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[09/19/17]   How to Avoid a Casting Scam

By Andrew Harris Salomon | Backstage

We all laugh at emails from Nigerian princes who promise us, through fractured syntax, hundreds of thousands of dollars if only we let them transfer millions into our bank accounts. “I am here seeking for an avenue to transfer the fund to you in only you’re reliable and trustworthy person to the investment fund,” reads an actual, tortured entreaty.

It wasn’t so funny, however, for several actors—perhaps as many as 25—who have been caught up in a similar con making the rounds in the U.S.

How it works: Actors get hired for a job by a phony casting director and receive about $2,000 in advance. The actors deposit the checks and send $500 back to the casting director. Eventually, the fraudulent check is discovered, and the actor is on the hook for the whole $2,000.

Rebekka Mueller, an actor, model, and producer based in Los Angeles, was smart enough to sniff out the ruse in June of this year and avoid the headaches of a frozen bank account and garnished wages. She contacted Backstage about the scam because she wants actors, some of whom can be a little desperate, to steer clear of frauds.

“I’m so worried about this,” said Mueller, a native of Bremerhaven, Germany, who moved to L.A. almost a year ago. “For actors who are really in need of money, $2,000 can pay your rent, can pay some daily needs.”

This guide, based on interviews with Mueller and other industry veterans, is designed to help you learn how to spot scams before you fall prey to them and what to do if you’re ever caught up in one.

How do I spot a scam?
How do I guard against bogus casting notices?
What do I do if something seems suspicious?
Beyond getting advice from others, what else can I do?
What recourse do I have if I do get scammed?
What other advice can I follow to avoid scams?
How do I spot a scam?

Spelling and grammar count. You don’t need to be a lit major to see a con coming, but all casting notices and emails that solicit your special talents should make sense the first time you read them. Generally, a reputable producer or casting director knows how to spell correctly and write clearly, or they know how to hire people who do.

Early in the process, Mueller was suspicious about the phony casting director, who called himself Jerome Howard, but went along because, “I wanted to see how far he would go.” She knew he was a fraud when his English deteriorated: “How has the day been with you,” starts one email, “its has come to my notice that a check have been delivered to your mailing address today via usps, we have no much time especially to process your insurance.”

Patricia G. Tran, a Los Angeles–based actor and musician, easily avoided a modeling scam in January 2015. “The signs were very obvious,” she said. “Their spelling wasn’t very good. It’s usually a sign that they’re not even from here, the U.S.” She didn’t pursue it further.

Know showbiz basics. Submit your headshot and résumé, get called in, audition, get hired, do the work, get paid. That’s the way it generally works. Unless you’re well established, you aren’t going to get hired without auditioning or, for a modeling job, without being seen in person. And very few people get paid up front.

Know the more advanced stuff, too. In the scam that Mueller sidestepped, “Jerome Howard” told her she had to remit $500 to pay for her insurance while she worked on the job (a supposed commercial, and then an acting role in an action film). Based on her experience as a producer and actor, she knew that was malarkey. “Actors never pay for their insurance,” she said. “The producers pay that.”

An actor anonymously filed a report that is virtually identical to Mueller’s story at It mentioned that “Jerome Howard” wanted money sent back to him to pay for insurance.

Bottom line: If a casting director, director, producer, or any other gatekeeper asks you to pay for something, you ought to consider seriously turning down the job. You’re in the business of getting paid for working, not paying to work.

How do I guard against bogus casting notices?

Websites such as Backstage work hard to avoid scams and report them when they do occur, said Luke Crowe, Vice President, Casting Editor at Backstage, said in an email.

“When a production posts a casting call on Backstage, it appears immediately on the site so actors can apply right away,” Crowe said. “However, initially, each new casting call is flagged with an ‘Instant Access’ banner and scam-prevention warning so that actors will know it hasn’t been reviewed yet.”

Crowe added that Backstage’s casting specialists examine every casting call. “If a listing is determined to be a scam, suspicious, or inappropriate,” he said, “it’s quickly flagged as a ‘rejected’ item and removed from the site’s search results, and the suspect’s account is shut down.”


11 Tips for Avoiding Casting Scams
What do I do if something seems suspicious?

If you have an agent or manager, run it by him or her first. If you don’t have representation, talk to fellow actors, especially those who have more experience than you do.

