Big City Talent is a total RIPOFF. My fiance was driving last week and our daughter heard a radio ad on the radio station for auditions with Disney & Nickelodeon. We called and set up an appointment with this Company and it was set for 3/23/13 at 1:30 pm. Their was well over 300 kids inside the Hilton Hotel inside a nice Conference room in Baltimore MD next to 1st Mariner. We noticed the scouts analyzing everyone in the room pacing back and forth, while the Main Speaker was talking. She repeatedly kept saying she had 20 plus yrs of experience inside the industry.
Oh I cant forget to add this, before the Speaker began her speech they played a couple of Disney tunes (Miley Cyrus, Hannah Montana) etc just to get everyone pumped up and excited for the auditions. Of course our daughter auditioned and her scout was a guy named "RJ" Hmmm maybe it was John Robert Powers (JRP) . RJ smiled and said you are what we've been searching for, you have star quality and most of all personality. Of course he said we will like for you to come in tomorrow at 2pm sharp 3/24/13 same location. RJ gave us a packet to review. We got inside our car on our way home and we seen these expensive prices ranging from 1595 to 6,500.. Gee WIZ for the love of GOD that's a Small down payment for a house. I did some research and seen their website which was mediocre, I checked youtube for some show footage, not one thing was shown.
I said fine we will still give it a try ONLY cause my fiancee said" it's our daughter's dream and we wasn't as fortunate growing up" ... I told her we will not go over 1,595... The next day at the same location but, this time a more private room which was set aside for high pressure tactics.
RJ Had three nice chairs for us with a table in the middle with RJ across from us. He asked our daughter "HOOOOW bad do you want this" our daughter who is 10 said very BAAd. Then RJ looked at me mainly saying," I see your daughter wants to act & sing" and we all said" yeah, that's what it say's on the paper". He immediately went on asking which package would you like her to be apart of.
He stated "I would recommend the acting and singing category which is 2,995"... so I said to myself well Hot d**n we have to pay for each genre she wants to do.. Remember I said i'm not going over 1595. Now the pressure is on, everyone is looking at me while I had this Blank stare on my FREAKING face looking like a deer who just got caught up in the Headlights. I'm staring hard at the ceiling clinching my jaws, just when my fiancee said "Babe we should really get her in the 2,995 program" Now I'm really puzzled, Why? cause I have a pretty 10 yr old daughter and If I say no I might have to hear my wife mouth inside the car and RJ across from me looking like the Grimace from Mc.Donalds is sitting their smiling silently. I said" O.k here's the thing, Babe you know we have our business to run and we have other things that needs to be taken care of and i have to stick with my GUNS, i'm not going to budge over 1,595" Sorry RJ but,1595 is what we can afford.
He asked for my credit card information, and my eyebrow just raised like it was the american flag. So, like a dummy i gave him my card info but, I told him to charge it on Friday. We get home something told me to double check the companies stats and that I did. I went to a site called D&B just to confirm if the business is registered and they weren't, Then I read up on the ripoff site and seen this Company was a scam I told my fiancee I'm pulling the plug. She read on some of the complaints and was convinced. You know what I did, I called my bank within 10 minutes had a block on my card changed my info and did a fraud report for security purposes. PEOPLE PLEASE BE AWARE OF THIS FRAUD.....