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  • Submitted: Sun, August 08, 2010
  • Updated: Mon, August 20, 2012

  • Reported By: anonymousactanddance — Toronto Ontario Canada
AMP Talent Group
73 Simcoe St Toronto, Ontario United States of America

AMP Talent Group AMP, Anne Marie Perrault Complete Rip Off. Waste of Time and Money. Toronto, Ontario

*General Comment: AMP Talent: Talented At Embellishing The Truth

*General Comment: AMP Talent: Talented At Embellishing The Truth

*REBUTTAL Individual responds: AMP Talent is a Very Good & Reputable Agency

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After searching and searching for an acting agency, I stumbled upon AMP Talent Group on mandy.com. After having a good look on the website, I submitted my resume and headshot and hoped for the best. Two days later I received a call from Anne Marie's Secretary asking me to come in for an interview. I was ecstatic and a few days later found myself sitting in the hallway of a church building on a ratty couch filling out forms. Half an hour after my original interview time, I was called in. I performed a monologue and then my mother was called in with me so we could all have a nice chat. Anne Marie said she wanted to sign me right then and there, and it seemed like there were absolutely no catches. Right before we left she asked me to sign up for a week long camp that was coming up. My mom and I said we'd think about it and we were on our way.


A week later I received an email from Anne Marie saying I needed to sign up for the camp. I said I would not be able to get the work off and I was sorry I would have to miss it. I did not get a response.

A few days later my mom received a call from her saying I had to sign up for the camp and guilt tripped her into speaking me into it. I called Anne Marie and said I really could not do it and she got very mad, yelled at me, and hung up on me. 

How professional.

SO I called my boss, took off work, got in trouble for it but said 'my agent is making me do it'.



The camp was $500 for 5 days. It was nothing special, and none of the instructors struck me as amazing or established.

Soon after Anne Marie started hassling me to get new headshots. I said I would but not until my braces were off, which were assumed to be off in a month or two. 

The hassling continued, it seemed she could not get it in her head that I had to wait to get my braces off. 

Emailing her to ask questions about anything got you nowhere. She always seemed to be on her phone texting and emailing, but to any of her talent, she would never respond.

She then asked me to take 6 acting for film night classes with Anne Tait. I agreed as it seemed like a great opportunity. This cost another arm and a leg and all together I learned nothing new. 

The braces came off and we set up an appointment with the photographer.

The studio was in an unsafe neighborhood and it was after dark.

Anne Marie had originally told me during our first interview it would cost me $500.

Then before my headshots she told me it would cost me $600-$700.

After the shoot she placed her hand out for a $975 dollar cheque. I was shocked and said she had not said it would cost such a large amount. She said she had told me on many occasions it would cost that much. I said I would have to give her another cheque some other time. She said it was unacceptable and would take the cheque for $700 now and that within that week I would need to stop by her office to get her the rest of the money.

She then had me sign up for Bob Luke's sitcom workshop. And of course it cost $350. She said it would go from 12 until 6. Bob Luke said he needed to leave at 430 to catch his flight.

And thats when everyone found out that for everything we had paid for, Anne Marie received half. That goes for the headshots, and all the classes. 

I waited it out for a while to see if I would get any auditions. It had been 10 months since I had signed with her and I still had gotten not one audition.

The only people out of the whole agency who got auditions were a total of three or four. Everyone called them her favourites.



I called the AMIS hotline and spoke to a very kind man about all of this, without mentioning the agency name. He immediately guessed that the agency was AMP, said it was on their scam list, and to get out of the agency ASAP.

I fired off an email to Anne Marie saying I would like to cancel my contract, that I had spoken to AMIS and that they had told me she was a scam. She said she had no idea what I was talking about and was very mad that I would assume such a thing. 



Since then we have not spoken. Many others have dropped out of the agency and moved onto bigger and better things.

She deletes everyone who accuses her of scamming off of Facebook and out of the Facebook agency group.

How mature.



Stay far far away. My family and I have wasted so much money and all of it goes to her.

She is unprofessional, rude, steals your money and you get NOTHING out of it.

