Aspiring actress needs help getting paid for commercial

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PHOENIX -- A Valley woman who wants to get into acting was thrilled when she landed a part on a local television commercial. But when she had problems getting paid for her part, she contacted 3 On Your Side for help.

Stephanie Werft still can't believe her eyes when she sees herself on the TV commercial.

"I was so excited, so yeah, that was like the big first break for me," Werft said.

Werft says she really wants to get into acting and by doing commercials, she thought she just might get her big break one day.

"When I was younger my main passion was acting and I had no idea how to do auditions or anything so my mom said, 'Well, we need an agent," Werft said.

They found Elizabeth Savage Talent, now called Arizona Actors and Models. With the help of the talent agency, Werft was able to audition and get the commercial gig back in July.

And after the excitement of her big break she was also excited about getting paid.

"Four hundred dollars because they get 20 percent of $500, and what they were getting paid was $500," Werft said.

Werft says she waited and waited for her $400, but it never came.

"They basically just gave me the runaround after about eight weeks, which is how long they said it would take for them to get the check," she said.

Needing the money to pay bills, Werft drove over to Elizabeth Savage Talent only to find out the talent agency was gone.

"I went down to where their location was and the doors were closed, their phones were disconnected," she said.

Now remember, the company apparently changed names and locations, but Werft says they never told her that. That's when she called 3 On Your Side.

"I just think it's ridiculous that I did provide a service and they're taking my money," she said.

We contacted Elizabeth Savage Talent aka Arizona Actors and Models, but no one wanted to talk to 3 On Your Side on camera.

However, a spokesman did tell us that the industry standard for payment is usually 60 to 90 days.

When 3 On Your Side told them that Werft is way passed the 90-day mark, guess what happened. They cut a check and Werft finally got her money.