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Complaint Review: John Robert Powers - Inner Focus Talent, Julie Zazueta, Timothy O'Keefe Sandy Maksym

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  • Submitted: Tue, June 28, 2005
  • Updated: Thu, July 07, 2005

  • Reported By:Hollywood Florida
John Robert Powers - Inner Focus Talent, Julie Zazueta, Timothy O'Keefe Sandy Maksym
1880 N Commerce Parkway 1840 Main Street Weston, Florida U.S.A.

John Robert Powers - Inner Focus Talent, Julie Zazueta Timothy O'Keefe Sandy Maksym Ripped off by Inner Focus - Julie Zazueta took money and ran! FORMER EMPLOYEE HAS PROOF!! Want to file class action lawsuit ASAP to get money back, thousands owed in refunds and unpaid wages Weston, Beverly Hills Florida, California

*Consumer Suggestion: Avoid schools - just get headshots taken

*Author of original report: Personal phone number listed for Julie Zazueta in Whitepages.com!

*Author of original report: New address found on southeastbbb.org!!

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December 2001 and January 2002, there was a radio ad on Miami FL radio station WPOW 96.5 (Power 96) advertising auditions for singers, dancers, actors, models, etc. I went to the auditions in January as a singer/actor and they accepted me, but requested $1900 up front as payment for their workshops! This should have alerted me, but I was dumb teen so I didn't think anything of it. They were in a new office in Weston, FL that they claimed they were "remodeling". I gave them the money and started acting classes two weeks later. Julie Zazueta was president who encouraged me to sign up, Sandy (Sandra?) Maksym was "studio director", Timothy O'Keefe was acting coach - supposedly had famous visitors like casting director Joey Paul with the Disney Channel!

The singing classes I was told would start in May never happened, so I stopped going. I attempted to get my money back, but president Julie Zazueta could never be contacted, even when my boyfriend and I went personally to their office - we were told she was in, but couldn't bother with us! I even contacted Florida Dept of Business and Professional Regulations when I found out they didn't even have a proper business license but they said that no laws had been broken so there was nothing they could do!

I have lost $1900 thanks to their fakeness, even more because of time away from work and gas expenses and my TIME. I am not the only one who has been ripped off - check out this thread showing info from a former employee who claims she witnessed Julie orchestrating her scams!!!

web thread is at:
http://www2.floridaacting.com/phorum/read.php?f=1&i=190&t=190

FYI... John Robert Powers' Atlanta, GA location hosted Julie as a "production manager" - there's your clue! on June 26th, 2005. Their site also claims that she is with Dreamscope Management - not John Robert Powers - as do several other websites that you can find just by typing in "Julie Zazueta" in a simple search engine like Google! Their contact info: 1197 Peachtree St., NE Suite 555 , Colony Square Plaza Level, Atlanta GA 30361 Phone: 404.877.1155, Fax: 404 .877.0114, E-Mail: atlanta@jrpowers.net

Julie's contact info with Dreamscope is:
Agent/Manager contact name: Julie Zazueta
DreamScope Management Group / Division of Cirrincione Associates
8721 West Sunset Blvd., Suite 205, Los Angeles, CA 90069
Phone: 310-854-0533
Email: dreamscopejuliez@yahoo.com

Serena
Hollywood, Florida
U.S.A.

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#1 Consumer Suggestion

Avoid schools - just get headshots taken

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

Modeling schools hold "open calls" for models in cities around the country, usually at a ritzy hotel or shopping mall. Stage moms take their starry-eyed daughters to these calls and are delighted to learn that, yes, Princess can be a model! All she needs is some polish. Enroll her in our school and we'll get her started. Some have age limits, some don't. This one took toddlers! Some simply send out agents to prowl for victims - excuse me, potential students.

Modeling schools as a whole are a ripoff. It is NOT necessary to attend one in order to become a working model. All one needs to do is have some headshots taken with a reputable photographer and start sending them to agencies.

I used to work for the Texas agency that licenses proprietary schools, including modeling schools. They operate legally, but their tactics are shady. Remember that they are operating a SCHOOL, not an AGENCY, so their objective is to get students.

The students they enroll should be a warning for the customers. Look around at your child's classmates: you'll see girls who are beautiful but only five feet tall (waaayyyy too short for modeling) or have obvious physical flaws, such as scars, acne, crooked teeth, even crossed eyes. So why do the schools enroll them? They have to. Otherwise it's discrimination. They must enroll anyone who wants to attend classes and is willing to pay tuition, even though the possibility of their ever working as a model is ludicrous.

Once enrolled, there will be other expenses: headshots, a professional modeling bag, and probably a trip to the International Modeling and Talent Convention, which can run into hundreds of dollars. They wanted a $400 non-refundable deposit for my friend and her daughter, and that's just the DEPOSIT.

John Casablancas Modeling School, for instance, draws students in by promising that each and every graduate will be reviewed for a contract upon graduation. John Casablancas (the actual man) is the owner of the Elite Modeling Agency in New York.

In response to a student complaint, the Texas Education Agency - Proprietary Schools Division (now a part of the Texas Workforce Commission) conducted an investigation and found that of 33,000 graduates in 1995, only 55 students nationwide actually got a contract with Elite.

Don't waste your money on a school or a talent scout who wants money to "train" you. Get some headshots taken and send them to an agent. A reputable agent WILL NOT charge you anything upfront. Going to a school is a waste of time and the odds are (and I'm sorry) that you do NOT have the right physique to be a working model.
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#2 Author of original report

Personal phone number listed for Julie Zazueta in Whitepages.com!

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

Julie's personal phone number in Ft. Lauderdale, FL as listed in www.whitepages.com:
(954) 568-2105
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#3 Author of original report

New address found on southeastbbb.org!!

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

New Inner Focus Talent address found on Southeast Better Business Bureau's website:

1040 Seminole Drive Apt. 1653
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
(954) 446-6977
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