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I was scouted by an agency the other week on the street and told to drop by during open hours. Everyone was really nice, there was no pushiness at all, but I am so petrified by scams that I am unsure whether or not they are legit. They said that while it was not necessary to take the workshop, they highly reccomend it since runway modeling is a craft and one needs to learn the techniques and practice their crafts, as you do in other art forms. They also said that I did not need to sign a contract- does this sound legit? They also do not have a website because most of their models are minors and they are uncomfortable with having their pictures all over the net, and that designers already know how to contact them. They say that they would rather lose out on some business rather than risk the safety of their models, and have been in the business 20 years. The runway workshop includes training and photographs and costs 980 which can be paid in installments. They are called Riviera Models
 

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Margot - Canada:
Total total total scam. I saw them fleece girls for money and then sell their pictures to Kingston businesses with no compensation for the models. Jon Michael (he calls himself JM) is a smooth talker and scammer who pretends to speak a bunch of languages and studied at prestigious schools (Oxford????!) but in reality is no different from your textbook conman. DO NOT trust this guy or this agency (Mega or Riviera, whatever they call themselves nowadays) they are a pathetic excuse for a fraud agency.
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bite me you sick pedo! So thankful the agency filters out pervs!
Don't fly off the handle at me rooster! Don't get your giblets in a knot! I'm just saying calm your feathers! If it will make you feel better I will say they are impeckable! They maybe and I hope they are. Quit yer peckin.
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You are one fowl mouthed rooster! I didn't mean to ruffle your feathers. Seriously though, I don't want to cockfight. I'm glad to hear you don't put all your eggs in one basket having a career at starbucks, a hobby modeling while furthering your education but don't count your chickens before they hatch. I hear feather dusting is an eggsilant career. I think a rooster would be peckfict for the job! Since you don't seem to get "peace" maybe "cluck" will work. How about "Happy grazing", that sounds peaceful.
bite me you sick pedo! So thankful the agency filters out pervs!
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Peace?! you and your gf are a middle aged stalkers!! You're too creepy and sketchy dissing a reputable agency with a decent staff. fyi, I work after school at starbucks, unlike you unemployed old pedos who have nothing better to do than wait for government handouts! I get paid and I have a career in modeling, so roll that in your joint and smoke it creep!
You are one fowl mouthed rooster! I didn't mean to ruffle your feathers. Seriously though, I don't want to cockfight. I'm glad to hear you don't put all your eggs in one basket having a career at starbucks, a hobby modeling while furthering your education but don't count your chickens before they hatch. I hear feather dusting is an eggsilant career. I think a rooster would be peckfict for the job! Since you don't seem to get "peace" maybe "cluck" will work. How about "Happy grazing", that sounds peaceful.
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Mega model has no affilliation with riviera models? That may because riviera folded and they reopened as mega model montreal. Jm worked for riviera for many years and thats why it probably folded. Btw I didn't know they hired roosters for their shoots but good for you....cockadoodledoo! I don't believe in anything you say because your a rooster and of your apparent affiliation with jm if your not jm yourself. Don't eat too much of that corn feed or you may end up on the cover of "rooster's International" magazine. Then again, you actually may get paid well for it! Peace.
Peace?! you and your gf are a middle aged stalkers!! You're too creepy and sketchy dissing a reputable agency with a decent staff. fyi, I work after school at starbucks, unlike you unemployed old pedos who have nothing better to do than wait for government handouts! I get paid and I have a career in modeling, so roll that in your joint and smoke it creep!
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Mega Model Montreal has no affiliation with Riviera, it's a separate Agency. Its normal for workers from one agency to get headhunted by another, it's a testament to their integrity and work ethic. They definitely do have a website and make no such claims as to affiliation with anyone, the Montreal name says it all! I'm not going to get low and diss everything you claim, but it's obvious to me you and your gf where thwarted by them. Get used to it, few can ever really make it in modelling. You either have it or you don't. No amount of courses, pics or $ will change that. I came to them last month from Ottawa. I'm a poli/sci major from Ottawa U. I signed a contract, they have since put me in development, I now have 4 tear sheets, been in 3 fashion shows in Montreal and i'm hoping to make it to the Model's Board by early next year. No you don't get "sucked in to going to Milan" or anywhere without an impressive showing of tear sheets and someone in Milan asking for you. It's a fanciful story without credibility. I'm 19, 5'10" and have the right physical requirements for designers and editorial work. I've witnessed applicants that don't meet the physical requirements try to apply at Mega. They are always rejected. The reality is that they only accept girls between 14 - 24 and between 5'8" and 6' tall. That doesn't leave much play room. There's nothing sketchy about them, they're straight forward, blunt and definitely have the contacts, I know because I was with their staff this past weekend in New York at Fashion Week. Sketchy agencies don't sit in the front rows of shows at Fashion Week and get greeted by Designers and Models. I'm writing this because I belong with this Agency and my parents and I are proud of the agency, of my accomplishments so far, and we have the highest respect for them and their wonderful and caring staff. Morgan
Mega model has no affilliation with riviera models? That may because riviera folded and they reopened as mega model montreal. Jm worked for riviera for many years and thats why it probably folded. Btw I didn't know they hired roosters for their shoots but good for you....cockadoodledoo! I don't believe in anything you say because your a rooster and of your apparent affiliation with jm if your not jm yourself. Don't eat too much of that corn feed or you may end up on the cover of "rooster's International" magazine. Then again, you actually may get paid well for it! Peace.
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Morgan - Canada:
