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Report: #407082

Complaint Review: Explore Talent - New York New York

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  • Reported By: yonkers New York
  • Explore Talent New York, New York U.S.A.

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I've worked for a casting director and have family members in the entertainment business, so I am pretty familiar with how the game goes. But I ran Explore talents name, and thought you guys would like to know about my experience with them. I should have known the moment I walked into the room, something wasn't right. Their "studio" was an old apartment with the paint chipping off the walls, some lady behind the desk where you sign in for your shoot.

I was told to bring 4-5 looks for my shoot, and I did. Well, thier stylist is a guy who coordinates your one outfit for the shoot(not the other 5 that I lugged around nyc all day in a duffel bag) I was told to go change into my look before my makeup session, which, no lie was a tiny room with a curtain covering it. The stylist who put the outfit together than did my makeup, and bottom line, noone else is to ever do makeup on me a gain! I looked like a god d*mn clown!

So here's the photoshoot for you...1 guy with a camera,1 guy with a light, and a white back drop. After 20-30 poses of the same look, I get passed on to a guy who is sitting at a table with other people with computers lined up,he stares at my photos on the computer and tells me " you are so photogenic, "obviously the camera loves you" and so on. I looked up across the room at a the guy across from me and he's clearing buying all of this..The lady was promising him the world left and right.

My guy was not as convincing...Then the best part! The original offer I was told it's a free shoot, you get to be added to our talent list, we are your agent, we only get 10 percent of what you make and you pay nothing...well, I'm told that my "beautiful" photos can only remain on their website for 24 hours, unless they get a $200.00 deposit upfront!

When i told them I wasn't paying teo hundred dollars for those photos, they strted to make payment plans with me. I told them i get back to them within a few hours after I checked with my bank. Bottom line..get a real agency! These people will do nothing for you, and what was most heart breaking about it, their were so many parents their with kids, I knew they were going to fall for this scam.

Precious
yonkers, New York
U.S.A.

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#3 Consumer Comment

This sounds like one of those New York RIP-OFFS for Actors to me

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

POSTED: Monday, January 12, 2009
Why these people would choose to call themselves EXPLORE TALENT when there is already open in business in California is anybody's guess...

OBVIOUSLY NOT THE SAME BUSINESS AND I HAVE THE FEELING THAT WHEN THE PEOPLE IN HOLLYWOOD, THE REAL DEAL, GET A LEAD ON WHO THESE FAKERS REALLY ARE SO THEY CAN GET A CEASE AND DESIST ORDER ON THEM, THE SCAMMERS IN NEW YORK WILL HAVE CHANGED THEIR NAME AND LOCATION ABOUT 20 TIMES TO AVOID THE RIPPED OFF PEOPLE WHO ARE SURE TO PURSUE THEM IN NEW YORK!

We have a few of these here where they go and rent some grubby office building cheap... they charge you outrageous prices for something a relative with a digital camera could have done and a lot cheaper too.

The poster who claimed to have family in the business should have had a clue when she saw the outside of the building that not all was well within nor would she get what they promised and that things were most definitely NOT what they seemed to be much less what they were purported to be.

With the makeup wizardry and costume artists available on most motion picture sets these days, if someone likes what they see. what is the point of paying a lot of money just to get a look --if the casting director likes what he or she sees, the studio can create the look that you have to have in their film! That's why Hollywood is said to be magic!

I HAVE BEEN IN FILMS AND IT WAS ONLY SOMETHING I DID TO PAY THE PROPERTY TAXES. It is too unreliable a way to make a living fulltime here.
I never have understood what the big deal it being in films.
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#2 UPDATE Employee

Complaint seems misplaced...not against our company.

AUTHOR: D. George - (U.S.A.)

POSTED: Friday, January 09, 2009
Precious:

You did not provide any information for us to be able to locate your account or contact you. Please note that we did not have any Explore Talent Events nor any photo shoot. We do however have casting directors that post auditions on our site for modeling, acting & musicians. If you would like to file a complaint about an audition or a Casting Director, please contact our customer service department at 323-785-2020 so that we can immediately assist you with this situation.

However, we would like to stress that Explore Talent did NOT hold any events in New York for any type of Photo Shoot in the past numerous months, or during the time of your complaint. We would welcome additional information from you on the individuals that are illegally using our name, so that we can address this Trademark Infringement issue and prevent any further instances.

We look forward to your cooperation & assistance.



Thank you,

Explore Talent

323-785-2020
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#1 UPDATE Employee

Explore Talent Is Located In Los Angeles, California Not New York

AUTHOR: D. George - (U.S.A.)

POSTED: Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Precious,

Our company, Explore Talent, is located in the Los Angeles area of California. We have no offices or operations in New York. I apologize for the experience you suffered in New York, however, this was not Explore Talent. Please do not hesitate to contact our office directly if you have questions about auditions or our company. The telephone number is located in the upper right hand corner of our web site. You will reach customer service and they will be able to help you.

Explore Talent is the largest audition submission service in the country with over 2 million members and posts over 20,000 auditions each month. Explore Talent does not conduct photo shoots or personal auditions.

To anyone that might be facing a similar situation, please contact Explore Talent if you have questions about an audition or our company.
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