It is an unfortunate truth that the entertainment industry can easily fall prey to scammers. DancePlug advise you to always be on the lookout for scammers.
Here are some common red flags, when it comes to casting scams:
1. A casting director is offering you payment before the project you were hired for has started.
If you receive an advanced check before you work, the casting director may be trying to gather your financial information.
2. You are asked to pay in order to be booked on the job.
As a professional dancer hired to do a job, you shouldn't pay for it. In some instances, there may be legitimate payments a talent needs to make, such as community theatre membership fees, however those should be clearly indicated in their initial audition notice.
3. You are asked to wire money for whatever reason.
Aside from the fact that you shouldn't give or send money (see above #2), there is never a good reason to wire money for a job.
4. You received a random email out of nowhere.
Always use caution if responding to emails from someone claiming they've seen your profile online and want to book you for a job. Some scammers may also use real casting company names and website links. Always compare the information with the actual company, such as name, phone number, email address, and project details.
5. The job description is vague or inconsistent.
If casting details are vague or changing too much, you may be dealing with a scammer who is trying to keep you confused.
6. You are told you are hired without an audition or meeting.
"Direct booking" or "online booking" can happen for real projects, but always keep a sharp eye on those, as it is also common for scammers to claim they want to hire you without meeting you.
7. You are asked for your full home address upfront.
A full home address is not usually needed at the time of booking.
8. Modeling opportunities in general.
While there are of course real model casting opportunities, modeling scams are unfortunately very common. Be extra careful when considering modeling jobs.
9. You are asked to dress like what???
Be aware of strange costuming requirements for an audition.
9. The casting director requires you to send nude photos.
Whether the job requires nudity or not, a legitimate casting director will never ask you to send them photographs of you nude.
Please note this list is not exhaustive, so continue to use caution and good sense, ask your agent, ask your friends, and trust your gut.