Dan Grant, Publisher
Among the people that I most despise in this industry are the bitter ones who, when no agency shows
interest in hiring them, label themselves "scout" and try undermine those that
have shunned them.
These are the pretenders that approach models boasting they can hook them up with better situations
elsewhere. Rather than scouting they attempt to poach by planting seeds of discontent.
I have no problem with freelance scouts, but when some clown that has been rejected time and time
again by legitimate agencies resorts to associating with sketchy operations, that's a sure sign of
someone desperate for acceptance.
These are the losers that comb Facebook, adding models they would likely never encounter or deal
with otherwise. These same weasels reply to every industry invite they can get their fingers on, hoping
for chance encounters.
In bigger markets there are agencies that pay finder's fees to lecherous types that deliver models from
other firms. In fact, in Milan I've heard of people making a pretty decent living playing both sides of
the take; convincing models to switch between competitors that are each paying out. I know a guy that
was a key figure in New York ten years ago who described his role as "partying with other agencies'
Let's be clear about this: Montreal and Toronto are nothing like those places, and no Canadian agency
with any trace of respectability would pay a freelancer for poaching other agencies' models. Stay far
away from anyone who tries to convince you otherwise.