• Report: #43923
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  • Submitted: Mon, February 03, 2003
  • Updated: Sun, July 25, 2004

  • Reported By:Bronx New York
589 8th Ave New York, New York U.S.A.

TCTALENT Shady pressure, New York New York

*Consumer Comment: I was suckered too!! Fortunately not Fashion Rock

*UPDATE Employee: It's not for everyone!

*REBUTTAL Individual responds: This sucks!!!

*UPDATE Employee: Not totally stuck

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I am new to this whole modeling acting bug scene, but here is my experience with Tctalent. I was approached by a scout in January and was told that I have "that look", then invited to a "private call". I said to myself "Wow this is strange and should I really follow through with this?" Nevertheless I agreed to go because of the excitement from friends and family (their excitement was actually fueling my own).

Well, you know what happens now, many faces at location, blah blah blah. Measurements taken blah,blah,blah. Corporate recruit speaks gives orientation on our new modeling/acting/musical careers blah, blah, blah. As the orientation went on I started to think that maybe this could go somewhere, they were feeding very well on entertainment hopes and ambitions.

After the orientation was done, I did a brief one on one session. I smiled for the scout, did a turn and a half and gave my jacket size (keep in mind this was all done in a very dim practically dark room). I was told "congratulations" and given the winning smile.

I was told to read the Industry magazine with the 8 page TCT info mag glued to the back (I discovered that later on after this whole thing), and to expect a call on Tuesday at 8pm(the call was Saturday, that's 3 days). A rep from Orlando called 2 and a half hours past 8pm. Again with the congratulations, she asked a few questions then asked if I was interested **Correction she said "..So how will you be paying for this?".

The woman on the phone kept raving about my look (the pics they took were horrible), and how this is my golden opportunity.
I asked her If I can think about it and she said that I may have to wait up to a year for her to get back to me. She bsically said the decision had to be made then.

Honestly, usually I am pretty careful when it comes to things like this especially when it involves money, but I guess I was taken by the glint of hope that this could be a valid opportunity. I agreed to pay 795.00 to be apart of their database.

I was already hung up on the almost 800.00 to join. At this point I gues my senses were coming back from their vacation. I received another call a few days later, (again with the congratulations)inviting me to attend the Orlando Fashion Rock Event. The rep said I was among the 100 chosen to attend and that it would be a wonderful thing packed with agencies,models and entertainment.

After the whole schpeil she put me on hold for 10mins, she gets back on and tells me on of the uppermanagement scout were checking out my pics (horrible pics). The rep said that it was a good thing, that there were only a few spots left and that I should act now and prepare plans to go to Orlando.

She said the trip will be 895.00 excluding travel to and from Orlando Fl.. I thought to myself, now I just became apart of the database, I haven't updated my pics from what they took at orientation, and the pics that they do have are really horrible and with all this I still am a good candidate for this Fashion Rock Event!!!

I told her that I was in a financial bind, she sat quiet for a few, then said that I can place the charge on multiple cards, that I can do a payment plan and 245 down would be needed. I refused and said I had to think about it. She said that the slots are going fast, but then gave in and said I can call her in two days but she will definitely need an answer by then.

The next day it just so happened I had a third interview with TCTalent, with my "advisor" of some sort. This person is so suppose to help me along with updating my digital comp card and get started in creating exposure for my self.

That was my last contact with them, I am suppose to be taking pictures for my portfolio (which will cost an additional 500.00). I am constantly being told by them that a time slot/position here is limited an oppourtunity there is fading.

After then I decided to do what I should have done in the beginning and began researching this group. Not good reviews at all, and I am not really disappointed in myself but more like "trick me once, shame on you."

There are several questions that I have like 'How will I make that money back?, If I continue just to get the pictures will it be worth it? Who will have exclusive rights to the pictures and What can I do to either make it worthwile or should I just cut my losses?

I am glad that I did my research when I did, because eventually I would have done it but 'sooner is always better than later'

Columbus, Ohio

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#1 Consumer Comment

I was suckered too!! Fortunately not Fashion Rock

AUTHOR: Dawn - (U.S.A.)

I have been on the site for almost a year and nothing promising has come I just now started doing research on this company and its not good news at all. To make situations worst, I was about to pay my money for Fashion Rock too, they claimed spots were going fast but in this economy no one has money like that to waste with no guarantees. But they seem to be still trying to fill spots well now they have one more to fill.....Mine!!!

I was just contacted by a reputtable agent and they did not find me through tc talent they found me through my aol profile and it didnt say anything about me being a model but the agency is interested. I checked rip off report but the bbb says this agency is clean, wish i would have done checked with you before 945 dollars. oh well unfortunately i had to learn the hard way.
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#2 UPDATE Employee

It's not for everyone!

AUTHOR: Proud - (U.S.A.)

I know people who actually have done well with TC Talent. As far as it being a rip-off, I dont think you can call it that. We don't offer anything that we don't provide. We do not guarantee work as nobody can.

I am very sorry to hear about the bad experiences with the company, but you have to understand that this is not for everyone. My suggestion to anyone who is considering doing anything, not just TC Talent, is if you are spending money, be it $10 or $800, ask yourself if you can afford to lose it. If you can't, don't spend it. thats how we get into debt.

one last note:

TCTalent is, as of today, Willemina Scout. I'm sure you all know who Willemina is. Obvoiusly, they are a legitimate modeling agency, and I'm pretty sure they would contract with any company that was ripping off would-be Models and Talents.

Thanks for the opportunity to rebutt.

I have to say that I do not in any way represent Willemina Scout(TC Talent) as a whole. All statements made here are my personal opinions and should be taken as such.
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#3 REBUTTAL Individual responds

This sucks!!!

AUTHOR: Gina - (U.S.A.)

I also was ripped off by tct. The same thing with the whole fashion rock. I have been through different modeling agencies but non like this. I know that I should have researched it but my boyfriend wanted me back into it so he paid for half. What was it $800!!!! I have not recieve responses about me. Just general looking for whomever.

I am soooo disappointed but I am glad that I have different contacts that still help me with modeling. I believe that everyone that has signed with tct should get all of thier money back. All they are doing is raking in the money and putting out nothing. Does anyone know how to download the pic to change them. The ones they took were awful!!
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#4 UPDATE Employee

Not totally stuck

AUTHOR: Shane - (U.S.A.)

okay, so you signed up for something without checking and you obviously didn't read the 8 page pullout from industry magazine.

not much chance of getting your 800 back but I would hold off on buying more pictures. you can update your pics for free, however, so have a friend take some good pictures or use ones you already have- not graduation pics or anything- real pictures.

then at least you'll have a good digital comp on their site and agencies can do searches and when they see you it won't be a crappy picture.

I do know a lot of models get booked but as to whether you'll make your money back, no way to say.

good luck
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