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Complaint Review: Charmaine Logan - :Northern Styles - SMEX Modelling Agency; Native Talent; Top Native Model - Toronto Ontario

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  • Charmaine Logan - :Northern Styles - SMEX Modelling Agency; Native Talent; Top Native Model #268 Glenholme Ave Toronto, Ontario Canada

Charmaine Logan - Northern Styles - SMEX Modelling Agency; Native Talent - Top Native Model They charge for modelling classes photoshoot they also go to First Nations and charge for so called workshops the propsal is ESTEEM & EMPLOYMENT This owner does not pay employees and does not have a payroll Toronto Ontario

*Author of original report: Charmaine Logan NORTHERN STYLES, SMEX MODELING AGENCY, NATIVE TALENT, TOP NATIVE MODEL

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: CINDY NOMEE- Slanderous Extortionist Strikes again

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Slanderous CIndy = PLAGIARISM

*Author of original report: NORTHERN STYLES; TOP NATIVE MODEL; NATIVE TALENT; SMEX MODEL EXECUTIVE Owner Charmaine Logan: Informing Comsumers

*Author of original report: NORTHERN STYLES; TOP NATIVE MODEL; NATIVE TALENT; SMEX MODEL EXECUTIVE Owner Charmaine Logan: Informing Comsumers

*Author of original report: NORTHERN STYLES; TOP NATIVE MODEL; NATIVE TALENT; SMEX MODEL EXECUTIVE Owner Charmaine Logan: Informing Comsumers

*Author of original report: NORTHERN STYLES; TOP NATIVE MODEL; NATIVE TALENT; SMEX MODEL EXECUTIVE Owner Charmaine Logan: Informing Comsumers

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Slanderous Cindy-Strikes Again!

*REBUTTAL Individual responds: Slanderous Cindy hits a new low.

*Author of original report: SLANDEROUS ACUSSATIONS

*Author of original report: SLANDEROUS ACUSSATIONS

*Author of original report: SLANDEROUS ACUSSATIONS

*Author of original report: BEWARE & INFO on CHARMAINE LOGAN

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Ex Intern

*Author of original report: NOT AN ANGRY EX EMPLOYEE BUT IM INFORING CONSUMERS

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: FALSE REPORT by angry former interim staff

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The companies : Northern Styles/Native Talent/ SMEX- Spirit Modelling Agency & Top Native Model charges nieve kids & adults to take there so called workshops charging charge $1000 to $2000 or more for a few days of classes and a "portfolio" they will put together by the owner herself or paying someone to take a few quick pictures of you upon "graduation." A lot of instructors aren't models at all, and never were. They're just graduates of the same schools, imperfectly passing on what they learned - and all you are going to pick up from them are bad habits
Top Native Model charges and entry fee $150 per person the prizes are not that great. These workshops are called ESTEEM & EMPLOYMENT. They sell you a modelling book which most of the info can be found on the web.

The owner does not pay her employees for the work that they have done. Saying it was volunteer work. She has broken most of the Ontario Labour Act. These businesses are unethical and a sham to get your monies BEWARE

Anonymous
toronto, Ontario
Canada

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Charmaine Logan NORTHERN STYLES, SMEX MODELING AGENCY, NATIVE TALENT, TOP NATIVE MODEL

AUTHOR: Anonymous - (Canada)

POSTED: Monday, August 25, 2008
The valuable information for consumers was found from: MODELING SCAMS RIPOFFS AND BAD BUSINESS and MODEL SCAMS AND FRAUDS, FRAUDULENT MODELING SCAM AGENCIES: Please be aware of these companies and Charmaine Logan What I have posted sounds a lot like how Ms Logan runs her business BEWARE DO A CRIMINAL AND BACKGROUND CHECK on MS LOGAN and these companies.
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Slanderous CIndy = PLAGIARISM

AUTHOR: Charm - (Canada)

POSTED: Friday, August 22, 2008
You are supposed to credit the source of information when you are posting another authors work. Posting online is also considered publishing and you are (again) committing plagiarism.
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NORTHERN STYLES; TOP NATIVE MODEL; NATIVE TALENT; SMEX MODEL EXECUTIVE Owner Charmaine Logan: Informing Comsumers

AUTHOR: Anonymous - (Canada)

POSTED: Thursday, August 21, 2008
There is a whole industry that has developed to take advantage of those who would like to become models. They are far removed from the world of actual professional modeling. This modeling scam and rip-off industry makes its money by alluding to or promising great careers in modeling, but first you have to pay them up front. Of course your modeling career never comes about and your money is long gone. These enterprises prey upon your hopes and dreams of becoming a star and they are betting on your lack of knowledge about how the modeling industry really works. This leach industry seems to be getting bigger everyday.
The rip-off is a big category, and it's not illegal. Companies operating rip-off schemes make vague promises or they tout one or two models (out of thousands whose money they've taken) that actually succeeded in a career. They will work with anyone who pays money up front, and they tell everyone they have some type of talent, whether or not they really do. The rip-off companies can include modeling agencies that charge up front for signing fees and photo shoots, or that require you take their class before they will work with you. Also in this category are some of the modeling conventions, searches, and competitions. Many virtual modeling sites are springing up all over the web. New rip-off enterprises are starting up every day.
The bad business category includes enterprises that are trying to conduct a legitimate business, but just don't know what they are doing. They do not have the essential knowledge of the industry they need or they may be poorly located.(Ran from there basement apartment) These businesses might include someone who sets up a modeling agency in a too-small market area, or a photographer offering to shoot professional modeling portfolios but does not have the skill level to carry it off, or it might be a modeling school that should really be called a finishing school (offering classes in image enhancement, or using outdated teaching materials.
Warning signs of a scam, or a less than legitimate, or a poorly run agency:
1) Newspaper classified ads or display ads looking for any kind of model or talent (other than nude glamour modeling, i.e. models for the adult entertainment industry). Reputable modeling agencies receive plenty of would-be model inquiries so they don't need to advertise for models. If they are short of talent they will send their scouts out to public places to look for potential talent.
2) Pictures of famous New York supermodels on the walls of their offices, or these models' comp cards on a wall rack. Top New York fashion models do not need a modeling agency in small town USA.
3) Up-front fees. These could be signing fees, new account fees, evaluation fees, etc. If an agency has to charge money at the front end it means that there is not enough money at the back end. It also means that the agency probably does not have enough modeling work to be able to survive on commissions, and therefore, not enough work for a model to survive on either.
4) "We are interested in you but you need to test shoot with our photographer and it's going to cost you." Legitimate agencies will provide you with a list of photographers that you may go to on your own. Many will have a place by the front door for photographers' business cards that you can take on your way out. You should be free to go to any photographer you choose. If the agency tells you that you must use their photographer, watch out. A twist on this theme is when the agency provides the photo session at no charge, then charges you a high fee for a "professional" makeup artist. Or they have one their models to do your makeup.You will need photos at some point but you should be free to shop around and find your own photographer and makeup artist.
5) "We are interested in you but you need to go through our classes first and it is going to cost you." Again money at the front end means not enough modeling work at the back end. A combination school/modeling agency has a conflict of interest. For example, SAG (Screen Actors Guild) member agencies cannot offer both.
6) "We guarantee you work." Modeling agencies are not employers. They represent you and try to get work for you. Most of the time they don't know for sure what type of job will come in or what 'look' may be needed, thus there is no way a legitimate agency can guarantee you work. The best they can do is to give you an idea of their track record on placements. But remember that past performance is no guarantee of future performance.

