There is a new and insidious wave of cyber-sites on the internet that do nothing more than promise fame, fortune,and fairness to the new and unwary young models. Therefore they muddy the water for the model who doesn’t know any better.
Remember the model scams of the past?
Paying agencies for photo packages all the while getting no promotion. Mass model searches as Pro-Scout, Manhattan Model Search ect are all forms of this.Sure, once in a long while and after taking tens of millions of dollars in fees from the unwary, they will run across someone who really is model material. Sure, a representative from real agencies show up since they are promised an expense account at a nice Florida hotel(from the “scouting” company). Many time they are paid a fee as well all from the fees you pay to objectively get advice. The agents also know they “may” stumble upon a diamond in the rough.
The new wave of these scams, like MODE LAUNCHER, have no licensing, hide in little rooms behind computers, and seem harmless all the while gleaning information from those kids, promising contests and trips to South Beach to shoot with top photographers. They are profiting, by deception,by selling their information all the while gaining what seems to be and audience. They promise the streets are paved with gold and that winning one of their “contests” will change your life. They steal images right off the internet and intimate they have something to do with, or started these models career. Nothing could be further from the truth. I am here to tell you the truth. Lets quickly get to the “Contest” portion. These are rigged and are chosen by Bill Staniford, AKA William Staniford as well as a few of his associates. How do I know this? Because he tried to recruit me into his slimy business so he could use my knowledge and credibility in this business to help repair and bolster his reputation.
He is trying to cloak himself and his intentions by getting seeming endorsements from a few highly respected names, like myself, in this business. Staniford’s latest offensive is to name, only Matt Dunn Photography, in a blog post. Why? Because I have and continue to pull back the curtain on his latest scam.
I have been in this business for more than 30 years, first as a model and then a successful photographer for the past 25+ years. I have never met such an arrogant, self-centered individual as Bill Staniford. Model Launcher, Staniford’s business, has been in effect for little more than a year.
He believes that no matter who is in the room he is smarter than him. Rules don’t apply to his nor does fairness so what he does and who he does it to has no effect on him.
Now that I have lifted the veil on him and Model Launcher, so to speak, he has sent me hate driven emails and now is putting up a few detrimental blog entries.
This is all driven because I refused to work with Model Launcher as I had heard this scamming concept before and continue to tell the people to stay away. Here is the email I got from him yesterday in his hate-filled rage.
He believes he can tell lies about me and people will blindly follow and not do their homework. I have a world-wide amazing reputation and am producing work for magazines and advertising consistently. Look at my website to see but a few of my new works including recent shoot for ABC/Disney of Matt Damon. http://www.mattdunn.com Staniford thinking that walking down a runway one time during a season of Project Runway it hitting the “big time” shows how he knows nothing about this business. Call any agency in Miami Beach, let alone in New York and you will find out that Model Launcher and Bill Staniford are invisible to the industry. I am sympathetic to models as it has gotten tougher and tougher for them to sift though all of the garbage,the pedophiles, thieves, and scams with all of these predators coming at them from all angles.