• Report: #696736
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  • Submitted: Thu, February 17, 2011
  • Updated: Sun, April 10, 2011

  • Reported By: Delores — Los Angeles California United States of America
Princeton St., Marina Del Rey Marina Del Rey, California United States of America

actorium/talentorium Hollywood group Talent, acting, modeling, acting lessons los angles, hollywood, film, tv, commercials Marina Del Rey, California

*Consumer Comment: Thank you

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: to talentorium

*UPDATE Employee: Yes! I Agree! A great company to work For!

*UPDATE Employee: Talentorium is a GOOD PLACE.

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This company sends it's "scouts" out to malls in Los Angeles, including the Grove, Westside Pavilion and Beverly Center.  They will tell you they represent Nickelodeon, Disney or whoever they have to, in order to get your attention.  They will ask you to bring your child to an "audition" where they will meet a fake talent scout.  Then you will be called incessantly about buying very expensive lessons from their non-accredited team of dumb asses.  Don't fall for this!  Keep your kids far away!!!! This is a total scam!  This company was the Hollywood Group, Actorium and now Talentoruim.  Look at their BB rating - it sucks!  

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#1 Consumer Comment

Thank you

AUTHOR: SL - (United States of America)

I want to Thank You for posting this info on here. I took my boys to the Hollywood Group several years ago and realized it was a scam and a big waste of my time because to join would have been a waste of my money as well.

I got hit up at the LA Spring Fair yesterday with a similar sales pitch as before and the same style card so I was curious and looked it up and came across your post. I wanted to comment on yours not just to let you know I appreciate you writing it but that as a person who has gone and talked to these people it is just not worth it.

As for the rebuttals it may be a great place to work and sure they are happy to take our money to "train" our children but that doesn't make it a legit company. There are tons of schools and trainers out there that don't pretend your kid is amazing and will actually train them.

Please look up the companies in the original comment and you can find out a lot.
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AUTHOR: anonymous - (United States of America)

Give it up already! It's obvious talentorium used to be called The Hollywood Group! You have most of the same staff (including David, mentioned in the other post) and you bait families in the same way (by "scouting" malls). The problem is, it's not "scouting" because talentorium chooses people by their ability to pay, not their talent. I guess you thought people wouldn't notice, but they are noticing and still feeling scammed! It really annoys me when you try to blame the ripoffreports on former employees like myself, so I had to post this. Get a clue - The Hollywood Group got the same negative feedback and nothing has changed but the name so why are you surprised?

P.S. Amy Buzin (anon from Valley Village) please stop posting these drug induced, psycho rebuttals. It only proves them right that talentorium is full of non-accredited dumb asses! Plus, it creates yet another connection between talentorium and The Hollywood Group. If you look at The Hollywood Group's ripoffreports you will see the same poster defending shady business practices that have since been made illegal!
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#3 UPDATE Employee

Yes! I Agree! A great company to work For!

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

I have worked for this company a long time, our staff is family.

I Most people don't know that , I have an industry background my own built in stats, production record.

I had a music business, mangement company in NJ/Ny before I moved here.
I co-managed rock bands,promoted/marketed.

I have co- produced music in recording studios' with engineers.

That I was Miss Sunburst NJ, & Gems in Pearls Beauty Pagent that I came in 1st Place for modeling, 2nd for beauty,photogenic!

in 5th grade I did an animation film with my class/5th grade teacher that was shown to whole

I had 14yrs. of choir. I had been taught by some Top Pro Celeb Vocal coaches for over 18 yrs.
When I moved to Ca, I had a rock band myself!

that I was 1 out of 4000 kids in my highschool that got narrowed down to 25 kids to be a part of a pilot program to learn tv, film, commerical, to act, edit, direct with Tony Bongiovi being that he graduated from my highschool, was an understudy.
I was written up in the News papers!

 I myself acted in play turned into a book for " off broadway"!

I hav been on film both as an actress& behind as an extra and post-production, production.

Learned to be a make-up artist, That in the film I was In I did my make better than the make -up artist, that the director let me do my own makeup!

