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Complaint Review: John Casablancas Modeling & Acting

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  • Submitted: Fri, January 02, 2009
  • Updated: Mon, March 12, 2012

  • Reported By:Beach Park Illinois
John Casablancas Modeling & Acting
1801 S. Meyers Rd, Suite 200 Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois U.S.A.

John Casablancas Modeling & Acting SCAM Oakbrook Terrace Illinois

*General Comment: Misleading at best

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Defamation

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I took my 10 year old daughter to an "Audition" and they had her read a commercial line and they wanted me to call in a few days to see if she made it, I called and they said they needed me to bring her in again because it was between her and three other kids so I said fine and I took her in, I also thought it was strange that on the application form they wanted to know the parents occupations, and they gave all the parents a sheet of differents prices for classes, the cheapest was what they call "Hobby" its 20 weeks of classes which is the same as 40 hours. I took my daughter in for the 2nd audition and they put us in an office where my daughter was asked why she thought she was called back in and my daughter being 10 yrs old said "because they thought she was good" and the woman said yes because you were good but also because its the end of the year (another strange remark) the woman then asked me if I decided if I was going to commit to what they called the Hobby or the Career option, and I told her I thought I was there with my daughter for a second audition and she got really upset and started raising her voice and asked me if I wasnt planning on commiting why did I bother going there and waisting her time! (in front of my 10 yr old and my other two younger kids that were in this tiny office also) I got up and told my kids lets go and the woman was still making remarks as she went into another room (probably another parent and child trying to scam them. I didnt fall for the scam!! and I also thought it was strange that it was more of an office set up with only pictures of famous models and actors and no pictures of any kids that actually attend the school. Parents its a SCAM.

Lorena
Beach Park, Illinois
U.S.A.

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#1 General Comment

Misleading at best

AUTHOR: Qizzie - (United States of America)

I don't believe that this company is a scam. However; I do find it extremely mis-leading as they do portray themselves a casting center for auditions of up and coming shows/movies/etc. (thus the need for "auditions" and "call-backs"). It is a school. Should they come out and say that, probably. But it's very misleading to people and can be frustrating to the families who has brought their child in thinking that they will have an opportunity to be cast in a movie/tv program when this is never the intention of the company. JC is not in any way an agency (which is what you should be looking into for acting for your child). They are a school. Should they probably say that up-front sure. But I saw the hostile comments from their school's representative and I personally would not want to have any association with their school based on their response. There are a lot of legitimate acting camps. I would suggest that you check out http://www.actingstudiochicago.com/. They have great information for adults and children. And a special page about scams you might find interesting. Best of luck to you!
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#2 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Defamation

AUTHOR: Gcbr1 - (U.S.A.)

Lorena,

we are well aware of who you are and are currently pursuing legal action against the negative image you are trying to portray. You are entitled to express your frustration, however, by calling us a "scam" it is considered "defamation", which is a statement implied to be factual that may give our business a negative image. Based on these grounds you can expect a lawsuit filed against you. This is also a warning for anyone else who wishes to make false statements, which are punishable by our legal system. Defamation should not be confused with freedom of speech, since you are intentionally trying to falsely hurt our company.

It is people like you, who place complaints on boards like this. People who are not even clients. Over 98% of our clients are happy with the opportunity they are getting. For any company it is extremely rare to have such a satisfactory rating with its OWN CLIENTS. Our clients are trained by professionals, who are approved by the ILLINOIS STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION, our curriculums are approved by the ILLINOIS STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION, and most importantly our clients audition on a monthly basis in front of CASTING DIRECTORS, AGENTS AND MANAGERS FROM HOLLYWOOD AND NEW YORK. If you are accepted (WE DO NOT WORK WITH EVERYBODY!!!- IN EACH OF OUR AUDITIONS WE HAVE AN EXTENSIVE LIST OF PEOPLE WHO DID NOT MAKE OUR CALLBACK LIST - this can be confirmed by current and past-employees - no's are made for a variety of reasons) we are very upfront with what you can expect. You are sent home the night before with information package that outlines exactly who we are and what we do. Prices of our programs are clearly marked, then YOU CALL US BACK and if you are on the call back list we tell you what you can expect. If we decide to take you on, there will be a fee, if not then we will shake hands and part as friends. THERE ARE NO SURPRISES. Your unpreparedness does not justify you making illegal comments.

If you want to hear from the other side WHO ARE ACTUAL CLIENTS AND AGENTS THAT VISIT OUR CENTER and not an unjustified comment from somebody who is not in the program then visit johncasablancastestimonials dot com. Get a clear view on what clients have to say!

As far as JC clients are concerned we have an extensive list who have booked jobs. All you need to do is ask and we will show you the names and from which office they are. We don't guarantee work, but definitely open the doors to the industry.

WE OPEN DOORS THAT ARE CLOSED TO THE AVERAGE PERSON!!!
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