Mother’s warn­ing over agency

MODELLING AU­DI­TIONS: Ad­vice to oth­ers not to part with their money

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - JUNCTION 10 - by Kirsty Parkin

A SIN­GLE mum who gave more than £200 to a modelling agency is warn­ing other par­ents to beware be­fore part­ing with their money.

Karen Jones, of Mar­dol Road, Ken­ning­ton, took her 13-year-old daugh­ter Sa­man­tha to modelling au­di­tions in Fe­bru­ary last year at an Ash­ford ho­tel, af­ter see­ing an ad­ver­tise­ment by Hoto Pro­mo­tional Ser­vices, which has since been taken over by an­other com­pany.

“We were told she was just what they were look­ing for,” said Mrs Jones.

“Nat­u­rally we were thrilled. They as­sured us Sam would get work.”

Mrs Jones handed over £159 for pro­mo­tional pho­to­graphs, which she fi­nally re­ceived two months later.

She was then con­tacted by a com­pany called Stu­dio 1 Pro­mo­tions which of­fered Sa­man­tha a one-year rep­re­sen­ta­tion con­tract. They ac­cepted and paid a fur­ther £49 for a mar­ket­ing pack, which she says she has never re­ceived.

More than a year later, they have re­ceived no con­tact from ei­ther com­pany. Hoto has since been taken over by a com­pany called Ei­maj.

“I have writ­ten ask­ing where my money is and had no let­ter back and they don’t re­turn my calls.

“Last week I was lis­ten­ing to a ra­dio show and heard my story be­ing told by some other un­fortu-

My daugh­ter was dev­as­tated and I am an­gry be­cause I paid all that money for noth­ing. We feel stupid for be­ing so gullible

nate lady and her daugh­ter.

“My daugh­ter was dev­as­tated and I am an­gry be­cause I paid all that money for noth­ing. We feel stupid for be­ing so gullible.”

Mrs Jones got in touch with the Ken­tish Ex­press af­ter see­ing Ei­maj was hold­ing au­di­tions last week­end at Ash­ford In­ter­na­tional Ho­tel.

She said: “My daugh­ter hasn’t done any­thing about modelling since be­cause we’ve been put off.”

Pic­ture by Danny Rhodes pd1164738

Mother and daugh­ter Karen and Sam Jones

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