Selling Stardom: Read the series

They come to Hollywood by the thousands every year, looking for stardom. Waiting for these aspiring actors, singers and models is a small army of wheeler-dealers looking to turn a buck off their dreams. The hustlers peddle questionable talent services, costly acting seminars and shady casting agencies. The mainstream entertainment industry knows better, but many fledgling performers do not. The financial losses are typically small, but for those trying to break into show business, it's money that would otherwise be spent on food and rent. These stories offer a look at one of Hollywood's darker sides.

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