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Complaint Review: Wendy Alane Wright / Hollywood Winner Circle -

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  • Reported By: Mal — Los Angeles CA United States
  • Wendy Alane Wright / Hollywood Winner Circle United States

Wendy Alane Wright / Hollywood Winner Circle Wendy Wright Hollywood Winner Circle Winner Inner Circle Wendy Alane Wright is scamming people with her course and misled my purchase and is now changing the rules of her course.

*Consumer Comment: LIES

*Consumer Comment: Aaron Howard

*UPDATE Employee ..inside information: A response from customer satisfaction

*UPDATE Employee ..inside information: A response from Customer Satisfaction

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Aaron Howard

*Consumer Comment: I am pissed off with Wendy!

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Wendy Alane Wrigth is a grifter and scammer. I stupidly bought her Hollywood Winner Circle Course and then quickly realized it was all just free information she put in a packet then charges $400 for. So that is my mistake.

But now, Wendy is changing the rules. She invited anyone who paid for her course to join a group on Facebook called "Winner Inner Circle" but today she is now saying anyone who does not pay monthly cannot be it in. BAIT AND SWITCH!





She promoted this scam course in a grou called "Talent Agents for Actors" which has a felon convicted of fraud as an administrator. I should have known I was about to be taken for my money. Wendy will post about the course 100 times a week preying on new actors like me.  

Now with her trying to get MORE money from us to stay in a Facebook group, it is time to say enough is enough.

Apparantly Wendy is regarded as a total scammer and joke in the industry (Source; https://www.reddit.com/user/MrQuik1/comments/ek48p3/the_truth_behind_wendy_alane_wright/ and https://www.reddit.com/r/acting/comments/e8larr/wendy_alane_wright_has_gone_off_the_deep_end/)

So let it be known to not get tricked by her. She has no credibility and is a PREDATOR to new people in the industry. She, TMFA, and Hollywood Winner Course should all be shut down.

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#6 Consumer Comment

LIES

AUTHOR: Aaron - (United States)

POSTED: Monday, May 11, 2020

 So after some looking I've found yet another lie by Wendy Alane Wright. So she goes in her little private admin group ( yes I have friends all over) and tells them that I made a report after she deleted me from the group  wait let me quote her correctly "thanks Jason yea I saw it. Those reports was written by Aaron Howard after we deleted him from the group" 1st lol this report is sorta new and I've been gone grim that group long before the report came out.

2nd i knew nothing about it until someone used my name to say what a wonderful person she is. Then she goes on to say I teamed up with someone... again let me quote her right " Alan went over and joined Howard and the belt both bash me and the Hollywood winners circle and tmfa you can't win with some people" I think she was trying to say we both bashed her  Again lies no one teamed up against her we just know who and what she is. Just as she tried to use someone as a writer and take their material to my understanding from what I was told. When the young lady refused she kicked her out the group.

She allowed 1 of her so called agents to disrespect a black female agent and when the agent spoke up what did Wendy do? Kicked her out the group. I personally spoke up for this agent and Wendy told me to stay in my lane. I could go on and on but again lies from her yelling ppl I kick ppl out the grouo for saying her name. LIE

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Aaron Howard

AUTHOR: Aaron - (United States)

POSTED: Friday, May 08, 2020

There is a comment above with my name on it. Umm No. Wendy is a joke and so is her taking actors money to live. No CD knows who she is. I could careless what she has to say about me. She's the biggest scam out here in my opinion

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AUTHOR: The Hollywood Winners Circle Academy Customer Satisfaction Team - (United States)

POSTED: Friday, May 08, 2020

Hi Adam,

If you purchased the course and were promised lifetime access to the Facebook group when purchasing, you will be getting lifetime access and will not be charged monthly for the group. We apologize if there is some sort of misunderstanding. We do our best to be as clear as possible in our announcements. 

If there is anything else with the course or Facebook group that makes you unhappy, we would love to hear from you. You can contact us through the Facebook page or our email. The happiness of our Winners is very important to us and so is communication with you.

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AUTHOR: Hollywood Winners Circle Customer Satisfaction Team - (United States)

POSTED: Friday, May 08, 2020

Hi,

This complaint is extremely concerning to us and we want to make sure these misconceptions are cleared up.

