Ikon Model Management

★★★★☆
  • 260 W 39th St 1802

    New York, NY 10018

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  • 212-691-2363

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The absolute best choice for models and actors who want to book print work and commercials. IKON NY Model Management provides the holistic approach to the business. I've made a lot of money, worked with longstanding clients and have been personally coached by Cynthia to continually push myself to "be" what the clients want and need. She truly cares about her talent.

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The absolute best choice for models and actors who want to book print work and commercials. IKON NY Model Management provides the holistic approach to the business. I've made a lot of money, worked with longstanding clients and have been personally coached by Cynthia to continually push myself to "be" what the clients want and need. She truly cares about her talent.

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Some recently told me *** I say to everybody I have the best agency in the world. I have been with other agencies in the past and you are just one more in the roster. But I live that IKON NY communicates with the talent and follows up.

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Some recently told me *** I say to everybody I have the best agency in the world. I have been with other agencies in the past and you are just one more in the roster. But I live that IKON NY communicates with the talent and follows up.

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U are the best!

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U are the best!

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I have been with IKON NY for over three years. The owner, Cynthia, goes above and beyond her role to be helpful and emphatically represents her group of talent. Great agency!

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I have been with IKON NY for over three years. The owner, Cynthia, goes above and beyond her role to be helpful and emphatically represents her group of talent. Great agency!

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I have been with IKON NY for over three years. The owner, Cynthia, goes above and beyond her role to be helpful and emphatically represents her group of talent. Great agency!

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I have been with IKON NY for over three years. The owner, Cynthia, goes above and beyond her role to be helpful and emphatically represents her group of talent. Great agency!

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There whole housing situation seems fishy, they really need to give more details. They want over $4,000 total prior to moving in. Be cautious and ask lots of questions.

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There whole housing situation seems fishy, they really need to give more details. They want over $4,000 total prior to moving in. Be cautious and ask lots of questions.

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Ikon wrote me a letter on youtube.....\r
They Want me to model\r
Is it Legit.....

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★★★★★

Ikon wrote me a letter on youtube.....\r
They Want me to model\r
Is it Legit.....

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I stayed in the apartments and worked with ikon and was booked the first month with a high end designer and made very good money. Over 8,000 for 4 days work. I will definitely be back after I get out of school.

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★★★★★

I stayed in the apartments and worked with ikon and was booked the first month with a high end designer and made very good money. Over 8,000 for 4 days work. I will definitely be back after I get out of school.

Pros: great money!

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I took my daughter to ikon for 2 summers in a row we are coming back this summer. I can say we truly enjoyed the experience. Sure there were bumps in the road getting started in a new city but all in all-good for my daughter.

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★★★★★

I took my daughter to ikon for 2 summers in a row we are coming back this summer. I can say we truly enjoyed the experience. Sure there were bumps in the road getting started in a new city but all in all-good for my daughter.

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I work freelance with ikon and they are fine. I am older so I wouldn't say to sign an exclusive if you are older and already have many established clients in different cities but I do get work that pays well in advertising and I do get paid.

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★★★★★

I work freelance with ikon and they are fine. I am older so I wouldn't say to sign an exclusive if you are older and already have many established clients in different cities but I do get work that pays well in advertising and I do get paid.

Pros: they always pay

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I was very pleased with the security and location of the building. The doormen would not even let us in with proper ID and we had our own keys. They were a bit extreme. But the rules made us feel safe.

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★★★★★

I was very pleased with the security and location of the building. The doormen would not even let us in with proper ID and we had our own keys. They were a bit extreme. But the rules made us feel safe.

Pros: very safe!

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I have worked in this business for a long time with a lot of different agencies. I can tell you first hand that ikon has very good intensions and I personally have made a lot of money with ikon through the years booking huge advertising campaigns. It would be nice if more people reported their success stories.

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★★★★★

I have worked in this business for a long time with a lot of different agencies. I can tell you first hand that ikon has very good intensions and I personally have made a lot of money with ikon through the years booking huge advertising campaigns. It would be nice if more people reported their success stories.

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I am getting paid on time now I wrote one of the comments a while back and I have to say now that ikon is doing the right thing and paying models faster again I respect this. Even if it does take time to be paid it is reassuring that I will get paid in time. I was also with one of those agencies that closed and I will never see that money so I respect that Ikon is trying to do the right thing in these hard times with the way the economy is.- sorry for the former comment. Thank You!

