This came across my Google Alerts —
It seems that a certain blogger in the sticks named Mike South has some very definite and unequivocal ideas about talent agents.
“Real agents dont [sic] have scouts.”
I’ve heard that only a Sith deals in absolutes, but note that, aside from being a 57-year old blowhard with obvious daddy issues, as well as a self-proclaimed adult industry know-it-all, South is also a failed talent agent, so surely he knows the score, right?
As anyone who is actually familiar with the adult business knows, there are in fact many scouts and recruiters working today. Some are scammers, but lots of them have long histories of working with top adult talent agencies.
On one end on the scale are the guys who hit up talent on sites such as ModelMayhem or SexyJobs. Here’s an email thread from late last summer, in which a guy claims to recruit talent on behalf of The VIP Connect, the agency run by South’s buddy Shy Love.
Now, I don’t know anything about this person, and the pitch sounds more than a little fishy, so let’s say for sake of argument that Shy Love knows nothing about this guy, and therefore she can still be, in Mike South’s world, a “real agent.”
On the other end of the scale we have Kevin Casali aka West Coast Kev, currently of Model Mavens Talent. His Twitter account is @WestCoastKevXXX.
Here’s his twitter bio:
I don’t know Kevin, but he has been around a while, and has worked with several adult talent agencies, including LA Direct Models, OC Modeling, Metro and LAX. I’ve personally spoken to two reps in California about him.
I guess, according to Mike South, none of those companies are “real agents”.
Also, take a look at the registrant info for ModelMavensTalent.com
It’s in the name of Phil Varone, a “real” director for Vivid. (Varone and Casali are listed on official paperwork, but another member of the agency is Debi Diamond, a “real” porn legend, according to a tweet from Model Mavens’ Twitter account).
According to another Model Mavens tweet, Casali now associated exclusively with that new agency, and is “formerly” a scout for other agencies.
That said, up until very recently, one of the agencies that Kevin worked with was — you guessed it — Shy Love’s The VIP Connect.
Here are some documents from a package of materials Casali sent to a prospective client he wished to sign to The VIP Connect;
First, here is Shy Love’s Talent Agreement:
Remember when Mike South complained about the way agencies charged talent for drivers? I guess he gave Shy Love a pass on that one.
Here is Shy Love’s contract regarding Exclusive representation:
Notice, the address does not match the records for Model Mavens Talent.
Here’s Shy Love’s Model House Rental Agreement for performers, as sent out by Casali. Remember when Mike South complained that agencies charging talent $1,000 per month sounded like “a bit much” to him? I guess he never read his buddy Shy Love’s contract terms.
Notice, above, Shy was too lazy too even change “ATM” to “The VIP Connect” when she resurrected her old ATMLA forms for use with her new, unlicensed, competing agency.
You might want to correct that typo, Shy, as well as the ones where you misspell “monitored”, “belligerent”, etc…
So, in conclusion, Georgia gossip blogger Mike South is out of touch and wrong again (and again, and again) — unless he meant to say that Shy Love — who is not a licensed agent in California and, based on the address listed on the above contract, not licensed to operate in Henderson, Nevada either — is not a “real agent”.