Tran once went to a questionable theater audition where 10–15 actors were assembled on a tiny stage and told to act as if “something mysterious or important is coming toward you in some way.” She did this for “literally 10 seconds” and then was dismissed. The director later called her and offered her a part, Tran recalled, telling her that she was “amazing… phenomenal… was so what was needed.”

Tran said she asked her friends and, “Most of them were like, this is really sketchy.”

Beyond getting advice from others, what else can I do?

Do your research. Use the internet. As Mueller became suspicious of “Jerome Howard,” she searched him and his allegedly Atlanta-based company online. There was either no information or the site she did find looked phony, Mueller said.

After her sketchy theater audition, Tran said she looked up the director online. “I saw a couple of posts from different sites,” she recalled, “and they said, ‘This guy’s a fake, he’s a fraud, he just wants you to join his improv class.’ ”

What recourse do I have if I do get scammed?

In California, the Department of Industrial Relations (commonly referred to as the Labor Department) allows you to file wage claims through its website. The website for the New York State Labor Department does have information about wage claims, though it seems less specific than the one for California. More information for wage claims in New York can be found here.

The Labor Department office in Los Angeles is something that Tran knows all too well. Though she successfully avoided two scams, she got caught in a third.

She was hired in October 2015 to work as an extra for a video. “The audition seemed legit,” she said. When she got to the job site at a Los Angeles–area high school, “everything was very professional. It was run just like all of my other extra jobs have been. It looked legit. And it was. Except for that one guy who wasn’t legit.”

The guy was producer Lex Lewter. Tran was promised $50 for the day. After the shoot, she contacted him several times for her money, and he was either unavailable, or he told her that she would be paid “soon.”

After too many unmet promises, Tran filed a report with the Labor Department, and her case is still pending. Even though it has been two years, and she has spent well over $50 worth of her time in pursuing her back wages, Tran refuses to surrender. “It’s not necessarily about the $50,” she said. “The problem is that he’s doing this to everybody.”

In fact, Lewter has been the subject of a posting on, this one posted by grips and other crew who haven’t been paid. They tell the same story Tran does about being promised money that never came.

“A lot of people don’t report,” Tran said. “I feel he’s doing it [to everybody]. It’s not fair. I want to be that one person who is going to take a stand against them.”

Attempts to reach Lewter have been unsuccessful.

Like Tran, Vergi Rodriguez is also familiar with unpaid wages and Labor Department claims. She worked on “Corrupt Crimes,” a true-crime reenactment series on Netflix that is produced by Bellum Entertainment. In her one episode, she played a wrestler “who killed old ladies,” Rodriguez said. She was promised $100 for the work and has yet to see a cent.


The Dragons of Scam Artists and Bad Teachers in Acting Careers
Bellum has been the subject of two recent stories on that detail the company’s struggles to pay workers. In one story, according to emails obtained by the website, the company has said it has been the victim of bank fraud. In another, former law enforcement officials who serve as expert sources for “Corrupt Crimes” and other shows have said they are owed more than $50,000 in back wages and will no longer appear on the programs until they are paid.

“We value the hard work of our team and are doing our very best to pay everyone as quickly as possible after dealing with our recent financial challenges, including bank fraud,” said Mary Carole McDonnell, president, executive in charge of distribution, for Bellum.

What other advice can I follow to avoid scams?

Rodriguez, who has been in the industry for about two decades, said it’s hard to give advice, because fraud is “a systematic thing. This is nothing that you can foresee.... How do you know it’s going to happen?”

Still, she warns actors to take every precaution.

“Take pictures, keep a log, keep in constant contact with [producers], and do your research,” she said. “That’s one thing I didn’t do. I didn’t look them up beforehand.” It was only later that she saw that Bellum has had trouble meeting its obligations.

Otherwise, she adds, “Protect yourself as much as you can.”

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On Actors, Acting and Union

By Art Lynch

Being an actor is perhaps one of the most difficult ways to actually make a living. While there are actors who have forged full time careers in theater, commercials and convention work in cities coast to coast, the vast majority of work lies in Hollywood and New York City.

Chicago, Toronto and handful of other cities are also home for full time actors, with the smallest of towns and largest of cities, tourist destinations and local escapes home to professional, church and community talent. Acting can be done anywhere but making a living is one of the most difficult of any profession. Remember that it is an actor's job to make their work look easy.

