Report: #962666

Complaint Review: Time Talent Agency

  • Submitted: Wed, October 31, 2012
  • Updated: Thu, December 27, 2012
  • Reported By: Whatanabe — Houston, TX Texas United States of America
  • Time Talent Agency
    5847 San Felipe, Suite 1700
    Houston, Texas
    United States of America

Show customers why they should trust your business over your competitors...

after receiving a bogus email from Raquel blaming another local photographer for not getting me my photos in time ive decided to file this report....

i was invited to a test shoot of which i paid over $200 for and was told to go to some MUAs didnt look or feel professional at all and i was very skeptical

after a month or so of not receiving my photos i contacted the photographer and he told me that since the agency was in charge of the shoot that i had to deal with them which i know is typical when doing work through an agency. its not the first time ive ever heard that...

then i received an email from Raquel saying that the photographer was the reason why she was unable to send me the photos in time but i heard from another model who was also at a previous test shoot that Raquel does this all the time...takes money and takes forever to provide the photos to the models regardless of who is the photographer...

funny thing is...i had checked the Time Talent website many times before receiving that email and my photo from that shoot had already been posted on their website which tells me that she has had the photos for a while now. we're not dumb, Raquel.

funny thing also is that i signed no contract to allow them to do so...i also found out later from other models of theirs that she is using many models photos without having any proper contracts signed beforehand and yet she is talking about other photographers using models pictures without model releases...what about her???

apparently a number of her models are also waiting to be paid for events they performed at months ago.  im glad i never ended up signing any contracts or working for her...i lost more than $200 but oh well, i guess i learned my lesson. i really think someone should shut this agency down. houstons fashion scene is already a joke and she is only making it worse
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#1 UPDATE EX-employee responds


AUTHOR: Brian S - (United States of America)

Hi, Raquel.

You are yesterday.

I have what I need so bring it.


Brian Styles
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#2 UPDATE Employee

Final Notice

AUTHOR: TTA - Agent - (United States of America)

As mentioned before, agency staff and owner stand by continuing to state these are all false allegations.   Every aspect of business matters and they are addressed when possible.  All the accusations made towards TTA and personal slander from anonymous models are indicative of a disgruntled person.  This should definitely be settled legally versus virtual battle. 

Professional agencies present contracts to photographers in order to protect image rights on test shoots, which is the one you refused to sign. TTA has email proof from several models and industry professionals to indicate opposite of the report above.  Final notice; TTA lawyer will be contacting you soon to put an end to this.   
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#3 UPDATE EX-employee responds

Get over yourself...

AUTHOR: Brian S - (United States of America)

Hi, Raquel.

I was directed to this website by one of your models.  After reading through the complaint and your rebuttal, do you really feel it was wise to point the finger and claim that I wrote these complaints?

If you feel you are intimidating me in any manner, you are in for an awakening.  I'd be glad to settle your little nitpicking in court.  What I find very funny is that you, the agency owner, even found the time to take out of your day to worry about what others say about you.  Do you think you are the only agency/business to receive reports like this?  Legitimate agencies and businesses don't have the time to respond to every customer complaint as nobody can satisfy everybody.  Your defensive actions only show that you may have something to hide.

I'll tell the public why you pissed me off.

Initially, when the public found out I was working with you, at least a dozen individuals, photographers, and models (past and current), felt compelled to reach out to me via phone and Facebook and "warn" me about working with your agency stating that you were always late with payments (or never paid), that you used work from photographers (without contracts) and posted them on your website, and that you'd use people for their services only to be concerned with capitalizing for yourself. I did not heed these warnings as I should have.

After I refused to sign the ridiculous contract you offered to me, you called me twice to lie and say that your model's parents were complaining that I was using their child's photos without their permission, when I had already received their permission via text or verbal.  One of those parents you mentioned was a realtor attempting to help me find a new home.  After apologizing to the parent for making them upset about the usage of their child's modeling photo (who is of legal age to make their own decisions anyhow), I was told that they never complained to you about using their child's photo in my own fashion portfolio.  You made me look like a fool.

From that point on, I took everything you said as a lie.  I did not trust you.  When people asked me what my experience was like working with you, I told them.  Letting others know how I felt about working with you and my thoughts on your "agency" is within my constitutional rights.

In regards to the e-mails you stated I sent out to your models, it was at the result of finding out by one of your models that they had received an e-mail from you stating that the reason why you did not provide them their photos after a couple of months was because I was late in providing them to you.  When I was forwarded this e-mail by your
model, I reached out to the few individuals I shot under your direction to find out what was going on as this was an apparent lie.  Do you know that I have Dropbox upload and CD burn timestamps and dates that show proof of when you received the photos online and in person? 

When I showed some of these models in question this information after they approached me, you ended up tainting your own reputation.  In addition, how could you lie and say that I did not provide you any of the photos in time when you were already using them on your website months prior?  This means you had them.  In addition, your beauty director, Marc H., only submitted payment to me after I provided him the CD of images from our second shoot.  As we all know, I was not paid for our first shoot (test shoot).

As an agency, you have a long way to go and a lot to learn.  I'd be happy to meet you in court and put you in your place.  The only individual you have working with you that has any sense is your beauty director, Marc H.  I never signed a contract with you and I owe you nothing.  I highly recommend you do not mention my name again.
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#4 REBUTTAL Owner of company

False Allegations by Brian Styles - Liar Brian Spencer

AUTHOR: TTA - Agent - (United States of America)

Another false claim made by Brian Spencer aka Brian Styles Photography. He changes his name and is once again disguising himself in alias model names, since he has nothing better to do than try and hurt agency reputation. We have evidence of that statement which is written by you Brian, we're not dumb.

We are keeping records of all emails, texts, and social media content you are making against agency and Raquel. Legal action will be taking place for personal slandering and defamation of character. We have evidence of the email you recently sent in which you claimed your goal
is to have lots of models mad at Raquel and Time Talent.  That same day, this claims out...not smart Brian.

The agency follows the proper business ethics and does not tolerate false claims without supporting evidence.  We have record of every model the email mentioned went out to, and they are currently being booked with our clients. This is why we know it's not a model writing these false claims and can proudly say we have a good open relationship with our team.

We are ending this rebuttal by saying good luck with everything.  We really hope someone can get you help, spiritually or with medication to help you get over all the anger and ill will that lives inside you.
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