• Report: #1146711
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Cut Above casting

  • Submitted: Wed, May 14, 2014
  • Updated: Wed, May 14, 2014

  • Reported By: MikeE — Los Angeles California
Cut Above casting
2047 Beachwood Drive Los Angeles, California USA

Cut Above Casting Lisa Marquis Owner Huge Fees Cound Not Get Paid From Jobs Violation of Labor Code SCAM OPERATION Los Angeles California

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 Be careful of this acting SCAM! Cut Above Casting better known as CAC operates a on-line Internet  business at: www.cutabovecasting.com.

The Cut Above website targets people who have recently moved to Los Angeles and others who are desperate to get into the entertainment industry in Los Angeles. Cut Above Casting is in violation of  CA Labor Code Statutes including statutes detailing that no advance fees are to be charged by talent and casting services. Cut Above provides no formal written con-tract with talent. In fact, Cut Above has not  applied for a fictitious business name or any other standard business procedure with the city of Los Angeles. Cut Above Casting is a on-line scam that proceeds fraudulently and is in open violation of the California Labor Code.

No formal written contract or ten (10) day cancellation or refund policy is rendered by CAC. You are instructed to pay an advance fee of $185.00 CASH, the breakdown of which is two (2) months advance ($170) and a $15.00 service fee for photos.

This is a clear violation of  LABOR CODE SECTION 1702-1702.4 No person shall own, operate, or act in the capacity of an advance-fee talent representation service or advertise, solicit for, or knowingly refer a person to, an advance-fee talent representation service. 1702.3. A person who violates Section 1702 is subject to the provisions of Article 4 (commencing with Section 1704). 
Description of the services to be performed, a statement when those services are to be provided, the duration of the contract. (3) Evidence of compliance with applicable bonding requirements, including the name of the bonding company and the bond number, if any, and a statement that a bond in the amount of fifty thousand dollars  ($50,000) must be posted with the Labor Commissioner.
Under 2009 California Labor Code - Section 1704 -1704.3: Article 4. Remedies. 1704
A person, including, an owner, officer, director, agent, or employee of a talent service, who willfully violates any provision of this chapter is guilty of a misdemeanor. Each violation is punishable by imprisonment in a county jail for not more than one year, by a fine not exceeding ten thousand dollars ($10,000), or by both that fine and imprisonment. However, payment of restitution to an artist shall take precedence over the payment of a fine.
A person who is injured by a violation of this chapter or by the breach of a contract subject to this chapter may bring an action for recovery of damages or to restrain and enjoin a violation, or both. The court shall award to a plaintiff who prevails in an action under this chapter reasonable attorney's fees and costs. The amount awarded for damages for a violation this chapter shall be not less than three times the amount paid by the artist, or on behalf of the artist, to the talent service or the advance-fee talent representation service.
My understanding from many former Cut Above Casting background talent that have not only paid advanced fees, but have paid a YEAR IN ADVANCE and work steadily the first month and never work again. Or anyone who feels cheated and has suffered financial loss from the CAC service. Send a letter of complaint to the Los Angeles City Attorneys Office. Be sure and save all your receipts and download your emails before you file. As the owner of Cut Above has hacked my e-mail account and deleted all my mail from CAC. I am currently suing Cut Above Casting which is an absurd rip off.

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