One Source Talent is mostly a scam

Apr 20, 2011
review #233298

Around mid-March I signed up with One Source Talent and like many others here, reluctantly paid 495 + 39.95.Although this was ridiculous, I was asked back for a 3rd "interview" and the so-called "talent coordinator" was trying to force me to pay for their photographers, which was in excess of $400.

So, before you get any jobs - if you get any jobs - you're are out nearly $1000. Since I could not pay for this, I was sent home; yet the interview states someone would look over my resume and cover letter. This never happened, which to me indicates a breach of contract. By the way I went to the Miami one and live about 2 1/2 hours away.

In the meantime, I researched the company in depth, which I should have done before I went. I read every consumer problem on this website. Also, they are not with the BBB as of January 2011 and they had a C+ rating previously. There is another site that asks if this is a scam and a lot of people commented on that site saying it wasn't.

I know for a fact that those people or most of them are employees or managers of the company. I decided to give them a chance so here is what I proposed. The show Burn Notice is set in Miami and I really wanted to get on the show. So, I said if you get me on Burn Notice, I will be somewhat satisfied.

She said she would definitely check. While she was checking, I signed up with 2 different actual talent agencies who I paid ZERO dollars for. Within 2 days, I was asked to be on the set of Burn Notice and I was. So, when I returned home, I emailed the manager and asked if she had checked for me.

She said that Burn Notice started a week ago from the day I was on it. This I know was not true as I was on the first day of the shoot. I have all the emails saved in case I want to get a lawyer. She also mentioned she submitted me to the Glades, which is also shot on location in South Florida.

The other agency I signed up for for free also submitted me to the Glades and I was accepted to be on the show. I have already received my check from Burn Notice minus the 10% agency fee. So, here is the problem with OST. All they do is what you can do yourself.

They submit you "supposedly" but they say if a director wants you they will call you. They are also making you pay for their website, which simply gets most of their castings from realitywanted.com where you can sign up for free. A Real talent agency sends of your photos (you don't necessarily need a comp card) to the producers and directors and oftentimes they tell the agency to send people of certain characteristics to them. In other words the agency decides to send you, then you simply follow instructions to whomever you need to report to on the set.

It is VERY EASY to become an extra, which is by far the best way to break in the industry. Since OST is NOT an agency (although I was told it was) they DO NOT have rapport with directors like a real talent agency does. I have never acted professionally until I was on the set of Burn Notice. I was given a name of an agency by another extra.

This agency sends me work at least twice a week. OST is border line legit, but definitely very corrupt. It is okay to pay for websites like exploretalent because you are paying them for audition information and I know for a fact they call producers to check if the producer is legit and how much money you will make. Given this, I did not mind the 39.95 from OST because it is a monthly website fee and many websites do do this so they can run it; however, the 495 fee is absolutely ridiculous.

With all this said - Have they given people jobs? The real answer is yes. BUT - these people submitted themselves, paid lots of money, and few, if any, have gained maximum exposure.

In other words, they paid 495 + 39.95 + 400 or more to submit and market ON THEIR OWN by clicking a few buttons on the website.As most actors and actresses say - never ever pay up front.

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Anette

Sep 02

Where did you go to get signed up for free ?

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takinit2u

Jul 06

Central Casting out of LA and NY. Direct Talent out of Miami.

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RichieNas

May 29

My kid just learned this place was a scam. They lured him in with promisses of a career in acting and stated it was just $40 a month. Of course, as soon as he said yes, they wanted another $500 as a nonrefundable deposit, besides the other things that he would have to she'll out money for to "get started". He was smart enough to get up and walk out at that point. Here's what makes me think they are not legit. They did all of this and were willing to take money from him even though he is a minor and no adult was present. To me that is the litmus test of this being corrupt and engaging in predatory practices, a serious crime.

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takinit2u

Jul 06

This actually makes it worse than what I originally posted. I did not realize they would take money from a minor, but it doesn't surprise me.

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Susan

May 01 Walnut, California

If you live in Los Angeles or plan to move here go to Central Casting 220 Flower, Burbank, CA. (818)562-2700 Hours: Monday & Wednesday 9:30am & 2:30pm, Friday 9:30am (new people) They Don't charge for anything, it's all free. To anyone who wants to get into showbiz if the agency asks you to pay money in advance they are not legitimate. an agency is only supposed to get paid after you have worked, it comes out of your pay after you have worked please remember this. Print this comment out or write it down and pass it on to others.