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Hi. I posted later in this section about if Riviera Models Kingston(now Mega Model Montreal) about whether or not there are legit. Jean Michael said to my girlfriend that they are affiiated with the Mega Model agency just recently. He had a meeting with her and had directors from berlin there. He has also talked about travelling to milan all the time. I contacted Mega Model Agency in Berlin. They said that they have NO affiliates in Canada let alone Kingston or "Montreal". My Girfriend also contacted the one in Miami and the same thing. No operations or affiliates in Canada. Feel free to call them yourself and check out their websites. BTW. They are a lot easier to get a hold of and seem to be legit and their websites are accessible. Maybe Riviera Model Kingston and/or Mega Model Montreal are legit (I would really like to believe they are) but I would like proof before giving them any of my money. I'm sure they will take your money and print a few photos for you if the price is right but there are lots of places around that can do that. It's your choice.
Mega Model Montreal has no affiliation with Riviera, it's a separate Agency. Its normal for workers from one agency to get headhunted by another, it's a testament to their integrity and work ethic. They definitely do have a website and make no such claims as to affiliation with anyone, the Montreal name says it all! I'm not going to get low and diss everything you claim, but it's obvious to me you and your gf where thwarted by them. Get used to it, few can ever really make it in modelling. You either have it or you don't. No amount of courses, pics or $ will change that. I came to them last month from Ottawa. I'm a poli/sci major from Ottawa U. I signed a contract, they have since put me in development, I now have 4 tear sheets, been in 3 fashion shows in Montreal and i'm hoping to make it to the Model's Board by early next year. No you don't get "sucked in to going to Milan" or anywhere without an impressive showing of tear sheets and someone in Milan asking for you. It's a fanciful story without credibility. I'm 19, 5'10" and have the right physical requirements for designers and editorial work. I've witnessed applicants that don't meet the physical requirements try to apply at Mega. They are always rejected. The reality is that they only accept girls between 14 - 24 and between 5'8" and 6' tall. That doesn't leave much play room. There's nothing sketchy about them, they're straight forward, blunt and definitely have the contacts, I know because I was with their staff this past weekend in New York at Fashion Week. Sketchy agencies don't sit in the front rows of shows at Fashion Week and get greeted by Designers and Models. I'm writing this because I belong with this Agency and my parents and I are proud of the agency, of my accomplishments so far, and we have the highest respect for them and their wonderful and caring staff. Morgan
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david - Canada:
Hi. I posted later in this section about if Riviera Models Kingston(now Mega Model Montreal) about whether or not there are legit. Jean Michael said to my girlfriend that they are affiiated with the Mega Model agency just recently. He had a meeting with her and had directors from berlin there. He has also talked about travelling to milan all the time. I contacted Mega Model Agency in Berlin. They said that they have NO affiliates in Canada let alone Kingston or "Montreal". My Girfriend also contacted the one in Miami and the same thing. No operations or affiliates in Canada. Feel free to call them yourself and check out their websites. BTW. They are a lot easier to get a hold of and seem to be legit and their websites are accessible. Maybe Riviera Model Kingston and/or Mega Model Montreal are legit (I would really like to believe they are) but I would like proof before giving them any of my money. I'm sure they will take your money and print a few photos for you if the price is right but there are lots of places around that can do that. It's your choice.
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Quote: sk8ergirl B posted
I was scouted by Elite and Ford in Toronto. Riviera Models didn't say anything different to me when I went to Open Call. They're just more convenient as I live in Ottawa. I think some girls should have a reality check and take a hard look at themselves. The Agency is a division of an Advertising Agency. They cast their own Models in these ads, this may help explain Riviera Models' independence from the Modelling industry - they have established Clients and they use their own in-house Models for such ads. When I couldn't participate in-house casting for Ads, they sent me to Designers in Montreal. They all asked me for my height, age and experience - all! Designers and Fashion Show coordinators seemed relieved to know that I was trained (at an Ottawa Modelling School). I was present at the Agency when they flatly turned down girls who they thought were not model material. They don't accept just anyone and from what I know, they only trained 7 models in the past 3 years - hardly a thriving training area. They will only consider hiring instructors if a Model asks for their help to locate an instructor that's willing to help her update a skill. They normally refer Models to Modelling Schools in Ottawa. Riviera Models would also be the first to agree with the CEO of Devious Designs because that's exactly how they work, no middle person. Bookers are involved only for external assignments and when Clients insist on dealing directly with the Agency. Currently I'm spending my summer months working at the Agency. The directors spend most of their time in NYC, Milan and London, I know because I call these exciting cities and speak to them. FYI, this Agency makes sure Clients pay Models a minimum of $ 275.00/hr. I've seen nothing but decency, honesty and genuine interest in their Models. The only scam I've witnessed is what's being perpetrated by some applicants on themselves, they lie about their experience, height and potential. Scams don't send Models to the US, Europe and Japan. Riviera Models is a very real but tough Agency to get into. Alicia
There is no info on Riviera Models or Mega Model Montreal for that matter that is worth trusting that they are legit. My girlfriend has known these people for a long time. Dianne Hutton I believe used to own Town Models and said she was good. After JM came into the picture it seems to have become very sketchy and vague. They talk the talk but by the end of it you still don't know if they are legit or not. My girlfriend almost got sucked in to going to Milan after meeting with a business man from there. Btw, all the business men she has met for interviews to travel to exotic places through Riviera models have been just that. Men. I want to believe their legit but my gut says there is something very wrong. Even the wording in their emails have sounded vague,very controlling elitist and definitely before they divulge any info on what they are about they want a lot of money. I would pay them if I knew they were legit but something tells me to avoid them like the plague when they have private meetings with strange businessmen checking out my girlfriend and I am kept in the dark abut what is really happening. I would love to believe their top notch but prove it.
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david - Canada:
Quote: sk8ergirl B posted
One more thing, they have Clients worldwide and they do have a website, it's strictly for their Advertising Clients.
and who are these clients. I somehow figure you wont be able to tell me. Private I assume.
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Rhianna C:
Quote: jamie1972 posted
I love your site. Thank you for having such an informative blog.

