their work online. If you want to be an actor get a decent headshot taken by a photographer knows industry standards. If you want to do print work then you will need a comp card.

Don't pay to go to model conventions or open calls. Research online and check out the agencies. And when you encounter an agency that wants money upfront run the other way.

Avenue Productions is one big scam. I should know -- I saw their business model from the inside out.
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