Let me start from the beginning. I had been thinking of getting my 4yr old son into modeling so last week I submitted his pictures online under the website mykidmodeling.com. A couple of hours later I got a call from One Source Talent that they got his pictures and wanted him to come to an open call on Saturday. I researched the company that night and read all the reviews about what a scam it was but decided to go anyways just to see if it was even something my son would be interested in doing through a different company. The open call was scheduled for 3:30 and we were told to arrive 15-30 mins early. When we got there they gave us a sheet of paper to fill out and sent us into a room with everyone else. They called people a couple at a time to go get measurements taken and have a "headshot" done. I use the word headshot lightly because it was more of a snap shot of your head than an actual head shot for modeling. They used a point and shoot camera, with the regular flash while you stood flat against a wall. It was like a mug shot. After that was done we went back to the room and waited for the presentation to start. The office manager, Dominique, came in to do the presentation which was basically telling about 3 success stories from the company (none were from that particular office) and making a big deal about how their comp cards are digital so when she said you had to pay $495 for them up front you thought it was worth it. After the presentation we were called back for an interview. It was a joke. We walked in to a talent coordinators office (her name was Judy). She immediately said she wanted my son back for a 2nd interview. She asked him a couple of questions but not in a child friendly manner. I.e, "Tell me about yourself". Anyone with a 4yr old knows he has no idea what that means! So he said, "I'm (his name)" and that was the only way he knew to answer the question. So she told me he needs to open up more before his next interview. I told her he is actually very open if you can talk to him on his level so she said when we come back she would ask him what his fave TV shows were, what he likes to play with, etc. Why she couldn't just do that then, I have no idea. But anyways, we scheduled the 2nd interview for that Monday at 430. I still had 0 intentions of giving them any money, but that 1st day gave my son no idea if this was something he wanted to do so I was hoping the 2nd one would. I was wrong. We were again told to arrive early. The email actually says you would be black listed if you didn't. So we get there at 4. The waiting room is crowded. We find some seats and sit down to wait. At 5 my husband is starting to get irritated we haven't been taken yet. I am usually very patient so I wait a little bit longer. At 515 my husband asks the receptionist how much longer it's going to be and she said Judy was with someone now, then there was one more interview waiting ahead of us. It was going to be a long wait bc the interviews were taking 45mins. At 540 someone else walks up to the receptionist to ask when they were going to be seen because they had a 530 appt. I told her that they better plan on being there all night because our appt was an hour before theirs and the people ahead of us still hadn't been called. I asked the receptionist (who was nice about it) if it was typical for them to run this behind and she said yes, it does some times. At this point I was very aggrevated. I picked my son up from school & went straight there and the banana I gave him as a snack on the way was not working any more and he was starving. And I had 2 other kids with a babysitter that I was going to be giving a very late dinner to. So the receptionist goes to the back for a minute, comes back out and a couple of mins later Judy comes out to get the people ahead of us and says we will be next. It is almost 6. So I asked here "so about another 45 mins? Our appt was at 430!". She didn't say anything. Much to our surprise, she calls us back about 10 minutes later even though the people before us still hadn't left. We go into an office that is not hers (I know because I was in her office 2 days ago). She talks to my son for a minute and looks at the pictures she had us bring. She was of course saying how gorgeous he was, very photogenic, very mature for his age, and said she was impressed how comfortable he was talking to adults. She gives us a sheet of paper to read and says she want to go show the office manager his pics and she would be back in 15mins. We knew she was going back to the people who were ahead of us to do their interview. So she comes back 15mins later. Said office manager just loved his pictures, but she was going to take a couple to see how comfortable he was with her taking them. So again, it's the mug shot type pictures. Whatever. She leaves again and after she comes back she asks if we had a chance to read the paper and asked if we had any questions. This is where it gets good. I told her not about the paper, but I do about the company in general since we hadn't been given that opportunity yet, so she says ok. So 1st question was why should we chose your company over someone else like Page Parkes? Legit question. Well, Judy looked at me like I had 2 heads and jumped all over me! She said "you do NOT ask me that question!" um, what?! Then the phone rang, she stepped out for a cpl mins and came back and asked if I had any other questions.i told her she still didn't answer my 1st question and she said she wouldn't answer it!i I said if you're going to try and sell me your company I need to know why you are worth my money and not someone else in the area. She said its not her job to sell me the company, the company sells itself. That she is a model for it. Really? So I ask to speak with the office manager. And then she said, well, I haven't even told you yes or no for him. So ok. Tell me. And she says he's not mature enough yet. So I laugh and I was like you just said how mature he was! And then she said (she has been standing up & very defensive this whole time) "well I WAS looking forward to working with him but then you came at me all wrong!" Wow! So I again tell her to get me the office manager. The office manager was def sticking up for Judy but was nice & answered my 1 simple question. I didn't even get a chance to ask my difficult ones! But, I did feel rushed. After waiting over 2 hrs, I finally got in and they were rushing me out bc they had an open call at 7 and half our interview we were by ourselves bc she was interviewing the people before us too. So in the end, not only are they a scam but they are rude, immature, and unprofessional. It took me everything I had to not tell everyone at the open call to run now and never look back! I am so glad we never had intentions of signing with them anyways!
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