How do you tell the difference between a legitimate agency and one that wants to sell photo portfolios? Legitimate agencies do not ask for money up front. They earn their income by charging a contracted percentage of the model's earnings. Registration, consultation or evaluation fees are questionable. There is no fee to be on an agency's roster nationally or internationally. You do not need a portfolio to get started in modeling; two or three strong professional photos are all that is expected from a new model.

Talent searches are often fronts for bogus modeling schools." -- Laurel Pallock, Investigator, District Attorney's office, San Francisco

Advice when dealing with modeling pitches:

* Be wary of modeling companies that require you to use a specific photographer. Compare fees and the quality of work of several photographers.
* Be suspicious if a company requires an up-front fee to serve as your agent.
* Be cautious if the company claims to have a special referral relationship with a specific modeling agency. The two could be splitting your fees, or the agency might not be the right one for you.
* Ask yourself if you are getting an honest appraisal of your potential as a model. Do not let flattery take control. How many others got the same offer from the modeling agency? The competition will be steep and the company might be telling everyone they have "potential."
* Avoid high-pressure sales tactics. If you have potential for a model today, you'll have potential a week from now. There's no need to sign anything immediately.
* Be skeptical of claims about high salaries you can earn. Successful models in small markets can earn $75 to $150 an hour, but the work is irregular.
* Ask for names, addresses and phone numbers of models and actors who have used the company's services successfully and recently.
* Get all promises and representations in writing. Otherwise, they are worthless.
* Check out their claims. If an agency says it has placed models in specific jobs, call those companies to verify it.

Upfront fees
High prices
High sales pressure
Guaranteed work
No website or Soon to be web site
No tear sheets
No client list
Pricing not on website
Hidden fees
Extra expenses (total cost) not communicated
Not up front about basic important issue(s)
Website FAQ does not answer basic important question(s)
Training not free
Online portfolio not free
Specific photographer required
Manipulation to use specific photographer
Agency makes profit from photography
Website address of "professional photographer" not provided
Company has its own photographer or own photo studio
Pictures taken by photographer do not look professional
High fees for web portfolio
Most models make less money than they pay for photos
Late payments for completed work
Leaders have history of fraud
No agency license
Published news reports allege fraud, greed, corruption
The words "scam" or "fraud" are often used in online discussions of the company
False/misleading/unsubstantiated advertising
Claim famous agencies use the company to seek models
Claim top agencies use the internet to seek models
Claimed/implied affiliation with celebrities
Claim they started the career(s) of supermodel(s)
Claim supermodels use the service
Claim supermodel started the company
Company promotes lucrative modeling but its models only get "minimum-wage" "modeling"
Company talks like an agency, or says it is an agency, but it is not an agency, and has no license
Company name includes "International" but it has no offices in other countries and no model placement in other countries
Slams other types of modeling businesses (convention slamming schools; schools slamming conventions)
New company
Payment only accepted in cash or money order
No receipt given unless asked
Imbalance in financial risk (one-sided for consumer)
No money-back guarantee
No refunds
Company makes profit even if models get no work
Company's models do not look like models/have not received work
Company seeks long-term exclusive model contract with new/untested model
Firm does not mention and BBB record does not include its success rate (placement record)
Model scouts are not model bookers
Model scouts are paid by the number of people they recruit, not the amount of work the models get
Company recruits models in state(s) or provinces where it has no office(s)
Company seeks quota (x number of new models)
Company pretends to be highly selective ("only 2% are selected" and 98% fail, when in reality it is more like 98% who are selected and 2% fail)
Use of important-sounding positions like "Talent Executive" which require no training and no skill
Claims someone else (who is important) has to make the selection decision to make them appear to be selective
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#13 Author of original report

NORTHERN STYLES; TOP NATIVE MODEL; NATIVE TALENT; SMEX MODEL EXECUTIVE Owner Charmaine Logan: Informing Comsumers

AUTHOR: Anonymous - (Canada)

POSTED: Thursday, August 21, 2008
There is a whole industry that has developed to take advantage of those who would like to become models. They are far removed from the world of actual professional modeling. This modeling scam and rip-off industry makes its money by alluding to or promising great careers in modeling, but first you have to pay them up front. Of course your modeling career never comes about and your money is long gone. These enterprises prey upon your hopes and dreams of becoming a star and they are betting on your lack of knowledge about how the modeling industry really works. This leach industry seems to be getting bigger everyday.
The rip-off is a big category, and it's not illegal. Companies operating rip-off schemes make vague promises or they tout one or two models (out of thousands whose money they've taken) that actually succeeded in a career. They will work with anyone who pays money up front, and they tell everyone they have some type of talent, whether or not they really do. The rip-off companies can include modeling agencies that charge up front for signing fees and photo shoots, or that require you take their class before they will work with you. Also in this category are some of the modeling conventions, searches, and competitions. Many virtual modeling sites are springing up all over the web. New rip-off enterprises are starting up every day.
The bad business category includes enterprises that are trying to conduct a legitimate business, but just don't know what they are doing. They do not have the essential knowledge of the industry they need or they may be poorly located.(Ran from there basement apartment) These businesses might include someone who sets up a modeling agency in a too-small market area, or a photographer offering to shoot professional modeling portfolios but does not have the skill level to carry it off, or it might be a modeling school that should really be called a finishing school (offering classes in image enhancement, or using outdated teaching materials.
Warning signs of a scam, or a less than legitimate, or a poorly run agency:
1) Newspaper classified ads or display ads looking for any kind of model or talent (other than nude glamour modeling, i.e. models for the adult entertainment industry). Reputable modeling agencies receive plenty of would-be model inquiries so they don't need to advertise for models. If they are short of talent they will send their scouts out to public places to look for potential talent.
2) Pictures of famous New York supermodels on the walls of their offices, or these models' comp cards on a wall rack. Top New York fashion models do not need a modeling agency in small town USA.
3) Up-front fees. These could be signing fees, new account fees, evaluation fees, etc. If an agency has to charge money at the front end it means that there is not enough money at the back end. It also means that the agency probably does not have enough modeling work to be able to survive on commissions, and therefore, not enough work for a model to survive on either.
4) "We are interested in you but you need to test shoot with our photographer and it's going to cost you." Legitimate agencies will provide you with a list of photographers that you may go to on your own. Many will have a place by the front door for photographers' business cards that you can take on your way out. You should be free to go to any photographer you choose. If the agency tells you that you must use their photographer, watch out. A twist on this theme is when the agency provides the photo session at no charge, then charges you a high fee for a "professional" makeup artist. Or they have one their models to do your makeup.You will need photos at some point but you should be free to shop around and find your own photographer and makeup artist.
5) "We are interested in you but you need to go through our classes first and it is going to cost you." Again money at the front end means not enough modeling work at the back end. A combination school/modeling agency has a conflict of interest. For example, SAG (Screen Actors Guild) member agencies cannot offer both.
6) "We guarantee you work." Modeling agencies are not employers. They represent you and try to get work for you. Most of the time they don't know for sure what type of job will come in or what 'look' may be needed, thus there is no way a legitimate agency can guarantee you work. The best they can do is to give you an idea of their track record on placements. But remember that past performance is no guarantee of future performance.

How do you tell the difference between a legitimate agency and one that wants to sell photo portfolios? Legitimate agencies do not ask for money up front. They earn their income by charging a contracted percentage of the model's earnings. Registration, consultation or evaluation fees are questionable. There is no fee to be on an agency's roster nationally or internationally. You do not need a portfolio to get started in modeling; two or three strong professional photos are all that is expected from a new model.

