LETTER from ANDREW McLAREN
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.