I first contact Barbizon School of Modeling through a little advertisement I clipped out of the back of a Seventeen Magazine. I sent it in because a friend bet me they wouldn't call me back. Well they did and asked me to come to thier talent search and see if I could make the cut. I went and according to them I "made the cut." I was 12 at the time. I was a nerd who had no fasion sence, no friends, and very low self-esteem. My dream was to become a famous model, so of course I made it. My mom came with me and when the told me I made the cut she was estatic. Then they told her how much it cost, $2000. She said that for something that expensive she would have to talk to her husband first, to which they replied that she would have to pay right then and that if she didn't I couldn't model. So she said ok.
She signed me up for the classes and I was to start in a month or so. When the classes started the teacher was one of the Barbizon models. She didn't really teach us much, only the basics. At the end of the classes we had to take a test on what we learned and if you didn't pass you had to retake the class(At your own expense). Everyone passed. Even though I know I shouldn't have because it was a fill in the blank test and I didn't know anything on that test. After we "graduated" we had to get a photoshoot, and we could only use their outragously expinsive photographer. The photoshoot cost $450 and yet again we paid up.
After that we were told to e-mail them every monday which I did. I was promised a job within the first 6 months of being admitted into the agency. Today makes 3 years and 10 months of being admitted into the agency and I still haven't recieved a job. After one year of being in the agency I called and asked why I hadn't recieved a job and the told me I would have to get updated photoshoots because I had changed so much since my last photoshoot. So yet again we drove 2 hours and paid $500 this time for more photos and still had to pay to get the developed.
After that they called me for IMTA auditions, I had to go to Raleigh again for auditions and even though I messed up my auditions so badly I somehow still made it. IF I paid them $6000 and travel expensis. At this time my parents and I couldn't afford it so we had to turn it down. After that they began to coop an atitude and I still haven't heard from them after that. My advice to all aspiring models is DO NOT go through Barbizon, they are a fake and a fraud and DO NOT want to help you become a model. The only thing they want is MONEY, MONEY, MONEY!!! I want to prevent what happened to me from happening to any other young girl. Barbizon crushed my hopes dreams and spirit and them took my money. I don't want this to happen to anyone else so PLEASE at least consider what I have said before you contact Barbizon.