John Casablanca Modeling - This place is a rip off!!!

Jan 13, 2008
review #110802

I am writing this out to let people know what kind of place John Casablancas is.When I worked there I was not able to tell people the truth about anything.

The company tells everyone that they have 12 spaces available to get them to come in, when in fact they have unlimited space. They have plenty of space they just say that to create a since of urgency so they can close the sale. They make people think that they are at the office to see if they would want to work with them as models or actors, when really they are only trying to sign you for classes. Even if you have had training they will tell you that you need more.

They may have you take a test to see if you have had the training you say, this is the same test the students take to graduate (Even the students who went threw the JC training don’t pass that test.) Roger Rose tells people that he has never signed anyone who did not make all there money back ($2,250.) In the time that I worked at the San Diego office I never saw anyone make that money back. Almost all of the "jobs" the models get are non paying jobs; Roger says that it’s for experience. When people sign for classes Roger will say anything to get you to sign. He will say you can work with the company to help pay for your classes, but there is almost no work and hundreds of scouts trying to help pay off there classes.

After an open house they will always have everyone come back, but schedule everyone at different times so they don’t see the other people from the day before.

If you are willing to pay then John Casablancas will except you into there programs. This company is a complete rip off, all they want is our money and they give nothing in return. The classes are menial and unstructured.

It seams that the teachers are just trying to fill up the 3 hour minimum for each class. I have heard several instructors talking in privet about how difficult it is to make the class last the full 3 hours. There were a lot of complaints about not being paid on time or not being paid at all for jobs that they preformed.

I feel that this company has ripped me off and thousands of others don’t help this company get rich off of you or anyone else who has a dream of modeling or acting.

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pink

Feb 27, 2012

I just took my baby to her first interview, and they asked us to call back the next day so we did. they then had her come in for a second interview. we then sat down in the office and told me that she needed a 10 week calls. she then told me that i would have to pay for the class (over 1,000) and that i has to have half (400.00 and something dollars) of the money today to hold her place in the class. I did not have it and I need to talk to her dad. she then told me that if i had 100.00 that she could go to her team and if they did not take her that i would get my mom back. i left and latter called them back and not one call me back.

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mom2

Oct 26, 2011

we had are inter veiw to night with our 8 year old and the want her to take a 7 week class they were very nice and yes we have to pay some money but they said thats all we would pay for the next three year. with that being said im see people say that the photo's are not free it that right? we just want to make the wright choice for her

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Sabrina

Oct 18, 2011

Hi! I just sign up with john casablancas and I don't know it there going to give u something for ur skin! Do they?

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iluvmyfriends200

Jun 15, 2011

Worried Parent. I am a student at JC and of coarse the pictues are never free but the photographer that took my pictures usually charges like 1,200 and we only paid 55. That is great I am about to graduate and I loved it. Of coarse you can't just fly by and become famouse without spending a amount of money that will give you all the tools to be great!

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raceydriver

Apr 17, 2011

I am a student at JC and it isn't a scam at all. I go to the one in Tulsa OK and I finished my 18th session and will be graduating next week. I've learned so much and have already been booked in 3 modeling gigs - 1 print ad and 2 runway, all paid jobs. Their agent sent me out to audition for a national commercial and I got a speaking part. The teachers at the Tulsa school are all very good - they've been extremely informative and helpful. They know their stuff. They're good working with you one one one and tell you where you need to improve, how to practice at home, etc. They're all very encouraging.I've loved going to class each week and wish I could go there every day of the week! I cannot get enough. (cannot wait to put what I've learned to use when I move to N.Y. or L.A.) At JC I have learned a lot of secret tips about acting that has given me an edge over the competition at auditions. It's not a scam, it's been great! I love the classes and I've made some good friends there who I practice acting and filming with outside of class. I think the people on here who think it's a scam know very little about it because they haven't gone beyond the 1st introductory class which is mostly about explaining what you will learn there, and getting to know the students. After the 1st class the session intensifies full speed ahead. You gain more confidence with each class. Not a scam, I thoroughly recommend it to beginning actors and models.

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Anonymous

Sep 17

Hahaha... This response to the previous post is clearly scripted by JC who writes a review this way?

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raceydriver

Apr 17, 2011

In my comment below the computer messed up - in my sentence, " After the 1st class the session really *** full speed ahead", it should have written, "After the 1st class the session really *** full speed ahead."

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raceydriver

Apr 17, 2011

I am a student at JC and it isn\'t a scam at all. I go to the one in Tulsa OK and I finished my 18th session and will be graduating next week. I\'ve learned so much and have already been booked in 3 modeling gigs - 1 print ad and 2 runway, all paid jobs. Their agent sent me out to audition for a national commercial and I got a speaking part. The teachers at the Tulsa school are all very good - they\'ve been extremely informative and helpful. They know their stuff. They\'re good working with you one one one and tell you where you need to improve, how to practice at home, etc. They\'re all very encouraging.I\'ve loved going to class each week and wish I could go there every day of the week! I can\'t get enough. (can\'t wait to put what I\'ve learned to use when I move to N.Y. or L.A.) At JC I\'ve learned a lot of secret tips about acting that has given me an edge over the competition at auditions. It\'s not a scam, it\'s been great! I love the classes and I\'ve made some good friends there who I practice acting and filming with outside of class. I think the people on here who think it\'s a scam know very little about it because they haven\'t gone beyond the 1st introductory class which is mostly about explaining what you will learn there, and getting to know the students. After the 1st class the session really *** full speed ahead. You gain more confidence with each class. Not a scam, I thoroughly recommend it to beginning actors and models.

