• Report: #1072779

Complaint Review: Dream Makers Studios

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  • Submitted: Sat, August 03, 2013
  • Updated: Sat, August 03, 2013

  • Reported By: Yournotfoolingany1 — Leon County Florida
Dream Makers Studios
6105 54th Ave N, Kenneth City, FL , Select State/Province USA

Dream Makers Studios Where They Can't Make Your Dreams Without Your Money! St. Petersburg Florida

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Our models and actors achieve success from our studio. We guarantee all of our products.

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I am an aspiring actress who had seen an ad on craigslist from Dream Makers Studios seeking an ad banner model whoever they chose would recieve $1500.I sent them my picture immediately and to my surprise within the hour recieved a response they said they were interested in working with me and gave me a date and time to come and audition.I was a little suspicious at how fast the response had been but at the time I was so excited to have been picked it didn't really cross my mind. I told my mother and she was rightfully suspicious she told me to do my research and make sure that this place was legit.As the sad truth about the modeling and acting world is that there are scams like this one everywhere.I looked them up on Google and I didn't find much they have done local commercials and they also had a Facebook and a Youtube channel and I felt like this was enough to validate them as legit. I reported to my mom of my findings and she was still not sold on the idea of taking me to this audition she looked up the location and pointed it out that it was a shabby looking building in the center of a bakery and car shop it was a really disapointing sight google map the location and you will understand what I mean.To add on to that my mom said she had sent a fake email to Dream Makers Studio with NO picture and they automatically told her the exact same thing they told me about how interested they were in working with her so this is when I realized the audition wasn't as exclusive as it appeared to be. But I still didn't care or at this point was in denial.So my mom reluctantly took me on an eight hour trip to St Petersburg the city was actually nice to look at.Too bad I can't say the same for Dream Makers Studios its shabbier in person. Going in I was hoping it was one of those situations where you don't judge the book by its cover but it was equally bad if not worse inside the building. There was a very worn couch and some white lawn chairs for seating arrangements the carpet was stained and their was this strange unpleasant odor like a nursery.The lady at the front desk was very nice though and gave me a questionaire to fill out that had questions like why I was interested in modeling and acting and was I interested in classes I gave her a unwrapped childrens toy for charity because that was what they had asked for it wasn't a requirement and if you do they email you a picture from the test shots. I also received a list of rules that you had to follow one being not complaining about Dream Makers Studios lol. After a bit of waiting your moved into a bigger room with even more lawn chairs.Something I noticed was that there was alot of old toys in this room and I couldn't help but wonder if the toy I had brought was really going to charity.At the front of the room was a small stage where someone will interview you at a desk. When my name was called I answered questions about why I wanted to be an actor and why I chose Dream Makers Studios the interviewer was also nice. Than I was taken to the backroom where the "photo shoot" begins the photographer looked a little tired and unhappy to be there and her negativity kind of through me off. But I waited for the direction that a professional photographer gives their subject she blankly looked at me and said pose.I looked at her confused and attempted a few awkward poses with little help on what to do.Once we were done I left as fast as I could already disapointed with my experience.A few weeks later I receieved a call from Dream Makers Studio that I had been one of the few lucky participants chosen to do a photo shoot for the themes sporty casual and formal all i had to do was pay 90.00  and bring my OWN clothes this is when reality finally sunk in if.I'm going to be paying $90.00 for a photo shoot shouldn't there be clothes for me to wear. At this point my balloon of hope was deflated I feigned enthusiasm to the overexcited lady on the phone and said I would call them back to make my descion about paying for the photoshoot but when I hung up the phone I knew I was done with them.Just like a salesperson they were a s nice as they could be so that they could take your money. They said the winner of the competition would be chosen by the end of 2012 but it wasn't until July 25th of this year that they announced the winner on Facebook and they don't even have a picture. Anyway I'm writing this so people will know what to expect if they decide to this and not get there hopes up. 


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#1 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Our models and actors achieve success from our studio. We guarantee all of our products.

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Our mission statement is to enrich and to enhance people’s lives.  It is true that our studio has an opportunity to earn $1500 for a paid modeling position for our Banner Ad Model. You can visit our Facebook Fan Page and see our latest Banner Ad Model. Our company was founded in 1995 and we are a leader in the entertainment industry.  We do understand your concerns about the legitimacy of modeling companies. Most companies that have a brick and mortar building like our company are not scams. Companies that operate scams do not have a known address, only have websites, and exclusively conduct business virtually. This is not the profile of our company. We conduct live auditions at our company so people can actually come and visit our facility and see firsthand with what we are about.

We are glad that you received notification from us promptly after you submitted your request to be considered for our Banner Ad Model.  Sometimes submissions can take hours, days or even weeks for us to respond to depending on the opportunity.  We are delighted that you were able to find our Facebook Fan Page and our YouTube Channel. There are many more websites and resources that we can be found on to verify our work and obtain information about our company.

Our studio has been in business for almost twenty years and it was time for an update. We weathered the Great Recession and other tough economic times. We embraced this complaint and we recently remodeled the entire studio inside and out. We restored our signs, the outside building, and completely remodeled the studio with glamorous and Hollywood style furnishings. All of the old furniture has been replaced. We designed the studio to be up to date with the 21st century. Please visit the studio and you will see how amazing it looks and you can judge for yourself. Clients now tell us that they want to work here, live here, and tell us that they do not want to leave because the new environment is wonderful.

We have also hired additional talent support for the studio to ensure that everyone that comes to our business will receive a pleasant and respectful experience. It is also true that if you got selected as our Banner Ad Model that you would receive $1500 cash. This is a legitimate job opportunity. The $1500 cash received for this position can be used however the model wants to use the money, such as clothing, restaurants, vacations, etc. Please see our latest Banner Ad Model with his $1500 check in hand.  You can also see our Banner Ad Model on our Facebook Fan Page. The Banner Ad Model for this past year was announced in January 2013. You can see all the winners in the album section on our Fan Page. We have been reposting our winner several times throughout the year and that explains why you saw another posting in July. The cost to audition for this position is free.  All of our castings are free and no fees are required.  We are an entertainment production company and not a model or talent agency.  All paid jobs booked through our company are 100% free to the talent.  

It sounds like someone from our office asked you if you were interested in being part of our award winning calendar where you would have a chance to get additional exposure to market and promote yourself.  This is an optional marketing service that most successful models and actors take advantage of to achieve success. It is customary for models to provide their own clothing for their own marketing and promotional services. We are very sorry that you misunderstood what was being offered to you.  We are interested in working with people that strive for success in the entertainment industry and people who are interested in getting involved with our contacts that we have developed over the past 18 years.  We do provide educational marketing services specifically designed for the entertainment industry that have been very effective for our clients. You can see a lot of our success stories and Hollywood stars on our Facebook Fan Page and our website. We are still very interested in working with you and answering any questions that you may have about the industry or our services. Please do contact our office so we can further assist you in making your dreams come true.

 

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