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★★★★★

I am getting paid on time now I wrote one of the comments a while back and I have to say now that ikon is doing the right thing and paying models faster again I respect this. Even if it does take time to be paid it is reassuring that I will get paid in time. I was also with one of those agencies that closed and I will never see that money so I respect that Ikon is trying to do the right thing in these hard times with the way the economy is.- sorry for the former comment. Thank You!

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I am a new model at Ikon I don't know what things were like before but I am very happy working and living in NY I go on plenty of castings and I did not have to sign exclusively either.

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★★★★★

I am a new model at Ikon I don't know what things were like before but I am very happy working and living in NY I go on plenty of castings and I did not have to sign exclusively either.

Pros: no exclusive contracts

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I stayed in ikons apartment twice, once it was a little crowded but now it's changed. Beautiful apartments in an awesome building, now it is less crowded and most importantly we are all working so I love it. That's all us models really want to do is work in this business.

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★★★★★

I stayed in ikons apartment twice, once it was a little crowded but now it's changed. Beautiful apartments in an awesome building, now it is less crowded and most importantly we are all working so I love it. That's all us models really want to do is work in this business.

Pros: great help to me

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I agree with the majority of these posts that Ikon is a scam. This is by far the WORST agency I have ever been with. I probably know of a dozen girls that they still owe money to. They lure girls to NY saying that they are going to make tons of money/be a famous model/etc. and then after you leave they don't pay you what the owe you. I actually did pretty well with them and made a decent amount of money (only saw half of it). The jobs never paid great compared to any of the other agencies that I have been with. I also know of a few girls that they somehow talked into going to NY to "lose weight" and some of these girls had strange relationships with Aristeo thinking that it might get them work. The model apartments are terrible. At one point we had 11 people sharing one shower. We were not told that we were going to be living with Aristeo until we got to NY, and we literally found a little Asian mad living in a CLOSET close to Aristeo's room. So strange... And I know for a FACT Cynthia did some showroom modeling and that was it. She never really was a model. Don't let her fool you. There are tons of great agencies in NY. Don't settle for this one.

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★☆☆☆☆

I agree with the majority of these posts that Ikon is a scam. This is by far the WORST agency I have ever been with. I probably know of a dozen girls that they still owe money to. They lure girls to NY saying that they are going to make tons of money/be a famous model/etc. and then after you leave they don't pay you what the owe you. I actually did pretty well with them and made a decent amount of money (only saw half of it). The jobs never paid great compared to any of the other agencies that I have been with. I also know of a few girls that they somehow talked into going to NY to "lose weight" and some of these girls had strange relationships with Aristeo thinking that it might get them work. The model apartments are terrible. At one point we had 11 people sharing one shower. We were not told that we were going to be living with Aristeo until we got to NY, and we literally found a little Asian mad living in a CLOSET close to Aristeo's room. So strange... And I know for a FACT Cynthia did some showroom modeling and that was it. She never really was a model. Don't let her fool you. There are tons of great agencies in NY. Don't settle for this one.

Pros: our model's apt. was close to a good bakery :)

Cons: who wants to work for crooks?

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I was with Ikon and was told I'd be living with 2 girls and I arrived to find bunkbeds everywhere and six people sleeping in a one bedroom apartment paying each over 1000 a month. Downtown Manhattan is NOT that expensive as far as rent goes, so they were making a profit. Whenever we'd go on any castings (which I was later told by former bookers had the sole purpose of shutting models up), the client would request a certain type of girl with either a thin build or muscular, blonde hair or dark, etc., etc to which my whole apartment went on the same castings (we looked nothing alike). Even if we did manage to land a job, we called the clients after the 90 day waiting period for payment had passed only to find out on more than a few occasions that Ikon had taken our earnings, feigning not to know what happened to the money. We dealt with hassles of filling out late payment forms repeatedly, leaving messages for the accountant who doesn't exist..any suggestion I could offer?? You are better off checking out legitimate agencies who don't scam their models or give them the runaround. Many of us work jobs outside of modeling and would have to track down the status of our earnings. Completely unprofessional and unnecessary. Run far away toward agencies in NY that may actually help you, not hurt your career.

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★☆☆☆☆

I was with Ikon and was told I'd be living with 2 girls and I arrived to find bunkbeds everywhere and six people sleeping in a one bedroom apartment paying each over 1000 a month. Downtown Manhattan is NOT that expensive as far as rent goes, so they were making a profit. Whenever we'd go on any castings (which I was later told by former bookers had the sole purpose of shutting models up), the client would request a certain type of girl with either a thin build or muscular, blonde hair or dark, etc., etc to which my whole apartment went on the same castings (we looked nothing alike). Even if we did manage to land a job, we called the clients after the 90 day waiting period for payment had passed only to find out on more than a few occasions that Ikon had taken our earnings, feigning not to know what happened to the money. We dealt with hassles of filling out late payment forms repeatedly, leaving messages for the accountant who doesn't exist..any suggestion I could offer?? You are better off checking out legitimate agencies who don't scam their models or give them the runaround. Many of us work jobs outside of modeling and would have to track down the status of our earnings. Completely unprofessional and unnecessary. Run far away toward agencies in NY that may actually help you, not hurt your career.

