• Report: #310518

Complaint Review: Academy Of Cinema And Television; ACT; A.C.T.

  • Submitted: Wed, February 20, 2008
  • Updated: Sat, April 04, 2009

  • Reported By:Peoria Arizona
Academy Of Cinema And Television; ACT; A.C.T.
jrpsouthwest.com Scottsdale, Arizona U.S.A.

Academy Of Cinema And Television; ACT; A.C.T. Funny, Lilly is also the international scout for John Robert Powers. She is a mean vindictive woman. We signed our daughter up with JRP at a cost 8,000 dollars. We also received a notice from ACT saying they would see our daughter too. Scottsdale Arizona

*UPDATE Employee: THANK YOU CBS.....BUT WHAT I MEAN IS THANK YOU CAPTAIN OBVIOUS!

*Consumer Suggestion: CBS Does Undercover Report on ACT

*Consumer Comment: WOW you got tired and burnt out so JRP is a scam

*UPDATE Employee: THE INSDIE SCOOP! FACTS HERE!!!!

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Lilly is the international scout for John Robert Powers too. Shes vindictive and pushy and arrogant. We signed up for JRP at a $8,000.00 cost what a waste of money. As well, we auditioned for a casting director and after the audition realized that ACT was trying to get us to sign up for their school at $7,000.00. They both are ripoffs. What happens is that the kids get told, they look great, they have the talent potential and can be stars and famous. Lilly can't provide any of that. The kids take one or two classes and are really gungho. Then they audition for a few "so called" agents and get turned down or get called back only to find out that they can't get to the photo site or the movie location because the "so called" agent didn't give them the information. The kid quits taking classes, because, well, kids are kids and they don't want to get into something that will constantly be a no win for them. The parents get burnt out etc. The money paid is paid and the school profits. The parents and the kids walk away feeling lighter in the pocket and in the self-esteem.

Lilly is NOT an international scout. She tried to tell me and my then 10 year old daughter that my daughter had gorgeous eyes however she needed to lose weight. She weighed 85 lbs at 5'4" at the time. She didn't need to lose weight and although her eyes are gorgeous, she was never provided an opportunity to work. We did sign with the Debra Maddox agency, but that too is a rip off for another report. We are now looking for an agent of our own and doing it without the help of JRP or ACT and definantly not with LILLY.

James
Peoria, Arizona
U.S.A.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 02/20/2008 01:46 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Academy-Of-Cinema-And-Television-ACT-ACT/Scottsdale-Arizona/Academy-Of-Cinema-And-Television-ACT-ACT-Funny-Lilly-is-also-the-international-scou-310518. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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#1 UPDATE Employee

THANK YOU CBS.....BUT WHAT I MEAN IS THANK YOU CAPTAIN OBVIOUS!

AUTHOR: Drama Free - (U.S.A.)

JRP AND ACT HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH ONE ANOTHER. THEY ARE ACTUALLY COMPETITORS! YOU PEOPLE REALLY MAKE ME LAUGH AT YOUR IGNORANCE!


THANK YOU CBS FOR REMINDING EVERYONE THAT THE RATE OF SUCCESS IN THIS INDUSTRY IS ABOUT ONE IN FIVE THOUSAND. THANK YOU FOR SHOWING US THAT OUT OF FIFTY CHILDREN, WITH THE DREAM OF FAME, PROBABLY ONLY ONE, IF ANY, ARE READY TO JUMP IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA WITHOUT ANY FURTHER TRAINING. THANK YOU FOR SHOWING OUR AD ACROSS NATIONAL TELEVISION WHICH HELPED SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT US BEING THE BEST ACADEMY FOR ACTING, MODELING AND OTHER TALENT! THANK YOU TELLING US HOW THE AD SAYS; "HEY KIDS, DO YOU WANT TO BE THE NEXT BIG STAR" NOT "HEY KIDS, YOU ARE GOING TO BE THE NEXT BIG STAR" PROVING WE MADE NO 'FALSE HOPES'! THANK YOU FOR SHOWING THE WORLD THAT MY BOSS KNOWS HOW TO DRESS IN STYLE! THANK YOU FOR REMINDING THE PARENTS THAT IF THEY DO NOT WANT TO ATTEND, IF THEIR CHILD IS EVEN ACCEPTED, THEN THEY DO NOT HAVE TO SIGN UP AT ACT OR ANY ACADEMY. THANK YOU FOR NOT TALKING ABOUT ANY OF THE SUCCESSFUL STUDENTS WHO COMPLETED OUR COURSE, BECAUSE THEIR SCHEDULE IS BUSY ENOUGH AS IT IS! THANK YOU ONCE MORE FOR NOT REALLY PROVING ANYTHING BUT THE OBVIOUS! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

