& do aspiring models really have to go thru expensive modeling schools?
These are genuine questions I have after half a week of rushing into what I'm now rushing to get out of..
I'm currently seeking for feedback from those who went through something similar with either John Casablancas, specifically, or any other modeling agency (if that's what this company can be called..read on)..
My experience is as follows:
Having just returned from volunteering overseas, while looking into various employment options, including various humanitarian & non-profit sectors, general retailing, writing, etc., I decided that a modeling/acting opportunity would be yet another option worth looking into.
I looked online for modeling agencies in my city & among the many that surfaced, John Casablancas showed up as both a modeling & acting agency. I filled in the online audition form & later received a call for a "screening" or audition. Once there, I was told that after a short introduction/demonstration by the company & an audition via a short walk down the runway by me, if I had "the look" I would receive a call back for a proper interview.
The next day I did, indeed, receive a call informing me that I had a "marketable look" & was slotted an interview. After going back the following day for the interview--complete with written & oral tests, script reading, & a lengthy interview--I was presented with sign up forms to what I thought was a business arrangement to have the "agency" provide jobs for me, with a commission being taken by them. Instead it turned out to be a set of sign-up forms for a 5-month modeling course with an upfront "tuition & book fee" to be paid immediately..
Friends & family cautioned me that the one thing a valid agency would not do is make me pay upfront. This I learned later to be true from speaking to different sources from the fashion industry on the phone. I had the understanding at the time that John Casblancas is a school (which they are) as well as an agency, and that I'd not only be signing up for a school course, but likely a contract on modeling/acting connections for when the course was underway (as was advertised). Whereas in discussing with my sister later that day & calling a model friend of hers in New York, we were told that agencies don't put models through paid courses, but rather give them lessons free as a business investment, knowing what they'll get from it in the future should the model's career pick up shortly thereafter.
In looking more online, it seems they (John Casablancas) are legit in that they are a modeling school, but that as an agency, they may not give you the jobs promised you before you signed up for the course & from what we read online, most students that completed their course (and completed payments of up to $3000) never got modeling jobs afterward, but were told down the line that, due to grading & other circumstances, jobs wouldn't work out for them after all. Was I told I had a "marketable look" & slotted an interview, because that's what they tell everyone that comes there? I'm busy wondering..
It seems to me that a key in aspiring models being able to recognize what exactly they're getting themselves involved with is in knowing the difference between a modeling school & a modeling agency..This is what I'm now learning. According to some online sources an agency will never charge potential talent upfront for portfolio or class fees, while a school may, & in a lot of cases will. See the difference?
With yet even more research, I discovered that while in some States, certain laws apply that prevent any modeling agency from enforcing upfront handling or class fees for aspiring models, others don't, including Georgia where I'm currently residing.This means that the initial & most often tell-tale sign of fraudulent suspicion in a modeling agency, may not be apparent in some states, as the act of charging for models enrollment in courses/classes before giving them jobs is legal..
So the answer to my question is that while John Casablancas is a fully licensed school, they shouldn't be confused with an agency & any aspiring model/actor looking to be given immediate jobs through them as an agency, should be aware that instead of the work promised them, they may instead be hit up with monumental (up to several thousand dollar) charges in tuition & class fees, while genuine modeling agencies, in general, don't see the need for extensive or expensive lessons in order to become a model.
I know I won't have a hard time making that differentiation in the future..
Be sure to check out the links below for further & more detailed information..
More on the subject..
- Six Things That a Legitimate Modeling Agency Might Ask of You
Five Things a Legitimate Modeling Agency Will Never Ask of You
- Avoiding modeling scams - FASHION
How to avoid modeling scams, from your About.com Guide
Uh oh on August 31, 2020:
Bruh why do they have there comments limited on Instagram, something is sus about these people
Tim on June 04, 2016:
Modeling/Acting is a good paying profession, just like any job you should know how to do it. Learn it to do it. An agency will not represent you if you are not professionally trained. Learn to earn.
DakotaJane Myers on April 28, 2016:
I have an audition with them saturday at 1 in Oklahoma City........ From what i read..... I am not so sure. I will go just to have something to do...... But i read someone sayong they rejected them because they were....Unemployed...... I am unemployed and a mother looking for opportunities. I did not graduate highschool and REGRET MY DUMB DECISION.... I plan on going back to school but all schools COST money if you didnt do it the old fashion way... I am either gonna go to job core or just get my GED. Acting is what i want though. I have heard of famous people not graduating.... But like in another comment i read... Seems like they were pretty lucky. I wonder how Saturday will go...... Considered i told them already i am looking for a job. The lady didn't tell me, oh sorry you have to have money to make money. Lol.... But also... Maybe she didn't hear me clearly... The conversation was held the day i had to take shelter due to Oklahoma being BI-POPLAR!!! Also..... I don't see comments of the people that said would comment BACK..... I guess it is just that case where..... Just do it and see what happens, comes to affect.
