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Beware of actor scams like this

Hey, there!

This is urgent.

I spend a lot of time trying to make sure that the classes, demos, equipment, consulting and other VO services I offer are effective and useful, but ultimately, affordable and a great value.

Because I know how hard it is sometimes to make ends meet, especially for performers, and to make sure your money goes as far as it can.

That’s why I get so angry when I see something like this. And I rescheduled the post I had written for today, about getting out of management contracts, because I wanted you to be aware of this.

And if you would, please forward this to every actor you know – this is asinine.

I got an email this morning, as did hundreds of other actors (in the TO box, so I’ve replied to them as well), with the subject line:

for those who believe they can act

Inside the email, was an offer to find you auditions and roles. Do not respond to this. It is a scam. It may be obvious to most of you, but on the off chance that you’re desperate enough to believe that someone working from home in Iowa is working for MGM, Disney and 20th Century Fox, all at the same time, in the capacity of Senior Talent Coordinator & Lead Writer can, for the discounted price of $100, get you roles in all those types of work…don’t. He can’t. He is lying. I hope that’s clear. Here’s what the email looked like (click on the image to see the first screenful – the text is copied and pasted below):

Screen Shot 2013-07-02 at 11.59.40 AM(outgoing email only…please no return email inquiries)

Hi. Many of you actors already know who I am. For those who don’t, my name is Marq Thompson. (Or some know me by Marq Lorenzo) I am the Senior Talent Coordinator & Lead Writer for MGM, 20th Century Fox, & Disney. I am not a 3rd Party talent agency. I am the lead writer which happens to also do the composing for all Univeral music as well.

I am writing to let people become aware that it’s been over 10 years since we’ve allowed new-coming actors and to open up to the public however it has has been long overdue. We will be having our eligibility drive the first week of July. If it is a success then we are hoping to have it July, august and September. But after that it will go back up to the regular rate of $500.

If you’d like to be considered for any roles then overnight your gift payment of $100. That’s a $400 savings.

Besides all TV shows and films, here are some of the categories we write for:

TV Shows
stand-up comedy
cartoons
Newspaper comics
Newspapers
magazines
Business Consulting
Sports
Sports News
Radio
World Radio
Olympics
Talk Shows
Morning Talk Shows
Weather
News
Sitcoms
Online Melodramas
Youtube & other video sites
Movies
Foreign Films
Adult Films
infomercials
commercials
Fundraisers
Extended Sitcoms

If acting or behind-the-scenes is your thing please don’t take this email lightly. Because this offer may not come around again. The amount of people interested are usually too many. Many of you had also took the time out to do skits in front of me secretly. Anyhow I don’t have the time to email everyone individually. If you’re interest you’ll go to the post office tomorrow and send your gift payment of only $100 overnight shipment to:

L.Marques Thompson
7214 Maryland Dr
Urbandale, Ia 50322

Please do not send any paper resumes! Everything is done electronically. On a separate piece of paper you’ll state your real name & contact as well as
your link to your online resume. If you don’t have a resume then just post your stats and pic to a wordpress or blogspot. I like pdf or downloadable
formats if possible.

If you are 17 and under please have your parents sign a note stating you are eligible and have them sign their full name and 1-2 contacts in case
I need to call them to verify.

We do have roles for all sorts of people. We prefer ages 5-65 years of age. But if you think you can act we will look at all submissions. If you have any youtube 2min excerpts then write the link down. If you are already a top known actor playing lead roles then that probably won’t be necessary. All new actors are welcome to apply as well. I wish all of you the best.

I want to take this time out to thank are veteran actors for such a job well done. Your acting has been nothing but awe-inspiring and is sure to leave an indelible impression on humanity for years to come. You ALL are a hero to someone, somewhere out there.

I’ve got to make this short, however if and when we call you by phone then you can receive extra ranking points by leaving 2-10 references of people whom you think would like to act. The only other thing is a timely submission and to be patient. Don’t get bent out of shape if you missed the pre-eligibility registration. It isn’t solely based on being the early bird, but it can definitely help.(Often roles are sometimes reserved to even out the scale by ethnicity and age group— for example we are probably going to add some vietnamese and bosnian melodramas. You would need to state that you can speak english even if you are another ethnicity) If we are lacking qualified applicants we may postpone or utilize actors of similiar decent) the key is to just be ready because you never know.

Okay. This is a real eligibility offer. God Bless and God Speed!

p.s. be sure to call me if you have any questions 515-270-1548 also don’t forget to pass this on to any friend actors you’d think would be interested they’d thank you for life. -Marq

OK.

I know I said don’t fall for this, but let’s do one thing that Marq/Marc/Marques/L. Marques asked.

If you would, please forward the link to this article to as many actors as you can to warn them of this scam. Here’s the link:

http://vo2gogo.com/beware-of-actor-scams-like-this

I’m forwarding this to SAG-AFTRA, and the legal departments of the organizations mentioned.

Hope this helps.

David

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  6. Frank June 11, 2017 at 9:51 pm #

    David

    When v123 indicates the audition is for a student/ nonprofit are we to assume it is for $0. If so, why does the audition ask for an amount to be entered?

  7. shirley jordan June 12, 2017 at 5:58 pm #

    David,
    I did get this scam through Voice 123. In our discourse, they offered me the gig and they gave me the name of a legit local place to record and the same runaround with the money. I didn’t send anything, but instead, I called the studio to make sure the booking was for the day we set up, and lo and behold, the people there had no idea what I was talking about. I then tried to call back my “contact person” who was setting this up and there was a fax machine beep on the other end. I immediately contacted Voice 123 and told them what had happened. You know what they say…if it sounds togaed to be true, it probably is. Thanks for the reminder!
    Shirley

  8. shirley jordan June 12, 2017 at 5:59 pm #

    …too good…not togaed.
    The one time spell check didn’t work!

  9. Bernard Prame July 1, 2017 at 9:44 pm #

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