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Common acting scams
Part I

Some of the most common acting scams

This page is all about how to stay out of harm's way in the acting industry. Unfortunately there are some dishonest people out there who either want to just take your money or they might have alterior motives to wanting to meet you that could be sexual in nature. I want to alert you on how to notice when you're being scammed and what you can do to avoid such situations. On this page we'll first talk about some of the 10 most common scams.

I also want to show you a video, part of an interview I did with an LA-based actress named Nadine Orona Emerich. She has some words of advice for you regarding certain kinds of scams that she might have fallen victim to if she hadn't been vigilant. So, first the short video and then the most common acting scams you will want to avoid.

Thank you Nadine for that advice.

12 Common Acting Scams How to recognize them and what to do to avoid them

  1. “Let’s talk over a drink.” (outside of business hours): Could be the sign of alterior motives and intentions. Why a drink? Why not in the office during business hourse? That should raise a question in your mind.
  2.  “Go to Mr. so and so to get new head shots and tell them I sent you.”: Could be that they really have no interest in you and that they have a partnership with a friend to whom they refer business. A more comforting answer after being told that your headshots aren't up to par would be either to mention several names, tell you to do a search on the Internet and to tell you exactly what's wrong with your headshots.
  3.  Offering to meet in a non-public place outside of the office: Possible alterior motives and intentions. Same as the first point above.
  4.  Meeting behind closed doors when no one else is in the office: Again, possible alterior motives and intentions. But not necessarily. Just beware.
  5. The bad things are sometimes to be found in the fine print!: Often times scam artists will write things in the fine print on a contract that has many pages and then push you, as if they are impatient, for you to sign it quickly so that you don't have time to read what he/she has written. If the contract is legally legitimate, once you sign it you are bound to respect it.
  6.  Asking for payment for agent representation: This is another of the most common acting scams. Some scam artists will use this trick with people who don't know better. Be careful, because if you confront them with it, one tactic could be that they get upset with you to make you feel bad or because they themselves feel like they might have been exposed. Or they could try and make you feel guilty that you are missing a great opportunity.
  7.  Language that sounds too good to be true: “…make you a star, you’ll get to meet top casting directors, they’re looking for your type, we need someone just like you, etc.”: Same as the line here above.
  8.  “Pay for the class and then we’ll get you acting work or auditions with the top casting directors.”: Pay for the class is ok until they say that they will get you acting work and auditions. A good acting teacher doesn't need to tell you that he/she will get you auditions or acting work after taking their classes.
  9.  “For the small fee of $1.500 we can get you up in front of the best casting directors.: Not all these kinds of offers are bad or are scams. Some scam artists, however, use this offer to lure people in by citing exorbitant prices and not matching the high price with appropriate value. There are places in New York and LA for example that are legit and that charge around $30 to meet with a casting director, have a chance to ask questions in a group setting and then audition for them. I don't consider that a scam. What I do consider a scam is when they promise you to meet people like that at such high prices and then don't deliver. The real scam part of this kind of offer in my opinion and what makes it one of the most common acting scams is offering new actors, who have no experience to pay a lot of money to meet top casting directors and agents that they are not technically prepared or do not have appropriate experience to meet and perform adequately for.
  10.  No way to opt-out of an ongoing program: If you start paying for something on a regular basis online, where your credit card gets charged for example and there is no clear way for you to get out of it and there is no way to contact people, that's not good. For example on www.actingcareerquickstart.com, there is a support email address and a great customer service and support system in the event that any problems should arise.
  11. A great offer online and that you have to pay for with no contact information on the website other than the pay link: That's not a good sign. Especially if you have to go and meet someone or pay for something.
  12. Someone who says he's a producer or director and wants you to come in for an acting audition: That happens so rarely, that if it does, it's suspect.

In part two of this discussion, we will talk about how to avoid these, some of the most common acting scams. Stay tuned!

Always be on the look out and make sure you take Nadine's advice and investigate before you say yes to a meeting or to spending any money! It will mean that you might have to wait to get what you want, but the wait might be well worth it!

There are more pages here on ActingCareerStartUp.com with more information and some of my personal experience with a couple of the most common acting scams.

Thanks again to Nadine Orona.

You might also find these books interesting as well that can help you avoid some of the most common acting scams as well as other scams you might be exposed to in other areas of your life.

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