Before I get into my review of my experience with Preview Models, I would first like to be one of the first to step out from behind the veil of this online message board and come forward to you the reader as myself so that you may know the truth about Preview Models. My name is Nick Rains and I have been an employee of Preview Models since April of 2016.
I was originally hired to assist with the castings and have since moved up to become the International Director for our Los Angeles based PRODUCTION Company. First and foremost I would like to emphasize that Preview Models is not an Agency, we are a company that produces 5 international runway events a year in both Los Angeles, California and Milan, Italy. For those of you who do not know the difference between the two let me explain... An agency is a company that represents talent whether that be a model, actor, or other type of talent.
Legitimate agencies will represent multiple talent at any given time and should have a website and current board where anyone at any given time may see the agency current roster of talent. The job of the agency is to receive casting information and submit talent that fit the casting type required for the audition. A Model/Actor/Talent etc. should never pay money to acquire an agency.
The way an agency works is when a model books a job, the prearranged percentage the talent and agency have previously agreed upon will be taken out and given to the agency. With that being said lets discuss what a production company is... A production company is responsible for the development of a specific production. There are many different types of production companies, and this is truly an umbrella term for quite an expansive space of the industry, that most ordinary people don't know much about.
Preview Models is not an agency, what they do is produce runway events for the exposure of the talent. Yes there are costs associated with preview models, however I know that when I am even thinking about casting someone I let them know ahead of time about the financial commitment of this program, and that a portion of what they are paying is non-refundable, HOWEVER Preview Models is a production company and the reason part of the cost is non-refundable is because once a talent buys out their contract they are registered for a Life-Time! Once a models registration is payed they can come back and do as many productions as they wish, and they will no longer have to pay the 1000$ non-refundable registration fee. The model only has pay (as of this moment 1/21/17) a 500$ production fee and will be able to participate in the production of their choosing.
With that being said a lot of the reviews posted on here are over the financial commitment of this program. For those of you who are registered I urge you to communicate with the administration department. With that being said everyones situation is different, and situations change and i understand that. I am from a broken home as well as many people in this country, I grew up below the poverty line as many people in this country, I understand your frustrations as you are INVESTING quite a bit of money into your dream.
All I ask of you is this... 1. If this is your dream, fight for it. Don't let anyone stand in your way.
Yes, this program does cost money but they do exactly as they promise. They give you the tools to succeed, you work with celebrities from top model and legitimate professionals in the industry. As far as the agents at the event go, not everyone is looking for new talent at a given time and those who are at our productions are invited because they have the room on their roster or are actively looking for new faces. We personally INVITE these agents out, the list on the back of the informational booklet is a rolodex of Preview Models contacts.
At no point was any agency promised to be there. 2. If you are currently a model you are locked into a binding contract now... I know after reading all of these reviews from "Professional A" & "Ex-Preview Model B" that you may be feeling shocked, hurt, & confused.
If you have any questions about this program or the industry or just want to reach out to a real human being who genuinely cares for you or your success here is my information. Nicholas A. Rains Phone: 225-454-9119 Instagram: @Nick_Rains Email: Nick@PreviewModels.info It is to be noted that if you would like to reach me a text message with a photo of yourself, an Instagram DM, or email with an image will work best. This is not a submission line, this is my personal contact information.
The only reason I ask that you would include an image is so that I may better know who I am speaking to... I am a very forgetful person but if we have met i will never forget a face. With that being said i would also like to say that this company is not my passion, HOWEVER the reason I work here is because I love watching you guys from day 1 to seeing you walk down the runway and the realization that "oh ***" this is a real thing and its really happening exactly like how they said. I love hearing back from you and implementing your feedback into making what we do at our productions better and better.
I do this because I alike all of you have a dream that was placed in my heart, I aspire to make music on a commercial level and I know I will make it, because there is nothing and no-one who will stand in my way. I travel every weekend and work my *** off at all hours of the night making these shows happen for you guys and still put in the time to make my goals and aspirations come to fruition. There are no excuses when it comes to your dream and whats been placed in your heart. Follow the path and success will come.
With much love, Nicholas A. Rains International Director Preview Models
Product or Service Mentioned: Preview Models Modeling Service.
Reason of review: Happy for another reason.
I liked: Working with industry professionals, Production, What they do.
I didn't like: Ignorant point of views on this message board.