Technology has made our lives much easier than before through using social media. One of the major benefits of social media is marketing yourself and your talents in hopes of getting discovered.
Today, it has become possible for new and emerging recording artists to try and raise money for new equipment that will improve their talent. Talented people have the ability to expand their fan base to receive more exposure that eventually leads to landing a deal with a legitimate and successful entertainment company.
You shouldn’t be afraid of utilizing the internet to achieve your dreams of being a professional artist, it is still a great way to enter the entertainment industry and be seen. Before you land that big contract you may need to enter into contracts with producers, photographers and clubs while you’re still developing your talents. It is crucial to be careful when an agency or a company reaches out to you and consider looking for any red flags.
How to avoid bad deals.
Social media has a great power when it comes to promoting your work, so it is no surprise that one day you receive an offer from an entertainment agency or company. Once a company approaches you, they will most likely have a very tempting offer that anyone will consider.
There are signs to look for when an attractive deal shows up in your email.
Tip 1. Don’t accept offers from a company that claims their services are free
If the offer sounds too good to be true then it is not real. Some companies will claim that they can market your art without requiring you to spend a single cent.
Scammers want to make it hard for you to refuse an offer that no other company can beat.
Tip 2. Ask for help
Not all offers from companies are a scam, but you still need to read the fine print and learn what is required from you. There are ways to get the professional opinion of an entertainment lawyer to save yourself from signing a contract that could be very dangerous.
Tip 3. Find out the legitimacy of the company
A major red flag is if you get contacted by a company or agency that won’t give you a direct phone number to call. Never accept offers from a company that never spoke to you on the phone.
Some scam artists will use the name of an existing company without actually being affiliated with them. A good way to verify if the offer is real is to call the company directly.
Tip 4. Do extensive research
The benefits of using the internet for research can help you find information about the company and the person who is contacting you. Third-party sites that allow reviews on specific companies are a great way to begin doing research.
You shouldn’t depend on LinkedIn profiles or social media accounts to confirm if it is a scam or not, since many scammers use the identity of other people to give the illusion of legitimacy.