I modeled for an agency in the year of 2007 for about five months and thought to give my experience with this company in hopes to discourage people to be swindled.
Many might have heard of a modeling agency called Ladies of Eden which later changed to Primma Donna models. Both companies were created by a 19 year-old woman who goes by the name of Royalty (she should thank me for not putting her real name out).
If you are an aspiring model or video vixen, I suggest you keep your money and avoid emotional drama by not using this company as a means to be exposed to different magazines and music videos. Royalty will explain how hard she works to expose her models and even display the Primma Donna website which was created early March to depict how serious she is about exposing her girls along with herself. I don’t doubt how serious she is in the modeling game however I simply find that her inconsiderate actions and emotionally ran business will conflict with what she may be trying to pursue in the fast entertainment industry.
She will require a $100 fee per month to join her team of about five women…well four now that I am no longer a part of her team, by choice. She will then explain that the $100 fee will be used to pay for photo shoots, business cards, comp cards, make-up artists, calendars and even wardrobe. Waiting for all the items and promises to come true for months and months to come is just like waiting for the sweepstakes’ guy to come to your house. It never happens.
In addition to the $100, a 25 percent fee on all checks from any money you make will be deducted to her account. But if so, why is it necessary for you to bring your own wardrobe or borrow it from one another to each photo shoot? Why is it that you have to pay to get your own hair done? To get your make-up done at Mac before a photo shoot would be cheaper and well worth it compared to having an inexperienced woman whom Royalty just happens to know applying make-up than paying $100 per month.
The biggest problem however is not just her lack of professionalism but that you will not make any money in her agency. I have made a total of $50 as an extra in a low budget film in the five months I have been in her agency. That $50 dollars adds to approximately nothing compared to the amount spent on gas to get from here to there, hair appointments and monthly fees. Take to heart the message Tyra Banks, a long time model icon, said: you should never pay anything up front to a modeling agency.
Running a business based on emotions seems dangerous. Again, I don’t doubt she does not try to be professional, but perhaps because of her lack of experience being an agent in this fast industry, she tends to forget how to speak amongst her “ladies”. (Frankly I thought at times she must have lost her damn mind). As time went on I started to realize how much growing up she needed to do.
While calling myself a loyal model in her agency, I have not been able to make all my payments. After all, times do get hard when all you do is lose extra money to something other than bills as an investment to gain nothing. Time and time again even as she cancelled meetings and wouldn’t contact us for a month, I have told her that making those payments were extremely hard. She smiles in my face and befriends me until I don’t do what I am told to do by her. She made it personal and made a big mistake. She took me to court. Knowing most of her dirt and knowing how faithful I remained in her agency, she took me to court. I am not writing this as a means to confess all her wrong doings. More so I am writing this as a warning to those who may feel her wrath one day as she “spits a good game” in your ear.
I can recall being at an LOE recruitment photo shoot, where she told me to speak with all the girls who came to audition to be in this agency about the agency. Problem is, I don’t get told to do anything without being paid to do it. And what do you know…I was paying her to tell me what to do. This was only one out of the many incidents.
Again she took advantage of striving women trying to make it in the entertainment world and demanded $15 to photo shoot these women and provided an optional make-up artist for $25. When asked why the $15 was necessary she promised those women the photos they were entitled to have. No surprise, none of them receive anything.
Mostly doing unpaid photo shoots with her boyfriends and their friends around “pimped” out cars and occasionally going to test shoots to audition to model in new upcoming magazines or Show magazine, you soon realize how much time, energy and money you are wasting to get nowhere. At a car club lingerie party, we wore matching shirts. When I happened to step out wearing something to cover myself up with, she again told me take it off then added “ok fine. No more events for you then Lina”
I won’t speak upon anyone else although I would give my left and right arm in confidence knowing we all felt the same way, my experience with LOE was pure disaster.
There is a very thin line between being a pimp with hoes and being Royalty with models in her own agency. She crossed that line without a doubt.
I only hope no one gets involved with her without first investigating her tactics. See proof.
I can’t speak as of now if she is using the same tactics, but ladies….please investigate before giving her an money!