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  • Submitted: Fri, June 27, 2003
  • Updated: Fri, January 04, 2013

  • Reported By:atlanta Georgia
John Casablancas Model And Career Center
1155 Hammond Drive, Suite D4000 Atlanta, Georgia U.S.A.

John Casablancas Modeling Agency And Career Center ripoff - False promises Atlanta Georgia

*Consumer Suggestion: Choose Wisely who you partner with

*Consumer Comment: john casablanca ripp off in atlanta ga

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: FYI:EVERYONE IS NOT RATED A B

*Consumer Comment: stop judging without the facts and the 100% truth out of milliions over 30 years of satisfiedclients

*Consumer Comment: Please Help

*Consumer Comment: i got an a

*Consumer Comment: John Casablancas worked for us!

*Consumer Comment: John Casablancas worked for us!

*Consumer Comment: John Casablancas worked for us!

*Consumer Comment: John Casablancas worked for us!

*Consumer Suggestion: Rip-Off Mania

*Consumer Comment: Hum. won a free photo shoot at JC, plus an audition for the agency

*Consumer Comment: a grand total of 2,660.00 and this does not guarantee you anything

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I was happy to be selected one-year ago from Manhattan Model search which gave my name with phone number to John Casablancas modeling agency. At 6:00pm, I went for an evaluation with over thirty other people, we were placed in line to walk the catwalk and rated based on appearance.

If a representative called you the next day between the hours of 12:00noon thru 8pm that means you were not eligible, but the determination was based on me writing a time for a one-on-one interview. I selected a 7:30pm time slot and didn't get the phone from Casablancas.

I spoke with Admissions representative she gave me my ratings of B +++++++, as she stated. I was overwhelmed, but what followed was awful. She told me that since I never had model or acting experience, I must undergo a training that starts each other Saturday and costs $1385.00. She demanded that I pay $50 to register and process my paper work for books.

Afterwards I must pay $220 down to continue to the next class. Finally, she further demanded that I pay the balance due of $1165.00 to continue with training. Hesitatingly, I told her can I think about it and my finances want allow me to make such a payment.
She alled me on Saturday and told me if I could pay $50 down the balance due would get paid by her sending me on Promotional Jobs. Again I explained I don't have that money, due to college expenses.

Katrinka
Mableton, Georgia
U.S.A.

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#1 Consumer Suggestion

Choose Wisely who you partner with

AUTHOR: WhereIsMyMindAt? - ()

People, if the *OWNER* of an Agency cannot pass a Fith Grade Grammar test. Would you want this person to represent you to National Opportunties.

*NEVER*---*EVER*---*EVER*---PAY AN AGENT FOR WORK---*EVER*--If an Agent asks you for money before you get your first work with them. They are *NOT TO BE TRUSTED*--*PERIOD*


Just a few examples

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THESE ARE DIRECT QUOTES FROM #2 REBUTTAL FROM THE OWNER
Is this the attitude of an *AGENT* you want representing you?


1st
any idiot knows you cant go on an audition

2nd-Spelling and 1st Grade Grammatical Errors.
---That comes through
---theyre agency ready
---go right to agency,and goes to work
---Your must no what to do just lik anything else in life
---Unless your mom is Demi Moore or Denzel Washington you have to know not who you know
---Personality that gets you along way
---invest in there child stop being selflish
---I bet they will be the first with there hand out when you make it BIG.Family and FRIENDS WILL BLOCK YOUR BLESSING THEYRE YOUR WORSE ENEMIES
---Use hat God gave you

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People, this is a *FRANCHISE*. They are no different than Popey's Fried Chicken. Someone pays $100,000+ to use the name and they hope to make it back on your back. Don't get taken!

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#2 Consumer Comment

john casablanca ripp off in atlanta ga

AUTHOR: Kimberly Black - ()

i payed for my son to attend john casablanca modeling and career center. we live in columbus ga so we commuted every other saturday so he could attend classes to get signed with mtm agency. he completed the classes and was signed. that was in 2007-08 which he did not receive his photos from the photo shoot and only got called 2 times for auditions. i had to pay out over 3000 dollars because the classed were financed through NEA and I had to make payment monthly til debt was cleared.
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#3 REBUTTAL Owner of company

FYI:EVERYONE IS NOT RATED A B

AUTHOR: Get the facts before you Judge - (United States of America)

There are 45% OF TALENT That comes through JCS' doors that do NOT pay a dime that means theyre agency ready for MTM agency which is JC agent so they go right to agency,and goes to work and JC gets 20% only for the first year. if your rate a B that just means your have what it takes ,but need training any idiot knows you cant go on an audition and  be clueless on what to do.Wake up people anything you do  in life you must be trained learn know what your doing .