To the person who wrote this complaint, please feel free to contact us on our Facebook page or at our email if you would like to have a conversation on the parts of the course you think could be improved. If you have the course and are part of the Facebook group, you know that we regularly send out surveys to make sure we know what our Winners are loving, what they think could be improved and what they would like to see added. 

With that being said I would like to address the specific allegations made in this complaint as it is misinformed and incorrect. 

Wendy Alane Wrigth is a grifter and scammer

Wendy does exactly as she promises and gives exactly what is paid for. She has hundreds of amazing reviews available to view on her website and across various other platforms. Since this comment was likely made in regards to the rest of the complaint, please read on as I address the complaint.

I stupidly bought her Hollywood Winner Circle Course and then quickly realized it was all just free information she put in a packet then charges $400 for. So that is my mistake.

We would love if you contacted us to explain more specifically why you feel this way. At this time, the course explains to you exactly step by step how to get your marketing materials together, how to get representation, how to network, the best ways to find materials for your acting clips, and much more including a workbook with over 200 pages. 

"But now, Wendy is changing the rules. She invited anyone who paid for her course to join a group on Facebook called "Winner Inner Circle" but today she is now saying anyone who does not pay monthly cannot be it in. BAIT AND SWITCH!"

This is absolutely incorrect. As you can see in the screenshot that you posted, the announcement we made does not affect anyone who has purchased the course. The only changes to the Facebook group were that we decided to not allow people to purchase monthly access to the group without having the course. We did this after gathering much feedback from our Winners.

Those who were paying monthly are getting the remander of the time they paid for and then will not be able to renew. For example, if someone purchased access to the group on March 9th, they will be allowed to stay in the group for the month they paid for, until April 9th, but then will not be allowed to purchase any more months. Everyone is getting what they paid for, but those who do not have the course will no longer be able to renew their subscription to the premium Facebook group 'The Winner's Inner Circle'.

We essentially discontinued the premium Facebook group as a standalone product. It is now only for those who are taking the course. In short, anyone who paid for the course is still getting access to the Facebook group as promised. The screenshot you posted is not relevant to anyone who has purchased the course, as is stated in said screenshot. 

She promoted this scam course in a grou called "Talent Agents for Actors" which has a felon convicted of fraud as an administrator. I should have known I was about to be taken for my money. Wendy will post about the course 100 times a week preying on new actors like me.  

Now with her trying to get MORE money from us to stay in a Facebook group, it is time to say enough is enough.

Apparantly Wendy is regarded as a total scammer and joke in the industry (Source; https://www.reddit.com/user/MrQuik1/comments/ek48p3/the_truth_behind_wendy_alane_wright/ and https://www.reddit.com/r/acting/comments/e8larr/wendy_alane_wright_has_gone_off_the_deep_end/)

So let it be known to not get tricked by her. She has no credibility and is a PREDATOR to new people in the industry. She, TMFA, and Hollywood Winner Course should all be shut down.

As stated above, Wendy is not trying to get more money out of those taking the course or anyone for that matter. The screenshot posted is announcing that those who have not purchased the course will not be able to purchase a renewal for their subscription to stay in the group. No one is being asked for more money, in fact it is the exact opposite. They are being informed that they will not be able to purchase this product again.

Again, this is stated in the screenshot the user who posted this complaint provided. TMFA is a seperate entity from HWC Facebook group where many many industry people make actors aware of their services (classes, courses, coaching) while at the same time donating their time to answer questions from actors. 

Regarding your 2nd screenshot, HWCA does have an affiliate program. This is at no cost to the actor, so I'm not sure why this is included in the complaint.

We would love to hear from you personally and will be keeping an eye out for any further correspondance that will help make you satisfied with the course! The happiness of our Winners is extremely important to us.