Talent searches are often fronts for bogus modeling schools." -- Laurel Pallock, Investigator, District Attorney's office, San Francisco

Advice when dealing with modeling pitches:

* Be wary of modeling companies that require you to use a specific photographer. Compare fees and the quality of work of several photographers.
* Be suspicious if a company requires an up-front fee to serve as your agent.
* Be cautious if the company claims to have a special referral relationship with a specific modeling agency. The two could be splitting your fees, or the agency might not be the right one for you.
* Ask yourself if you are getting an honest appraisal of your potential as a model. Do not let flattery take control. How many others got the same offer from the modeling agency? The competition will be steep and the company might be telling everyone they have "potential."
* Avoid high-pressure sales tactics. If you have potential for a model today, you'll have potential a week from now. There's no need to sign anything immediately.
* Be skeptical of claims about high salaries you can earn. Successful models in small markets can earn $75 to $150 an hour, but the work is irregular.
* Ask for names, addresses and phone numbers of models and actors who have used the company's services successfully and recently.
* Get all promises and representations in writing. Otherwise, they are worthless.
* Check out their claims. If an agency says it has placed models in specific jobs, call those companies to verify it.

Upfront fees
High prices
High sales pressure
Guaranteed work
No website or Soon to be web site
No tear sheets
No client list
Pricing not on website
Hidden fees
Extra expenses (total cost) not communicated
Not up front about basic important issue(s)
Website FAQ does not answer basic important question(s)
Training not free
Online portfolio not free
Specific photographer required
Manipulation to use specific photographer
Agency makes profit from photography
Website address of "professional photographer" not provided
Company has its own photographer or own photo studio
Pictures taken by photographer do not look professional
High fees for web portfolio
Most models make less money than they pay for photos
Late payments for completed work
Leaders have history of fraud
No agency license
Published news reports allege fraud, greed, corruption
The words "scam" or "fraud" are often used in online discussions of the company
False/misleading/unsubstantiated advertising
Claim famous agencies use the company to seek models
Claim top agencies use the internet to seek models
Claimed/implied affiliation with celebrities
Claim they started the career(s) of supermodel(s)
Claim supermodels use the service
Claim supermodel started the company
Company promotes lucrative modeling but its models only get "minimum-wage" "modeling"
Company talks like an agency, or says it is an agency, but it is not an agency, and has no license
Company name includes "International" but it has no offices in other countries and no model placement in other countries
Slams other types of modeling businesses (convention slamming schools; schools slamming conventions)
New company
Payment only accepted in cash or money order
No receipt given unless asked
Imbalance in financial risk (one-sided for consumer)
No money-back guarantee
No refunds
Company makes profit even if models get no work
Company's models do not look like models/have not received work
Company seeks long-term exclusive model contract with new/untested model
Firm does not mention and BBB record does not include its success rate (placement record)
Model scouts are not model bookers
Model scouts are paid by the number of people they recruit, not the amount of work the models get
Company recruits models in state(s) or provinces where it has no office(s)
Company seeks quota (x number of new models)
Company pretends to be highly selective ("only 2% are selected" and 98% fail, when in reality it is more like 98% who are selected and 2% fail)
Use of important-sounding positions like "Talent Executive" which require no training and no skill
Claims someone else (who is important) has to make the selection decision to make them appear to be selective
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#12 Author of original report

NORTHERN STYLES; TOP NATIVE MODEL; NATIVE TALENT; SMEX MODEL EXECUTIVE Owner Charmaine Logan: Informing Comsumers

AUTHOR: Anonymous - (Canada)

POSTED: Thursday, August 21, 2008
There is a whole industry that has developed to take advantage of those who would like to become models. They are far removed from the world of actual professional modeling. This modeling scam and rip-off industry makes its money by alluding to or promising great careers in modeling, but first you have to pay them up front. Of course your modeling career never comes about and your money is long gone. These enterprises prey upon your hopes and dreams of becoming a star and they are betting on your lack of knowledge about how the modeling industry really works. This leach industry seems to be getting bigger everyday.
The rip-off is a big category, and it's not illegal. Companies operating rip-off schemes make vague promises or they tout one or two models (out of thousands whose money they've taken) that actually succeeded in a career. They will work with anyone who pays money up front, and they tell everyone they have some type of talent, whether or not they really do. The rip-off companies can include modeling agencies that charge up front for signing fees and photo shoots, or that require you take their class before they will work with you. Also in this category are some of the modeling conventions, searches, and competitions. Many virtual modeling sites are springing up all over the web. New rip-off enterprises are starting up every day.
The bad business category includes enterprises that are trying to conduct a legitimate business, but just don't know what they are doing. They do not have the essential knowledge of the industry they need or they may be poorly located.(Ran from there basement apartment) These businesses might include someone who sets up a modeling agency in a too-small market area, or a photographer offering to shoot professional modeling portfolios but does not have the skill level to carry it off, or it might be a modeling school that should really be called a finishing school (offering classes in image enhancement, or using outdated teaching materials.
Warning signs of a scam, or a less than legitimate, or a poorly run agency:
1) Newspaper classified ads or display ads looking for any kind of model or talent (other than nude glamour modeling, i.e. models for the adult entertainment industry). Reputable modeling agencies receive plenty of would-be model inquiries so they don't need to advertise for models. If they are short of talent they will send their scouts out to public places to look for potential talent.
2) Pictures of famous New York supermodels on the walls of their offices, or these models' comp cards on a wall rack. Top New York fashion models do not need a modeling agency in small town USA.
3) Up-front fees. These could be signing fees, new account fees, evaluation fees, etc. If an agency has to charge money at the front end it means that there is not enough money at the back end. It also means that the agency probably does not have enough modeling work to be able to survive on commissions, and therefore, not enough work for a model to survive on either.
4) "We are interested in you but you need to test shoot with our photographer and it's going to cost you." Legitimate agencies will provide you with a list of photographers that you may go to on your own. Many will have a place by the front door for photographers' business cards that you can take on your way out. You should be free to go to any photographer you choose. If the agency tells you that you must use their photographer, watch out. A twist on this theme is when the agency provides the photo session at no charge, then charges you a high fee for a "professional" makeup artist. Or they have one their models to do your makeup.You will need photos at some point but you should be free to shop around and find your own photographer and makeup artist.
5) "We are interested in you but you need to go through our classes first and it is going to cost you." Again money at the front end means not enough modeling work at the back end. A combination school/modeling agency has a conflict of interest. For example, SAG (Screen Actors Guild) member agencies cannot offer both.
6) "We guarantee you work." Modeling agencies are not employers. They represent you and try to get work for you. Most of the time they don't know for sure what type of job will come in or what 'look' may be needed, thus there is no way a legitimate agency can guarantee you work. The best they can do is to give you an idea of their track record on placements. But remember that past performance is no guarantee of future performance.

How do you tell the difference between a legitimate agency and one that wants to sell photo portfolios? Legitimate agencies do not ask for money up front. They earn their income by charging a contracted percentage of the model's earnings. Registration, consultation or evaluation fees are questionable. There is no fee to be on an agency's roster nationally or internationally. You do not need a portfolio to get started in modeling; two or three strong professional photos are all that is expected from a new model.

