Basic website. The girls in the fashion division which I was interested in, looked around my age, 16 and their portfolio images looked like they had all been shot at one shoot in one day. Sent in some of my professional photos that a family member had taken for me and they wanted an interview with me during the week-could not make due to college commitments. Spoke to the owner over Skype video call (Carla) who seemed friendly. 5 brownie points at this moment in time. Trust me, they will not have them for long.
The owner then asked to see my pictures, which may I add, I had sent in and she/they had liked them enough to contact me. So, I sent them to her and she said she would ring me back in 5 minutes.
After the 5 minutes had elapsed, she rang me back, saying how my pictures were 'terrible' which I was surprised at- if they were so 'terrible' why did you contact me in the first place? She gave me the number of a photographer where she sends 'all of the girls to get their pictures done' She said the man charges £150 for a photoshoot-undoubtedly the pictures will cost more on top of this £150. She then told me that if I proceed to get my pictures done with him, email them to her. I then checked out his website who had the same address as the agency, which made me automatically think he is an in-house photographer. Can anybody else smell something fishy? I thought that agencies were only supposed to make profit off of the work they find models, not charge them an extortionate fee upfront in order for them to be signed, and if they do this.. what really is the point in finding models work then? I trusted my instincts in this situation and I think they were right.
I am not bashing Twenty one models, I am just trying to spread awareness about this. I am glad that I tried this agency to know to be more aware of rogue agencies in the future and I don't want it to happen to anyone else. I think it is unfair that in order to be signed, you have to pay. A legitimate modelling agency will not charge you a penny to be on their books.
I think the learning lesson from this experience is to just stick to the agencies on the AMA and perhaps some that are genuinely legit, just not on the AMA yet. Twenty one models are not on the AMA.
By no means am I saying that they are not a 'legit' modelling agency, because they are following the law to a certain extent (They have the correct Ts and Cs on their website) but the fact they said I have to pay for photographs from their photographer made me think otherwise.