Michelle on September 18, 2015:
Trying to decide today if my son should go through, jc casablanca. Advice please. Tia.
confused on September 02, 2015:
I ha ve a audition with jc today do u think I should go help please.
confused on September 01, 2015:
I have a audition tommrow for jc should I go help please.9,2,15
what a waste on August 19, 2015:
I called the John Casablancas Center 08/19/2015 and asked if they were a modeling school or agency and the receptionist said BOTH?!
Ronnie on May 31, 2015:
The problem is that people are confusing CLASSES with AGENCY. John Casablanca's is the SCHOOL. The agency they use varies by each location, so the work offered is only as good as the agency. You can DEFINITELY get work in the agency without taking classes at John Casablancas, but you have to have experience - they aren't going to just accept anyone. What people pay for is classes that are suggested to them for them to come back and give it another shot. A lot of people get upset because they think that paying means an automatic job. It doesn't! If you aren't good, you aren't good - no one can get the work for you. So that is the problem with John Casablancas reviews and other companies like it they are a school, not the agency. They do have an agency, but you have to be good enough to get in.
Besarien from South Florida on April 17, 2015:
If you are interested in modeling go to a real agency- Next, IMG, Ford. DNA- when they have open calls. In the meantime practice walking on video and critiquing yourself. If you don't have a portfolio see if you can trade modeling for portfolio pics with a local (reputable) photographer. Never pay for anything unless you find no other way. Then pay for the best you can find. JC isn't it.
Sexy on January 01, 2015:
JC it is a scam !
Debebe on December 13, 2014:
if you go to the audition, and the famous scout tells you info about themselves ,for instance, that they are a big wig international talent scout who has been in the business for their entire life, listen carefully. Remember or take notes, write down their name and Google them, research them . You may find all your answers there . They may have just started with this company recently and prior had nothing to do with this business. When you realize someone has told you one lie ,that means they lie . Liars are not accountable for anything they just lie to profit . They want to prosper on your struggles.
Emily on November 22, 2014:
JC is a complete and total scam. Yes, they will tell you how much everything is before you sign the papers, but what they don't tell you is that they accept everybody. I was called in for an audition at 6-7pm one night and sat in a room with about 40 other people. All they had us do was walk the runway and evaluated our "talent" off of that. The next day, everyone was called back and they were ready to sit down with you to sign up. I was told I had to start classes the very next day. They also told you on the very first day of class that as soon as you finished the program you were able to sign with the agency - NOT TRUE! It was not until the VERY LAST DAY of "graduation" that I was told I had to pay in FULL in order to sign with one of the agents. They lie to get you in, make it sound great and then tell you at the last second you have to pay to get signed with their agents - TOTAL SCAM. Worst $2000 I have ever spent in my life. I am still paying for it 6 months later and still cannot sign, nor will I ever.
Mel on July 29, 2014:
JC is real. I go there and they get you jobs. They tell you how much the classes are before they show you papers to sign. And no you don't have to pay them you can just go into there mtm modeling. The part you pay for are modeling classes that show you how to model. And for the people that say they make you buy there makeup they don't. You can pay to have it done or you can do it yourself.
chris brad on May 28, 2014:
Im with JC as a student who graduates today and yes its costly but to me well worth it. I had my first modeling job a few weeks ago and it went great and paid better. JC is a school to help grow skills inside of people. All people are different thus all people have different skill levels they are born with. I enjoyed every week all the way up to my last. I look at it like college. You have to pay thousands of dollars to go and when you graduate your not promised a job just an opportunity to better be equipted to sale yourself. Like modeling and acting jobs you have to audition for, so does in the business world you have to audition in an interview to get that job. If those that made it through the entire JC program and haven't landed anything just keep pushing yourself and don't give up. Keep practicing and you will get better or maybe this type of industry is just not for you. Those who went to JC but quit cause of he say she say or because you couldn't afford it that's your issues because they do have payment plans. Don't judge JC or talk down about them or any industry because that's not the way God intends for us as His children to act. Patients your time will come if that's what God wants you to become.
confused on April 06, 2014:
Reading all these comments kind of confirms my beliefs of JC being a scam. It IS possible that they are a legit school or academy, but if that is so, don't sell me false hopes. Just be honest. Not to mention I received a call one day out of the blue from them asking my kids and I to come to an open audition because they saw I expressed interest. I have never heard of them. So I googled JC and it seemed legit. Then when I called and asked how did you obtain my information? The woman replied (and this is no lie) , "A lot of people ask that, but I really can't tell you. Because we don't know. We just come in and there are different leads on our desk to call." Wth??? What agency says that? Matter of fact , what company says that?
