Model Scout Inc - CLOSED

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407-420-5888

62 W Colonial Dr Apt 309

Orlando, FL

32801

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Do NOT use this agency!! They sent me an email about my daughter saying she was cute and wanted me to attend an orientation for information. I am not new to the modeling industry and explained to them since I was an hour and half from Orlando why couldn't I get the information by email until they actually wanted to meet her? Well they told me it was company policy and u feel for it and sure enough like other people have stated they get you there talk about the company introduce themselves and start saying you need comp cards done and suggest photographers but by law have to tell you your not required to use them and if you don't use the photographers they suggest they will tell you the pictures are crap and they can't use them until you finally use one of there photographers and make you pay for the photo shoots comp cards and printing fees. Well my daughter is only 2 years old and as I said is already be represented by very good companies in Orlando and I know she doesn't need comp cards with models that young because they are expensive and go out of date fast due to how fast a child changes respectable companies only ask for snap shots of your child until they get older. But that didn't stop them from trying to sell me stuff! This company is a scam do not waist your time.

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★☆☆☆☆

Do NOT use this agency!! They sent me an email about my daughter saying she was cute and wanted me to attend an orientation for information. I am not new to the modeling industry and explained to them since I was an hour and half from Orlando why couldn't I get the information by email until they actually wanted to meet her? Well they told me it was company policy and u feel for it and sure enough like other people have stated they get you there talk about the company introduce themselves and start saying you need comp cards done and suggest photographers but by law have to tell you your not required to use them and if you don't use the photographers they suggest they will tell you the pictures are crap and they can't use them until you finally use one of there photographers and make you pay for the photo shoots comp cards and printing fees. Well my daughter is only 2 years old and as I said is already be represented by very good companies in Orlando and I know she doesn't need comp cards with models that young because they are expensive and go out of date fast due to how fast a child changes respectable companies only ask for snap shots of your child until they get older. But that didn't stop them from trying to sell me stuff! This company is a scam do not waist your time.

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I have to disagree with the negative posters. While it was a major investment, I am a 49 year old woman, who has had a great deal of success with Ward and the staff at Model Scout. I check in on a regular basis and have gotten several referrals. The photographer we used was patient and certainly not drunk. My husband is a photographer and has been since the 70's. He would not do my original pictures and felt it was a better investment to have a "people Pro" do the shots. The shoot allowed me to be prepared for what it would really be like at an actual shoot. I have been to several jobs and the prep that Christina provided had me prepared. I did a B roll shoot at Disney and you could tell the others were not from Model Scout, didn't come prepared, unprofessional, etc.
I can't do it full time, but the jobs I have gotten has repaid my investment. My husband was comfortable with Ward and Christina, and I would not hesitate to do it all over again with Model Scout. If you had a bad experience, did you at least discuss it with the staff at Model Scout to try and resolve it, did you check in with them. My husband markets me for other shoots, and believe me the call backs from Model Scout far exceed anything he gets.

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★★★★☆

I have to disagree with the negative posters. While it was a major investment, I am a 49 year old woman, who has had a great deal of success with Ward and the staff at Model Scout. I check in on a regular basis and have gotten several referrals. The photographer we used was patient and certainly not drunk. My husband is a photographer and has been since the 70's. He would not do my original pictures and felt it was a better investment to have a "people Pro" do the shots. The shoot allowed me to be prepared for what it would really be like at an actual shoot. I have been to several jobs and the prep that Christina provided had me prepared. I did a B roll shoot at Disney and you could tell the others were not from Model Scout, didn't come prepared, unprofessional, etc.
I can't do it full time, but the jobs I have gotten has repaid my investment. My husband was comfortable with Ward and Christina, and I would not hesitate to do it all over again with Model Scout. If you had a bad experience, did you at least discuss it with the staff at Model Scout to try and resolve it, did you check in with them. My husband markets me for other shoots, and believe me the call backs from Model Scout far exceed anything he gets.