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#1 General Comment

AMP Talent: Talented At Embellishing The Truth

AUTHOR: dk - (Canada)

"Extremely manipulative and condescending", "take advantage of your money, "rude" ... based on the content of both reviews, it appears that Anne Marie Perrault has not changed as a person since her days in Smithers or Vancouver, BC.  That is, with the exception of her ego and agenda, which have clearly grown.  (And her mommy, Mary Ellen, as her business partner.)

Anne Marie is about as authentic as the implants placed into her breasts 14 years ago, and the phony smile on her face.  (Funny how one goes to a plastic surgeon, flatter than a pancake, to "have a mole removed", and ends-up with ample cleavage!)  She will turn FORTY years-old in late November.

Miss. Perrault pissed-off a lot of people before leaving BC, myself included.  She is selfish, manipulative, an opportunist, and it's all about she and her ego.  She markets herself well, but isn't exactly the sharpest stick in the pile.

I laughed upon reading the following article about her.  Its author should have done some fact-checking before publishing, not taken Anne Marie's words at face value.  (The thing is, Anne Marie appears to believe these embellished tales about herself!)

"At the age of eight, she and her family moved to a small town in central British Columbia.  There, her love of acting grew, and she started doing commercials and small acting jobs.  In high school, she acted in junior and national levels of theatre."

Fact: Anne Marie and her family moved to Smithers, BC (14 hours north of Vancouver)--an isolated, tiny town of 5,500 people.  The closest city with a TV station is Terrace, CFTK, which shot poor quality commercials for small town businesses.  If Anne Marie was "in commercials", perhaps it was sitting as a guest at Smithers Hudson Bay Lodge (commercial), or standing in the background at Northern Drugs, where she worked (and was fired from) during high school.  

Her alleged "small acting jobs" were exactly that: small.  That is, unless you count the way she'd play people, manipulating them for her own needs and popularity.  She spent a lot of time partying during and after high school.  Her "biggest role" came in 1993, when she suddenly became "good friends" with members of a local Native construction crew who had won $15 million dollars with a 6-49 ticket.  People who she never would have spoken to in the past (because of their ethnicity) suddenly became her "friends".  MALE friends, who were attracted to a 22 year-old, pretty opportunist, who used them to fund trips to NYC (Vancouver Canucks Stanley Cup Play-Off series), Vancouver, drive their sports cars, and have photographs of she rolling around on a bed covered in money at a Vancouver hotel.  (You can't get something for nothing!)  She used them.  Period.

The Smithers Secondary School drama program competed in a national drama contest (1991), with the school production of "I Never Saw Another Butterfly".  Anne Marie was merely part of its cast, but not in a key role.  Her other "national exposure" came in 1985, when the Smithers Figure Skating Club's precision team travelled to compete in Thunder Bay, Ontario.  

"Graduating with a diploma in business and marketing, Perrault worked as a music sales manager in a large record store.  Looking back, she realizes her sales background was part of her future ..."

Anne Marie worked for one of the two, small record stores in Smithers: Kellys Electronic World.  The small town music store was just that: small town.  Hardly comparable to something in a large scale, chain store.  She was no music expert.  The brains behind it were Kate, Keeley, and Rheanna.  (Anne Marie pronounced the group called Depeche Mode as "Depeshie Mode"?!)  

With Kate having enrolled in school (Vancouver) beginning classes in September, and Rheanna about to begin university, Anne Marie was inspired to leave Smithers in the spring of 1996, making quick arrangements to move-away "before" others (though others plans were made), enrolling in Douglas College in New Westminster, BC.  Anne Marie registered for a few business courses at Douglas, attending VERY briefly, then dropping-out, using the rest of her student loan to buy a green Honda Del Sol convertible (trading-in her red Chrysler LeBaron), and going to work for Just Kids Talent Agency.  She did not complete her studies.  She was a student of partying and playing.

Anne Marie once indicated (LinkedIn) that she earned a "BA in Business and Marketing" at the University of British Columbia.  Miss. Perrault is not an academic, and though she may have partied with UBC students, and visited the campus socially, she did NOT earn a degree from the highly ranked institution.  At all.  There is NO SUCH THING as a Bachelor's degree in "Business and Marketing".  Perhaps, in her delusional, truth-embellishing ways, Miss. Perrault feels that she "earned a BA" by ... proxy, for sleeping with her one-time roommate, Ryan, who was then studying for his COMMERCE degree at UBC?

