So… this post is one of the important ones I was talking about. The reason I say this, is because if you ARE or WANT to be in the industry… you either have a model mayhem account, or your about to make one..
Model Mayhem is a great site for aspiring models, as well as established models. I pay $10 a month for “VIP” membership, which basically means…. I can upload A LOT of photos, send unlimited messages,post castings,etc…
They do have a free membership though, which I’d recommend if you are brand new to the site.
There are soo many model sites out there that charge money, but MM is the ONLY one I will ever pay for. They have castings all over the world, so no matter where you live, your bound to find a lot of people in your area in the same industry, and dont even know it!
I have received so many amazing opportunities through model mayhem (including: going to San Diego, LA, working with BmoreGETUP (promo for Ravens), working with numerous designers, and amazing photographers).
For me, the $10 is worth it.
My portfolio is www.modelmayhem.com/Morheather … Check it out! 😉
Let me first tell you why I am writing this blog now… Last night, around 3am, I received a message on my MM and the subject was “Contract”. So of course, I go to look at it immediately!
Now, If this was 2 years ago, when I first started modeling, I would have started to jump for joy! But over the years, I have learned the hard way that there are SOOO many scammers out there.
Here is what the message said, and then I will explain a little further..
“Hi and how are you doing,think i should let you know that I’m a Photographer as seen on my profile,and also let you know that your picture captured my attention,then I had to go through your profile.I would like to inform you that I want to use your picture on a WEBSITE for an advert for a new product of animal food which agent gave me as an assignment,If you are interested,Please get back to me as soon as possible to get more information at email@example.com(ONLY)
Regarding the Wage aspect, you would be paid the sum of $2500 and I hope you will make this photo shoot a great one through commitment and diligence.I will get back to you with the necessary papers to officialize and legalize this contract ,I look forward hearing from you soon….
NOTE : PLEASE REPLY ME AT MY EMAIL (firstname.lastname@example.org)I CHECK MY MESSAGES IN MY PERSONAL EMAIL MORE OFTEN. Ian Asst Coordinator/ Photographer.”
Before I show you my response.. I want to point out some red flags!
(Also, He did not have a profile photo- and he joined 2 days ago) – thats RED FLAG #1
#2) The biggest and most obvious one for me is… “Email me asap to get more info @…a yahoo.com email” . Ive been through these scams a few times now… never for animal food lol..But its the same concept. Once you give them your email… expect A LOT of spam. They also ask you to do that so it’s not on MM… Meaning, the moderators can not see it. (***REMEMBER THIS TOPIC-BELOW,WILL BE MORE INFO!)
#3) He should have never told me the “paid sum” for the shoot, without providing me more information, and with the contract.
#4) …. Is it just me, or did he say he wanted to USE MY PICTURE ON A WEBSITE…as in, using one I already have.. Then offering me $2,500 to shoot. This guy wasn’t thinking straight…
Like I’ve said, Ive been through this before…
What would have happened, is… I would have received an email from this guy,saying “Oh we sent you to much money,please send us back $2,000”. You’d deposit the check,and send the $2,000 back.
A few days later.. you’d get a call from the bank saying it was a fraud check. You are liable for the money….
PLEASE be careful on these sites. they are wonderful! But there are creepy people on there too!
Just ask! =) thank you<3