Pros: Nada

Cons: Got a pen and paper? Your hand will hurt from writing a lot.

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I was with Ikon for about 7 months b/w 2006 & 2007. I agree 100% with the review below mine. Ikon is nothing but a joke, they just want your money. They scam poor innocent girls into coming to their agency to "live their dream", but only to find out that your "dream" is living in New Jersey in a tiny apt with 5 other girls. Are you serious??? They told me I had booked a job with Redken. Sounds good right? HA. When I asked how much I would make from this "job", I was told "you won't get paid any money, however you do recieve a gift basket with Redken hair products." A GIFT BASKET. Ok. I did not come to New York for a freakin gift basket!!! Wow. The 3 or 4 castings I went on a week were a joke. If I were to book any of those jobs, they wouldn't pay more than $500. How am I supposed to pay my $850 a month rent?? The model housing was rediculous. Stick you way out in New Jersey and make you take the train to and from the city everyday, which you also have to pay for. Come on. I didn't book 1 job the time I was there, which I know isn't my fault. I'm modeling in Tokyo right now, have been here for 2 weeks, and have booked 4 jobs already. Ikon is terrible. Flat out. The few girls that did get jobs, always complained that they never recieved their money, and probably still haven't. Ikon is the sorriest excuse for an agency I have ever heard of. Stay clear!! I know how mothers can also be scammed into this by sending their daughters to New York thinking that they are going to "make millions". WRONG! You're better off working as a waitress at Ihop for $2.13 an hour. If Ikon were to burn down, it would be doing the girls in that stupid "agency" a favor.

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★☆☆☆☆

I was with Ikon for about 7 months b/w 2006 & 2007. I agree 100% with the review below mine. Ikon is nothing but a joke, they just want your money. They scam poor innocent girls into coming to their agency to "live their dream", but only to find out that your "dream" is living in New Jersey in a tiny apt with 5 other girls. Are you serious??? They told me I had booked a job with Redken. Sounds good right? HA. When I asked how much I would make from this "job", I was told "you won't get paid any money, however you do recieve a gift basket with Redken hair products." A GIFT BASKET. Ok. I did not come to New York for a freakin gift basket!!! Wow. The 3 or 4 castings I went on a week were a joke. If I were to book any of those jobs, they wouldn't pay more than $500. How am I supposed to pay my $850 a month rent?? The model housing was rediculous. Stick you way out in New Jersey and make you take the train to and from the city everyday, which you also have to pay for. Come on. I didn't book 1 job the time I was there, which I know isn't my fault. I'm modeling in Tokyo right now, have been here for 2 weeks, and have booked 4 jobs already. Ikon is terrible. Flat out. The few girls that did get jobs, always complained that they never recieved their money, and probably still haven't. Ikon is the sorriest excuse for an agency I have ever heard of. Stay clear!! I know how mothers can also be scammed into this by sending their daughters to New York thinking that they are going to "make millions". WRONG! You're better off working as a waitress at Ihop for $2.13 an hour. If Ikon were to burn down, it would be doing the girls in that stupid "agency" a favor.

Pros: none

Cons: everything

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I have not gotten paid for FOUR jobs and my friend has not gotten paid for about THREE jobs. Incidentally, these were the only ans LAST jobs we ever did for that joke of an agency. IKON is a joke. Owner as well as staff will tell you that "they are restructuring and will pay as soon as they can" or "the economy is so bad right now that we can't pay". I'm sorry?? What was that? GO STRAIGHT TO THE REAL AGENCIES and try your luck. IKON could never do better than a hair color box anyhow. They will be receiving official complaint from me, if not civil action for payment. (Funny how this site doesn't let you type out the name of the agencies you're going to contact.)

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★☆☆☆☆

I have not gotten paid for FOUR jobs and my friend has not gotten paid for about THREE jobs. Incidentally, these were the only ans LAST jobs we ever did for that joke of an agency. IKON is a joke. Owner as well as staff will tell you that "they are restructuring and will pay as soon as they can" or "the economy is so bad right now that we can't pay". I'm sorry?? What was that? GO STRAIGHT TO THE REAL AGENCIES and try your luck. IKON could never do better than a hair color box anyhow. They will be receiving official complaint from me, if not civil action for payment. (Funny how this site doesn't let you type out the name of the agencies you're going to contact.)

