In RL, there are dozens of companies out there that prey on the young and inexperienced. This is particularly rampant in the Modeling Industry, where so called 'Schools' charge exorbitant prices to take portfolio shots, train girls and guys how to walk, and teach them so-called "Tricks of the Trade". Many a young girl with the dream of becoming a model has found out the hard way, through the wallet, that you cannot by a dream, you have to work for it. The fashion industry may need models, but there are so many other roles that people can play if they don't have the "look".
Apparently, there are individuals in our virtual world that similarly wish to prey upon the young and inexperienced members. And what girl who loves her avatar has not wanted to be a model? Just a warning... this was passed on to me this morning, and I personally think it is a total crock. I have not spoken to the individual involved, but I would warn anyone that someone who asks for $350LaLas and a further $100LaLas a month for the privilege of being a so-called 'Certified SL Model' is out for cash, pure and simple. This individual has no ties to the fashion industry that I am aware of, nor do they promise work. Here is the contents of the note card in question, and a photo of the proprietor of this 'Group'. Use your heads, beware! The $350LaLa Price may seem like small potatoes for a potential career, but if just 200 people join, this individual stands to benefit to the tune of $70,000LaLas!
From Her Profile:
Hi! The girl you´re looking at is Fia! I´m a 25 years old girl in RL and in Second Life i run a business called Certified Model SL. The idea of that business is to secure quality and high standards in the modeloccupation in SL. If your´e interested in becoming a certified model IM me for further information! Check the ad in my classified for teleport and some other details!
Direct Cut & Paste From the No-Edit Notecard:
INFORMATION ABOUT Certified Models SL
Welcome to an information about being
acknowledged as a
Certified Model SL
My name is Fia Bonetto. I´m the owner of the group Certified Models SL.
As You problaby know the fashionbusiness in Second Life has developed under the recent years with increasing quality and quantity. However there is also a fact that the qualityissues is more and more in focus because of higher demands from the business. In Second Life there are lots of modelagencys with different way of hiring models. The standards of the models are very different and with this initative we give the business a new way to assure good quality. The agencys can make less effort in checking up applicances and the employers can get a quick confirmation by the certifying that the models have certain standards making them more suitable for the job.
Becoming a Certified Model SL demands the following basic level. The group can also help out those who hasn´t reached the basiclevel with support in customizing etc.
1. A welldeveloped avatar, female or male, with exclusive quality in shape, skin, hair and so on.
2. Basic knowledge about the modellingbusiness, how to act on stage and under photosessions etc.
3. A nice and sophisticated way of being and good english languageknowledge. Additional competence in language is most positive!
If You pass the qualificationprocedure You will get a membership in our group and the cost for the procedure and ackreditation is 350 linden.
The reason for charging is also the goal to keep this certifying exclusive to a low number (200 members max and then a waitinglist) of really highquality models. As long as youre a member in the group you should provide a weekly tip of minimum 100 linden. This way we can for example arrange our own beautycontests with greater chances of winning greater amounts of pricemoney. And we know these contests isn´t rigged....:)
If You find this information interesting Your most welcome to IM Fia Bonetto for the next step of becoming a Certified Model SL.
From Her Classified Ad:
We are dedicated to secure the quality of the modeloccupation in Second Life.
The fashionindustry in Second Life has experienced an explosion in both quantity and quality. As this business has developed there has also been an increase in demands for a higher quality in the modellingbusiness. The most ambitious actors in fashion demands the highest quality among their models. We provide an exclusive certifying by interviews and visual control.
IM Fia Bonetto for more information!
Spelling and grammatical errors in the note card aside, the only fashion groups this member belongs to are the FREE TO JOIN, OPEN ENROLLMENT: Business Women of Second Life, Fashion Consolidated, Fashion Consolidated Cafe, Models Inc., and SL Models. She also belongs to Instyle Fashion Agency (While a Respected Agency, this is a Free To Join Public Open Enrollment Group).
Ladies and Gentlemen, Please, Please... If you want to find out how to be a model in our Virtual Megaverse, speak to those that work for the most well known and respected agencies, be they models or owners. They can give you tips and insights that will actually lead to your success. Just like in RL, if you have to pay to get in the door with no promise of returns of any kind... BEWARE!