ED Magedson – Founder
Hollywood Film & Acting Academy1786 N. Highland Ave. Los Angeles, California United States of America
Check with state and community colleges if you want the real deal,but can't afford universities or real academies. Hollywood Film and acting academy is NOT a REAL ACADEMY.it is FAKE.It is owned and operated by one man only,and his brother.All teachers are hired externally and not connected to or on the payroll of the business "hollywood film and acting academy".
Filmmaking program is not happening.There were never any filmmaking students since summer 2009. ALos this program is led by the school's owner who has not enough talent and experience as a filmmaker (he went to commerical LA Filmschool for 3 months) and has no talent at all for teaching. He never has ben a teacher anywhere, let alone at a film or acting school.
But then this man decided to start his own school.... bad idea.
Honestly, this man is also not capable of managing and owning a school.He is a glorified cameraman at best.
My class was also promised imdb credit's but those home made vid's don't ever qualify, so that also was a false promise.
We were also explicitly promised industrycontacts and agents and managers who would come and see showcases.The recruiters and Mr. Sands all made it sound too good to be true... and it was.
Look, if you can find any SUCCESFULL graduates of hollywood film and academy online who are satisfied and gotten what they were promised I dare you to post the results here. The reality though is: You will not find any.
When you do, you can be sure they are undertalented wannabees who lost about 10.000$ on average but are so fooled they don't yet realise they are tricked out of their money. Don't become one of them.
Together with all of my former classmates i hope one day Josh will have to close his school and pay for his crimes. He has verbally abused and threatened students, by his doings international students got in trouble. He wouild pay 200 $ a month to a fake college so those internationals could get their studentvisa. Yet Josh asked 300 $ a month "for service" and was always relcutant to help those people from abroad. He really used them,and abused them,also financially.He has stolen items and destroyed items and personal property from on camous students as he gains illegal access to their rooms.
He willingly and knowingly allows mentally instable and even homeless and convicted criminals in the house. He was even proud to have made a short video with Suge Knight...a criminal rapper artist who was filming at the back of the actor's house. Days later Knight got arrested ,again,... Josh has lied to teachers, not paid teachers, and not returned deposits for tuition and security to almost all students. For NO REASON.Or he made up a reason.Josh is NOT ALLOWED to enroll INTERNATIONAL students,but he willl have them anyways,and has caused great legal and immigration problems for almost all internationals he did enroll tru a fake ESL college.
Josh' business is not a registered and accredited school, nor academy, so no rules apply.WHen you sigh and live there,you actually live and study in a business. At any given moment students can be asked to l eave,and will be forced to do. It happened a lot, for no particular reason in many cases.No protection at all,in those cases. And you loose your money..plus he will try to collect more from you tru a fake collection agent in Florida (you wonder,why not one from CaLifornia?)
Many students claim their tuition deposits back and compensation for the parts of oral agreements NOT FULFILLED by Hollywood Film And Acting Academy.
if you need to convince yourself of the quality of thei "movies" go to their youtube:
Judge for yourself, and I hope you will find a better place.STAY away from this one please.
Research well before you arrive here. Do not believe any great promises.No one , no Hollywood Film And Acting Academy, no school no coach,no teacher, no manager, no agent , no studio, no director, no producer can and should promise you fame , success or wealth.
HOLLYWOOD DOES NOT WORK LIKE EASY DOES IT!
To make it in Hollywood it is about : hard work sacrifice, dedication, inspiration (10%), transpiration 90%), no pain no gain, focus, discipline, rest (not partying like Paris Hilton or so), work out, training actingskills, meditation, auditioning, reading,planning, work work work. IT TAKES A LOT.
I hope Josh SAnds will one day realise what he is doing and has been doing, taking money from unaware aspiring actors.You could say he is preying on actor's dreams as a parasite.He really cares about money and not much more.One day he will pay.
God will take care of it.
I hope you will find your way in this crazy funny town and have success.IF IT IS TO BE IT IS UP TO ME
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 01/25/2011 11:51 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/hollywood-film-acting-academy/los-angeles-california-90028/adult-career-continuing-educationhollywood-film-actinhollywood-film-acting-academ-ec5c2htm-686856. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.
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