McLAREN: Not Every Client Can Be Top Model

LETTER from ANDREW McLAREN

Not Every Client

Can Be Top Model

Andrew McLaren was featured in NBC’s “Stars In Stripes,” among acting gigs.

To the Editor:

I have known Victoria Pressly since July 2012. She was professionally known as Victoria Talbot back then.  She was recommended to me by my former acting agent Noel Palm. He told me if I hire her she would get me a lot of good press which would help advance my career in showbiz.  I was on a prime time NBC show called “Stars Earn Stripes” and wanted to capitalize on the notoriety the TV series was garnering.

I subsequently hired Victoria and she did in fact get me a lot of great press, including the cover of Millennium magazine, “Fox and Friends” twice, Sirius XM national radio tour, Channel 12 News interview, and several high-profile photo shoots with expensive photographers such as Jim Malucci who were for free for me since I paid Victoria $1,500 and she was friends with him.  Jim is Miami-based and usually charges $7,500 a shoot and does various covers.

I know some celebrities in Los Angeles who pay publicists $5,000 a month and sometimes they complain that their P.R isn’t worth the $60,000 a year price tag.  If a scandal happens, such as a DUI, for instance, or a messy divorce, you need a publicist to protect your reputation.

Generally speaking publicists are paid for their time and effort not their results; it’s a gamble.  Much like an attorney you pay a retainer and don’t know what the outcome will be; it’s a calculated risk.  I’ve hired Victoria a few times to promote my projects, such as a Discovery Channel show called “Chrome Underground”, and she got me in the Journal News newspaper and Huffington Post.   The Huffington post write up was very beneficial to my career and image.

I understand not everyone feels satisfied with the job Victoria has done for their careers, but I think once all the facts come out the evidence will show that Victoria doesn’t just talk a big game she is a fantastic publicist. Part of talking a big game is what you look for in a lawyer and publicist.

Over the past seven years, I have gotten to know Victoria and her husband Nik and consider them life-long friends.  I stand by Victoria as I feel she is fair, loyal, talented and a competent mother.

Does Victoria exaggerate sometimes or embellish somethings? Yes, but in the favor of her clients.  For example, “my client is the hottest model on the planet.” Is this factual?  It’s hard to gauge that, as it’s subjective.  Victoria doesn’t set out to trick or deceive people; she sets out to make money and book press for her clients.  Part of that process is in your face, brash and aggressive tactics that are similar qualities I look for in legal representation.

ANDREW McLAREN

Actor


3 thoughts on “McLAREN: Not Every Client Can Be Top Model

  1. Debbie Adams

    It’s one thing to exaggerate and embellish in favor of your clients, but its completely a didn’t matter when you purposefully “Lie, Deceit, and Scam” your clients out out tens of thousands of dollars time and time again! Especially when this has been happening for many, many years! Victoria Pressly (Talbot) or whatever other fictious name she used, is nothing more than a Scam Artist and a Criminal! What she has been doing for decades is against the Law and she deserves to be behind bars!

  2. Debbie Adams

    It’s one thing to exaggerate and embellish in favor of your clients, but its completely a didn’t matter when you purposefully “Lie, Deceit, and Scam” your clients out out tens of thousands of dollars time and time again! Especially when this has been happening for many, many years! Victoria Pressly (Talbot) or whatever other fictious name she used, she is nothing more than a Scam Artist and a Criminal! What she has been doing for decades is against the Law and she deserves to be behind bars!

  3. Jen Howell

    Victoria actively targets young new models to get their money. You’re right not everyone can be a top model but Victoria doesn’t care. She takes everyone and anyone’s money she can get her hands on regardless if they have potential or not because she’s a scam artist. A true publicist would be selective in their clientele. Victoria searches girls out and contacts them and plays off their hopes and dreams and does nothing but take their money. She’s been doing this for twenty years. So she may have a few successful clients but 99% of the rest of the people she rips off

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