• Report: #573146
Complaint Review:

Muse models

  • Submitted: Mon, February 22, 2010
  • Updated: Thu, May 31, 2012

  • Reported By: Cassy — Portland Oregon United States of America
Muse models
1125 SE Division St. #218 Portland, Oregon United States of America

Muse models Mode Models of Portland Oregon only These fools told me they were a big international company, never paid me for my gig, charged $500 for my photo shoot, refused to give me my digitals and allegedly have a side line with web cams Portland, Oregon

*UPDATE Employee ..inside information: ...

*Consumer Comment: I have to agree with the complaints

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Don't sign with MUSE!

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: To clear things up

*UPDATE Employee: I am a model who has not been paid

*General Comment: Notice

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: CORRECTION

*UPDATE Employee: agreeing with cassy

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Slander

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First it's Mode International only because they had a Canadian affiliate. Then someone reported them for 1-800-hot-gays 1-800-hot-guys 1-800-hot-gals. They charge $100 to take 4 instant unprofessional digital images of you right in their office then you can't have them. Then they sell you a $500 photo shoot. Good luck with their comp card fees.
They tell lies about competition. They must have either lost their name or they are trying to hide from rumors about them but I want everyone to know to avoid these 2.
Their franchise got in trouble over things like failing to pay their models, web cam nasties, etc.. They tried moving, now they grabbed a name from a magazine and their web site still uses international stuff they don't own to lure you in. Nearly nobody gets paid for gigs.  One girl told me they offered her $150 to talk on their nasty phone site - now there's a job for ya. They must need your modeling gig fees for their lifestyle.

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#1 UPDATE Employee ..inside information


AUTHOR: The truth - (USA)

 I've been a model for you guys for a decent amount of time now and I haven't been paid for my first gig yet which was about a year ago. Every time I seem to try to contact you about it you never respond or you forward my calls. I've talked to your secretaries about it and they give me the same answer which was to contact you. All in all I have done a decent amount of gigs and not even one paycheck has came to me yet. I do not want to burn bridges with the agency not do I want to file a lawsuit, but people should at least know my experience.

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#2 Consumer Comment

I have to agree with the complaints

AUTHOR: Victim of Darren Dyck - (United States of America)

I have had similar experences with Darren and Tiffany Dyck of Muse, especially in the area of photo rights and payments.  Mr. Dyck promised in writing to compensate me for damages caused by his companys misrepresentation back in 2010, as well as providing a certificate of destruction stating that he is not in possession of my digital images (which I paid for and have full legal rights to).

As of yet, Darren Dyck has not made good on his promises, and by his own admission, still owes me a sizable amount of money.  If anybody else is a victim of the Dycks misleading business practices and wishes to take legal action, I would be willing to release copies of the e-mail exchange supporting my claims to your legal counsel as evidence in your case.
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#3 UPDATE EX-employee responds

Don't sign with MUSE!

AUTHOR: Employee - (United States of America)

I signed with Muse Models about two years ago. My first job was months after I actually signed with them and it took them an entire year to pay me for that job.  I had to continually call and e-mail before they paid me a year later.

When I went to New York to try to book jobs, I had to do all the work on my own.  No one from my agency helped book meetings or any jobs.

I signed a two year contract and when I was finished with contract and wanted to be released, I attempted to get a copy from Muse so I could make sure they no longer represented me before signing elsewhere.  They would not return my calls or e-mails and I never received my contract.  I finally got an e-mail that I would be finished with Muse Models at the end of that month and that my two outstanding paychecks (from jobs that I did four and five months ago) would come by the end of the month.  I have yet to receive those last two paychecks.

RESEARCH agencies before signing with one.  Do NOT sign with Muse Models.  There are other, far more reputable agencies who will fulfill their commitments to you!
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#4 UPDATE EX-employee responds

To clear things up

AUTHOR: Anonymous - (United States of America)