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Hello I would just like to say that my son is represented by this agency went to the presentation last weekend. we Meet with the four agents they showed us around the new warehouse where they will be moving the owner of ModelScout came in and talked to the new talent about the agency and told us a little bit about himself he talked to us about photographers and he suggested a few but told us we could use our own if we liked. we ended up going with the photographer he suggested we have a photo shoot with him Saturday I am new to this business but all in all I liked everything I heard but that is just my opinion.

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★★★★☆

Hello I would just like to say that my son is represented by this agency went to the presentation last weekend. we Meet with the four agents they showed us around the new warehouse where they will be moving the owner of ModelScout came in and talked to the new talent about the agency and told us a little bit about himself he talked to us about photographers and he suggested a few but told us we could use our own if we liked. we ended up going with the photographer he suggested we have a photo shoot with him Saturday I am new to this business but all in all I liked everything I heard but that is just my opinion.

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I was highly disappointed with using Model Scout. Everything was "rush rush rush" in the begining and we shelled out a lot of money for both the professional pictures and comp cards.
Trying to find a photographer was the first hurdle, but we did find someone who we really liked. Twice we had to schedule sessions with her because Bruce (I believe he would have been the guy who smelled like alcohol) informed us that he couldn't use even one of the pictures that were taken. Not having experience in this field, I trusted what he was saying and finally booked with the photographer they recommended. This is after having several emails where he berated me telling me I was "wasting his time and his time is valuable". This was after asking him if he had heard of a photographer we were looking into...and maybe could give us a green flag to use them.
While we had a great experience with the photographer they told us to use, after the comp cards were complete, we heard NOTHING back from the agency. We contacted them several times asking what else we needed to do. Did we need to actively seek work for our child ourselves or were they doing that for us. Over a year and a half later, we haven't gotten one single booking and have not been contacted with them for even an update. Our comp cards are out-of-date now and we are out about $600.
We have two other children and this money could have been spent better elsewhere. The one thing it did buy was a valuable lesson...when someone wants to blow smoke, run in the opposite direction!

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★☆☆☆☆

I was highly disappointed with using Model Scout. Everything was "rush rush rush" in the begining and we shelled out a lot of money for both the professional pictures and comp cards.
Trying to find a photographer was the first hurdle, but we did find someone who we really liked. Twice we had to schedule sessions with her because Bruce (I believe he would have been the guy who smelled like alcohol) informed us that he couldn't use even one of the pictures that were taken. Not having experience in this field, I trusted what he was saying and finally booked with the photographer they recommended. This is after having several emails where he berated me telling me I was "wasting his time and his time is valuable". This was after asking him if he had heard of a photographer we were looking into...and maybe could give us a green flag to use them.
While we had a great experience with the photographer they told us to use, after the comp cards were complete, we heard NOTHING back from the agency. We contacted them several times asking what else we needed to do. Did we need to actively seek work for our child ourselves or were they doing that for us. Over a year and a half later, we haven't gotten one single booking and have not been contacted with them for even an update. Our comp cards are out-of-date now and we are out about $600.
We have two other children and this money could have been spent better elsewhere. The one thing it did buy was a valuable lesson...when someone wants to blow smoke, run in the opposite direction!

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I was not impressed with this agency at all. After you send a picture you are invited to the Maitland Civic Center as their new location (it used to be on colonial drive, I don't know what happened) doesn't sustain the crowd. You see a presentation, blah, blah, blah, and then the owner comes and gives you his interpetation of the industry. The scary part is, is truth is mixed in with deception and that is why a lot of people get suckered. Ward, the owner of Model Scout, angle is to say how professsional the comp cards need to look - like New York. I am from NY and I wasn't immediately impressed with the pictures. Ward is careful to say you can use any photographer (he knows the law against agencies getting in bed with photographers as Florida was notorious for this) but stresses his photographers will give quality pictures that he can send out to clients. He also stated that his agency likes to pick the pictures to use as they know best.

So the money...well you can pay their photographer (not that you have to use them but at least he can guarantee them - again he is careful with words) at $450 but you can get a quick comp with about 30 pics for $250. Hey doesn't sound bad right? Well the kicker his you then have to pay his agency $275 dollars to pick the pictures and print them of which he keeps 75 to show and the other half (75) go to you. Now I did my research and I know that an agency should NOT charge you to print pictures. They take 20% and keep it moving if they give you work. RED FLAG. Oh yeah, they also will waive the $475 dollar fee to be on their website. RED FLAG. It doesn't even cost that much to have a website. What a joke!!!