Talent searches are often fronts for bogus modeling schools." -- Laurel Pallock, Investigator, District Attorney's office, San Francisco

Advice when dealing with modeling pitches:

* Be wary of modeling companies that require you to use a specific photographer. Compare fees and the quality of work of several photographers.
* Be suspicious if a company requires an up-front fee to serve as your agent.
* Be cautious if the company claims to have a special referral relationship with a specific modeling agency. The two could be splitting your fees, or the agency might not be the right one for you.
* Ask yourself if you are getting an honest appraisal of your potential as a model. Do not let flattery take control. How many others got the same offer from the modeling agency? The competition will be steep and the company might be telling everyone they have "potential."
* Avoid high-pressure sales tactics. If you have potential for a model today, you'll have potential a week from now. There's no need to sign anything immediately.
* Be skeptical of claims about high salaries you can earn. Successful models in small markets can earn $75 to $150 an hour, but the work is irregular.
* Ask for names, addresses and phone numbers of models and actors who have used the company's services successfully and recently.
* Get all promises and representations in writing. Otherwise, they are worthless.
* Check out their claims. If an agency says it has placed models in specific jobs, call those companies to verify it.

Upfront fees
High prices
High sales pressure
Guaranteed work
No website or Soon to be web site
No tear sheets
No client list
Pricing not on website
Hidden fees
Extra expenses (total cost) not communicated
Not up front about basic important issue(s)
Website FAQ does not answer basic important question(s)
Training not free
Online portfolio not free
Specific photographer required
Manipulation to use specific photographer
Agency makes profit from photography
Website address of "professional photographer" not provided
Company has its own photographer or own photo studio
Pictures taken by photographer do not look professional
High fees for web portfolio
Most models make less money than they pay for photos
Late payments for completed work
Leaders have history of fraud
No agency license
Published news reports allege fraud, greed, corruption
The words "scam" or "fraud" are often used in online discussions of the company
False/misleading/unsubstantiated advertising
Claim famous agencies use the company to seek models
Claim top agencies use the internet to seek models
Claimed/implied affiliation with celebrities
Claim they started the career(s) of supermodel(s)
Claim supermodels use the service
Claim supermodel started the company
Company promotes lucrative modeling but its models only get "minimum-wage" "modeling"
Company talks like an agency, or says it is an agency, but it is not an agency, and has no license
Company name includes "International" but it has no offices in other countries and no model placement in other countries
Slams other types of modeling businesses (convention slamming schools; schools slamming conventions)
New company
Payment only accepted in cash or money order
No receipt given unless asked
Imbalance in financial risk (one-sided for consumer)
No money-back guarantee
No refunds
Company makes profit even if models get no work
Company's models do not look like models/have not received work
Company seeks long-term exclusive model contract with new/untested model
Firm does not mention and BBB record does not include its success rate (placement record)
Model scouts are not model bookers
Model scouts are paid by the number of people they recruit, not the amount of work the models get
Company recruits models in state(s) or provinces where it has no office(s)
Company seeks quota (x number of new models)
Company pretends to be highly selective ("only 2% are selected" and 98% fail, when in reality it is more like 98% who are selected and 2% fail)
Use of important-sounding positions like "Talent Executive" which require no training and no skill
Claims someone else (who is important) has to make the selection decision to make them appear to be selective
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#11 Author of original report

NORTHERN STYLES; TOP NATIVE MODEL; NATIVE TALENT; SMEX MODEL EXECUTIVE Owner Charmaine Logan: Informing Comsumers

AUTHOR: Anonymous - (Canada)

POSTED: Thursday, August 21, 2008
There is a whole industry that has developed to take advantage of those who would like to become models. They are far removed from the world of actual professional modeling. This modeling scam and rip-off industry makes its money by alluding to or promising great careers in modeling, but first you have to pay them up front. Of course your modeling career never comes about and your money is long gone. These enterprises prey upon your hopes and dreams of becoming a star and they are betting on your lack of knowledge about how the modeling industry really works. This leach industry seems to be getting bigger everyday.
The rip-off is a big category, and it's not illegal. Companies operating rip-off schemes make vague promises or they tout one or two models (out of thousands whose money they've taken) that actually succeeded in a career. They will work with anyone who pays money up front, and they tell everyone they have some type of talent, whether or not they really do. The rip-off companies can include modeling agencies that charge up front for signing fees and photo shoots, or that require you take their class before they will work with you. Also in this category are some of the modeling conventions, searches, and competitions. Many virtual modeling sites are springing up all over the web. New rip-off enterprises are starting up every day.
The bad business category includes enterprises that are trying to conduct a legitimate business, but just don't know what they are doing. They do not have the essential knowledge of the industry they need or they may be poorly located.(Ran from there basement apartment) These businesses might include someone who sets up a modeling agency in a too-small market area, or a photographer offering to shoot professional modeling portfolios but does not have the skill level to carry it off, or it might be a modeling school that should really be called a finishing school (offering classes in image enhancement, or using outdated teaching materials.
Warning signs of a scam, or a less than legitimate, or a poorly run agency:
1) Newspaper classified ads or display ads looking for any kind of model or talent (other than nude glamour modeling, i.e. models for the adult entertainment industry). Reputable modeling agencies receive plenty of would-be model inquiries so they don't need to advertise for models. If they are short of talent they will send their scouts out to public places to look for potential talent.
2) Pictures of famous New York supermodels on the walls of their offices, or these models' comp cards on a wall rack. Top New York fashion models do not need a modeling agency in small town USA.
3) Up-front fees. These could be signing fees, new account fees, evaluation fees, etc. If an agency has to charge money at the front end it means that there is not enough money at the back end. It also means that the agency probably does not have enough modeling work to be able to survive on commissions, and therefore, not enough work for a model to survive on either.
4) "We are interested in you but you need to test shoot with our photographer and it's going to cost you." Legitimate agencies will provide you with a list of photographers that you may go to on your own. Many will have a place by the front door for photographers' business cards that you can take on your way out. You should be free to go to any photographer you choose. If the agency tells you that you must use their photographer, watch out. A twist on this theme is when the agency provides the photo session at no charge, then charges you a high fee for a "professional" makeup artist. Or they have one their models to do your makeup.You will need photos at some point but you should be free to shop around and find your own photographer and makeup artist.
5) "We are interested in you but you need to go through our classes first and it is going to cost you." Again money at the front end means not enough modeling work at the back end. A combination school/modeling agency has a conflict of interest. For example, SAG (Screen Actors Guild) member agencies cannot offer both.
6) "We guarantee you work." Modeling agencies are not employers. They represent you and try to get work for you. Most of the time they don't know for sure what type of job will come in or what 'look' may be needed, thus there is no way a legitimate agency can guarantee you work. The best they can do is to give you an idea of their track record on placements. But remember that past performance is no guarantee of future performance.

How do you tell the difference between a legitimate agency and one that wants to sell photo portfolios? Legitimate agencies do not ask for money up front. They earn their income by charging a contracted percentage of the model's earnings. Registration, consultation or evaluation fees are questionable. There is no fee to be on an agency's roster nationally or internationally. You do not need a portfolio to get started in modeling; two or three strong professional photos are all that is expected from a new model.

Talent searches are often fronts for bogus modeling schools." -- Laurel Pallock, Investigator, District Attorney's office, San Francisco

Advice when dealing with modeling pitches:

* Be wary of modeling companies that require you to use a specific photographer. Compare fees and the quality of work of several photographers.
* Be suspicious if a company requires an up-front fee to serve as your agent.
* Be cautious if the company claims to have a special referral relationship with a specific modeling agency. The two could be splitting your fees, or the agency might not be the right one for you.
* Ask yourself if you are getting an honest appraisal of your potential as a model. Do not let flattery take control. How many others got the same offer from the modeling agency? The competition will be steep and the company might be telling everyone they have "potential."
* Avoid high-pressure sales tactics. If you have potential for a model today, you'll have potential a week from now. There's no need to sign anything immediately.
* Be skeptical of claims about high salaries you can earn. Successful models in small markets can earn $75 to $150 an hour, but the work is irregular.
* Ask for names, addresses and phone numbers of models and actors who have used the company's services successfully and recently.
* Get all promises and representations in writing. Otherwise, they are worthless.
* Check out their claims. If an agency says it has placed models in specific jobs, call those companies to verify it.

