Scouting Entertainment Group (SEG) (www.segstudio.com and www.segstudios.com) aka Hollywood Castings.com (hollywoodcastings.com) aka Los Angeles Castings (losangelescastings.com)
Red Flag: Better Business Bureau: "Our complaint history for this company shows that the business has not responded to customer complaints brought to its attention by the Bureau." (March 15, 2006)
This company advertised: "Los Angeles Castings Get your audition now In the LA area! www.losangelescastings.com."
Scouting Entertainment Group is not a licensed talent agency.
That means they cannot legally book modeling jobs. (See Labor Code 1700).
They don't claim to be a talent agency, however, they said they are "talent management":
California law does not allow a talent management company to charge any advance fees for promotion, photography, etc. (See Labor Code 1701).
It is still not clear if SEG charges advance fees. Please send information of your experience.
One person reported they received a referral after an interview with John Robert Powers.
Consumer Comments (2004)
I received a call that they wanted to meet me. I was there for about an hour. They talked to me about their company and tested me. Then they said they wanted to sign me, but wanted me to take pictures with their photographer. Their photographer charged almost $2,000!!!
I told them I had just taken my headshots, and they said that those headshots didn't work. They gave me the contract to read and said: "When you have the money, we'll sign you."
The "talent director" wouldn't stop calling me, he would tell me, "Ask someone to let you borrow money, get a loan."
I finally said, "No, I won't be able to get the money."
A few months later, Scouting Entertainment Group called me again, but it was a different talent director.
I told him my situation, how I've already been there, and he said, "Oh, things have changed; we'll work something out."
I believed him and went again. When I got there, he got me in his office, and told me about the pictures, and I told him I didn't have the money, so he gave me a whole bunch of paperwork where I can do extra work.
He said, "You'll get the money in a week and then come back."
This company advertised on craigslist.org:
(May 8, 2004)
losangeles.craigslist.org > tv video radio jobs > NEED TO FILL ACTING
AND MODELING JOBS ASAP!
NEED TO FILL ACTING AND MODELING JOBS ASAP!
Reply to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Crimes of Persuasionon