It was bound to happen that some group of schmucks was going to take the model search scams out there like Model Search America and jack up the price 5 to 10 times and proclaim it in the name of God. The name behind this unbelievable scam is AMTC Auditions. And guess what? This scam is even backed by the Better Business Bureau (goes to show you that the Better Business Bureau in itself might be a scam and needs to be looked into by the FTC).
Model Search America was one of the first scams that went from city to city proclaiming to be one of the best resources are models to be found and find lucrative paying jobs and contracts. The sad reality is with any of these model search and similar talent search companies the true number of people that actually get “found” or end up with contracts and similar is almost nonexistent.
For every 10,000 people that pay into these scams there might be one person that gets selected for something and it’s usually nothing great. To make themselves look better veil actually pay local talent agencies to falsely select a fair number of people so that way when people leave these auditions and their regional meets or events they leave with a false idea that more people got selected and contracts than what really happened.
I have been to many of these events as an actual talent agent for one of the biggest modeling agencies in the world. We already know going into it that the odds of us finding someone that we want is basically zero. We are paid well by companies like Model Search America and are told behind the scenes to select a few people even if we don’t want them so that they leave feeling happy and then just don’t call them back or return their calls. I never liked these talent search and model search scams because that’s exactly what they are. Don’t ever let anyone tell you anything different than that.
When I go out looking for people that I want for my modeling agency I know am looking for and I know I’m not going to find it in one of these auditions. I go with my gut feelings and my best resource has always been airports and malls. I like those places because I can look and see what that something is there in a person and be completely under the radar. Believe me if parents and kids and other want to be models knew that I was going to be in the airport or the malls I would get swamped.
My best finds I’ve actually found as waitresses and bartenders in places like Austin Texas, Phoenix Arizona, and even in New York City in some restaurants around SoHo. But enough about me and how I actually find people for my clients and for my modeling agency. What really gets my goat is that now there is a new scam that makes these all their talent search and model search scams look like little fish in a big pond. AMTC Auditions does the same kind of presentation and scam as the others except that now they claim it is for God and not for money.
How could that be if they’re charging 5 to 10 times more money any of the other scam talent search companies out there? From numerous sources I’ve found out that they charge around $3000 for people to go to one of their “events” in Orlando Florida. People hold on to your money. There is no need for you to blow it on these folks and their scam.
If they really were for God and it weren’t about money than they were been no need for them to charge a $3000 price for this. It sickens me that a business like AMTC Auditions can go around claiming they are doing God’s work and fining people for God’s business. Maybe to you this if God needs someone he will do it on his own and he does not need nor does he employ AMTC Auditions or anyone that works there.
Now, you’ve heard it from me, a real live model and talent agent from one of the largest agencies in the world, you do not need nor will you fare any better from going to any of these scam modeling or talent searches. Now there is one exception that I will make and that is for TV shows like American Idol, Star search, project runway, American Bandstand and a few others some of which are no longer around. These are bona fide resources and guess what? They don’t cost you a penny to tell you if your going to make it in this business or not.
Instead of going to AMTC Auditions and wasting $3000 or going to Model Search America and wasting $600 or so for one of their regional events go to an American Idol audition or a reality TV show audition. Your chances of becoming someone in modeling or acting are far, far greater and you’ll see real people that will be blatantly honest and tell you whether they think you’ll make it in that business or not. Simon, whom was a little too blatantly honest, is no longer there at American Idol so you don’t have to worry about him and his classy put downs.
Here’s another thing for you to think about. Actors come and go. So do models. But you ever see any of that has been models or actors go into these Model Search America or AMTC Auditions? You will never see them at any of these talent or modeling searches. Why is that? Because there a scam and they don’t work. For models and actors that want to make a come back easily have the money to afford one of these talent or model searches. Instead they flock in droves to reality TV shows.
Why is that? Because they are proven to work better than anything else. Talent searches and model searches on the other hand are proven to fail almost all the time. Go and try out for American Idol or any muriad of reality TV shows out there. These will get your face on TV where people like me will be watching and looking for that new look or that new act. We won’t be looking at the model search or talent searches – I know I don’t. I also know the other big scouts won’t either.
Take my advice. AMTC Auditions is a massive scam and a complete waste of your time and money.