ED Magedson – Founder
The Cute Kid A contest maybe- but NOT a legitimate modeling agency Internet
I would like to share my knowledge of the modeling and acting industry and how The Cute Kid fits into this industry. If you are looking for a CONTEST, then the Cute Kid is legitimate. Pay $19.99 per photo entry and you have a chance to win cash prizes and to have your child's photo on their website. I know this, because my daughter has won before. They actually send you the cash prize- that is very real. There are two caveats however.
The first is that you have to pay $19.99 to enter and they literally get thousands of entries so your chances are ridiculously slim. The second is that nearly every single winning photo is a professional photo. Just entering a snapshot of your child that you took yourself? You don't stand a chance- save your money. Many of the winners are already models and emerging actors, and their winning photos were taken by professional photographers specializing in modeling and acting headshots and comp cards.
Most importantly, I want to share that the "opportunities" to book actual modeling or acting work are slim to none. A few times a year The Cute Kid will hold an actual photo shoot in which winners get to participate. These shoots are almost always in NYC and they almost always select kids local to NYC. So on the surface these opportunities seem legitimate- but unless you are local to NYC, they really aren't. They aren't going to pick your kid and fly you to NYC when they can pick from thousands of local kids.
Th same is true for the big winner of The Cute Kid of the Year contest. Look back at the winners from the last five or six years. They are ALL local to LA or NYC. The big winner is offered a modeling contract with a real agency. No real agency is going to sign a kid who doesn't live locally. It's not how it works. Plus, the Cute Kid couldn't brag about all of the jobs their winner has booked if that winner isn't in a market where actual jobs exist. So again, if you live in LA or NYC- you have a very slim chance of winning the big contest. But if you don't- save your money.
Along those same lines, every month The Cute Kid sends out an email saying that a specific agency is seeking kids to represent and they will choose from those entered in the contest! Pay $19.99 to enter and your kid could be chosen by a real modeling agency! A few things here. First- you MUST live in the market of that specific agency. If the agency is in Miami, they will ONLY select kids local to Miami! But Cute Kid doesn't tell you this, they just use the lure of being signed to get you to pay the $19.99 entry fee. Second, you are able to submit to these agencies for FREE at any time you want. Go to their website and find their submission guidelines.
Real modeling and acting agencies NEVER charge for submissions- you can send in your child's photos for free and if the agency is interested, they will sign your child for FREE. Look up the agencies in your area and submit to them directly. You don't need to pay $19.99 so the agency *may* see your child's photo amongst the thousands of entries that month. Lastly, while The Cute Kid touts these "major" agencies, they are in actuality all bottom tier agencies. Sure they are legitimate agencies, but they are NOT the big players in the industry.
Surely- The Cute Kid can be fun. If you are willing for fork out $19.99 a month to enter a contest- by all means, fork away. It is fun to win, as my son has twice. Cute Kid does offer some free contests, and they are truly free. Enjoy those as well. If you are on their FB page a lot, you can even find opportunities to win a free entry to the monthly contests. They do little games and such where the winner gets a free entry. Again, this can be fun so go for it.
Just be aware that this company is nothing more than a contest. They will not give your child a big break into the world of modeling or acting. Those promises are all scams to get you to enter the monthly contests and shell over your hard earned money. Again- if you understand that from the get-go and still want to enter, go ahead. But I strongly beleive that this company is the king of false advertisement and they use false claims of fame and fortune to pray on uneducated parents. Don't fall victim.
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 05/07/2014 12:00 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/the-cute-kid/internet/the-cute-kid-a-contest-maybe-but-not-a-legitimate-modeling-agency-internet-1144752. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.
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