SORRY YOUR CHILD DIDN'T MAKE THE CUT, BUT THAT'S NO REASON FOR SLANDER!

drama free by me!
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#2 Consumer Suggestion

CBS Does Undercover Report on ACT

AUTHOR: Mom And Advocate - (U.S.A.)

I see that ACT employees, like those above are spamming consumer websites trying to combat the negative publicity. The same posts above are on many ACT ripoff reports. They are called shills.

ACT has also changed their name to avoid the consumer reports. Academy of Cinema and Television is now also operating as ACT and as "THE" (pronounced Tay), a talent showcase. They have new websites with the new names. They travel around the country without mentioning their real names, their background with John Robert Powers, or the corporations they hide behind.

Lily Neda is now telling people that her name is Lily Verdu. As usual, she has no business cards or proof of any kind that she is connected to the real entertainment industry, because she isn't.

The CBS station in Atlanta, GA did an undercover consumer report in January 2009. WATCH THEM SQUIRM:
http://www.cbsatlanta.com/video/18485603/index.html
http://www.cbsatlanta.com/video/18494106/index.html
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#3 Consumer Comment

WOW you got tired and burnt out so JRP is a scam

AUTHOR: Happy Jrp Mpls Talent - (U.S.A.)

THEY ARE NOT ALL THE SAME

SCAM the most loosely used word in the English language. PEOPLE GET OVER THIS WORD AND IF YOU ARE GOING TO USE IT DO IT CORRECTLY!!!!!!!!!

JRP MINNEAPOLIS is great I signed with an agent and have done a bunch of jobs and got paid for them SO how are ALL JRP's scams THEY ARE NOT


I love JRP and the people at this location it it was not for them I would have never gotten this fair

THANK YOU JRP MPLS for all that you have done for ME
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#4 UPDATE Employee

THE INSDIE SCOOP! FACTS HERE!!!!

AUTHOR: Drama Free - (U.S.A.)

IF ANY OF YOU PARENTS WHO WERE SCAMMED would open your ears and pay attention when you make the original appointment, you might not be so confused and less likely to take your anger cause by ignorance, out on everyone else! You are auditioning for two different people and AGENT and a PRIVATE ACADEMY! Everyone is told this when they reserve a seat. The problem is no one listens to anything anymore and everyone wants a free hand-out! All you people who were asked to pay for classes.........THAT MEANS YOUR CHILD DIDN'T MAKE THE CUT AND THE ONLY OPTIONS LEFT IF TAKING CLASSES! ALL YOU HAVE TO SAY IS 'NO". So stop screaming SCAM, because it will get you NO WHERE!! If the AGENT is interested in you there is nothing to pay for....Congratulations on your new career! If the ACADEMY is interested in you then you will have the opportunity to review their programs. The AGENT has nothing to do with the PRIVATE ACADEMY and vise versa. THE AUDITION IS FREE that means NO COST, except maybe a few bucks for parking. As soon as you people hear the word 'school' or 'classes' you immediately assume the worst. YOU ARE WRONG! There are several WORKING ACTORS who have graduated from A.C.T.! You can view their site at: www.theact.tv!
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