Tuesday, February 9, 2016
1012 C Street  •  Floresville, TX 78114  •  Phone: 830-216-4519  •  Fax: 830-393-3219  • 

WCN Site Search


Preview the Paper Preview the Paper

Preview this week's Paper
A limited number of pages are displayed in this preview.
Preview this Week’s Issue ›
Subscribe Today ›

Lost & Found

Bear, please come home! Missing since October 22, 2014, black Manx cat (no tail), shy. Reward! Help him find his way home. 210-635-7560.
Found: Basset Hound, Hwy. 97 W./Hospital Blvd., Floresville. Call 830-391-2153 between 9 a.m.-11:30 p.m.
Lost: Female German Shepherd, about 2 years old, pink collar, lost from Hickory Hill/Great Oaks Subdivisions off FM 539, La Vernia, on Thurs., Feb. 4. Reward! 830-947-3465.
More Lost & Found ads ›

Help Wanted

Caregivers needed. Call 830-431-2389.
Cattle secretary needed for pre-conditioning yard, experience preferred but not required. Fax resume to 830-393-9510.
More Help Wanted ads ›

Featured Videos





Video Vault ›
You’ve been granted free access to this subscribers only article.

The 411: Youth


Talent and modeling search scams




E-Mail this Story to a Friend
Print this Story
August 9, 2011 | 1,496 views | Post a comment

AUSTIN -- The summer months are a popular time for talent and modeling search promotion companies to solicit local events through radio and direct mail advertising. With many children home from school, Better Business Bureau warns not all modeling and talent searches deliver on promises of fame and fortune.

In the past 12 months, more than 385,000 consumers have researched talent and modeling companies at BBB.org. During that same period, BBB received nearly 800 complaints from consumers nationwide, including 43 from Texas, who felt they were misled by an agency.

Common complaints filed with BBB allege agency representatives require consumers to pay upfront fees for items such as headshots, portfolios, or for an out-of-town trip. Upon receiving payment, consumers say the agency would put them in touch with industry professionals or begin finding them or their child work.

Despite paying hundreds, or even thousands of dollars, consumers allege these lofty promises do not fulfill their expectations. Consumers typically request a refund, but report having difficulties tracking down the agency after it has left town.

Before attending an event or signing up with a modeling or talent agency, BBB recommends consumers do the following:

•Do your research. Find the name of the agency and check its BBB Business Review at www.bbb.org. If the company has a poor rating, unanswered complaints, or a past history of misleading advertising, it may be wise to avoid doing business with it.

•Beware of big promises and high-pressure sales pitches. Consider it a red flag if the sales pitch promises regularly scheduled jobs and big earnings. Additionally, be wary if the pitch uses high-pressure tactics to get you to sign up without thinking it through first.

•Read the fine print and get everything in writing. Take your time and read the agreement or contract carefully, paying close attention to details regarding refunds and what to do if you are dissatisfied. Make sure that all verbal promises are in the agreement.

•Get references. Ask the company for references from past, satisfied clients who have a similar background and qualifications.

•Report concerning behavior. If you feel you’ve been misled by a talent or modeling search agency, file a complaint with BBB at www.bbb.org.

To check the reliability of a company and find trustworthy businesses, visit www.BBB.org.
 

Your Opinions and Comments


Be the first to comment on this story!


You must be logged in to post a comment.




Not a subscriber?
Subscriber, but no password?
Forgot password?

The 411: Youth Archives


NIE school
Heavenly Touch homeTriple R DC ExpertsEast Central Driving SchoolAllstate & McBride RealtyVoncille Bielefeld home

  Copyright © 2007-2016 Wilson County News. All rights reserved. Web development by Drewa Designs.