Anne Marie's role at Just Kids Talent was SALES.  Selling lessons, photo packages, and pipe dreams.  She and her co-worker/friend (Jodi) partied hard.  Anne Marie asked her boss (Andrew) to "lay her off" during the summer of 1998, so that she could collect unemployment insurance; she then made disparaging remarks about Andrew (alleging he was having an affair with his receptionist) and Jodi.  Furthermore, disparaging remarks about the business itself.  The very same business which she had "won awards" with.  (She probably had a disagreement with someone there, or another friendship was damaged by her ego, so she felt it necessary to cast herself as better than, or a victim of.  She operates that way.)

During that summer, unemployed, she manipulated friends into loaning her money, made excuses and lies to defer having to repay it (including to a friend who was a single mother!), and though she had treated one friend in a fickle fashion, had the audacity to ask if she could move-in with the fairweather friend (to a new condo where the friend lived) ... so that she could maintain her lifestyle of "having it all" in Vancouver, and not have to move to the Sunshine Coast, to live with her mother (who now works with Anne Marie).  The friend turned Anne Marie down, and stopped accepting Anne Marie's phone calls, because she knew that she was being set up to be used by Anne Marie AGAIN.

Anne Marie knows how to play people.  She's very good at marketing herself, but ... don't step on her toes, challenge her, or otherwise, or one will be met with rudeness, condescension, and otherwise.  She and her mother moved back to Ontario.  Anne Marie burned a LOT of bridges in BC before leaving.

In the end, though she is the owner of a business, she remains in a SALES position: she is selling people dreams (just like a local Vancouver business sells pipe dreams to young women seeking to become "make-up artists, graduating over 600 "make-up artists" every year, like a puppy mill).  It's a business. She is selling a PRODUCT: lessons, packages, and HERSELF.  It's all about her, an ego, and image.  It is likely NOT one iota about the success of clients, though those whom see minor success serve to fluff her EGO.

"There's no such thing as an overnight success." says Anne Marie.  There is, however, such a thing as a narcissist, whom uses people for her own needs (and has done so throughout her life), funding her life's biggest project and "star": herself.
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AMP Talent: Talented At Embellishing The Truth

AUTHOR: dk - (Canada)

"Extremely manipulative and condescending", "take advantage of your money, "rude" ... based on the content of both reviews, it appears that Anne Marie Perrault has not changed as a person since her days in Smithers or Vancouver, BC.  That is, with the exception of her ego and agenda, which have clearly grown.  (And her mommy, Mary Ellen, as her business partner.)

Anne Marie is about as authentic as the implants placed into her breasts 14 years ago, and the phony smile on her face.  (Funny how one goes to a plastic surgeon, flatter than a pancake, to "have a mole removed", and ends-up with ample cleavage!)

Miss. Perrault pissed-off a lot of people before leaving BC, myself included.  She is selfish, manipulative, an opportunist, and it's all about she and her ego.  She markets herself well, but isn't exactly the sharpest stick in the pile.

I laughed upon reading the following article about her.  Its author should have done some fact-checking before publishing, not taken Anne Marie's words at face value.  (The thing is, Anne Marie appears to believe these embellished tales about herself!)

"At the age of eight, she and her family moved to a small town in central British Columbia.  There, her love of acting grew, and she started doing commercials and small acting jobs.  In high school, she acted in junior and national levels of theatre."

Fact: Anne Marie and her family moved to Smithers, BC (14 hours north of Vancouver)--an isolated, tiny town of 5,500 people.  The closest city with a TV station is Terrace, CFTK, which shot poor quality commercials for small town businesses.  If Anne Marie was "in commercials", perhaps it was sitting as a guest at Smithers Hudson Bay Lodge (commercial), or standing in the background at Northern Drugs, where she worked (and was fired from) during high school.  

Her alleged "small acting jobs" were exactly that: small.  That is, unless you count the way she'd play people, manipulating them for her own needs and popularity.  She spent a lot of time partying during and after high school.  Her "biggest role" came in 1993, when she suddenly became "good friends" with members of a local Native construction crew who had won $15 million dollars with a 6-49 ticket.  People who she never would have spoken to in the past (because of their ethnicity) suddenly became her "friends".  MALE friends, who were attracted to a 22 year-old, pretty opportunist, who used them to fund trips to NYC (Vancouver Canucks Stanley Cup Play-Off series), Vancouver, drive their sports cars, and have photographs of she rolling around on a bed covered in money at a Vancouver hotel.  (You can't get something for nothing!)  She used them.  Period.

