Some agencies in Chicago, and other places, try to charge talent to be in a book, on a CD or on a web site. Real agents make their money when you do; they get a percentage of the money you are paid. There is an article that discusses this: 'the legitimate agencies never charged their clients to be in a book. It was the modeling agencies' marketing tool, and they naturally footed the bill.'
and if an agent asks you to be in a book, on a CD or on a web site, 'ask the agent to pay... and then deduct it from [your] first professional booking. He'll say no, and [you]'ll finally start to understand what the con was all about.' (from Backstage
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