Upfront fees
High prices
High sales pressure
Guaranteed work
No website or Soon to be web site
No tear sheets
No client list
Pricing not on website
Hidden fees
Extra expenses (total cost) not communicated
Not up front about basic important issue(s)
Website FAQ does not answer basic important question(s)
Training not free
Online portfolio not free
Specific photographer required
Manipulation to use specific photographer
Agency makes profit from photography
Website address of "professional photographer" not provided
Company has its own photographer or own photo studio
Pictures taken by photographer do not look professional
High fees for web portfolio
Most models make less money than they pay for photos
Late payments for completed work
Leaders have history of fraud
No agency license
Published news reports allege fraud, greed, corruption
The words "scam" or "fraud" are often used in online discussions of the company
False/misleading/unsubstantiated advertising
Claim famous agencies use the company to seek models
Claim top agencies use the internet to seek models
Claimed/implied affiliation with celebrities
Claim they started the career(s) of supermodel(s)
Claim supermodels use the service
Claim supermodel started the company
Company promotes lucrative modeling but its models only get "minimum-wage" "modeling"
Company talks like an agency, or says it is an agency, but it is not an agency, and has no license
Company name includes "International" but it has no offices in other countries and no model placement in other countries
Slams other types of modeling businesses (convention slamming schools; schools slamming conventions)
New company
Payment only accepted in cash or money order
No receipt given unless asked
Imbalance in financial risk (one-sided for consumer)
No money-back guarantee
No refunds
Company makes profit even if models get no work
Company's models do not look like models/have not received work
Company seeks long-term exclusive model contract with new/untested model
Firm does not mention and BBB record does not include its success rate (placement record)
Model scouts are not model bookers
Model scouts are paid by the number of people they recruit, not the amount of work the models get
Company recruits models in state(s) or provinces where it has no office(s)
Company seeks quota (x number of new models)
Company pretends to be highly selective ("only 2% are selected" and 98% fail, when in reality it is more like 98% who are selected and 2% fail)
Use of important-sounding positions like "Talent Executive" which require no training and no skill
Claims someone else (who is important) has to make the selection decision to make them appear to be selective
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Slanderous Cindy-Strikes Again!

AUTHOR: Charm - (Canada)

POSTED: Thursday, August 21, 2008
Just to clear up a few corporate misunderstandings and false allegations made by 'Slanderous Cindy'.

I remind people that Cindy was only with us for 4 months whereas, alot of our ROLE MODELS, fashionistas and community supporters have been with us a very long time. Years, in fact. Slanderous Cindy is very unaware of the modelling industry. She has NOTHING to do with fashion (including herself) and her only source of knowledge and education is google. She should not to be considered an expert in anything other than slander. She has taken advantage of our current corporate transitions and has been exploiting our changes and manoeuvres to promote her vendetta.

Our Esteem & Employment seminars are recognized and valued alternative sources of education for communities that lacks extra curricula programming. Some of our REPEAT clients date back as far as 1998. We have letters from youth, parents, grass roots communities, government leaders and associate businesses. LOTS of letters! Our favourites are letters from young girls telling us how we have changed their lives just by boosting their self-esteem and the letters from parents thanking us for making such a difference in their children's lives.

We do not sell our model book, as Cindy wrongfully states, well not yet. We plan to make our handy guidebook for aspiring models filled with fantastic tips, from fashion and posing to industry safety and protocol. It will be for sale online for approximately $15. It's been designed to save 'models' thousands of dollars that they may waste at one of those REAL SCAM agencies. We've done the research and along with our industry knowledge over 12 years and we have creatively made an informative and attractive business product. It's also filled with artistic photos from our beautiful people, to help showcase their success.

Our associate photographers are GREAT! We will proudly show anyone his or her portfolios. We have one or two in each city that we are active in. We found a way to combine teachings with awesome photos so people can get a one stop AFFORDABLE service. We serve models in other agencies, actors, businesses, general public and of course we sponsor established or aspiring models that we intake into SMEX.

WE ARE NOT- nor do we gain wealth from our LOW COST seminars, how ever it is a legitimate service that has been sought, and favoured for many, many years by urban and rural people. Many of our teachings vary from modelling to acting to multi media. We make our services as affordable as possible and we contribute to our Native economy by hiring the best Native workers we can find.
(tsk, tsk Cindy for insulting your own peers). WE CREATE EMPLOYMENT!!

We have not broken any laws, and **THANK YOU ROR** for keeping proof of Slanderous Cindy stating that we have. Up until recently, we have not had any full time employees other than myself. Anyone who has worked with any our teams has been a subcontract, seasonal type employment (production work), or has been kind enough to lend a hand. It is not necessary according to Ontario law to have a payroll for subcontractors. We do, however, have and request invoices from our subcontractors. Which Slanderous Cindy was unprofessional enough to comply. Cindy's roll was supposed to be executive administration and was supposed to assist the corporate changes with human resources development and this included setting up our accounts with the new changes and system. Now she tells everyone They don't even have payroll ---no duh, Slanderous Cindy was initially supposed to do it and failed to do so. We gave her more than ample time to get her executive' role together and she couldn't. I decided to give her another chance by seeing where else she could fit in. Cindy could not fit in with our style of goodwill and professional aptitude. She couldn't handle being a professional and getting the job done. She slacked and did what she wanted, when she wanted, and then tried to milk us for hours and money. She was actually successful on her extortion with us, as she basically stole and held my partners equipment hostage (harming an innocent person).
Is that legal?

WE HAVE GROWN as a small business in the past 12 years from a small city called Edmonton, and now we have reps and are active in 3 major cities including the fashion metropolis TORONTO. We have been restructuring our company for 3 years and are very excited to announce that we have recently moved into our new office in the fashion district of downtown Toronto. All businesses have growing pains, and we embrace all of ours and make each turn a learning curve.

Cindy Nomee is attempting to slander and encourage public scrutiny to an agency (SMEX) that hasn't even gotten off the ground yet. We are very excited about launching our new roster of Native & ethnic talent, we plan to show the world how beautiful and professional Native models really are...and it's going to take alot more than "Slanderous Cindy" to stop us. We have plans to make SMEX become one of the first model owned and operated agencies. This is my personal investment and WAS confidential information made privy only to few. Cindy has shared our corporate document with the world- that was privacy protected according to the settings in my email. The only thing that makes this criminal different from others is she hasn't been caught yet!

We are very grateful for Rip Off Report and the fact that they do not remove any postings, as all her reports here have given us tremendous material to support our case against her. She shouldn't have been sharing company corporate information, especially during such an important corporate/ business transition. I hope all companies and people recognize how dangerous this woman can be. Her personal vendetta against me, I wouldn't let her MILK ME FOR HOURS!

I can give you 2 main examples why this lady's issue is a personal vendetta and does NOT have professional validity:

1. There is another Native company out there that delivers similar but not employment encouraged youth & esteem' concepts. The owner has a REAL criminal background, an alleged child molester, with ACCESS to children.
Why is she not investigating this?

2. Another Native AGENCY that charges people and FIRST NATIONS TAX PAYERS up to $2,000 PLUS, just for 3 days training, a REALLY BAD SHOOT and a so called enrolment into the agency. Hmm, where's the whistle on this one?