Your must no what to do just lik anything else in life.right now your just another face in the crowd until you become who you want to be just like any other actor,actress,director,or model you have to learn how,and crawl before you walk.NO AGENCY is just going to invest in you until your worth it.So again WAKE UP!!! Unless your mom is Demi Moore or Denzel Washington you have to know not who you know so get over yourself and also its Personality that gets you along way so tell mom stop buying coach bags fancy clothes cars etc and invest in there child stop being selflish .

I bet they will be the first with there hand out when you make it BIG.Family and FRIENDS WILL BLOCK YOUR BLESSING THEYRE YOUR WORSE ENEMIES ....do what makes you happy life is too short and stop being cheap when it coms to your future .Instead of  wasting it on the gap, old navy,nike,IPADS,apple iphone,x box Use hat God gave you TALENT!!!!! You will NOT BE YOUNG FOREVER!!! ..God Bless

"When God Leads you to the edge of the cliff;one of two things will happen;either he when catch you when you fall,or teach you how to fly"

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#4 Consumer Comment

stop judging without the facts and the 100% truth out of milliions over 30 years of satisfiedclients

AUTHOR: Get the facts before you Judge - (United States of America)

THINK ABOUT IT PEOPLE DIDNT YOU PAY FOR YOUR CHILD TO GO TO COLLEGE? DIDNT YOU PAY FOR SCHOOL CLOTHES FOR YOUR CHILD AND TEEN TO WEAR TO SCHOOL FOR 18 YEARS? PEOPLE LIKE THAT JUST WANT A FREE RIDE AND THAT JUST LEADS BY EAXMPLE TO TEACH YOUR CHILD ONLY MOVE FORWARD IF SOMEONE GIVES IT TO YOU. NO NO NO WORK HARD AND STRIVE FOR WHAT YOU WANT NOTHING IN LIFE IS FREE. NO TO BE A MODEL DONT BE ARROGANT IF THEY WANT YOU NO THEY DONT HAVE TO OR SHOULD HAVE TO PAY FOR YOU TOO TRAIN WITH THEM UNITL YOU WORK AND EVEN THEN THEY GET A CERTAIN % FROM WHAT YOU DO AFTER ALL THEY COMPLETED WHAT YOU CAME IN WITH . YOU DIDNT COME IN 100% READY,NOBODY DOES THE BEST DONT! THATS WHY THEY HAVE ART SCHOOL MUSIC SCHOOL ACTING SCHOOL COOKING SCHOOL THE LIST GOES ON .WHY DOEA MODELING HAVE TO BE A SCAM? YOU SOUND IGNORANT,AND YOU DONT NEED TO BE IN THE INDUSTRY AT ALL YOU WILL NEVER MAKE IT WITH THAT ATTITUDE OR YOUR  $$$$ ITS ALL  TO MAKE YOU BETTER INSIDE AND OUT! NOT TO BE A NO IT ALL. WAKE UP PEOPLE. STOP BAD MOUTHING JOHN CASABLANCA THAT HAS BEEN IN BUISNESS HELPING TALENTED PEOPLE FOR OVER 30 YEARS! DO YOUR RESEARCH NOT DUMB SIGHTS LIKE THIS TRY THE BBB THEY HAVE AN A+ RATING WAKE UP!!! GOD BLESS.  
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#5 Consumer Comment

Please Help

AUTHOR: Danny - (U.S.A.)

Okay I do not know what letter I received but the company want me to pay $450 for photos. Can someone please email or call me and let me know what you think i should do. The agent said that I would not have to ever pay for anything else in the future. He also said I have potential for full time modeling. I do not have to take classes or anything like that but I do think the pictures are expensive.

I also asked him if I could go to my own professional photographer which is cheaper. He said that would not work because they trust there own photographers, hairstylist, and make-up artists.