I acted as a teacher in an anti-drug Campain Commerical.
That I grew up in the industry.

My mom was a model in NJ/Ny,my dad pro-musician, my aunt worked for disney/& other top animation companys.

Drawn the characters for such big movies as Hercules, Hutch Back " Notre Dame", Pochahontas,is listed in the credits of these movies.

I learned this industry forward /backwards!

Now I think this quailifys me as a true industry pro-scout!
The head of sag was from NJ & got his start in this business as a True Pro- Scout for William Morris!

Yes, there are real scouts both in music,model, film industry.
Unfourtunately, yes its hard sometimes to tell the difference.
But, there are some key questions you can ask to find out.

Like show me the money, Well show me the actual stats that kids have booked jobs or the production record of a company.

verify who they say work with , ask what agents & Mgr.s they work with.
If they are Sag-Aftra Agents they will be on the Sag-Aftra Website listed!

I my I choose to work on the field cause I love working with kids, its my passion & it gives me great pleasure to see the smiles, on there faces, and year or couple yrs. later, when I run into this family again,
they remember me, give me hugs, both parents/kids tell me what show they have been on and/or what agent they landed through our company, or what stars, they met, or how much they love the tables of food on the set & how they got treated like Kings & Queens.

Parents tell what walk on roles they got to do with there son or daughter,  or grandparents, how much they cheerish these memories, how much fun they have on the set with mommy/daddy time they spent with them.

How much this means to them for being there  to support them like this meant everything to this little girl or boy!

This makes me feel so, good inside knowing that this is what gift I gave to this family.
Cause What comes around goes around, when you do good for other people does in some shape way or form come back to you for doing a good deed!

What you put out in the universe comes back to you, you put out bad you get bad, good you get good that just the way life works,

My team I have great pleasure joy to work with them cause they just want to do something good, put out good into our world to help these special talented, full of spirit,full of life kids.

Like when I have done mere humanitarian volunteer work for my local church, social betterment projects to help others to make a difference for mankind!

These kids are our furture, what values we instill in them today, shape the futures of tommorow for us, & kids, kids down the road for mankind!

I have worked in the business for 2 honest/ethical companies,  this is the 1 I have worked the longest for been dedicated,
 to for  last 9 yrs. in the business as a professional Sr. Level Talent Scout, for sole purpose that I know,  I'm helping this child aid in there future to build colledge money , or towards there 1st house , car or home to help them survive
better in this world in the challanges that we face today as a nation!

I love whenever I walk in to a family That had signed with our company in the last year or even years ago.

Like Janet green & her mom at Santa Anita mall running up to hug me cause Janet landed an agent, the mom laughing that she couldn't believe it at the time we were for real!

Like Veronica the mom I ran into walmart in Durate who said I handed her a card in the parking lot her daughter was on Tv Show Mr. Sunshine with Mattew Perry had her picture taken with him, and was on the Tv Show Medium got to meet and work directly alongside Patricia Arquet her daughters on the show!
How much fun she had!

Then there is the mom I ran into in Monrovia area, who said her favorite show is Criminial Minds, she was disappointed,
 cause the day.
,she took her daughter to set she didn't get to meet her favorite stars!

Next day dad takes her to the set he gets to meet the stars and do a walk on roll!
2 armenian boys, brothers I found Glendale galleria last March, not only landed an agent, but, got booked for Velvetea Cheese National Commerical!

Then Destiny Capristrain who got on Despearte Housewives, hr mom said she got to meet Eva Longoria,

Destiny was featured in the Disney" Walley Movie Posters for print Ads!

Destiny told me she went up for the role of Eve on "Young & Restless Soap Opeara, but didn't get part cause they wanted someone a little older!

Then there was a skepitical armenian mom i met in Glendale Galleria in Nordstorm coffee line 1 day! i was handing the card to another little girl, when her daughter overheard me said mommy, mommy I want to do it too!

The mom said no, there probab like jrp, I said just go what to you have to lose.
I said call me let me know how it goes after, I will help you!