We are running a GREAT little but quickly growing company that has values, integrity, boundless creativity and GREAT people. We have shown huge dedication, determination and drive to becoming a great asset to the industry as a whole. Our achievements are professionally recognized and celebrated, from the people to the media. We are not perfect, we are not funded but we have built careers with no money. Our models and designers have appeared on Fashion File, Fashion Television, STAR TV, Entertainment Beat and that's internationally broadcastedahem- and that's just the tip of the iceberg!!!!

Anyone who wants to contact us about our business or preventing harmful people like Slanderous Cindy from making personal attacks against another great company, feel free to drop us an email at contact@northernstyles.net
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Slanderous Cindy hits a new low.

AUTHOR: Charm - (Canada)

POSTED: Wednesday, August 20, 2008
CINDY NOMEE QUOTED.
"Ms Logan can even get a passport because she has a criminal record for FRAUD & DRUGS & PROSTITUTION. All this lady has is a marketing degree fro MARTECH because i redid her resume and it is on file." THIS IS REAL SLANDER, libel and defamation. thank you *ROR* for keeping evidence of this sinister woman. It has been the best addition to my collection for legal action.

I am entitled to confidentiality and Slanderous Cindy has been attempting to be a cyber bully by exploiting my goodwill, my personal life and my troubled youth.

The only thing I have on my record is a drug related charge. It was when I was dating a man over 15 years my senior. The charges were when I was a teenager in the wrong place at the wrong time. I do not have regrets for this event because it changed my life and made me a better person. I turned my life around, I quit playing with criminals, went back to school, was a part time enviro researcher and by the time my trial came up...I was a Native health Liaison, sitting on city hall and helping other troubled youth. I walked into court with support letters from community pillars, teachers, leaders and family members. The judge recognized that I had indeed learned from my mistakes and I was given probation.

Currently, my pardon is underway and I anticipate my pass port will be ready in time for our european project coming up.

As for my education, I have a very decent resume and will share it with anyone who asks. My education stems way further than a marketing diploma. I have also been blessed with mentorship from leaders, business people and scholars (with detailed letters of recommendation).

The fact that this woman feels it necessary to use my childhood mistakes to defame my character only proves how malicious she really is. If she does it to me, someone she called a friend. She will do it to anyone. She has no morales, lacks integrity and it can be assumed that she has a mental disorder due to her unbridled obsessive nature
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CINDY NOMEE- Slanderous Extortionist Strikes again

AUTHOR: Charm - (Canada)

POSTED: Sunday, August 17, 2008
I remind people that Cindy was only with us for 4 months whereas, alot of our ROLE MODELS, fashionistas and community supporters have been with us a very long time. Years, in fact. Slanderous Cindy is very unskilled in the modeling industry. She has NOTHING to do with fashion (including herself). Her primary source of knowledge and education is google. She should not to be considered an expert in anything other than slander. She has taken advantage of our current corporate transitions and has been exploiting our changes and manoeuvres to promote her personal vendetta.

Just to clear up a few corporate misunderstandings and false allegations made by 'Slanderous Cindy'.

Our Esteem & Employment seminars are recognized and a valued alternative source of education for communities that lacks extra curricular programming. Some of our REPEAT clients date back as far as 1998. We have letters from youth, parents, grass roots communities, government leaders and associate businesses. LOTS of letters! Our favourites are letters from young girls telling us how we have changed their lives just by boosting their self-esteem and the letters from parents thanking us for making such a difference in their children's lives.

We do not sell our model book, as Cindy wrongfully states, well not yet. We plan to make our handy guidebook for aspiring models filled with fantastic tips, from fashion and posing to industry safety and protocol. It will be for sale online for approximately $15. It's been designed to save 'models' thousands of dollars that they may waste at one of those REAL SCAM agencies. We've done the research and along with our industry knowledge over 12 years and we have creatively made an informative and attractive business product. It's also filled with artistic photos from our beautiful people, to help showcase their success.

Our associate photographers are GREAT! We will proudly show anyone his or her portfolios. We have one or two in each city that we are active in. We found a way to combine teachings with awesome photos so people can get a one stop AFFORDABLE service. We serve models in other agencies, actors, businesses, and public people and of course we sponsor established or aspiring models that we intake into SMEX.

WE ARE NOT- nor do we gain wealth from our LOW COST seminars, how ever it is a legitimate and quality service that has been sought, and favoured for many, many years by urban and rural people. Many of our teachings vary from modelling to acting to multi media. We make our services as affordable as possible and we contribute to our Native economy by hiring the best Native workers we can find.
(tsk, tsk Cindy for insulting your own peers). WE CREATE EMPLOYMENT!!

We have not broken any laws, and **THANK YOU ROR** for keeping proof of Slanderous Cindy stating that we have. Up until recently, we have not had any full time employees other than myself. Anyone who has worked with any our teams has been a subcontract, seasonal type employment (production work), or has been kind enough to lend a hand. It is not necessary according to law to have a payroll for subcontractors. We do, however, have and request invoices from our subcontractors. Slanderous Cindy was unprofessional enough to comply. Cindy's roll was supposed to be executive administration and was supposed to assist the corporate changes with human resources development and this included setting up our accounts with the new changes and system. Now she tells everyone They don't even have payroll ---no duh, Slanderous Cindy was initially supposed to do it and failed to do so. We gave her more than ample time to get her executive' role together and she couldn't. I decided to give her another chance by seeing where else she could fit in. Cindy could not fit in with our style of goodwill and professional aptitude. She couldn't handle being a professional and getting the job done. She slacked and did what she wanted, when she wanted, and then tried to milk us for hours and money. She was actually successful on her extortion with us, as she basically stole and held my partners equipment hostage (harming an innocent person).
Hmm...Is that legal?

WE HAVE GROWN as a small business in the past 12 years from a small city called Edmonton, and now we have reps and are active in 3 major cities including the fashion metropolis TORONTO. We have been restructuring our company for 3 years and are very excited to announce that we have recently moved into our new office in the fashion district of downtown Toronto. All businesses have growing pains, and we embrace all of ours and make each turn a learning curve.

We are running a GREAT little but quickly growing company that has values, integrity, boundless creativity and GREAT people. We have shown huge dedication, determination and drive to becoming a great asset to the industry as a whole. Our achievements are professionally recognized and celebrated, from the people to the media. We are not perfect, we are not funded but we have built careers with no money. Our models and designers have appeared on Fashion File, Fashion Television, STAR TV, Entertainment Beat and that's internationally broadcastedahem- and that's just the tip of the iceberg!!!!

It is very exciting that we are preparing to launch our new roster of Native & ethnic talent, we plan to show the world how beautiful and professional Native models really are...and it's going to take alot more than "Slanderous Cindy" to stop us. We have plans to make SMEX become one of the first model owned and operated agencies. This is my personal investment and WAS confidential information made privy only to few. Cindy has shared one of our corporate documents with the world- that was privacy protected according to the settings in my email. The only thing that makes this criminal different from others is she hasn't been caught yet!

Cindy Nomee is attempting to slander and encourage public scrutiny to an agency (SMEX) that hasn't even gotten off the ground yet. Her personal vendetta against me, I wouldn't let her MILK ME FOR HOURS!

I can give you 2 main examples why this lady's issue is a personal vendetta and does NOT have professional validity:

1. There is another Native company out there that delivers similar but not employment encouraged youth & esteem' concepts. The owner has a REAL criminal background, an alleged child molester, with ACCESS to children.
Why is she not investigating this?