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Lanie

May 01 Houston Heights, Texas

They are a total scam. I know the girl who runs the one in Houston. She first of all always complains she hates her job. Secondly, she knows zero people in the industry here. It's all about how many people they can pressure into signing up, even if, as she stated, they were UGLY. Save your money and go somewhere legit.

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Sam

May 01

All one source talents wants is money upfront

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Cecily Gish

Dec 03, 2013 Fountain Valley, California

Here's the deal (as far as I can figure out):

OneSource Talent uses casting announcements that they use from other casting sites, much like ExploreTalent does. The casting notices they use are real, they just aren't THE BREAKDOWNS.

They're a middle-man, if you will.

Do people get work? Yes. Is it legitimate work? It's hard to say, since the folks who have posted here refuse to give any REAL information.

I am a working actress in LA. In 1998, I worked with Central Casting over the summer. It was fun, but they took their 10%, just like any legitimate agency does.

This summer, I signed with a new commercial agent through a mutual friend. If you're looking for an agent, ask your friends and relatives. While they may not be actors, they may have friends who are. This business is mostly about relationships.

My most recent project was shot last month with Ashton Kutcher. And I only had to pay my agency their percentage (20% because I'm non-union and the remainder came out to more than minimum wage).

The laws regarding agents vary state to state. One gal posted that she had a 10-day period in which she could get a refund. Other states cannot.

Please, PLEASE do your own research!!! Try www.Backstage.com, www.CastingNetworks.com and www.BreakdownServices.com. They have lots of forums for your questions, and many have sites specific to your region.

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nikki

Nov 07, 2013

Can I ask what company you sign
with for free cuz im trying to break into the acting world

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ANGIE

Sep 20, 2013

:roll :sigh :( I dont know if its real or not.. I have an auditon on SATURDAY 9/21/13! I need to know so I wont get scammed! I wanna just live my dream , I dont want to get played so ANYONE WITH INFO Please , I'm just a girl with a HUGE dream to be on a show and show people I'm not scraps on a food plate! SO PLEASE HELP :eek :cry :(

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Jess

Sep 17, 2013

I can't tell you whether or not if OST is a scam but my daughters are signed with a agency where they do not have to pay an upfront fee. My daughters agent say to not fall for any agency who asks for an upfront fee. My girls agency only gets paid by commission for work that they get.

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Fefe

Oct 13, 2013

Whats the name of her agency.

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susantalbot52

Aug 20, 2013 Hacienda Heights, California

Any talent agencies that asks for money upfront are not legitimate. If they do ask for money upfront just walk away. There is a talent agency in Burbank, California Called CENTRAL CASTING I myself am registered with them and everything there is FREE. Your Headshots, Classes, Etc... Look Them up online for their address and Phone number. @ centralcasting.com

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liam

Aug 14, 2013 Miami, Florida

you know what!!!! it is a scam, because they lied to me, saying that they couldn't use the pictures that I had taken for my compcard because they were landscape, but, I saw the others ost talent compcards and their pictures where all mostly landscape, and not just that, but they made me singed some papers without even telling me about the $495.00 setup payment. And, what u call that!!!! a total acam..... :(

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liam

Aug 14, 2013 Miami, Florida

So I had my last interview yesterday with ost and I was accepted, I was so happy I didn't mind the $39.95 a month, but I was never told about the $495.00. They made me sing some papers, but I was to exited and ignorant that I didn't realize what I was singing up for. I saw the $495.00 on a paper, but since I was never told about it, I didn't pay to much attention to it, I thought probably it was the total amount I had to pay with the monthly payments of $39.95. Somehow I wasn't that happy, I just felt so uneasy, like there was something wrong, so I decided to check my bank account the next day, and I found out I had an overdraft of $495.00 so I went through the papers that they had givin me, and that's when I realized that I have had autorized the non refundable payment of $495.00 I was so upset, I started crying, I had recently quit my job to follow my dreams with barely some money left, so I decided to call them as soon as possible to try to cancel, but they would never answer me, I left them messages, called the headquarters, and they would transfer me, but no one would answer, so I kept leaving them messages,saying to call me back,that it was very urgent, but never got any calls back. So, I decided to send them an eail where I tell them about my story, and I beg them for a full refound, I'm still waiting,I depend on that money,so I hope to get it back, but something is telling me I am not going to. So be careful out there people, no matter how exited you r, always... Show more

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amb

Jul 19, 2013

Hi im trying to get into the modeling&acting and i dont wanna be scammed, i have read alot of negitive comments about one source and i would like to know if anyone knows of a agency thats not fraud?

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