ED Magedson – Founder
InterFace, Interface Talent, iTalent, Gottalent How this company scams people, from a former employee. Gaithersburg, MD and East Brunswick, New Jersey Nationwide
Interface is a scam. They are now operating in the south under the name “iTalent” as well. “Development Directors” (sales people with zero industry experience) are all given the same sript: Wow so cute, definitely a commercial look. He/She would be perfect for commercial print. Like everyone in the industry, you do have to invest in your marketing materials. These are the photoshoot prices.
The salespeople memorize a long list of rebuttals, and talk about investing your child’s future, tirelessly promoting on your behalf.
They will show you a book of supposed success stories. Don’t be fooled. Anyone can print out cardstocks with a kid on set as an extra. Anyone with access to the internet can be an extra with zero investment or “marketing”. You just sign up with a reputable casting company!
Then they make you pay hundreds of dollars for a very unprofessional photoshoot. What they don’t tell you is that the photoshoot doesn’t cover any “marketing,” so they schedule you to come back again, where they put even more pressure on you to put the horrible pictures on their useless, non-functioning database called interfacepages.com.
The photoshoot contract talks about printing comp cards (which doesn’t exist as a real option), and an option for online marketing, but they brake it down PER comp card or PER week, so in the contract, it looks like you’re paying $10, when in reality, you’re going to have to pay another $1000.
They also don’t actually do anything to market you, unless you complain, and then they might send a picture to one of the few agents who work for them, who are also usually just looking for an easy commission .
They have a few former agents (a few, for the entire company, with thousands of clients) who will email the pics to a few “industry professionals”. And that’s it! That’s all you get after shelling out thousands of dollars for bad pictures.
The marketing contract states that the only thing Interface is required to do is send their pictures to three industry professionals. That is it. That’s something you can do for free for yourself. No real industry professionals will even touch this company with a ten-foot pole, for fear of tainting their own reputation.
Please stay away from this scam.
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