^ What is usually said is not to give an agency any money up front before signing. Where you run into trouble is when an 'agency' is not a reputable one. There are so-called agencys everywhere! The first red flag should be if an agency asks for a fee to sign with their agency. No reputable agency will require a fee when you are asked to sign. There are also so-called agents that are just recruiters for high priced modelling schools. Many aspiring model's dreams are shot down because they think that these schools are agencies. The schools hardly ever get the model any real work and they charge high dollars for their classes.
“We sometimes encounter people, even perfect strangers, who begin to interest us at first sight, somehow suddenly, all at once, before a word has been spoken.”