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Victoria’s Models, how they roll.

By modellinggirl - 14 June 2011 38

So I was just thinking about something and it made me angry. The first thing I decided to do was post it to RiotACT.

So 5 years ago, I was 13 and I was young and naive (still am :P) and wanted to get into modeling.

I saw an advert for Victoria’s Models and phoned them up. I was so excited, they really had be believe they were going to make me heaps of money.

So the next step was to go to their ‘office’ for an interview. They told me that I would make something like $300 an hour per shoot and more for bikini. They strongly encouraged me to join up but to join up – I had to do a $500 ‘course’ with them.

They never asked for my parents permission.

I really don’t think it is right for them to manipulate a 13 year old girl like that. It makes me wonder how many other young teenage girls they’ve tricked. They never ever asked to speak to my parents, they didn’t tell me to bring my parents to the interview. Why? Because my parents would have seen straight through their plan.

So $500 later, I was at this ‘Course’ at a low rent function room. I learned nothing at this ‘course’ where the ‘teachers’ came up to 45 minutes late. All we did was talk about things that should have come up in the interview anyway.

I remember feeling like it was a complete waste of time. But i put it to the back of my head as I thought now I would be able to join this agency.

No.

They then called me into an interview (no parental discussion of course) and said I needed to fork out $800 for a portfolio. I struggled to save $500 for the course, so I gave up, disappointed.

Sure, this might be normal, I don’t really know. But as I was 13, I believe they should have contacted my parents to discuss these things. I also believe they should have explained i needed to pay another $800 for a portfolio AFTER the course. Yes I know a portfolio is needed for modeling, but I was only 13, I had no idea.

I believe they knew I had no idea and saw me way to make quick cash. I feel like they have taken advantage of me.

I’m feel angered and cheated and I would just like to warn anyone with teenage daughters that aspire to do modeling to stay away from this company.

UPDATE: We’ve had this response:

#5 victoriasmodels
12:25 pm, 14 Jun 11

Hi Modelling Girl

I’m sorry you felt you were misled by our agency. I would like to respond to a few things I believe are incorrect in your post. We would not have quoted $300 per hour or more for bikini work. We rarely do swimwear and our rates have been largely unchanged for years (and are not $300 per hour). We certainly would have encouraged you to attend a modelling course if you were interested in modelling, because that’s how we train up our new models.

We would never discourage any person, particularly a minor, to attend an interview without a parent present. In fact, the assumption would have been that you would attend with one, given you were 13 years old and too young to drive. There is no ‘plan’ for your parents to see through. We are honest and up front about everything regarding getting started in modelling and pride ourselves on not promising more than we can deliver.

You would have attended the course at the Hellenic Club I assume, where we have run our courses for over ten years. If you are suggesting you attended a 30 hour long course with 15 experts on various topics, at the age of 13, and you didn’t learn anything, I find that somewhat surprising. We have always offered a 100% money back guarantee on our courses which entitles you to a refund if you feel you did not benefit from the course and enjoy yourself.

Regarding a portfolio, we have never charged anything close to $800. We have worked with various photographers over the last 16 years, and our portfolio packages have increased over time, but even at today’s prices, none are as expensive as $800. Five years ago, they were about $400 for a basic portfolio, which is all we’d suggest for a 13 year old. I can assure you we are not out to make a quick buck off a 13 year old. I would welcome your phone call to clarify some of the facts which appear to have become distorted over time.

We are Canberra’s longest established agency (16 years), have a large and loyal client base and over 300 models on our books. Every time we engage with a new model or course student, we aim to make the experience a positive one, as it’s important to the longevity of our business. We wouldn’t have been around this long if we were about a quick buck. Canberra is too small a town! We work very hard every day, to make our agency an honest, professional and reputable one and I only wish you had approached us directly with your grievance, rather than putting up a largely inaccurate post. Please do feel free to contact me directly – 6282 8700. Victoria

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38 Responses to
Victoria’s Models, how they roll.
Postalgeek 2:46 pm 14 Jun 11

I think a $500 vain and useless tax should be encouraged

p1 2:27 pm 14 Jun 11

Henry82 said :

Sounds like a lesson learnt. Should have discussed it with your parents first. I’ll agree with #7 about possibly being a disgruntled employee.

How many 13 year olds can drop $500 (and 30+ hours?) without having to explain it to their parents?

Henry82 2:16 pm 14 Jun 11

Sounds like a lesson learnt. Should have discussed it with your parents first. I’ll agree with #7 about possibly being a disgruntled employee.

Fact of the matter is, a lot of parents think their kid is the next model/actor/celebratory and there is a lot of services available to prepare a folio (and have acting lessons) which will (highly likely) lead to nothing. The modelling industry is very competitive and even if you’re enthusiastic there is no guarantee you’ll ever get a job. So is anything like professional sports, acting, music, entertainment etc – its advisable to have an alternative career path if it falls through.

