The Better Business Bureau advises caution when dealing with talent and modeling agencies.
"There are ethical and legitimate talent and modeling agencies in the entertainment business. Before becoming involved with an agency, know exactly what they should be doing for you. You should interview your agent as thoroughly as you would interview your doctor, lawyer, or CPA. Remember, the agent will be working for you, not vice versa.
To help you detect fraudulent opportunities, the Better Business Bureau warns that disreputable agencies often ask for up-front money, which may be called 'registration,' 'consultation,' or 'administrative' fees. Legitimate agents work on a commission. They don't get any money until you get paid for doing the work they have obtained for you." READ MORE
NYC Department of Consumer Affairssays to be wary about companies that promise work. "If a prospective agent tells you he or she can book you for a particular film, video or modeling assignment, beware. The most an agent can do is send you on auditions and put in a good word on your behalf.
If someone approaches you on the street, take that person’s business card and check to see if he or she is licensed. If not, forget it.
Always get references. Before you sign anything, get references from others whom the agent has represented in the past." READ MORE