It may take one or several hundred non-paid auditions to land one day's work. An actor may work dozens of days a year or none at all. Then too, there are the expensive classes necessary to keep up their skills; the cost of professional photographs, video and audiotape, of postage and time spent marketing themselves to potential employers.

The late Napier, whose credits include portraying the original Mr. Goodwrench, and who remains active on both the SAG and AFTRA boards of directors, tells of his children being asked by their teacher what their father did for a living. Their response was “audition”.

Casting Director and producer Donn Finn says of actors, “They are not acting for a living, they are acting for their craft. What they are doing for a living, besides waiting tables and taking 'day jobs', is auditioning. You might as well call them auditioners”. Finn went on to point out that each actor "should think of themselves as their own little corporation," and part of the requirements to be a successful corporation is to join and participate in one or more professional actors unions. Finn is a casting partner in the office of Mali Finn Casting and is a professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at California State University in Fullerton. Recent casting credits include: Eight Mile, Phonebooth, Titanic, LA Confidential, Wonder Boys and The Matrix I,II, and III.

Longtime SAG Board member Joe Ruskin, whose career includes appearances on the original "Star Trek" and many other television and film projects, states that, “Actors live in fear of rejection each and every day. If they are successful they fear it will end, if they are struggling they fear they will have to do something else for a living and give up a very important part of themselves”.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics provide this description of the profession of acting:

Acting demands patience and total commitment, because there are often long periods of unemployment between jobs. While under contract, actors are frequently required to work long hours and travel. For stage actors, flawless performances require tedious memorizing of lines and repetitive rehearsals, and in television, actors must deliver a good performance with very little preparation. Actors need stamina to withstand hours under hot lights, heavy costumes and make-up, physically demanding tasks, long, irregular schedules, and the adverse weather and living conditions that may exist on location shoots. And actors face the constant anxiety of intermittent employment and regular rejections when auditioning for work. Yet in spite of these discouragements, the “passion to play,” as Shakespeare called it, still motivates many to make acting a professional career
Actors need to consider not only membership in one union, or even all performance unions, but also the overall marketplace in which they compete. There are estimates of four to as many as ten times that number of qualified non-union actors available in the same talent pool. Many times that number consider themselves “actors” and are free to compete for roles in the overall talent marketing. The standing joke in Los Angeles is that every waiter, store clerk, cop or even doctor is really an actor waiting for their break, writers who have yet to have scripts purchased or producers looking for financing.

Actors make judgments and can be called on the carpet when they voice their opinions or present their art in ways that many in the public may disagree with. This is the nature of art, to mirror, to reflect, to comment on and to challenge the world around us.

When on the set the hours are usually long, schedule less than ideal and locations uncomfortable and sometime dangerous. Depending on the production team, actors can be made to feel like cattle or like kings and queens. The environment changes from one job to the next.

And then there is the lack of work. Mel Gibson, already a star, did not sleep the evening prior to the start of the filming of Lethal Weapon because of apprehension at not having been on a set for well over a year.

Actors may classify themselves as a social group, or into smaller sub-sets based on the specifics of how often they perform as actors (full time, part time, occasional, "wanna-be," community theater, hobbyist, has been).

Hollywood, and with it Greater Los Angeles, may be looked upon as a company town for the movie and entertainment industries and the 42nd Street / Broadway Great White Way area of New York a part of that city's identity and chemistry.

Actors play a key role in each of these company or trade settlements and how they make their livings effect the social interaction of these communities.

By virtue of the demands of the craft, of the need to study and to observe, working or long-time actors tend to be educated, articulate and well read, defying a social stereotype presented in contemporary media.

Acting is a key part of the larger social world of the entertainment industry, mass communications and leisure aspects of society as a whole.

Do not forget, if your quest to be an artist, that you are dependant on your fellow artists, on the other trade unionist who work in this industry and on the support of others for your own success and well being.

Screen Actors Guild National Director of Education, former Performers Alliance founder Todd Amore, having spent 17 years of his life as a full time actor, spoke to a Nevada Branch membership meeting in May, 2003. He shared the findings of Screen Actors Guild historian Valerie Yaros. Rule One, which now states that union talent does not work nonunion, once spoke of an still echoes anther statement: that union actors work with, for and are in solidarity with their fellow performers, no matter what stature or place in the industry.

Keep that in mind.





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