The Smithers Secondary School drama program competed in a national drama contest (1992), with the school production of "I Never Saw Another Butterfly".  Anne Marie was merely part of its cast, but not in a key role.  Her other "national exposure" came in 1985, when the Smithers Figure Skating Club's precision team travelled to compete in Thunder Bay, Ontario.  

"Graduating with a diploma in business and marketing, Perrault worked as a music sales manager in a large record store.  Looking back, she realizes her sales background was part of her future ..."

Anne Marie worked for one of the two, small record stores in Smithers: Kellys Electronic World.  The small town music store was just that: small town.  Hardly comparable to something in a large scale, chain store.  She was no music expert.  The brains behind it were Kate, Keeley, and Rheanna.  (Anne Marie pronounced the group called Depeche Mode as "Depeshie Mode"?!)  

With Kate having enrolled in school (Vancouver) beginning classes in September, and Rheanna about to begin university, Anne Marie was inspired to leave Smithers in the spring of 2006, making quick arrangements to move-away "before" others (though others plans were made), enrolling in Douglas College in New Westminster, BC.  Anne Marie registered for a few business courses at Douglas, attending VERY briefly, then dropping-out, using the rest of her student loan to buy a green Honda Del Sol convertible (trading-in her red Chrysler LeBaron), and going to work for Just Kids Talent Agency.  She did not complete her studies.  She was a student of partying and playing.

Anne Marie once indicated (LinkedIn) that she earned a "BA in Business and Marketing" at the University of British Columbia.  Miss. Perrault is not an academic, and though she may have partied with UBC students, and visited the campus socially, she did NOT earn a degree from the highly ranked institution.  At all.  There is NO SUCH THING as a Bachelor's degree in "Business and Marketing".  Perhaps, in her delusional, truth-embellishing ways, Miss. Perrault feels that she "earned a BA" by ... proxy, for sleeping with her one-time roommate, Ryan, who was then studying for his COMMERCE degree at UBC?

Anne Marie's role at Just Kids Talent was SALES.  Selling lessons, photo packages, and pipe dreams.  She and her co-worker/friend (Jodi) partied hard.  Anne Marie asked her boss (Andrew) to "lay her off" during the summer of 2008, so that she could collect unemployment insurance; she then made disparaging remarks about Andrew (alleging he was having an affair with his receptionist) and Jodi.  Furthermore, disparaging remarks about the business itself.  The very same business which she had "won awards" with.  (She probably had a disagreement with someone there, or another friendship was damaged by her ego, so she felt it necessary to cast herself as better than, or a victim of.  She operates that way.)

During that summer, unemployed, she manipulated friends into loaning her money, made excuses and lies to defer having to repay it (including to a friend who was a single mother!), and though she had treated one friend in a fickle fashion, had the audacity to ask if she could move-in with the fairweather friend (to a new condo where the friend lived) ... so that she could maintain her lifestyle of "having it all" in Vancouver, and not have to move to the Sunshine Coast, to live with her mother (who now works with Anne Marie).  The friend turned Anne Marie down, and stopped accepting Anne Marie's phone calls, because she knew that she was being set up to be used by Anne Marie AGAIN.

Anne Marie knows how to play people.  She's very good at marketing herself, but ... don't step on her toes, challenge her, or otherwise, or one will be met with rudeness, condescension, and otherwise.  She and her mother moved back to Ontario.  Anne Marie burned a LOT of bridges in BC before leaving.

In the end, though she is the owner of a business, she remains in a SALES position: she is selling people dreams (just like a local Vancouver business sells pipe dreams to young women seeking to become "make-up artists, graduating over 600 "make-up artists" every year, like a puppy mill).  It's a business. She is selling a PRODUCT: lessons, packages, and HERSELF.  It's all about her, an ego, and image.  It is likely NOT one iota about the success of clients, though those whom see minor success serve to fluff her EGO.

"There's no such thing as an overnight success." says Anne Marie.  There is, however, such a thing as a narcissist, whom uses people for her own needs (and has done so throughout her life), funding her life's biggest project and "star": herself.



