Cary's comments about Lou Pearlman are quite accurate. Our San Diego office was told on August 29th, Lou Pearlman had bought the company. Later, we were told it was a merger. Like many here, I thought this would be a great plus for Options. That is---until I started doing research on Lou Pearlman.
As w/ myself, most people are under the impression Mr. Pearlman has a good relationship w/ his groups. The truth is, practically every group he has managed has sued him. He no longer manages them, but he still collects residuals, etc. from them. He has, one way or another, managed to keep a financial hold on them.
Mr. Pearlman is NOT the paternal type portrayed by many. He is, admittedly, in it for the MONEY. Where morals and ethics are concerned, people in his caliber don't consider them. So, just because you see his name associated w/ Options Talent, don't think he isn't fully aware of what he has involved himself w/. I'm sure the man did his homework before signing on the dotted line. He is not ignorant and he isn't all that nice.
After some hesitation, I went ahead and filed a report against this business w/ the Better Business Bureau. I know this website has somewhat discouraged us from doing so, but I am a firm believer in 'squeaky wheel gets the grease'. I figure whatever steps we can take to get these individuals exposed, it is better than doing nothing. These young potential models are somebody's baby. They are being exploited by a bunch of perverts.
I was told some legal proceedings were in the works, but after sending much information to parties concerned, no one responded back to me. Can anyone tell me if things are still in motion? Is anyone investigating the models missing who were sent on assignments overseas? Should I contact my local authorities? I would appreciate some answers.
The Better Business Bureau did respond to me immediately and said they would soon be sending a follow-up letter. Again, at least it is a step. The research I did on most all of the individuals involved w/ these businesses turned up some very negative past/present histories. It was EXTREMELY disturbing. I found Google searches to bring up the best results.
You would think that, since the 911 tragedies, people would be more compassionate and less selfish. Not so w/ these guys. What a sick environment they dwell in.
Enough said for now.
Morongo Valley, California