A Studio City-based talent manager has pleaded no contest to operating an advance-fee talent service and another count of failing to file a required $50,000 bond with the state.
The Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office announced Friday that Nicholas Roses, 21, had been sentenced by Judge Yolanda Orozco to three years’ probation. He was ordered to have no financial involvement with any talent training service, talent counseling service or talent listing service anywhere, including outside California. He was also ordered to not be financially involved with any “camp,” education facility or daycare facility attended by anyone under age 18. However, Roses is allowed to attend such events, as long as there’s no financial compensation.
In addition, he was ordered to serve 90 days in jail or perform 45 days of community labor, to pay $10,700 in total restitution to the three complaining witnesses and to pay $2,000 investigative costs to the City Attorney’s Office.
“Failure to abide by the terms of probation will result in Roses being sentenced to at least six months of jail,” the City Attorney’s Office said.
Roses was charged in April with seven criminal counts as a result of several parents who complained about Roses’ business practices. The parents, all Ohio residents, asserted that they had met Roses at an Ohio talent agency workshop and that he offered to manage their children — ages 6, 13 and 14 at the time — and advised the parents to relocate to Los Angeles and sign up for his summer entertainment industry “boot camp.” Each of the parents paid approximately $3,000 per child to attend a weeklong “boot camp” in Los Angeles and complained the event was disorganized, with participants ranging in age from 6 to 62. They alleged that Roses failed to provide adequate seating, sufficient food, water and breaks during the 12-hour program and that many of the children became ill — including one girl who developed swollen lungs, hives and rashes.
Roses had been accused of violating the Krekorian Talent Scam Prevention Act of 2009, which specifically prohibits talent services from engaging in the business of talent representation and charging money upfront for the promise of securing jobs. It also requires such services to post a $50,000 bond with the state and calls for use of unambiguous language in contracts with aspiring performers.
Moves comes a year after the city warned casting workshops and talent services that it would enforce tightened state rules barring “pay to audition” scams, with city attorney Carmen Trutanich sending out about 200 letters to notify the operators that the Krekorian Act had gone into effect (Daily Variety, April 22, 2010).