She said she had to speak to her husband 1st.
She never called me back!

I wandered what happened to her.

1 year goes by she comes rushing up to me, says do you remember me!
She was all excited, happy, said you helped my daughter!

She said I'm sorry I never called you back, but whose your SR. so, I can write a success Story on you, I said what happened she said dad was all gon h*o immediately signed up!

He was having fun doing walk on roles on the set with her.

That she laned an agent/Mgr. after we show cased her, through us that she was on ER,
 Desparate House wives, got picked up for a major principle role in the Movie "Chuck & Larry!

I asked the little girl she was beaming smile ear to ear, Tell me what its like so,
I can share your experience with other mom's dad's,  why is that smile there?

She said cause she loved spending time with dad on set,eating the good food, having the pizza parties on the set, then to go home watch her self on tv with Grandma!

This is my reward! That difference I made in that little girl's life!
thats why I'm passionate about what I do!

I hear the story's in the field from the mom's & dad's I'm not in fear to walk up said Hey, how did it go are your kids working or whats going on. remember me?

Its gives me good relief to know I can go to sleep at night knowing, how hard our staff and team all pulls together to help that child get a final valuable product, that changes them in a positive light knowing we did something good to help this child who was shy, built self-condfidence-esteem,honesty,respect, intergrity by finding out who they are inside, tapping into there abilitys that they never thought they ever had, the reward of keeping good grades so,  they can work, teaching them vauable work ethics that will help them,  transition into there future as adults.
by learning to follow direction,  owning there space when they walk into a room to command attention, importance of being on time when working on a set applys to the real world in the way it works.

The kids learn the value of a dollar,  that money isn't just handed down to them or grows on trees. 

Learn tools & skills to learn, What its gonna take to survive in the real world.
Dedication, communication skills to learn how to guide & control communication,poise, and grace, to have a good positve attitude.

This will help them in future job & colledge interviews.
My philosophy is find out for yourself!
go find out for yourself!

what do you have to lose!
If its true for you , its true for you !
If not its not!

But,Then after you see, look at the Senior facts of a company or person or religion, etc
Then you have the facts information to think with.

 At least you have the facts 1st before you passed judgement on something, might have missed out on that opportuntity that could be good or that person, etc,. look at the facts before pre- judgeing 1st!

Then make a desicion based on the facts that you see experienced yourself!

Its unfourtunate, that when you let go people who isn't a good fit goes to a competitor to work for, that this person gets upset, jealous,  decides to write false reports posing as a parent to create drama slander like the enquirer tabliods create these funny stories about aliens-tall tale celeb storys that make you lol, like worshiping chickens at high noon these tabloids write in just to make there money, otherwise, how else to they get the public to read them or the 10 O'clock news at night!, they wouldn't its too boring! 

These people thinking this will give them satisfaction  but, what the person doesn't realize, this bad karma will come back to hunt them 1 day, they have to live with the consquences, that comes from being dishonest,  1 day when it comes back on them for trying to delibrately someone's life or company.

In today's time on internet there is no protection in this day & age from false accusations for there own benefit to make money or profit or benefit! 
If you pass judgement you, miss out on something good! 
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#4 UPDATE Employee

Talentorium is a GOOD PLACE.

AUTHOR: Candice - (United States of America)

Talentorium is a very real very loving place where parents get a real opportunity to help their kids fulfill a dream and teach them ways to improve their minds. It is also very affordable. There is David who helps the parents and works for Talentorium there is also Melanie who works there as well. What they have in common is that (Talentorum is run bare bones and has a very small staff) both are working there because they have a couple of daughters and a nephew who have all been through Talentorium, paid their money, and gotten great training and ultimately very good SAG Agents.
No false promises in fact sale people even start off by saying that there IS no way to make your child famous...it takes work and contacts. Just like me in my own acting SAG career.
It is also cheap as hell. I am a real actor that my father and mother are proud of me and I worked for Talentorium and I take pride in helping kids and parents the RIGHT WAY.
There are bad places.
Talentorium is a GOOD PLACE.
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