AgroAmerica Scam targets on-line designers (http://agroamerica.com/ ). This is a scam being perpetrated upon freelance web designers and graphic designers and it is pretty disgusting. Since this is the second time they’ve contacted me I thought it’s time to promote them. The phone number I was texted from is probably a burner phone. It’s usually a red flag when someone requests credit card payment or states they have a budget you could literally swim in. The first time they contacted me I knew immediately as they wanted to pay a couple thousand more over what the quote would be that would then be paid to their designer who would then coordinate the deliverables to the designer (me in this case) doing the work.
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As I have been working with companies and private individuals for decades it’s pretty easy to spot a red flag from the first contact and this was no different. Apparently though they have fooled a few people and are perfecting their approach. For designers who want to work (who doesn’t?) it’s tempting to write up a quote and take on jobs even when red flags are waving but the reality is it’s better to listen carefully and determine the risks, especially when doing free-lance and contracted work. My advice; always have a signed contract and always do a little research regarding your potential client before you start any work or draft. Never deliver frame work or designs until you have a signed contract from someone authorized to contract work. For more about this scam read:
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Unbeknownst to most folk, or of no thought at all is the
person behind the Mattel, Hot Toy or Tonner Sculpt of a collectible doll,
sometimes a specific celebrity. Many of these companies, like Franklin Mint and
Disney too, don’t list, reveal or credit the sculptor of any given doll. More
often than not the sculptor like many artists who work on the preliminary dolls
(or prototype) have signed a contract prohibiting them from showing the work they have
done or even being able to show or post what they did do to any form of media.
Be it Facebook, twitter or anything else, they are prohibited from exhibiting
their part in the process.
The reality is Cruz feels that all artists involved should
be able to take credit for their work. Cruz himself has often wanted to commission
a sculptor but has no idea who it was that sculpted a great sculpt, take the
Farrah Fawcett sculpt done for Mattel. Cruz would love to have a non-smiling
version. Who do you contract? Where do you start? Mattel won’t release or share
the name of the original sculptor. That’s their right. They paid for the work and
the artist/sculptor who did it agreed to their terms.
|A generic sculpt Barbie Becomes
Oscar Winner Angelina Jolie-Pitt
The ultimate ability to breathe life into these three
dimensional canvases, especially one that was never molded or intended to be a
specific person goes to the artist. It takes a lot of skill and mastery to give
the correct depth, via shading and light to create the nuances of a smile, a
smirk or a glint in the eye of that collectible and Noel Cruz has become a name
recognized for that ability. A humble and quiet man in Anaheim who makes his
living auctioning and being commissioned to repaint and restyle a doll in the
likeness of someone’s favorite celebrity.