2. Another Native AGENCY that charges people and FIRST NATIONS TAX PAYERS up to $2,000 PLUS, just for 3 days training, a REALLY BAD SHOOT and a so called enrolment into the agency. Hmm, where's the whistle on this one?

We are very grateful for Rip Off Report and the fact that they do not remove any postings, as all her reports here have given us tremendous material to support our case against her. She shouldn't have been sharing company corporate information, especially during such an important corporate/ business transition. I hope all companies recognize how dangerous this woman can be.

Anyone who wants to contact us about our business or preventing harmful people like Slanderous Cindy from making personal attacks against another great company, feel free to drop us an email at contact@northernstyles.net
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SLANDEROUS ACUSSATIONS

AUTHOR: Anonymous - (Canada)

POSTED: Sunday, August 17, 2008
MS Logan quoted: You are dangerous to companies, people and networks. It is the behavior of a sociopath and any business owner or company manager should exercise extreme caution when interacting with you. You are a 'phoney', a threat to business society and the fact that you have never held a job for longer than a year should really be questioned by employers and business contacts.

I did not know this lady was a physiologist or certified in the area of human behavior to make these assumptions. What she says are slanderous and can be used in a court of law. I have worked for people who are good business people with good business ethics.
I have worked in a casino in the money room and had a FBI criminal background check and I have a bank account (becuase i moved from the states I closed my account in the states and open one up in Canada because i know reside in Canada).
Ms Logan can even get a passport because she has a criminal record for FRAUD & DRUGS & PROSTITUTION. All this lady has is a marketing degree fro MARTECH because i redid her resume and it is on file.
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SLANDEROUS ACUSSATIONS

AUTHOR: Anonymous - (Canada)

POSTED: Sunday, August 17, 2008
MS Logan quoted: You are dangerous to companies, people and networks. It is the behavior of a sociopath and any business owner or company manager should exercise extreme caution when interacting with you. You are a 'phoney', a threat to business society and the fact that you have never held a job for longer than a year should really be questioned by employers and business contacts.

I did not know this lady was a physiologist or certified in the area of human behavior to make these assumptions. What she says are slanderous and can be used in a court of law. I have worked for people who are good business people with good business ethics.
I have worked in a casino in the money room and had a FBI criminal background check and I have a bank account (becuase i moved from the states I closed my account in the states and open one up in Canada because i know reside in Canada).
Ms Logan can even get a passport because she has a criminal record for FRAUD & DRUGS & PROSTITUTION. All this lady has is a marketing degree fro MARTECH because i redid her resume and it is on file.
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AUTHOR: Anonymous - (Canada)

POSTED: Sunday, August 17, 2008
MS Logan quoted: You are dangerous to companies, people and networks. It is the behavior of a sociopath and any business owner or company manager should exercise extreme caution when interacting with you. You are a 'phoney', a threat to business society and the fact that you have never held a job for longer than a year should really be questioned by employers and business contacts.

I did not know this lady was a physiologist or certified in the area of human behavior to make these assumptions. What she says are slanderous and can be used in a court of law. I have worked for people who are good business people with good business ethics.
I have worked in a casino in the money room and had a FBI criminal background check and I have a bank account (becuase i moved from the states I closed my account in the states and open one up in Canada because i know reside in Canada).
Ms Logan can even get a passport because she has a criminal record for FRAUD & DRUGS & PROSTITUTION. All this lady has is a marketing degree fro MARTECH because i redid her resume and it is on file.
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BEWARE & INFO on CHARMAINE LOGAN

AUTHOR: Anonymous - (Canada)

POSTED: Sunday, August 17, 2008
I am en ex employee who is informing people so they don't get misinformed.
If whistleblowing and telling people how an employer treats her employees then says they are angry is just making that employer look very bad.

Most legitimate companies get you to fill out an application, volunteer or training forms. The employer is suppose to by law take the proper deductions from your pay check. Charmaine Logan owes me for work that I have done with her.
Ms Logan does not have any program set up to take the proper deductions because she pays everyone under the table so she doesn't have to pay taxes. It seems to me that everyone else is at fault and she doesn't want to take accountability for her own actions.
Ms Logan is misleading consumers by selling programs Esteem & Employment to First Nation communities paid for by the tax payer.
To reiterate: Consumers do a criminal and credit background check on this lady. She takes advantage of naive girls and people who do not do a background check. She has broken several laws and Ontario Employment Standards.


This is from her own CORPORATE STRUCTURE with SMEX MODELING AGENCY:
Time Per Shares (TPS)
Leaders will become eligible to earn TPS to become owners/share holders of SMEX. Each volunteer hour per event will go towards their share fund, redeemable at the end of the year. Leaders must submit their hours and detailed description of their duties every 3 months to the Head Executive. Redeeming time per shares will be developed further in the policy to be proposed.
Applicable to all reps of NS, NT and SMEX
Seminar Commission- each person that refers a paid participant in any of the NS and NT summer seminars will receive $25 per paid participant. Be sure and instruct your participant to input your name as the promotional person for their registration. Failure to do so will result in loss of commission fee.

Always remember: a legitimate agency earns it monies from FINDING JOBS for models/talent not from CHARGING models for pictures or classes or selling them modeling books.

Things you need to know about modeling schools
1. You do not need to go to a modeling school to become a model.
2. There isn't a modeling school in the world that can teach you to be tall.
3. There isn't a modeling school in the world that can teach you to be photogenic.
3. You will get the experience and training you need through test shoots, on the job experience, through conversations with your agent or personal manager, and, if necessary, from brief classes arranged, often for free, by your agent.
4. A lot of what modeling schools teach is just plain wrong. Some schools have instructors that used to be models 20 years ago and - and that's if you're lucky. A lot of instructors aren't models at all, and never were. They're just graduates of the same schools, imperfectly passing on what they learned - and all you are going to pick up from them are bad habits.
5. Pictures from modeling schools won't cut it in the real world. OK, once in a while a school gets lucky and they get real, professional quality pictures done for their models. But the vast majority of the time you get junk. The school counts on the students and their parents not knowing any better, and they (the schools) are usually correct. So all the money you spend on pictures through the school is wasted.
6. They don't tell you what you really need to know. At least, not if it keeps them from selling you classes, or pictures, or attendance at expensive modeling conventions they say you should attend.

Model Agency Scams. How can you tell is an agency is legit?
Real agencies operate a Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm business. (And not from there basement apartment)
If you are contacted to attend an "Open Call" or "Talent Review" make sure it's between these hours. Be suspicious if they ask you to come in later in the evening or on the weekend. (Real agencies are not open on weekends.)
Look around at the caliber of the "talent" around you. (Legit agencies don't want to be bothered with a roomful wannabes.)
Be further suspicious if most of the people in the room recently went to a modeling convention. Most of the fake agencies buy "leads" from these conventions and they will pay up to $5 per lead just to get your name and phone number.
Also, look to see if there is a state issued employment agency license on the wall. (Note however, that just because you see a business license or a state issued booking agency license on the wall - this does NOT necessarily mean the agency is legit.)
The most common modeling agency scam is what is known as a "portfolio mill" or "photo mill".
This is an "agency" that makes money by sending models to photographers that are ON STAFF to shoot expensive photos to produce worthless portfolios and comp cards.
These agencies don't make much money by booking real work. Instead, they sign up anyone and everyone for low quality photo shoots and book very few jobs, if any.
A legitimate agency will give you what is known as a test list. This is a list of good photographers in your area that you can contact on your own.
A real agency will not ask you for money for photography services, enlargements or comp card printing. They may suggest a few places, but they will advise you go see them on your own.