I'm a mom of a 15 year old girl, 5'10" that went to Riviera Models. As Holly stated, they were very nice not pushy. One thing I must say in their defence is that Kingston is an unusual City with 10 prison institutions. Riviera Models had a website, but they pulled it down after many unpleasant requests directed at minors. I commend them for that.

What I do want to say is that they accepted my daughter and for all the right reasons that a parent looks for. Yes my daughter is tall but she has such a long way to go to be confident, mature, and truly be like those models I watch on TV. I'm happy to say that they have transformed my daughter into a confident and happy young lady.

My husband is a lawyer and was quite impressed with the fact that they place the interest of the minor before theirs. I have since spoke to many mothers whose daughters have dealings with Riviera Models, and their comments are all positive. My daughter was offered free training and shoots. Apparently they offer this to teens that show promise. Their honesty is really refreshing for me.

On the question of photography, I must agree with Riviera Models. There simply aren't fashion photographers in Kingston. What Riviera does and what my husband and I appreciate is they take digital photographs, sometime they're taken by other young models, then they send these directly to designers, magazines and advertising agencies. There have been too many scam photographers that come from Toronto and set up shop in hotel rooms and charge enormous amounts of money for photographs that don't seem to be required by anyone we've dealt with directly. Also, Riviera Models make use of independent bookers who are extremely professional.

