Stop Entertainment Scams By Introducing Licensing
At present ANYONE can set up a work-finding service in the entertainment industry (such as a Castings Agency, or Castings Website). Similarly anyone can set up a “training course” in the entertainment industry. There are no checks on who is running them or whether they truly live up to their claims, nor is there any effective means of closing down any such organisations, even if they are found to be exploiting would-be entrants into the industry, making false claims as to what their outfit will achieve for those to pay to join their agency or course or whatever it is.
Although some of these organisations may be set up with the best of intentions, many of them con innocent ordinary people, into thinking that paying money to these organisations will bring them fame, or fortune, or sometimes just a job in the entertainment industry.
We need to force the government require all of these sorts of organisations (such as: casting agencies for extras and models; casting websites for all workers in the entertainment industry, and, organisations providing training within the entertainment industry) to be licensed. If they HAD to apply for a licence, it could be denied, or taken away from them if they were found to be abusing it.
Historical Note: Prior to 1990 the British entertainment industry was by default heavily regulated (because the unions operated a ‘closed shop’), when the government made ‘closed shop’ illegal they opened the industry up to many more people. This made it much easier for anyone to enter the entertainment industry, and increased innovation within the industry. However, nothing was put in place at the time to prevent the abuse or exploitation that can come with a completely free market, especially in a situation that so often attracts new entrants who don’t know anything about the reality of working in the industry they are trying to enter. As a result the last 20 years has seen an increase in scams and dubious enterprises infiltrating the entertainment industry. It is time the government did something serious about putting some effective regulations in place (and enforced them properly) to put a stop this.