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worry parent

Dec 18, 2010

My daughter is starting this sunday.they have ask me for 1,500 and some interest im still not sure how much is it. they told me is for 7 weeks nad then she will see a agent.. im still not sure what to do. they dont promise me nothing and they say the pictures where free and they not.. :?

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df

Dec 11, 2010

well, i just came form my interview at John Casablancas and it was great. the lady told me that their are 3 people she can select in one day and also asked me what confidence and motivation means to me three times during my interview at different times during the interview. close to the end she told me to close my eyes and imagine i was a big time model traveling all around the world and i retire and im a pediatrician(beacause that what i want to do as my back up plan)and i have my own pratice and its my opening day and im cutting the RED ribbon than she says open my eyes and does that sound good to me of coarse i said yes, after that she tells me that im accepted and i said im so happy, then she says i can give my mom a hug and i felt so good but i was wondering why im i still in the office and she tells us sit down and then tells up that she needs $387 for like a down payment to know that we wont quite on them and $87 for lessons every saturday for 20 weeks then she tells us that its easy just every day put $12 dollers aside and by the end of the week their will be ill have $87 like that.so she says she cant promise a spot for me beaceuse my mom doesn\'t have the money so she says that we can give her $300 and the rest at the class on saturday. i had hogh hopes of being a model and actress but after reading thesencomments im very discouraged on going on with John Casablancas. Do you think i should go on with it or just forget about it?

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M

Dec 07, 2010

I attended the JC classes in Fayetteville, AR and they were just a bunch of unprofessional scammers. They had a booth set up at the local fair that said "Win a Free Makeover!" so I put my name in the drawing. A few days later they called me wanting me to come audition for them even though they didn't know what I looked like. Being a *** little teenager I decided to go and of course they accepted me and took my money. They told me they could only take 9 girls but I had over 30 girls in my class. The classes were nothing but a big joke. The girls who taught it usually showed up late and hungover and wanted to do nothing but give us relationship advice. One class was even nothing but 3 hours of watching a Cindy Crawford workout video while the 'teachers' stood in the back gossiping. When we had our class photoshoot it was a major disaster because the teachers and photographer got into a big fight and wouldn't talk to each other. When it came time to 'graduate' they made us take this ridiculous test which was basically just memorizing the definitions to 20 modeling related words and promised if we made a 100% on it then we would get a free photoshoot. I did make a 100% on it and called to schedule my photoshoot several times and kept getting the run around for months until I just gave up. Soon after I graduated they called me and asked if I would do a 'job' for them. I was so excited that I finally got my first modeling job. Come to find out they wanted me to do it on the day of... Show more

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Monsire

Oct 05, 2010

Well Elite Model Management owns John Casablanca. So you have a "talent agency" that owns a "modeling school". So the problem is is that their talent doesn't get exposed to other top tier agencies because they would be in conflict. A John Robert Powers Performance Academy brings top tier agents from all the top LA, New York agencies to meet the students one on one. More to my point which is that anybody can be their own agent now. There are a couple of web sites that are used to look up auditions, place jobs that agents scour to find placement for the talent they represent. I've seen a CEO of fortune 500 company, doctors, athletes put their children up into a John Robert Powers Academy and their children along with others do go onto making it big. Hard work, ambition and a little bit of sacrifice in the pocket book. You'll have to at the least get photos, eventually have to get to LA or New York if you want to make it big.

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former elite model management

Oct 03, 2010

I was an agent for Elite Model Management in Miami for many years. I also worked the Elite Model Look Contest for most of that time. We always worked really well with the JC schools and they are very well run and reputable. We have found lots of great girls and guys through those centers. In addition, the models that had the JC training always got jobs before the models that did not. My guess is that anyone who feels they were ripped off probably is not looking at themselves to find the real reason for their failures.

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DFW MODEL

Sep 10, 2010

There is only so many class's one can take on Modeling. I went to a school just like this one.. They did good but ended up ripping me off and others. I do thank them for what they did do for me as standing, walking and being a lady. if you are not 5'9 or taller.. one will never be a High Fashion Model. Print or commercial.. yes.. my advise to anyone.. would be get into acting then go into modeling. Models also act.. Actors also model. Skip the schooling.....on modeling.. any one can show you how.... Watch Modeling shows... most models are discovered by accident... gonto a college and check what they have to offer in modeling and leave the 'modeling schools' such as the one talked about here.. this way, you are more apted in getting your monies worth

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momof7

Sep 10, 2010

Whenever a post is as full of misspellings and miss usage of words, it is usually not valid. (except for accept, there for their just to name a few of the most obvious errors)

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Future JC student

Sep 03, 2010

This place sounds cool, I'm gonna check it out 8)

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GiGi

Aug 26, 2010

I am currently attending the JC sessions.. they are 20 sessions in total... so far i am on session 7 and already got jobs! so this has not been a rip off for me or any of my fellow models that i know...

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Jan

Jul 18, 2010

I was just there at that *** rip off place. So i found out that we had to pay over $4,000.00 just to learn how to act. I dont need that training thing. Im already a good actor. :(

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