So my experience with them has been a very positive one. It may not be like most large City agencies, but we get peace of mind at the end of the day knowing our daughter is respected, mentored and very happy with them.
Hi, I was also recently scouted by Riviera Models but found a few things a little bit sketchy. First, a woman scouted me in the mall which is normally just where the Mode Elle agency scouts since they do modeling for most of the mall. Second, the woman didn't seem to have much to say about the agency, she didn't even necessarly tell me she was from the agency, she just handed me a flyer and said I would be good at this and to come for interviews any day at 2. last, why doesn't this agency have a website? I understand that they don't want to subject minors to anyone who shouldn't be on that site but shouldn't they atleast have a website about how long they've been in business and what they've accomplished, etc? Could anyone with experience with this agency let me know about Riviera and how credible it is? Modeling is deffinitely something I am very interested in, I just don't want to get scammed. Also I don't have much experience, so I was wondering what agencies are looking for?
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sk8ergirl B:
One more thing, they have Clients worldwide and they do have a website, it's strictly for their Advertising Clients.
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sk8ergirl B
sk8ergirl B:
I was scouted by Elite and Ford in Toronto. Riviera Models didn't say anything different to me when I went to Open Call. They're just more convenient as I live in Ottawa. I think some girls should have a reality check and take a hard look at themselves. The Agency is a division of an Advertising Agency. They cast their own Models in these ads, this may help explain Riviera Models' independence from the Modelling industry - they have established Clients and they use their own in-house Models for such ads. When I couldn't participate in-house casting for Ads, they sent me to Designers in Montreal. They all asked me for my height, age and experience - all! Designers and Fashion Show coordinators seemed relieved to know that I was trained (at an Ottawa Modelling School). I was present at the Agency when they flatly turned down girls who they thought were not model material. They don't accept just anyone and from what I know, they only trained 7 models in the past 3 years - hardly a thriving training area. They will only consider hiring instructors if a Model asks for their help to locate an instructor that's willing to help her update a skill. They normally refer Models to Modelling Schools in Ottawa. Riviera Models would also be the first to agree with the CEO of Devious Designs because that's exactly how they work, no middle person. Bookers are involved only for external assignments and when Clients insist on dealing directly with the Agency. Currently I'm spending my summer months working at the Agency. The directors spend most of their time in NYC, Milan and London, I know because I call these exciting cities and speak to them. FYI, this Agency makes sure Clients pay Models a minimum of $ 275.00/hr. I've seen nothing but decency, honesty and genuine interest in their Models. The only scam I've witnessed is what's being perpetrated by some applicants on themselves, they lie about their experience, height and potential. Scams don't send Models to the US, Europe and Japan. Riviera Models is a very real but tough Agency to get into. Alicia
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Holly,

Thank you for making an excellent example for me and let me shed some light on this. As a the CEO of a fashion design firm, we have been contacted by countless agencies from all over. When I bought and took over this business I seen just what I see here... "You have to go through an agent or agency to get quality models!". So I did and it was one headache after another. We were not allowed to deal with or contact the models directly. So everytime we set up a photoshoot, guess what? The models were late, unprepared, not fully knowing what to expect, or what was expected of them and worse we ALWAYS were given the wrong measurement. This meant that we had to pin, fix, or alter outfits on the models on the spot. Meanwhile, guess who wants paid? Yes, the photographers, my employees, the model, the agent and everyone under the sun. I won't mention the names of these agencies, but Cristina has. Most agencies here in Ohio area are like this one you speak of. Oh yes, you have to learn to walk down the runway like this or that? Well let me ask everyone this question. If you have not worked for us, then how in the heck are you to know what we expect from model, or how we want them to walk down a runway? After this mess which almost put us under, I made it a company policy that even if the model is with an agency or agent we deal with the model directly. When stopped dealing with all third parties like agents, or agencies, that ended all of our problems. There are companies like Devious Designs out there who will take on models with all experience levels. Let me tell you that we rarely do any TFP work. I don't care if it is the model's first time. She still has expenses and has to feed herself. Like Cristina, we try to educate models, provide opportunities not just in modeling, but runway, promos, print work, design, fittings and WE PAY OUR vendors. A model would be considered a vendor or a subcontractor. So why pay to learn something when you can get paid to learn? Like Cristina says, if you have to pay anything through an agency, turn and run like hell! I hope you and everyone sees why I hate agencies and refuse to deal with them. We have work with some very talented models and photographers who don't use or rely on agencies.