But, I decided to sign up for a meeting just to see what they would say if I told them I already have a photographer and just wanted to give them 75 prints. I mean, no harm no foul, they might still get work. I just wasn't willing to play their games. Well I was met downstairs in their new location with my child (my child is actually the person interested in modeling) by a man reaking of alcohol. He started rambling on about the modeling industry etc. He looked grubby, unprofessional and a little scary actually. Then he took us upstairs where he and another nicer lady wanted to sign us up, but I told them that I already had a photographer. Then the smelly guy immediately went on a tirade about how the comp cards are the ticket to getting work and they know how it needs to be done, and that is what gets you the jobs and if the pictures are no good they can't use them etc. Then the nicer lady recommended bringing the pictures to their agency so their agency could pick the pictures. Well of course, I was able to deduct, that means they would want to print them out too. The meeting lasted 8 minutes. I took my child, got out of there and ripped up any cards of theirs I had. I wouldn't want an agency that would send what appears to be a slovenly, smelling of alcohol guy meet with customers, intent of scamming us out of money to represent my dog.

Please beware. Research yourself. I know this is a smaller market but somethings still hold true. I understand their will be an investment in some things, but don't fork over money to unscrupulous agencies praying off people's dreams.

Good Luck!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

I was not impressed with this agency at all. After you send a picture you are invited to the Maitland Civic Center as their new location (it used to be on colonial drive, I don't know what happened) doesn't sustain the crowd. You see a presentation, blah, blah, blah, and then the owner comes and gives you his interpetation of the industry. The scary part is, is truth is mixed in with deception and that is why a lot of people get suckered. Ward, the owner of Model Scout, angle is to say how professsional the comp cards need to look - like New York. I am from NY and I wasn't immediately impressed with the pictures. Ward is careful to say you can use any photographer (he knows the law against agencies getting in bed with photographers as Florida was notorious for this) but stresses his photographers will give quality pictures that he can send out to clients. He also stated that his agency likes to pick the pictures to use as they know best.

So the money...well you can pay their photographer (not that you have to use them but at least he can guarantee them - again he is careful with words) at $450 but you can get a quick comp with about 30 pics for $250. Hey doesn't sound bad right? Well the kicker his you then have to pay his agency $275 dollars to pick the pictures and print them of which he keeps 75 to show and the other half (75) go to you. Now I did my research and I know that an agency should NOT charge you to print pictures. They take 20% and keep it moving if they give you work. RED FLAG. Oh yeah, they also will waive the $475 dollar fee to be on their website. RED FLAG. It doesn't even cost that much to have a website. What a joke!!!

But, I decided to sign up for a meeting just to see what they would say if I told them I already have a photographer and just wanted to give them 75 prints. I mean, no harm no foul, they might still get work. I just wasn't willing to play their games. Well I was met downstairs in their new location with my child (my child is actually the person interested in modeling) by a man reaking of alcohol. He started rambling on about the modeling industry etc. He looked grubby, unprofessional and a little scary actually. Then he took us upstairs where he and another nicer lady wanted to sign us up, but I told them that I already had a photographer. Then the smelly guy immediately went on a tirade about how the comp cards are the ticket to getting work and they know how it needs to be done, and that is what gets you the jobs and if the pictures are no good they can't use them etc. Then the nicer lady recommended bringing the pictures to their agency so their agency could pick the pictures. Well of course, I was able to deduct, that means they would want to print them out too. The meeting lasted 8 minutes. I took my child, got out of there and ripped up any cards of theirs I had. I wouldn't want an agency that would send what appears to be a slovenly, smelling of alcohol guy meet with customers, intent of scamming us out of money to represent my dog.

Please beware. Research yourself. I know this is a smaller market but somethings still hold true. I understand their will be an investment in some things, but don't fork over money to unscrupulous agencies praying off people's dreams.

Good Luck!!!

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scouting, developing, representing and placing models for 21 years in Central Florida. Licensed, bonded and insured.

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