Asking for references. Asking for references is one way to check someone out - but maybe not the best way. (Do you really think anyone would give you names of people that would say something bad about them?)
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AUTHOR: Charm - (Canada)

POSTED: Thursday, August 14, 2008
CINDY NOMEE- Slanderous Extortionist Strikes again!

:::Being in business for long time guarantees mistakes, here's some of ours:

Club V- Cindy, you even know how I was tricked into that deal by the event promoter who was supposed to be on that contract, not us. I only signed it because the weight of others peoples exhibit was in the scale. If I had to risk myself to save another again, I would. The fact that you would use that as ammo only shows how slanderous your true nature really is.

Baker Twins- As I mentioned to you repeatedly, and to others. I have many reasons for this. Mainly, they breached their NDA and I picked up their travel expenses out of my own pocket, even though they were told those expenses would not be covered. There was a designer by the name of GWEN LEIZURE who was supposed to pay the models and never did. This is a matter that has not been completed yet.

Canad Inns- Was a very difficult (no) contract and I probably should have had a lawyer involved as they never provided me with a contract, over billed us in many circumstances including billing us for smudging in our room. They were also supposed to deduct % for sales and apply it to our invoice which they never did. They have also been deducting XX amount from my credit card monthly ever since. I disputed this repeatedly to them but they never complied.
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Speaking of credit...my credits fine. Hows yours? Oh yeah thats right, you don't have any, you never even had a bank account until recently. You can throw my age old criminal charge from when I was a teenager of over 15 years ago in my face all you want. The truth is and you continue to prove it by attacking a good hearted company, is you are vicious, slanderous, unprofessional and lack the ability to achieve something for yourself. Many of our mutual contacts see how ugly and unprofessional you have become and feel shame for you, because everyone knows what we do is good. We have SOLID references, credible recommendations and talented people that have been working for us a very long time. They are beyond satisfied. AND YOU? You didn't get what you wanted which was your own way, and now your making your temper tamtrum public.

I am not perfect, no one or business ever is. I make mistakes but I do not have to go on a public slander rampage every time something or someone does what I do not like. You thought you could have your way with me, work on whatever and however you wanted and attempted to milk me for hours. YOU ARE AN EXTORTIONIST and have hurt innocent people. There are real companies out there that are doing REAL damage to people and you are publicly picking on a company that helps others. I'm sure that will speak volumes to other companies on exactly what type of "employee" or volunteer you really are.

Rather than showing the world how unscrupulous you really are, Perhaps you should spend more time improving yourself and focusing on your family. Make up for the years that you repeatedly had your children taken away by social services. The real reason we never officially hired you is because you had shown alarming tendencies from the very beginning. Your so called evidence that you were an employee is a lie. You and I both know you were to be trained and brought up to par with technology and then with community assistance we would hire you. WE ARE SO GLAD IT NEVER HAPPENED!

You are dangerous to companies, people and networks. It is the behavior of a sociopath and any business owner or company manager should exercise extreme caution when interacting with you. You are a 'phoney', a threat to business society and the fact that you have never held a job for longer than a year should really be questioned by employers and business contacts.

I'm sure we can drag this out more, as I am seeing now its only to amuse you and your self righteous ideologies. I find it pathetic that you were unable to find a solution when that offer was on the table prior to you extorting, slandering and defaming us. It is very sad that you do not have the ability to part ways like a professional as thats a skill that many GOOD business people have.

I will not participate in your little head game anymore, if any members of the public or those that feel we have wronged them wish to speak with us, they can contact us anytime.
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NOT AN ANGRY EX EMPLOYEE BUT IM INFORING CONSUMERS

AUTHOR: Anonymous - (Canada)

POSTED: Wednesday, August 13, 2008
What I say it the truth. Ask CLUB V in Toronto she owes them 7000.00 Ask Canad Inn Hotel in Winnipeg she owes them Ask the Baker Twins and another person who I cannot and will not name she owes money too. I have emails and messenger conversation that completely imply that I was an employee not a volunteer. If I am not educated then even I know to have an application on hand for employees to fill out so I can do deductions. I GOT LET GO BECAUSE I ASK FOR MY MONIES THAT WAS OWED TO ME FOR WORK I DID. Most good places of employment ask for your Social Insurance # before you get hired. DO NOT DO BUSINESS WITH THESE COMPANIES OR THIS LADY. If you do please do a criminal check and a credit check on this lady CHARMAINE LOGAN.
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FALSE REPORT by angry former interim staff

AUTHOR: Charm - (Canada)

POSTED: Wednesday, August 13, 2008
I am writing this letter to dispute the claim made on this site against myself and our companies. We know for certain that the report submitted was by a former intern and a very angry and untrustworthy woman by the name of Cindy Nomee from Idaho, recently relocated to T.O.

This person who has worked with us falsely 'claims' she has never been paid, the truth is, SHE HAS BEEN PAID for every authorized project...granted she has a few outstanding hours of which we are still waiting for her invoice and report (she failed to fulfill her duties with us and is unable to meet our request because she did no REAL work). Cindy Nomee repeatedly failed to meet our clients/projects and company expectations. Despite much patience and ongoing training, Cindy constantly refused to work in a timely and proficient manner, she insisted on working 'her way' and doing whatever 'she wanted'. Naturally, this is unacceptable in any company. SHE HAS BEEN PAID for every authorized project she has worked on since she arrived to us in February 2008. For her to say she hasn't been paid is a direct LIE, we also housed her and her family and her pets for nearly 2 months to help stabilize her during her training and digital update. Our company has also picked up every single one of her food and beverage expenses during any project that she was either working or volunteering on. Cindy gets VERY MAD when she doesnt get HER WAY...she has been trying to "milk us" for her hours and "work". When we asked her to submit her invoice and work report, she refused. She is on a mission to slander and defame our company. I am copying this report page to include with our legal file against her and am formally requesting that this posting BE REMOVED as it is NOT ACCURATE!

Furthermore, this misleading report states that our instructors were never models, which is also another false statement. Our instructors are professional models and some are from international agencies and we employ PROFESSIONAL fashion photographers to do the shoots. In comparison, our service fees are 80% cheaper than any other agency or similar company that provides promotion. IT IS NOT $1000-$2000 per person, it is 1- $200 which is a grave difference. It is barely profitable and we do this to help local talents build their experience. We have set our service fees very low for people to be able to afford, in contrast to other agencies that do rip off people. Cindy is immaturely attempting to defame us with LIES. We have more than enough evidence and testimonials, from clients, youth, parents, community leaders, dignataries, grass root celebrities and current contractors that we employ/promote... that will attest that this report IS beyond false. It is criminally childish.

IN GENERAL- THIS IS COMPLETELY A FALSE REPORT- made by an angry interim staff who could not meet the requirements to be a permanent member of the team. This posting is by someone who lacked the ability to perform as a professional and this report on this site is proof of her nature.

The real reason this lady is mad is because she was not asked to attend a project in a community she wanted to visit.

THIS TYPE OF BEHAVIOUR IS UNPROFESSIONAL, it is slanderous, defamatory and should not be tolerated by any company, entrepreneur, website or general society. Cindy Nomee (Breland) and her 'angry' behaviour has been unprofessional from start to finish. She has no education, and no credible authentic work references. We merely tried to advance her skills and help her reach her potential, however she is difficult to train and wanted things her way which was unacceptable. She is an example of why business owners need to be less trusting and properly screen people before allowing people to access to anything related to the company , including your business network. This lady has made numerous attempts to damage our reputation and the only ammunition she has had to do so, is lies.
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