CEO - Devious Designs
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Hi, I'm the reason such accredited and accomplished people have come to Kingston. We are in the 'golden triangle' in between Ottawa, Toronto & Montreal, and work those markets, and I convinced them that the wholesome 'Canadian' look could be found best here. I can indeed tell you they are legitimate, highly-accredited professional people, with major connections & long-working histories in the modelling field and have very good reasons why we are going out on local scouting missions. Jon Michael is indeed a triple award winning international fashion photographer, in which Kingston & Area is extremely lucky to have his services available. Riviera Models is a name under which several accomplished people are now grouped including myself and my family members. There have been other names we have been under in the past, but suffice it to say, I have been working with most of the people at Riviera since 1993, and they are exactly what they say they are. We do have very good reasons why our websites over the years have been changed radically, such as reasons you were given, this is basic business in this field. There are many reasons why these talented people are in Kingston & being a business person affiliated with the operations of the agency, the reasons could fill a 20 page report. The point is that whatever is asked by a booking agent, whether it be training, photos, go-sees, if you are represented well, you do whatever is asked, you become a product that is marketed, and as a product you have to be guided into the best working market and environment possible by a good agent. If you just wish to be put on the local and regional talent roster, I can help with that, but if you are serious about working in the modelling field, you equip yourself with as much as you can under the guidance of a good booking agent and go as far as you are able. This is not a simple modelling school, it is an advertising agency with real clients in local, regional and international markets globally. Pretty darn good opportunity for a town like Kingston, I've worked nine hard years to make this happen for this area, and there are many bigger things to come. I'd be happy to answer anyone's questions providing the answers are not bound in any confidentiality agreement in place.
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Clark G:
Quote: Katelyn posted
Hi!
I was approached today as well by Riviera Models and basically I had the same experience you mentioned. I , however, felt the entire operation was a little bit sketchy for several reasons:

-They posted a Kijiji page today. (December 1st) Why are they advertising on such a trivial website and why was the page only created today? How long has thins place been up and running?

- Jon, the man I interviewed with, seems to have been everywhere and done everything. He speaks about 5 different languages, graduated from Harvard, taught university, directed fashion shows, done photography...my question is why Kingston then? If this guy has so much going for him, what is he doing trying to recruit girls off the street, in such a unknown little town?

- Why do I have to pay $980 for this course? When I asked if I had the option of not completing the course I was told there was no chance of them ever working with me without it. Why can't they teach me all this stuff for free? I understand time is money, but they told me straight up they make their money off of their model's commissions. It just seems like if I have such potential, they should be teaching me this stuff for free since it would benefit them in the end. It's just not adding up. But I could be totally wrong?

Believe me, I desperately want to believe all this is legit. Modeling has been my dream since I was little...but my gut is telling me to run the opposite way from Riviera Models. I see Jamie's testimony but it just seems too good to be true...as if written from someone who might work there perhaps? I could be totally totally totally over-thinking this, and I could be way off the mark, but $980 is A LOT of money for a student like myself. Two months rent in fact! I just want to make sure this place is legit before I throw money like that around. Some guidance would be appreciated!
They want you to pay $980 for the course when they offered it to free to the girl who posted below you? Something doesn't seem right about that, I wouldn't hand over 2 months rent for such an uncertainty. When things are too good to be true they generally are.
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Katelyn:
Hi!
I was approached today as well by Riviera Models and basically I had the same experience you mentioned. I , however, felt the entire operation was a little bit sketchy for several reasons:

-They posted a Kijiji page today. (December 1st) Why are they advertising on such a trivial website and why was the page only created today? How long has thins place been up and running?

- Jon, the man I interviewed with, seems to have been everywhere and done everything. He speaks about 5 different languages, graduated from Harvard, taught university, directed fashion shows, done photography...my question is why Kingston then? If this guy has so much going for him, what is he doing trying to recruit girls off the street, in such a unknown little town?

- Why do I have to pay $980 for this course? When I asked if I had the option of not completing the course I was told there was no chance of them ever working with me without it. Why can't they teach me all this stuff for free? I understand time is money, but they told me straight up they make their money off of their model's commissions. It just seems like if I have such potential, they should be teaching me this stuff for free since it would benefit them in the end. It's just not adding up. But I could be totally wrong?