Yes, I decided to take my kids and I anyway. Wanted to check it out. That doesn't cost anything. Got there and this mom was GOING IN on the lady at the front desk. Something about her son being chosen. He got accepted, yet no phone calls were made to her about the audition of some job that was supposedly posted on FB. I walked in on the middle of the conversation. The front desk lady kept telling her your son is listed as an "alternate". Not as an actual candidate. I'm thinking wow. #1 this is VERY unprofessional. She should have taken this woman to a private room and discussed this. #2 now my first impression going in is , they are unprofessional and have lack of communication. Then we audition, the director of the company tells me she sees the potential, we can go far in the industry. . But we need coaching. No problem, I don't mind developing our skills. Then BOOM! She hits me with the price. $1295 per child! Say what! ? $200 deposit down per child. And about $200 a month. But at the end she said we get a certificate and sign with an agency. I totally understand that when you take classes, you pay. Of course. Nothing is free. But that's a bit pricey. And..they said they were an AGENCY. not an Academy. So this is where I became confused. Because to me, if any agency sees talent and potential in you, then they don't mind coaching you for free . It's an investment on their part because they know that the quality of their work is that good that you will succeed in the industry and make them the money.
Angry on March 25, 2014:
My daughter went to JC last year, she only went to 5 months of classes and then she decided that she wasn't getting anything from it. So she stopped going. Now I have a $2000 bill from them. My problem is, if I paid $300 up front and made monthly payments, why do I still owe you if she is not attending anymore. I never asked to take out a loan and did not know that you took out one. I feel it should just be done with.
Leni14 on March 23, 2014:
Okay. I know this post is older but I need to give my input for anyone who may read this in the future:
I PERSONALLY WENT THRU THE ENTIRE JC CLASS & EXPERIENCE (in Michigan)... and it is crap. My mom paid for the "classes" as a graduation gift to me back in 2001. Every single girl that interviewed with got a call-back and every one of them were accepted and to be honest, there were a lot of "plain Jane" looking girls in there. Some not even very pretty (in my opinion) and EVERYONE got accepted. Then, the "classes" were basically teaching you how to apply your make-up or do your hair... And we had entire days of just working out and learning how to "diet". None of which were worth the thousands my mother paid. Then they " required" you to pay even more for headshots by their photographer that were taken in their building against a white sheet hanging in a random room and on their lawn by the parking lot.
When all was said and done, we had a "graduation" ceremony which included us buying our own wardrobe to walk down their makeshift "catwalk" in a tiny room with cheap balloons and streamers everywhere. A part of the contract was that we would be represented by the "agency" for a period of time after graduation and I was even assigned an "agent". Well, said "agent" never returned my calls, never called me saying he was submitting my headshots for any potential jobs and after several months of nothing - no return calls, no prospective jobs, no calls at all - I quit trying. Thousands of dollars for tips on how to do my hair and make-up. Huge waste of time & money. I would highly advise against anyone falling for their bs. It's definitely not worth it!
disappointed on March 11, 2014:
My daughter is now signed up for JC and so far I have had nothing but disappointments . While I don't mind paying for a school , I do mind when they are not actually teaching anything . They get your money by going through a loan company and by slight lies and miss truths . They glorify things by having fake people , fake testimonials , and only allowing the Good reviews through . To those saying it is a great school , people should know they have to pay for stuff , well people should be told the damn truth from the start so they can base their decisions on what they know upfront and not based on lies and what they find after the money has been handed over . The way I see it , they are good at grabbing tigers by the tail , and so far they have avoided being scratched , but now they have a lion by the tail , game on . $340. down payment $161. bucks a month for fifteen months for two classes a month , total through loan company $2662. all so you can listen to a teacher tell you about her long lost modeling days for two hours . If they really want to get a good rep , tell people plain and simple : The total cost , what will actually be taught , and expect to go to school just for the hell of going as nothing is guaranteed at the end except the fact that you are now $2662 . poorer . See how far they get with that .
