1. Make sure you do a background check on the contact or company of any casting call you plan to attend.
2. As a model, you should never pay to be promoted.
3. A legitimate agency or company will never have a model pay for a makeup artist or hair stylist.
4. Scammers and con artists will often times be high pressure and short on time.
The only time a model should ever pay for a service is upon completion. For example, a model should pay a photographer, makeup artist, or hair stylist after the work has been completed. A model should NEVER pay up front and NEVER send a check through mail ahead of time.
The glitzy and glamorous world of modelling is dazzling but it is not for the faint at heart. To be a successful model, the work doesn't end after the camera stops clicking, one of the most challenging tasks of being a model is navigating an industry filled with manipulative people, who are always looking out for their interests. They range from seedy agents who try to skim off more than they should to straight out con artists. Always remember that for every fairy-tale ending you hear about in the modelling world, there are thousands of other stories about young women who let their naivety get the better of them and have become the victims of fast-talking characters who swindled them out of their money and left them without careers.