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Models, Actors and Influencers

Models, actors and influencers have a very glamorous image, but sometimes the experience does not live up to expectations. People wishing to pursue careers in modelling and acting or as an influencer have to be very careful about who they do business with. Unfortunately there are many operators who will rip you off and several things can go wrong before you start work.

Aspiring models, actors and influencers have contacted JobWatch with a range of complaints including:

  • demands that they pay for expensive and unnecessary portfolios of photographs before work is provided;
  • demands that they pay high registration fees;
  • photographs being used without their consent or payment;
  • agents falsely claiming to have modelling or acting work on their books;
  • being pressured into enrolling in a modelling or acting course with high course fees; or
  • sexual harassment or assault.

Things you should do

(more detail in the attached fact sheet)

  1. Be realistic
  2. Use a reputable agency or agent
  3. Be wary of excessive fees
  4. Social media scams
  5. Signing a contract
  6. Check how much you will be paid for the work you do
  7. Consider joining the relevant union
  8. Always be conscious of your personal safety

For further support

More detail, including information for those under the age of 18, can be found in the fact sheet which you should download.

Call our Telephone Information Service on Melbourne Metro (03) 9662 1933 or Regional Victoria, Queensland and Tasmania on 1800 331 617.

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