A student. on March 10, 2014:
I am attending classes at an Oklahoma City location. I intend to make the most of what I pay for. The initial classes are 20 weeks. I have been told I can retake classes for 3 years, if I so choose, which I will most likely do so. I'm going to squeeze everything I can out of this opportunity, because I paid for it. I've seen talk of it being a scam, I've seen talk of it being legit. If it's a scam, I'll bleed 'em dry and earn my money. If it's legit, I'll make the most of it. One thought I've had is that in larger parts of the country, perhaps there are poorly run schools. After all, how many times have you had good service at one franchised restaurant, but terrible service at a different franchised restaurant?
Either way, success is not a magical 'go here, you'll definitely succeed' formula. In anything you do, you can only depend upon yourself to succeed. You could have the best agent or agency in the world, and if you suck, you'll not get hired. This world is hard on us all. You just have to be harder.
If nothing else, the materials provided at the start of the class are useful to me, and this has shown me that I want to do this sort of work, which is a useful thing indeed. I was told I had a non-exclusive contract, so if I find something better, I can change to them instead.
Khoura on November 10, 2013:
Hi, i am a student at JC and I have met some amazing girls through their. i have also attended several workshops in which modeling and acting Producer who have created huge TV shows and represented some very sucessful people have taught. I was not told i have a marketable look, i was told i had good bone structure and that i had a girl next door look. I take great offense to everyone hating on JC. YOU probably sucked at acting or modeling. There are people who are meant for showbusiness and those who arent. Im glad i signed up for JC because at my JC center, we are a family, not just classmates. I have seen many people grow and blossom from a very shy person into someone who can act! Not everyone who goes through the program will succeed, but they never promise jobs when you are signed up for classes!
A girl with jobs!
Jessica on October 09, 2013:
I'm going here right now I don't know if its a scam but yes I am paying a lot of money I don't know If they actually get you jobs or not but they give you the option to work with them making calls so you can Pay your training, so that's what I'm doing, but I have just been in one class
meka on July 31, 2013:
they are a big scam trust I went last month
JC SUX on July 14, 2013:
They turned me away when I told them I was unemployed! Scam written all over it!!!
Adriana on June 14, 2013:
I been attending JC since April. I'm not sure if it's a scam. But after hearing what they told most of the girls during the audition, really made me question JC. But I am thirsty and I am willing to go through the hell to get to my glory. I am doing things outside of JC. Now they do tell you.. " We do not help you get the JOB, it's all you". I'm the type of person that can read people. What they said sounds really rehearsed. But I didn't care because I want it so bad. Going to class at JC one day, I overheard a lady saying " Are you excited? We look forward to meeting you". At my call back I asked how often do y'all have auditions. She replied " every six months". well, I didn't believe that. My biggest issue with JC. At least get attractive people. NOT JUST ANYBODY! It's like they just walk into dollar general and ask people would you like to model. I was standing their thinking maybe I should bum this audition and see if they will give me a call back. But I thought half of the room is already doing that for me. SO the coast 2000. I wish I could use that 2000 dollars on some clothes. They have this thing call Talent Scout ( pretty much using their students at JC to scam other family, every person you recruit you get .25) ???? what the freak. and you also can do Freeze modeling at a local mall. I have yet to waste my time with that. I DO other work. NOT BECAUSE OF JC. BUT BECAUSE I KNOW I HAVE WHAT IT TAKES. JC tells me you're only 5'7 you cant be a high fashion model. ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE WITH GOD. at JC they teach you walks, and how to put on makeup. you make a profile with 800 casting and I don't know if that's legit because I don't sign up for that til next week. But I will be going on either THE FACE or AMERICA NEXT TOP MODEL next season to put my face out there. I think once you have spent over 2000 dollars to be model no cost is too much anymore. that 2000 dollars could have been flight and hotel to go to agency in MIAMI, LA or NY!!!!you don't need JC to be a model. I know by experience. UNLESS YOU JUST WANT TO SAY I GO to John Casablancas. I would never go to a casting call and be like I went to JC. They would laugh at me and potentially I may not get the job. I graduate from JC in November will tell you more later...