Pros: NO PROS AT ALL

Cons: EVERYTHING

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I really like Ikon and had a great experience. I know with many agencys the people who book us can take a while to pay but I did always get paid in the end and the jobs were exciting to work on.

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★★★★☆

I really like Ikon and had a great experience. I know with many agencys the people who book us can take a while to pay but I did always get paid in the end and the jobs were exciting to work on.

Pros: they really care about the models and have good jobs to go o

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please dont go this agency!!! i haven't got paid from last year and whenever i call or write to them they never respond and if they do their accountant is always on vacation..so girls and boys becareful !!!

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★☆☆☆☆

please dont go this agency!!! i haven't got paid from last year and whenever i call or write to them they never respond and if they do their accountant is always on vacation..so girls and boys becareful !!!

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I once was a model with Ikon, but they did absolutely nothing for me. I moved into their model apartment, where I paid $1200/month to sleep on a bunk bed in a one bedroom apartment with 5 other girls. Not only did we barely get any paid gigs, but we never received payment for the jobs we did do.

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★☆☆☆☆

I once was a model with Ikon, but they did absolutely nothing for me. I moved into their model apartment, where I paid $1200/month to sleep on a bunk bed in a one bedroom apartment with 5 other girls. Not only did we barely get any paid gigs, but we never received payment for the jobs we did do.

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I made pretty good money in N.Y with Ikon they have an acting division too. I was upgraded to a speaking role in a feature film, did some pretty good size advertising campaigns, hair color box and would recommend the agency. It is a tough business and you need to be able to take rejection too. It is fun though!
Brianna

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★★★★☆

I made pretty good money in N.Y with Ikon they have an acting division too. I was upgraded to a speaking role in a feature film, did some pretty good size advertising campaigns, hair color box and would recommend the agency. It is a tough business and you need to be able to take rejection too. It is fun though!
Brianna

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I worked with Ikon for a long time.I saw these 2 reviews and thought I would write in because I feel badly about the negative experience and that these negative experiences could ruin a reputation of someone who worked very hard to do a good thing for people who aspire to model. I just want to say that the ikon emloyee referenced in the letters is no longer there and that contributed to many of the problems that were detailed in the review. I know that Cynthia the owner of the agency was a model for 15 years and built Ikon to be a good clean agency and really truly tried to provide safe and affordable housing for young people coming to live and work in NYC.

The set up of the apartment referenced does not sound like the typical set up. I am guessing that it was the summer that more girls were put together because another apartment was not ready as it should have been. Still Ikon would be truly sorry for the bad experience.
What many people don't realize is that the apartments are vacant much of the year and ikon pays for them all year long so they do need to be set up dorm style and now there are fewer girls in each apartment as well as a woman who oversees them and really helps the girls adjust. In the other review it said they were forced to purchase a dvd. Nobody should be forced to purchase anything. If that person calls Ikon I will be sure to get them a full refund if they felt forced to do that. Those DVDs are a great tool and are not just available at Ikon. they solve a problem because it can take years to learn as you go and many agency owners do not have time to go over everything with each individual. The DVDs referenced has many industry insiders added to it along with an entire kit to help anyone getting in to the industy. it was truly developed by people who cared about aspiring models getting hurt financially as they enterd the industry with mis information. I hope that people will read this and know that the true mission of Ikon is good.

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★★★★☆

I worked with Ikon for a long time.I saw these 2 reviews and thought I would write in because I feel badly about the negative experience and that these negative experiences could ruin a reputation of someone who worked very hard to do a good thing for people who aspire to model. I just want to say that the ikon emloyee referenced in the letters is no longer there and that contributed to many of the problems that were detailed in the review. I know that Cynthia the owner of the agency was a model for 15 years and built Ikon to be a good clean agency and really truly tried to provide safe and affordable housing for young people coming to live and work in NYC.

