Occasionally, people will send us the lists of "industry pros" that the traveling talent search companies are using to sell their services to parents. For most unassuming, non-industry parents, these lists are pretty convincing. They have names they recognize like "Wilhelmina" and "William Morris"! The problem is, they aren't true.
We have 3 such lists in hand: two sales lists and one of the pros that actually attended July 2019 iPOP in Las Vegas, although similar lists exist for all the search companies.
Here's a summary:
LIST # 1 2018
List given to a parent, and shared on the iPOP website in 2018. It was removed from the websites in July 2018 when a journalist started asking too many questions. This list was titled "Agents and Managers who have attended iPOP". Note they don't say WHEN they attended. We believe this list has been esssentially the same for OVER 10 YEARS.
155 Total Listings: -14 International Modeling Agencies. We don't have any way of knowing if they are legit, but it would be rare for a US person to be able to work as a model in another country legally. No actor would do this--only models. One particularly concerning entry is the agency in Thailand, home of sex trafficking. Yikes. -4 San Francisco Modeling Agencies. These aren't good for anyone else, because there isn't enough work in SF for anyone to survive -- so moving there would not be beneficial. Locals only. --14 CLOSED businesses, including one DEAD agent that died in 2009. More on her below. We didn't count several businesses that we just couldn't identify. --7 Casting Directors, 4 of whom we know sell classes on the side. They are not representatives.
--14 Secondary Sale businesses that are not representatives, and will sell you something else (voice lessons, photos, consulting, etc)
Which leaves, in the last 10 years: --36 US based modeling or talent agencies. Some don't take kids at all, many are print models only. --46 managers, most of whom are D list at best. 4 of those are historically linked to John Robert Powers (former franchise owners or employe)#convention
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