Believe me, I desperately want to believe all this is legit. Modeling has been my dream since I was little...but my gut is telling me to run the opposite way from Riviera Models. I see Jamie's testimony but it just seems too good to be true...as if written from someone who might work there perhaps? I could be totally totally totally over-thinking this, and I could be way off the mark, but $980 is A LOT of money for a student like myself. Two months rent in fact! I just want to make sure this place is legit before I throw money like that around. Some guidance would be appreciated!
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Cristina
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Cristina - NYC, NY, USA:
Quote: jamie1972 posted
I love your site. Thank you for having such an informative blog.

I'm a mom of a 15 year old girl, 5'10" that went to Riviera Models. As Holly stated, they were very nice not pushy. One thing I must say in their defence is that Kingston is an unusual City with 10 prison institutions. Riviera Models had a website, but they pulled it down after many unpleasant requests directed at minors. I commend them for that.

What I do want to say is that they accepted my daughter and for all the right reasons that a parent looks for. Yes my daughter is tall but she has such a long way to go to be confident, mature, and truly be like those models I watch on TV. I'm happy to say that they have transformed my daughter into a confident and happy young lady.

My husband is a lawyer and was quite impressed with the fact that they place the interest of the minor before theirs. I have since spoke to many mothers whose daughters have dealings with Riviera Models, and their comments are all positive. My daughter was offered free training and shoots. Apparently they offer this to teens that show promise. Their honesty is really refreshing for me.

On the question of photography, I must agree with Riviera Models. There simply aren't fashion photographers in Kingston. What Riviera does and what my husband and I appreciate is they take digital photographs, sometime they're taken by other young models, then they send these directly to designers, magazines and advertising agencies. There have been too many scam photographers that come from Toronto and set up shop in hotel rooms and charge enormous amounts of money for photographs that don't seem to be required by anyone we've dealt with directly. Also, Riviera Models make use of independent bookers who are extremely professional.

So my experience with them has been a very positive one. It may not be like most large City agencies, but we get peace of mind at the end of the day knowing our daughter is respected, mentored and very happy with them.
Hi.

Thank you for your comments. I am always leary of any agency that sells classes, workshops or photos. Many are taking advantage of young aspiring girls, guys and their parents. There are, on the other hand, some agencies that offer wonderful confidence building opportunites through their services. That sounds like your experience with Riviera Models.

I am happy for that :)

-Cristina
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jamie1972:
I love your site. Thank you for having such an informative blog.

I'm a mom of a 15 year old girl, 5'10" that went to Riviera Models. As Holly stated, they were very nice not pushy. One thing I must say in their defence is that Kingston is an unusual City with 10 prison institutions. Riviera Models had a website, but they pulled it down after many unpleasant requests directed at minors. I commend them for that.

What I do want to say is that they accepted my daughter and for all the right reasons that a parent looks for. Yes my daughter is tall but she has such a long way to go to be confident, mature, and truly be like those models I watch on TV. I'm happy to say that they have transformed my daughter into a confident and happy young lady.

My husband is a lawyer and was quite impressed with the fact that they place the interest of the minor before theirs. I have since spoke to many mothers whose daughters have dealings with Riviera Models, and their comments are all positive. My daughter was offered free training and shoots. Apparently they offer this to teens that show promise. Their honesty is really refreshing for me.

On the question of photography, I must agree with Riviera Models. There simply aren't fashion photographers in Kingston. What Riviera does and what my husband and I appreciate is they take digital photographs, sometime they're taken by other young models, then they send these directly to designers, magazines and advertising agencies. There have been too many scam photographers that come from Toronto and set up shop in hotel rooms and charge enormous amounts of money for photographs that don't seem to be required by anyone we've dealt with directly. Also, Riviera Models make use of independent bookers who are extremely professional.

So my experience with them has been a very positive one. It may not be like most large City agencies, but we get peace of mind at the end of the day knowing our daughter is respected, mentored and very happy with them.
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Cristina
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Cristina - NYC, NY, USA:
I definitely do not recommend it. If they are really a working modeling agency they should definitely have a website. That is how most clients view models these days. Save your money and start a portfolio with it with a quality photographer...

-Cristina :)
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