I went into the Atlanta, GA office tonight at 7 pm for my interview. After getting there, I realized that about 50 other people had a 7 pm interview as well. Well I signed in, then walked to a large waiting area with the other 50 people.
The secretary put in The Devil Wears Prada, and we watched it for a few minutes until Stephanie the office manager came in and told us the whole history and other facts about OST. They mentioned the "four ninety five" but not the 40 a month for maintenance. They also talked about "Diamond White"-- some client of theirs who got some jobs. So I go back there, gave the lady my resume. She looks over it for literally five seconds, then tells me that she thinks I am marketable.
Then right before the interview is done, she says that I will have to come in tomorrow, and that tomorrow is "final decision day". She goes on to say that I have to have the $500 tomorrow, and if I don't I am just wasting their time and she will have to reject me on the spot. I told her "thank you", then ran out of there with no intention of returning tomorrow.
I am not saying this company is a scam, but I do not think it is worth it. A real agent gets paid commission off of the jobs they get you--what is the incentive for the agent to find you jobs if you are going to pay them anyway even if you don't get work? And a lot of people are saying that this place really isn't an agency--well if you are truly serious about becoming an actor then you need to get a real agent, not some company that will help you "get your foot in the door."
I just don't think it is worth it when you can go to a legitimate agency and they can do MORE FOR YOU than OST for a lot less. And this is what I want to do for a career. I just graduated from college with a B.A. in theatre, and I have a background in theatre--but this place just isn't for me.