You may have heard the radio advertisements over the weekend announcing Disney show auditions here in Houston. So is it a scam or legitimate? One woman who says she took her daughter, contacted Fox 26 after she was asked to pay money to the agency. So what does the Houston Better Business Bureau say about that?
“One huge red flag if you go to the casting call or you call them and they tell you you have to pay an advanced fee for headshots or additional classes,” explains Leah Napoliello with Houston Better Business Bureau. Napoliello says the company called Talent, which holds these auditions all across the country, has had several name changes and has BBB complaints filed in Chicago under the name MAT Entertainment and in Vegas as Casting Hub Incorporated. Napoliello says Meridian Entertainment is also listed as a possible name.
“If you sign up for a modeling agency you wouldn't actually have to pay any costs whatsoever. They are there to invest in you. You're not supposed to be paying them in order to get jobs,” Napoliello adds.
According to Disney they only hold casting calls listed as "official" Disney events and the open auditions will always be listed on the Disney website.
“Disney is never going to ask you to pay money in order to be in a show or in one of their movies. So just know that is a scam if you hear that from whoever tells you,” says Napoliello who also reminds us modeling and acting are tough industries to break into. She says never believe an agency that guarantees success.
I called Talent, the agency hosting the so-called Disney auditions, to inquire about its legitimacy and the man who answered the phone told me the company doesn't answer questions for the media.