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How to Spot a Bad Casting

Can you spot this example of a bad casting? Here below is a common email used by these imposter's to models.

All models and actors are responsible for their own safety. Any casting notice that requires you to pay them a portion of a job you did not complete is not legitimate. These imposters copy the names of real companies so models believe they are real. Here is an example email:


We are delighted to congratulate you on the callback that you have earned to be a Model for Pristine Pieces. We feel that you are a good match for us, and we are pleased to extend this callback to you!

Based on your application, the company would like to invite you to showcase your talent in front of the camera at our upcoming auction photoshoot. We are excited about what we will achieve together with your beauty, elegance and poise.


PRISTINE PIECES is a leading art and luxury business, renowned and trusted for it’s expert live and online auctions, as well as its bespoke private sales, we offer a full portfolio of global services to our clients, including art appraisal, art financing, international real estate and education. Our auctions span more than 80 art and luxury categories, at price points ranging from $ to over $ in 2021 and 2022. PRISTINE PIECES Private Sales offers a seamless service for buying and selling art, jewellery and watches outside of the auction calendar, working exclusively with PRISTINE PIECES specialists at a client’s individual pace. PRISTINE PIECES being one of the most innovative auction company in recent time is looking to add aesthetics to the auction business and is looking to make use of the beauty and professional services of beauty and fashion Models for modeling and advertisement of our jewelleries that will be on auction to look more appealing to old and new clients all over the world.


Each Models will be assigned 3 different pieces of jewelries from all category of jewelries (3 watches, 3 necklaces, 3 rings, 3 bracelets, 3 Earrings), this means each model will go through 5 rounds of shoots on the same day. The total time for this shoots will be 6 hours with approximately 1 hour for each round of shoot and 15 minutes break between the rounds with the shoot commencing by 9:00 AM in the morning and comes to an end by 3:00 PM in the afternoon.

Also, different wardrobes will be used for each round of shoot which makes it 5 total wardrobe to be used, The total fee for the wardrobe is $XXX and Models are expected to pay for their own wardrobe, this wardrobe fee will be refunded to models in full on the day of the shoot. Information on how and where to get the wardrobes will be communicated in subsequent emails. The Photoshoot will come up on the 1st and 2nd of July 2022. The location has been determined but shall remain undisclosed for now due to security reason (as we will be transporting thousand of dollars worth of jewelries to the location of the shoot). Models are responsible for their hairdo but a Make up Artiste will be available on set. Tattoos are not a problem.


The total pay for the job is $XXXX for the shoot and the image rights. This means that the $XXX also includes the payment for our right to use all the images gotten from the photoshoot for our own advertising and commercial interest for the period of 6 Months. The $XXX in addition to the $XXX refund for the wardrobe will be paid to models by direct deposit, check or cash as preferred by each models.

Please read the content above OVER AGAIN and do not hesitate to ask any questions to avoid any misunderstanding or confusion. Models are selected based on their willingness to participate and their agreement to the content of this paid event and readiness to work with us.

Please provide us with the following information, so a contract agreement can be drafted and forwarded to you for your review and approval


Full Home Address


Contact number

I hope to hear from you as soon as possible and we look forward to working with you on this project. Enjoy the rest of your day.

Look out for more safety tips here and independently verify all castings before attending. NEVER ACCEPT PREPAYMENT FOR CASTING JOB.

Here is another example of a fake casting call:

My name is Robert J Caldwell (Director) from David LaChapelle Photography®, I came across your works on Instagram/Facebook and I am glad to inform you we are interested in working with you as one of our models in our upcoming shoot for a sales Commercial shoot coming up which includes a Video advert and Co-operate Photo shoot. Interested Models who will be available are required to mail back with a brief introduction and two recent works, be sure to Include your current location in other to be considered for immediate booking. Feel free to mail back for additional information.


Event Date : August 12th 2022 and August 13th 2022

* Time : 10 A.M. - 3 P.M

* Nudity: No

* No level of experience is required. (Free Model Coach available upon request, as the shoot is aimed at promoting young and upcoming professionals).

Compensation : Paid

Warmest Regards,

David LaChapelle Photography (C.E.O)

Press Manager

Director Caldwell.

In this email, the person is pretending to be the famous David LaChapelle. You can see from their email the spelling is incorrect, they have a "model coach on set" (clearly fake) and the casting is too broad.

Look out for more safety tips here and independently verify all castings before attending.


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