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#2 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Aaron Howard

AUTHOR: Hollywood Winners Circle Academy - (United States)

POSTED: Thursday, May 07, 2020

Hollywood Winners Circle Academy is the foremost online training program for actors looking to build their acting package and enter the world of Professional acting. Highly recommended by talent agents, managers, casting directors and working actors, The Master Course for Actors offers step-by-step training from Hollywood Talent Manager Wendy Alane Wright on Headshots, Resumes, Demo Reels, Social Media Marketing, Getting More Auditions, Getting Representation and building relationships with Casting Directors. Actors taking the course follow Wendy's step-by-step plan of action and have booked Series Regular roles, Co-Stars, Guest Stars, Leads in Feature Films and gained representation in record time.

It is the simplest and faster way to become a working actor. 

REVIEWS

“Exactly one year from starting this journey, from having zero acting experience to where I am now I got my first AUDITION for a feature length film!!! Boom then got a call back. After my callback audition they offered me the role!! My first. Your teaching really works! - Andrew White

“With the changes I made because of you, I have booked 2 films and just received a CMail for a Hallmark movie!!” -Angela Feild

“So far I've booked 2 print jobs, 2 commercials, an Industrial, my first Guest Star role in television, and my first Lead role in a Feature film. I booked all of this in less than a year since taking the HWC. Wendy, thank you for helping me make my dreams come true. I will forever be grateful.” - Gina Cordan

“The Hollywood Winners Circle should be the required rulebook for everyone in the industry to follow.” - Todd Eskin, Talent Agent, Across The Board Talent, Los Angeles.

“I absolutely recommend this course. it's essential for any actor ready to get serious about their career.”
Michael Jai White, Actor, Spawn, Mortal Combat: Legacy, Why’d I Get Married, Blood and Bone, Exit Wounds, For Better or For Worse, Black Dynamite, Universal Soldier.

“When actors come to me with misinformation about this business it creates a huge waste of time and energy....setting people straight after bad information has set in. This is something we are constantly battling. That’s why I highly recommend The Hollywood Winners Circle Academy for actors. It will get you professionally prepared for representation.” - Brent Paxton, Talent Managers, Kreativ Artists, Los Angeles

"I prefer to work with actors who have taken the HWC Master Course. They are more prepared." - Gina Marie Birnbaum, Talent Manager, Top 10 Talent, Los Angeles

"I see lot of actors who need proper guidance and the Hollywood Winners Circle Academy is the perfect guide they need to prepare proper tools and steps to have their package be ready for agents and managers." - Oliver Carnay, International Artists PR & Talent Management

"Wendy Alane Wright is the #1 acting career coach. She knows exactly what actors needs to do to start a successful acting career in TV and film. Her Youtube videos, Winners Circle online course, in-person consultations and ABC's of Show Business classes are the most powerful tools for aspiring actors in the industry." Heidi Dean, The Industry's Top Social Media Expert for Actors

"I recommend HWC to every actor who wants to become more competitive."- Jackie Lewis, Talent Agent, LB Talent, Los Angeles

"With the Hollywood Winners Circle Academy you are ahead of the game. It would take years and so much money to learn this information the 'hard way'." - Cathy Reinking, Casting Director, CSA

"I recommend Wendy's Hollywood Winners Circle Academy to get you on track. It's everything you need to know to get started as a professional actor and more." - Nancy Scanlon, Talent Manager, Au Courant, Los Angeles

"Take in all Wendy's advice in the Hollywood Winners Circle Academy and apply it. She knows her stuff and will save you a ton of time and money." - Lisa Fifita, Owner Nesian Management

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#1 Consumer Comment

I am pissed off with Wendy!

AUTHOR: Adam - (United States)

POSTED: Wednesday, April 08, 2020

So today in the Winner Inner Circle group everyone is pissed off. She is booting people who PAID MONEY for her scam sham course if they complain. Part of the deal was we could have this exclusive group with  Wendy and people and now she is going back on her promise and making it a MONTHLY FEE TO BE IN A FACEBOOK GROUP. Are you kidding?

I feel so dumb to have paid her and more dumb now knowing I am not the only one pissed off and angry with what she has done.

She needs to be out of the industry.  I wonder why she isn't managing people? Anyone know the backstory why she is blacklisted? I talked to my agent and they told  me Wendy was the worst and no one in town takes her seriously. I got screwed by thinking she wanted to help but she just saw me as a cash cow sucker. Bummer. I got ripped off.

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