The set up of the apartment referenced does not sound like the typical set up. I am guessing that it was the summer that more girls were put together because another apartment was not ready as it should have been. Still Ikon would be truly sorry for the bad experience.
What many people don't realize is that the apartments are vacant much of the year and ikon pays for them all year long so they do need to be set up dorm style and now there are fewer girls in each apartment as well as a woman who oversees them and really helps the girls adjust. In the other review it said they were forced to purchase a dvd. Nobody should be forced to purchase anything. If that person calls Ikon I will be sure to get them a full refund if they felt forced to do that. Those DVDs are a great tool and are not just available at Ikon. they solve a problem because it can take years to learn as you go and many agency owners do not have time to go over everything with each individual. The DVDs referenced has many industry insiders added to it along with an entire kit to help anyone getting in to the industy. it was truly developed by people who cared about aspiring models getting hurt financially as they enterd the industry with mis information. I hope that people will read this and know that the true mission of Ikon is good.

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I worked with Ikon for many years and had a great experience. I found the staff to be knowlegable, caring and very down to earth. The girls I lived with were great and we had the best summers. I am now living my dream in NYC and the housing was a good stepping stone for me I now have my own place. I would highly recommend it.

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★★★★☆

I worked with Ikon for many years and had a great experience. I found the staff to be knowlegable, caring and very down to earth. The girls I lived with were great and we had the best summers. I am now living my dream in NYC and the housing was a good stepping stone for me I now have my own place. I would highly recommend it.

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This agency is after your money. Summer 2005 I was invited to live in one of their model apartments. I was told it was in New York and i would be living with a maximum of 3 other girls. I ended up in New Jersey living with 8 girls in a cramped 1 bedroom apartment above a Subway resteraunt. The agency put beds in the living room and dining room for us to sleep on. The 8 of us each paid about $3,000 each for 3 months rent. Over the course of the summer i only got maybe 10 castings and one job at a hair salon for $500. None of the other girls even got one paying job. Every time I would try to go to the office to see my "agent" Aristeo was his name I would wait for hours to see him then he would just tell me not to worry he would call me the next day with castings. They also set up a photo shoot for my portfolio with a photographer named Lucian. It was at his stanky loft where he and his girlfriend were practically fornicating in front of me during my shoot. And the pictures turned out horrible because he used a regular digital camera. IKON models is a SCAM!!!!! AVOID at all cost.

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★☆☆☆☆

This agency is after your money. Summer 2005 I was invited to live in one of their model apartments. I was told it was in New York and i would be living with a maximum of 3 other girls. I ended up in New Jersey living with 8 girls in a cramped 1 bedroom apartment above a Subway resteraunt. The agency put beds in the living room and dining room for us to sleep on. The 8 of us each paid about $3,000 each for 3 months rent. Over the course of the summer i only got maybe 10 castings and one job at a hair salon for $500. None of the other girls even got one paying job. Every time I would try to go to the office to see my "agent" Aristeo was his name I would wait for hours to see him then he would just tell me not to worry he would call me the next day with castings. They also set up a photo shoot for my portfolio with a photographer named Lucian. It was at his stanky loft where he and his girlfriend were practically fornicating in front of me during my shoot. And the pictures turned out horrible because he used a regular digital camera. IKON models is a SCAM!!!!! AVOID at all cost.

Pros: none

Cons: everything you can think of

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I definatly DO NOT recomend this agency. First off, they only want your money. I have spent thousands on their small one bedroom model apartment to be smushed in with 7 other people, they make you pay $100 for a *manditory* DVD that the "industry professionals put together to show the in's and out's of modeling" but really, it's a half-a$$ made video by the bookers of Ikon. For a portfolio you can get for $30 at a model store, they make you pay $65 for one with their name on it and its $100 if you want to even be on their website. and thats only the cost side, they are extremely unprofessional. There have been multiple occasions where they have unessicarily yelled at one of their models for *their* mistakes. They neglect to give you the money you make and then put it toward your model housing rent. but thats only if you can manage to get a paying job. 95% of the jobs you're sent on are not paying and the few that are are cattle calls. And you only get about 1-2 castings every week. Avoid doing business with them if nessicary.

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★☆☆☆☆

I definatly DO NOT recomend this agency. First off, they only want your money. I have spent thousands on their small one bedroom model apartment to be smushed in with 7 other people, they make you pay $100 for a *manditory* DVD that the "industry professionals put together to show the in's and out's of modeling" but really, it's a half-a$$ made video by the bookers of Ikon. For a portfolio you can get for $30 at a model store, they make you pay $65 for one with their name on it and its $100 if you want to even be on their website. and thats only the cost side, they are extremely unprofessional. There have been multiple occasions where they have unessicarily yelled at one of their models for *their* mistakes. They neglect to give you the money you make and then put it toward your model housing rent. but thats only if you can manage to get a paying job. 95% of the jobs you're sent on are not paying and the few that are are cattle calls. And you only get about 1-2 castings every week. Avoid doing business with them if nessicary.

 

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