• Report: #356762
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Academy Of Cinema And Tv

  • Submitted: Mon, July 28, 2008
  • Updated: Thu, January 22, 2009

  • Reported By:akron Ohio
Academy Of Cinema And Tv
www.academyofcinemaandtv.com Cleveland, Ohio U.S.A.

Academy Of Cinema And Tv scam, fraud, liars, thieves of children's dreams Cleveland Ohio

*Consumer Suggestion: CBS NEWS Undercover on Academy of Cinema and Television --WATCH!


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My daughter heard about the auditions on the radio and thought it would be just a fun thing to do so I called and we went Sunday, July 13, 2008 at 6:00. Very soon we realized that this was just a ploy to get people to sign their kids up for their workshops which cost from $1950.00 to $9900.00. We went ahead with the "audition" just for the experience.

I called back Tuesday and was told a particular "talent agent" would return my call and 4 hours later she did. As I suspected, she told me that my daughter was their number 1 pick from all the girls in her age group and her particular aency wantd to work with her. When I didn't immediately whip out my credit card and just pay them, and started asking questions instead she became very rude and hostile with me. She ended up telling me that if my daughter didn't "want it" badly enough there were a million other girls that did and she hung up on me. I was appalled at the behavior of this so called "professional." Yes, it's a ploy to get money and her "hard sell" attitude was definite proof of that.

I have checked them out with the BBB and their rating is satisfactory but the BBB offers valuable tips about what to watch for with this type of "business." Several of the tips they tell you to be on the look out for are practices this organization is doing.
I'd be very interested in how many other daughters and sons were ALSO chosen as their number 1 pick from July 13. I'm absolutely sure my daughter was not the only one.

ACT was in Cleveland this weekend, and will be again next weekend. Said they only took 35 out of the 800, but they took everyone we were there with (11 kids). Said I would have to pay up front, sign tonight. I told them I had a flat tire and couldn't get up there for callbacks and they requested a credit card on the phone. It was at the Crown Plaza. Dates for workshops to be at hotel, still were not booked as of today. Phone numner was 877-214-0770, call back number was 8772141882, and Zack caller id call back number was 4806865104. Lilly was modeling scout.

Went to the audition
akron, Ohio

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#1 Consumer Suggestion

CBS NEWS Undercover on Academy of Cinema and Television --WATCH!

AUTHOR: Mom And Advocate - (U.S.A.)

I see that ACT employees, like Drama Free above, are spamming consumer websites trying to combat the negative publicity. The same posts above are on many ACT ripoff reports. They are called shills.

ACT has also changed their name to avoid the consumer reports. Academy of Cinema and Television is now also operating as ACT and as "THE" (pronounced Tay), a talent showcase. They have new websites with the new names. They travel around the country without mentioning their real names, their background with John Robert Powers, or the corporations they hide behind.

Lily Neda is now telling people that her name is Lily Verdu. As usual, she has no business cards or proof of any kind that she is connected to the real entertainment industry, because she isn't.

The CBS station in Atlanta, GA did an undercover consumer report in January 2009. WATCH THEM SQUIRM:
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AUTHOR: Drama Free - (U.S.A.)

IF ANY OF YOU PARENTS WHO WERE SCAMMED would open your ears and pay attention when you make the original appointment, you might not be so confused and less likely to take your anger cause by ignorance, out on everyone else! You are auditioning for two different people and AGENT and a PRIVATE ACADEMY! Everyone is told this when they reserve a seat. The problem is no one listens to anything anymore and everyone wants a free hand-out! All you people who were asked to pay for classes.........THAT MEANS YOUR CHILD DIDN'T MAKE THE CUT AND THE ONLY OPTIONS LEFT IF TAKING CLASSES! ALL YOU HAVE TO SAY IS 'NO'. So stop screaming SCAM, because it will get you NO WHERE!! If the AGENT is interested in you there is nothing to pay for....Congratulations on your new career! If the ACADEMY is interested in you then you will have the opportunity to review their programs. The AGENT has nothing to do with the PRIVATE ACADEMY and vise versa. THE AUDITION IS FREE that means NO COST, except maybe a few bucks for parking. As soon as you people hear the word 'school' or 'classes' you immediately assume the worst. YOU ARE WRONG! There are several WORKING ACTORS who have graduated from A.C.T.! You can view their site at: www.theact.tv!
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