Another thing I was concerned about was that I had to give him the $150 the next day! Im not rich! $150 for me is hard to come by! Someone pls respond or shot me a email asap.

Thanx for reading!

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#6 Consumer Comment

i got an a

AUTHOR: Ashley - (U.S.A.)

i went to one of the casting calls for john casablancas and the manager told me that they really liked my look and all i have to do is pay for my professional photos and then i would be put in for jobs...... photos costing 350.00 including hair and make-up....im gonna do it sunday and then i'll let you know if i ever get a job or 2....lol but i definently wouldnt pay thousands the only reason that im paying 350.00 is because i think its a good deal even if nothing comes of it fo rpro pics...
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#7 Consumer Comment

John Casablancas worked for us!

AUTHOR: Norma - (U.S.A.)

I can appreciate your concerns about the school, etc. My family was fortunate enough to have made John Casablancas training and contacts work for us. I have two daughters that are now working actors---right now doing national commercials. We really aren't interested in any bigger projects and commercials can be lucrative if they are national - I wouldn't consider anything other than that.

The fees are expensive at this school - but then so is the talent and caliber of teachers/actors/professional models that they bring in...at least in CA.

We are very fortunate to live close to L.A., therefore we are in the hub of the entertainment world and have many auditions under our proverbial belt. None of this happened over night and "no one" out there can guarantee a thing. it is your desire, your commitment and positive attitude and extreme focus that will make the difference, and then of course the quality of training one plans to put into it.
I have paid for a 4 yr degree...and that training did not come cheap, and neither does the investment in my teen's acting/modeling training.

My eldest received a student loan---so the fees were completely taken care of. My youngest got the 1/2 price because of the sibling deal. So overall, the 6 hour classes they receive every other Sat has paid off after a year of training, etc. They got a ligit agent out of L.A., my eldest has done one national commercial and my youngest has done two national commercials. It takes much perseverance, dedication, and hard work...a strong work ethic is essential...and unfortunately many people lack those type of values these days. there is no easy or quick road...but this school has been beneficial beyond measure to our family.
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#8 Consumer Comment

John Casablancas worked for us!

AUTHOR: Norma - (U.S.A.)

I can appreciate your concerns about the school, etc. My family was fortunate enough to have made John Casablancas training and contacts work for us. I have two daughters that are now working actors---right now doing national commercials. We really aren't interested in any bigger projects and commercials can be lucrative if they are national - I wouldn't consider anything other than that.

The fees are expensive at this school - but then so is the talent and caliber of teachers/actors/professional models that they bring in...at least in CA.

We are very fortunate to live close to L.A., therefore we are in the hub of the entertainment world and have many auditions under our proverbial belt. None of this happened over night and "no one" out there can guarantee a thing. it is your desire, your commitment and positive attitude and extreme focus that will make the difference, and then of course the quality of training one plans to put into it.
I have paid for a 4 yr degree...and that training did not come cheap, and neither does the investment in my teen's acting/modeling training.

My eldest received a student loan---so the fees were completely taken care of. My youngest got the 1/2 price because of the sibling deal. So overall, the 6 hour classes they receive every other Sat has paid off after a year of training, etc. They got a ligit agent out of L.A., my eldest has done one national commercial and my youngest has done two national commercials. It takes much perseverance, dedication, and hard work...a strong work ethic is essential...and unfortunately many people lack those type of values these days. there is no easy or quick road...but this school has been beneficial beyond measure to our family.
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#9 Consumer Comment

John Casablancas worked for us!

AUTHOR: Norma - (U.S.A.)

I can appreciate your concerns about the school, etc. My family was fortunate enough to have made John Casablancas training and contacts work for us. I have two daughters that are now working actors---right now doing national commercials. We really aren't interested in any bigger projects and commercials can be lucrative if they are national - I wouldn't consider anything other than that.

The fees are expensive at this school - but then so is the talent and caliber of teachers/actors/professional models that they bring in...at least in CA.

We are very fortunate to live close to L.A., therefore we are in the hub of the entertainment world and have many auditions under our proverbial belt. None of this happened over night and "no one" out there can guarantee a thing. it is your desire, your commitment and positive attitude and extreme focus that will make the difference, and then of course the quality of training one plans to put into it.
I have paid for a 4 yr degree...and that training did not come cheap, and neither does the investment in my teen's acting/modeling training.