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AMP Talent is a Very Good & Reputable Agency

AUTHOR: AMP - (Canada)

Attention! Employers, agents, casting directors and industry professionals. DO NOT hire Miss. Adrienne Collins of Etobicoke, Ontario. Adrienne is a self-serving, domineering and egotistic young adult that will cause defamation of character in any way she can to get what she wants.

Our Agency, AMP Talent has an excellent reputation and long standing success with placing our talent in the entertainment field. Our impressive list of success stories are listed on our website. We are also pleased to provide references of our hundreds of success stories over the past seven years at request.

The statements made about the agency in the report filed here on August 8 are completetly false. Through this letter the truth will be brought to light. In this case, this person, Adrienne Collins, did not get what she wanted in the time she thought she should get it and as a result of her unprofessional behaviour defamed herself and her name. Adrienne Collins is not worth your time, investment or money. Do not hire her!!

Adrienne Collins seriously breached her contract with AMP Talent which resulted in her being let go from the contract after six months. This was due to several key reasons. Adrienne Collins resides in Etobicoke (Toronto) Ontario and graduated from Etobicoke School of the Arts. She is currently on the roster of out an of province agency called Atlantic Talent. Adrienne came to us having no industry professional experience only high school drama. By referral, she obtained the audition and got through the door. Had we known her true personality and character, we would NEVER have allowed her through our doors.

Agents and employers beware of Adrienne Collins!! Adrienne Collins was accompanied by her mother when she came to the agency to audition. Her audition was by no means memorable. However, she had a cute look, petite, Caucasian teen, long straight dirty blonde hair and brown eyes. She had an eagerness about her, so we gave her the benefit of the doubt and asked to recite her script three different ways. She appeared nervous and so was given time and positive feedback on how to do her audition better. What we saw in her at that time, was an outgoing personality and a cute commercial look. After the audition she was given additional constructive feedback. It was clear by her attitude that she was not happy that she did not receive more enthusiasm from the audition.

We saw potential in Adrienne as we know our market. She had good skin, good hair, good teeth, and was the age/look we where currently scouting, so we saw a potential fit. She had the potential to do some commercial work, if she was willing to listen and follow direction. Adrienne Collins had no experience and no contacts in the industry. She was provided with important information on the industry and market at that time for her age, and what she would need to work on in order to be competitive in her market. AMP talent was at this time and remains to be very successful. At that time the teen division of AMP Talent was busy doing several major shows. We saw this young girl as someone who after an investment of time we could develop into a working talent. Adrienne was offered a placement with the agency under the conditions that she understood it would take time to get her work as she developed her talents. Nothing was ever over promised. AMP Talent went above and beyond and offered to help Adrienne with a scholarship grant to attend a weeklong professional summer camp for actors, dancers and singers taught by industry experts. With only twenty talented students from Ontario accepted, we invested 50% of the tuition for Adrienne to attend. She was the only person who was gifted this grant. This training gave her the amazing and rare opportunity to be seen by both television casting and theatre professionals alike. Having never been trained in this area, she could only gain from it. She accepted the offer and after having some time to review signed the contract. Her portfolio was then marketed to the various casting directors and she was given every opportunity to be seen. For the next five months regular contact was made between agency and talent. As auditions began to come in for Adrienne, she simply disappeared. Audition appointments where scheduled and arranged. When we phoned her home, and her mobile, all our calls and messages left went unanswered! We tried several ways of reaching her through email, her parents, and face book, all to no success. Adrienne Collins did not have the decency or respect to respond to booked auditions and appointments made for her. All contact ceased and during these weeks, audition appointments made for her where no shows on her part. After much work behind the scenes in getting her these auditions, months of marketing her to get her in the door, she decided simply not to show up!

Adrienne Collins was in full breach of her contract. Not only did she shoot herself in the foot by disrespecting the agency name but by not showing up for the auditions scheduled for her she also gave herself a bad name with Casting Directors who saw her missed auditions as both rude and completely unacceptable behaviour of a talent seeking to make it in this highly competitive business. As such, Adrienne Collins decided to retaliate towards the agency that had once helped her and may have continued to help her, if she had not been so foolish.

In closing, we encourage potential employers to contact us at 416-568-9848 for further details and reference BEFORE hiring Adrienne Collins, 18 years of Etobicoke Ontario.

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