Muse is a real company and they certainly get work for some of their models. This is something I can confirm. I got scouted by them a while ago, Ive been to the agency several times, and almost signed a contract, but decided not to. Now I am signed or in the process of getting signed with major agencies in Paris, Milan, Barcelona, London, and NY. There are a few things I would like to address here. First, from my experience with my agency in Paris and from all of the models Ive talked to here, an agency should never charge a model for Polaroids (snap shots). I got charged 100 bucks by Muse, because I thought it was normal. I understand that Muse is a very small agency, so it makes sense that they need to cover their costs. But charging 100 dollars for a few snap shots is absurd. Second, charging for a book or comp cards is also very odd. The way it works with reputable agencies is like this: they make you a book, send you to get your hair cut, buy you flights to go to different shows, give you money for food and a hotel, etc. They DO charge you, but not upfront. What they do is put a negative balance on your account. For example, at my agency in Paris, they charged me something like 30 euros for a book, a few hundred comp cards, and a haircut. They also bought me a flight to and from Portland. It isnt a debt I will ever have to pay with money, but they will just subtract it from whatever I make in my jobs. Thus, if you never get any jobs, you will never have to pay a dime! If you get jobs, you just work your debt off. I hope this makes sense. Basically, an agency should NEVER charge you ANYTHING for snap shots, flights, hotels, getting put on a website, comp cards, food, etc. Any charges just go onto your account, like I said, and you pay those off by working. Finally, an agency should never ask a model to pay for a photoshoot. What usually happens is something called getting tested. My mother agency in the US and my agency in Paris send me to photographers who take my pictures. They get to keep my pictures for their portfolio, and I get to keep a few pictures for mine. This is all for free! A good agency knows many up-and-coming photographers who would kill to shoot some pictures with a model. Anyways, I hope this clears some things up. Ive met the owners of Muse and they are very, very nice people. But the way they run their agency isnt normal or fair to many of their models. If you have what it takes to be a model, I would suggest that you shoot higher. Get a good agency if you can. For the US, shoot for an agency like DNA, Ford, or Red. For Paris, Success is good, and so is Ford Paris. In Milan, I love Models, Why Not, and Elite are all good. But to be clear, Muse Models is not a scam, but they may have questionable business practices.
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#5 UPDATE Employee

I am a model who has not been paid

AUTHOR: model - (United States of America)

I have been to casting with fred meyer and nike and even they know that muse does not pay there models. Please do not waste your time or money because you will not see a dime. I'll update this as soon as I get paid for the work I did for muse. I'm guessing that will be never.
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AUTHOR: anonymous - (United States of America)

The owner doesn't address the allegations of them not paying models.  It's true that there have been instances where models have not been paid.  I agree that they are a great company and do actively promote their models and get them great jobs including Nike, Addidas, etc.  But it's not fair to not pay models while they are posting on twitter with their new lap pad.  I really hope they make good on payment.  I'm afraid this company may be facing a breach of contract lawsuit.  It would be unfortunate.....for everyone.

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#7 REBUTTAL Owner of company


AUTHOR: anonymous - (United States of America)

sorry everyone! correction on the part about me being one of the many models that did get paid for their gig. I was one of the many models who DID NOT! get paid for their gig! 
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#8 UPDATE Employee

agreeing with cassy

AUTHOR: anonymous - (United States of America)

I agree with Cassy about the not paying their models. I was one of the many models that they did pay for their gig. I have also heard that they also send out checks to models for their gig but it a bounced check. And I know for a fact that was true because I do know that individual model. 

I do not think that Darren have a nasty phone site and I believe that he is a good person. But his business management is horrible and I don't think inspire models should go to them. 
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#9 REBUTTAL Owner of company


AUTHOR: Darren Dyck - (United States of America)

I am the owner of Muse Models. I can't believe I am addressing such insane accusations, but here it goes...

1. The 1-800-hot-gays/guys/gals is ridiculous, almost humorous. We are a fashion agency with extremely conservative morals. I have three little boys. My wife and I are church-going, God believing people. Our models model fashion and athletic apparel. Talk to any of the 300+ models we represent and you will not find a single story to substantiate that.

2. We do not ever sell $500 photo shoots. We do not have a photographer any where in the agency. There are however independent photographers in the NW that shoot models for every agency and $500 is a pretty average price. 

3. We speak highly of our competition. It is our policy.

4. We have never been a franchise. We parted ways with our Canadian office after 14 years and changed our name to be independent. We changed our location after 13 years of being downtown. We moved about a mile away and announced to the world our move.

5. The word "muse" simply means an artist's inspiration. There are about 5 agencies in the world with the same name. We did not take it from a magazine, but who cares if we did??

6. To my knowledge, I have never booked a "Cassy" on a modeling assigment. We would not be in business for 14 years if we did not pay our models. 

7. "webcam nasties / nasty phone site" - this is just comical slander. What is a phone site anyway?

8. The photos on our website are all models that we represent and reflect many jobs that we and they have booked. 

9. Yes, we do make a living on "modeling gig fees". We take a 20% agency fee when our models work, just like every other fashion agency in the world.

Call Nike, adidas, Fred Meyer, nordstrom, etc and ask them who they work with.

Call the top agencies in the world and ask them about Muse Portland.

Google some of our discoveries; Katie Nauta, Brandi Brechbiel, Terron Wood, Kerry Degman, Chad White.

I think you will find that we check out just fine. Thanks for reading!

darren dyck
owner, muse models
1125 se division st., suite 218
portland, or 97202 (503) 227-6633
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