My eldest received a student loan---so the fees were completely taken care of. My youngest got the 1/2 price because of the sibling deal. So overall, the 6 hour classes they receive every other Sat has paid off after a year of training, etc. They got a ligit agent out of L.A., my eldest has done one national commercial and my youngest has done two national commercials. It takes much perseverance, dedication, and hard work...a strong work ethic is essential...and unfortunately many people lack those type of values these days. there is no easy or quick road...but this school has been beneficial beyond measure to our family.
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#10 Consumer Comment

John Casablancas worked for us!

AUTHOR: Norma - (U.S.A.)

I can appreciate your concerns about the school, etc. My family was fortunate enough to have made John Casablancas training and contacts work for us. I have two daughters that are now working actors---right now doing national commercials. We really aren't interested in any bigger projects and commercials can be lucrative if they are national - I wouldn't consider anything other than that.

The fees are expensive at this school - but then so is the talent and caliber of teachers/actors/professional models that they bring in...at least in CA.

We are very fortunate to live close to L.A., therefore we are in the hub of the entertainment world and have many auditions under our proverbial belt. None of this happened over night and "no one" out there can guarantee a thing. it is your desire, your commitment and positive attitude and extreme focus that will make the difference, and then of course the quality of training one plans to put into it.
I have paid for a 4 yr degree...and that training did not come cheap, and neither does the investment in my teen's acting/modeling training.

My eldest received a student loan---so the fees were completely taken care of. My youngest got the 1/2 price because of the sibling deal. So overall, the 6 hour classes they receive every other Sat has paid off after a year of training, etc. They got a ligit agent out of L.A., my eldest has done one national commercial and my youngest has done two national commercials. It takes much perseverance, dedication, and hard work...a strong work ethic is essential...and unfortunately many people lack those type of values these days. there is no easy or quick road...but this school has been beneficial beyond measure to our family.
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#11 Consumer Suggestion

Rip-Off Mania

AUTHOR: Linda - (U.S.A.)

Sorry to break the bubble for the winner of the free photo shoot, but EVERYBDOY gets a B on their evaluation, since an A would mean that you don't need any acting classes. So of course they aren't going to give you an A. Hell, if Johnny Depp walked into a John Casablancas agency, they'd tell him that he needed training and would give him an acting grade of B.

Fortunately, I only attended the interview and after the lady said "Okay, give me $2,000", I simply walked out of the office.

Look, a really agency would:
a) NOT have set-ups at malls or hotels. They shouldn't be looking for you; you should be looking for them.
b) NOT charge you money for anything but the photo shoot. I'm with VIA, and they only charged me $350 for a VERY high quality photo shoot that even took place at the facility. And guess what? The shoot happened almost immdiately. They didn't require me to take any classes before I got the shoot.

So my suggestion? Don't fall for all the flashy adds and empty promises made by the two Johns (John Casablancas and John Robert Powers). Instead, look for a local talent agency who'd be willing to let you start getting your face out there right away.
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#12 Consumer Comment

Hum. won a free photo shoot at JC, plus an audition for the agency

AUTHOR: Not - (U.S.A.)

I will soon be taking classes at JC, and it seemed professional enough... I spun a wheel at the mall, and won a free photo shoot at JC, plus an audition for the agency. We actually rated ourselves, and as I didn't consider my self to be a professional, I said that I was a B. My brother didn't make it, but I did. Let me remind you not to expect miracles overnight-I hope that I'm more lucky that you-not insultingly of course. (I'm not sure if that's even a word) Well, if you want to succeed, you must pay a high price.
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#13 Consumer Comment

a grand total of 2,660.00 and this does not guarantee you anything

AUTHOR: Rosa - (United States Minor Outlying Islands)

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I currently got selected my self for this same thing and went through the same has the girl above but they told me I was a graded at a b also and i went for the interview and they signed me up right away but they asked for 340.00 down that day so i was stupid and gave them my credit card # it was going to be 161 a month for 15 months and a grand total of 2,660.00 and this does not guarantee you anything I canceled and said I would not attend there career center so I hope i get my 340.00 returned to me but we will see. there should be a law against these talent agencies they all are rip offs and should not be aloud
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