The scammers need the photo because the sales pitch involves a lot of flattery. You can walk out your door and find dozens in a minute! Beware of general needs such as “any ethnicity, ages 5 to 75” that’s almost EVERYONE!The sales pitch is honed to make you feel special and chosen. Real castings have specific needs (with the exception of extras / background).Many times they call you and say they have an audition for you. They try to get you excited and pump up your ego with flattery.Real agents and casting directors do not just pick a name ‘out of a hat’ and offer a high paying acting job to someone they never met or seen perform.
Some internet marketers go as far as responding to your inquiry with a message that “you are perfect” or “will send the audition details”, but first… This is a different type of scam and not that obvious to most.The marketer just used that because it went along the lines of “verify your identity” for the fake casting call and he gets paid 30 bucks for every FREE lead he sends to the company. I was looking for an audition, NOT a shopping cart!I am useless as a lead to them, but he still gets paid ’till caught.There have been many scams where ladies did those and were talked out of their clothing by people saying “I need to see what you really look like” and other lines.Those videos then get sold in other countries and end up all over the internet for other’s enjoyment.I answered one Extra casting (sounded very real) that sent me to a site that does ssl certificates.Most people would not even understand that ssl certification is for online shopping carts and has zero to to do acting or auditions.Beware of anything that asks for lingerie, topless, etc. Use your imagination on what someone will do with those.Real casting directors will want head shots, full body shot(clothed) and measurements.Beware of “no experience necessary.” While some casting calls for kids and background actors do not require experience, most principal roles require both. Ads that read like “models and actors needed for ‘put in any large brand here’ pay is 00 daily and job is 4 to 5 days….” Beware of ads that quote union rates such as 2 a day without mention of union.They are just pulling union jobs knowing you have ZERO way of getting the gig or worse, making them up and quoting union rates.