I had an interview with One Source Talent after they called me, and they "convinced me" to spend $500" for a "comp card" (industry-standard photo-resume) and an account on their website. They took 5 photos of me with a digital camera against a wall which looked horrible! I am still not sure what the $500 was for, since the online account with them costs $39.95 per month. Not satisfied with those amateur photos, I reserved the services of a professional local photographer, who charged me $85 dollars for a very professional, very artistic, and very awesome looking photoshoot (she was NOT with One Source, and she was the one kind enough to warn me about their scam, unfortunately too late.) Three days after I got the proofs back from this local photographer and put them on One Source's website under my account, I went to a 2nd interview with them, which they told me when I tried to cancel it was "mandatory and could not be rescheduled. [continued below]....
.....) they saw the local photographer's photos on my account and said "these are not industry standard" and they told me they had already cast me for 5 possible jobs (I have no proof of that) and the only reason I never got any of those jobs was because this "local photographer's photos are not industry standard."
They again convinced me to book their own photographer, charging me a 9yet again" NON-REFUNDABLE) $699 fee. I have not yet been to the photoshoot, but I have read several complaints which lead me to believe they are a scam. Since I have just paid for all this within this month, is there any way to get my money back? Is there any legal recourse?
These are the websites which this kind local photographer lead me to, (as I said, unfortunately, too late):
If there is any legal recourse or any way for me to recuperate my $1200, please let me know asap. Thank you very much,