Diggety 2:15 pm 14 Jun 11

Skidd Marx said :

It’s clear from the standard of your grammar that you’re an intelligent 13 year old.

It’s clear from your standard of comprehension and/or arithmetic that you should be a model, Skidd Marx.

13 + 5 = 18.

Pommy bastard 2:06 pm 14 Jun 11

Mysteryman said :

a good agent and a couple of headshots.

Too easy…

Skidd Marx 2:05 pm 14 Jun 11

It’s clear from the standard of your grammar that you’re an intelligent 13 year old. So don’t waste your time on something as shallow and unrewarding as modelling. For every girl who makes it in the modelling world there are a thousand who don’t. The industry is littered with pompous twats anyway, take my word for it.

Mysteryman 2:01 pm 14 Jun 11

I won’t comment on the agency in question, but as a model I’m inclined to believe that OP. I know plenty of girls who’ve been through a similar thing and I myself have told more than one agency that I wasn’t interested in working with them because of the “you need to do our course and then pay for a portfolio before you get any work” routine. It’s a very common way for agencies to make money.

The reality is that you DON’T need a portfolio to get work. Assuming you have the look that the client is aiming for, all you just need a good agent and a couple of headshots.

Pommy bastard 1:46 pm 14 Jun 11

I believe the correct current vernacular is; “pwned”.

colourful sydney rac 1:24 pm 14 Jun 11

OP has been caught out big time. I will bet London to a brick on, that OP is a disgruntled employee.

Deref 12:36 pm 14 Jun 11

A lesson cheaply learnt.

Make sure the ACCC hears about it, particlarly the “We would never discourage any person, particularly a minor, to attend an interview without a parent present.”

victoriasmodels 12:25 pm 14 Jun 11

Hi Modelling Girl
I’m sorry you felt you were misled by our agency. I would like to respond to a few things I believe are incorrect in your post. We would not have quoted $300 per hour or more for bikini work. We rarely do swimwear and our rates have been largely unchanged for years (and are not $300 per hour). We certainly would have encouraged you to attend a modelling course if you were interested in modelling, because that’s how we train up our new models.

We would never discourage any person, particularly a minor, to attend an interview without a parent present. In fact, the assumption would have been that you would attend with one, given you were 13 years old and too young to drive. There is no ‘plan’ for your parents to see through. We are honest and up front about everything regarding getting started in modelling and pride ourselves on not promising more than we can deliver.

You would have attended the course at the Hellenic Club I assume, where we have run our courses for over ten years. If you are suggesting you attended a 30 hour long course with 15 experts on various topics, at the age of 13, and you didn’t learn anything, I find that somewhat surprising. We have always offered a 100% money back guarantee on our courses which entitles you to a refund if you feel you did not benefit from the course and enjoy yourself.

Regarding a portfolio, we have never charged anything close to $800. We have worked with various photographers over the last 16 years, and our portfolio packages have increased over time, but even at today’s prices, none are as expensive as $800. Five years ago, they were about $400 for a basic portfolio, which is all we’d suggest for a 13 year old. I can assure you we are not out to make a quick buck off a 13 year old. I would welcome your phone call to clarify some of the facts which appear to have become distorted over time.

We are Canberra’s longest established agency (16 years), have a large and loyal client base and over 300 models on our books. Every time we engage with a new model or course student, we aim to make the experience a positive one, as it’s important to the longevity of our business. We wouldn’t have been around this long if we were about a quick buck. Canberra is too small a town! We work very hard every day, to make our agency an honest, professional and reputable one and I only wish you had approached us directly with your grievance, rather than putting up a largely inaccurate post. Please do feel free to contact me directly – 6282 8700. Victoria

p1 12:01 pm 14 Jun 11

carnardly said :

I think its funny that I’ve seen the silver V M car going round town, and recently saw a blond driver texting away madly as she went.

Was it a Commodore with “P” plates?

Erg0 11:23 am 14 Jun 11

I believe this is a pretty common scam in the modelling world – for some agencies, it’s their entire income stream. I expect that you’d be able to recover the money since you were under 18 and they couldn’t legally enter a contract with you, but it may be a bit late to do anything about it now.

carnardly 10:43 am 14 Jun 11

I think its funny that I’ve seen the silver V M car going round town, and recently saw a blond driver texting away madly as she went. Nothing like a good advertisement that…

Disinformation 9:59 am 14 Jun 11

Well, you’re 500 dollars better informed and now 500 dollars less naive at a reasonably young age. That’s a lot better than being 150,000 dollars out of pocket at 65 due to an offer of money from Nigeria. Maybe now you’re too qualified to be a model?
A hefty dose of scepticism at a young age can be a very valuable gift for the rest of your life.

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