I’ve just been contacted by two British models who contacted me directly regarding a casting call they saw on castingnow.co.uk. The listing reads:
This is Galen Evans, a fashion and glamour photographer and I am looking for a British Glamour Model to represent Britain with the Union Jack for an exclusive and exciting photo shoot…
Yes, I am Galen Evans, and yes, I specialize in fashion and glamour photography. However, I am in the United States, and I am not currently casting for models in Great Britain. Furthermore, a quick Google search comes up with no photographers by the name of Galen Evans in Great Britain.
Please exercise caution in responding to casting calls (and thank you to the two models who contacted me directly by way of my web site). I’ve seen cases in my area where a “photographer” is casting for models and offering generous fees, but it turns out their motives are far less than genuine.
Update 10/22/2014: I contacted CastingNow and they promptly removed the casting call. Apparently the poster went so far as to reference my website address and claimed to be based in the U.S. If you’ve had experience with this sort of scam in the modeling/photography industry, please share by commenting below. By doing so you help raise awareness of such potentially dangerous behavior in our industry.