April on June 05, 2013:
I went to the John Casablancas school when I was 13 and graduated with the highest grade in my class. I was offered at that time a contract to sign on with the agency. Unfortunately at that time, I couldn't do it, so I went on and some 8 years later, I got a call saying that they still wanted to sign me. So I went and talked with a group about signing on with Model and Talent Management. They asked me to fork over some money to pay for a photo shoot so that I would have current head/body shots for my portfolio. But after paying the money, getting the photos, and signing up with them, they told me that I would have to go look for my own work. They didn't help me out with finding bookings at all, so after a few months trying on my own, I gave up and now have wasted well over $3000 to John Casablancas and MTM. It is absolutely a scam don't let yourself be suckered in either.
Grace on April 21, 2013:
My friend is taking classes form them. I tried warning her that it wasn't what she thought. She then got angry at me for "not being happy for her". I would show her this but she would just get mad. Oh, and the price is like 2,000 dollars.
Frod43 on March 14, 2013:
Unfortunately, several big name model agencies found out they could make more money by charging people that want to be models...for so-called 'training'. In fact if a legit agency thinks you have potential...you don't pay anything!..Please do not give them any money! Walk away, fast!
Bt on February 24, 2013:
TornJordans on January 22, 2013:
I Actually Just Think The People Who Went And Auditioned And Didn't Get Called Back Or Booked A Gig Is Because They Just Didn't Have What It Took..? Maybe, I Don't Know..I Have A Meeting Thing Tomorrow. I'll Repost How It Went For People Who Really Want To Know.
christy on January 21, 2013:
I'm a graduate of John Casablancas it's a really great school , I went to he one here in Oklahoma City, Ok I loved it and I can go back for 3 years if I want and I will & they do help you with lots, then you go to auditions after wards and if the people like you they will take you for a movie or comercial, or modeling.
DeAnna on December 12, 2012:
Okayy listen here people JC is a really good place I start in Jan. and you DON'T PAY THOUSANDS UP FRONT!!!! You can pay weekly, monthly, or all at one time OR!!! If your really good like me :) and they want you they set a certain amount up JC IS NOT A SCAM!!! And they are a school AND agency if your a B they have classes for you to take and then help you get auditions and they also help you get into bigger agencys!! The people who work are really nice and NOT EVERYONE GETS IN!!! Ive seen them turn down some people!! There ive said what I want Its your choice if you don't go but just so you no your making a mistake if you don't go!!!
Diana on November 24, 2012:
Well I have an audition tomorrow and now I'm not sure I should go anymore.. hmm.
A on August 01, 2012:
Wow, everyone on here defending this place needs to learn how to spell correctly and to use English grammar correctly. Lykkkkeee y wuld any1 beleeve some1 hew tipes lykeee dis?! Or a person who doesn't know how to use their, there, and they're correctly, or too, to, and two? I guess you don't have to use proper English if acting is your career.
John on July 25, 2012:
there school is not a scam guys loll a IF U GO TO ANY SCHOOl it will be between 1000$-$3000 and thats what your paying for to learnnn..if your good then the agencie will take you for free but if you have trouble but you have a good body and facial experssions they will accept you if your not that well of a good looking person then they'll send you home. What your paying for is the school okay godd. And its up to you to gte work you have to work for it and be determined not just sit on your ass and wait for them my god. this is a real place and not fake like ohh lets say hollywoodauditions.com that takes your money and you never sign anything or get calls and when you try to call them it just keeps ringing yea that's fake soo trust me IM john smith i live in Redford Michigan you can look me up on facebook or twitter which im @johnbonton im on instagram so im a real person okay fucking people who say this is a scam ethier didn't have the money for it or are mad because they're child couldn't get in because they didn't have enough determination AND scams never turn down anyone WITH johncasablancas they turn down a lot of people so yeah ITS REAL
Chloe on July 14, 2012:
Very phony dishonest people. BEWARE!
Jay on June 17, 2012:
I just started taking classes I start this weekend I got a callback they said there was a fee for the classes but not all upfront it's monthly payments my mom paid 100 for the start. I'm seeing 50/50 on whether it's a scam or not but I'm just going to go with it. Some people seem successful and some don't so I'm going to see where God puts me.
Denise on June 13, 2012:
I actually model for JC. The reason JC has such high class prices is because they are a multi billion dollar agency. They hold a world record spot for biggest modeling agency in the world. Although they are expensive you do learn a lot from them. Also you DO NOT have to take classes from them you can take classes wherever you'd like. But I can assure you JC is no scam
Wanda Lovell Dawson on May 29, 2012:
My G-dau has an interview Thursday 5-31-12 I'll let you know what happens.....
lisa on May 24, 2012:
Omg!Scam or not your the fool if you fall for it...Just keep your mind open and don't pay nothing your the one who needs to get paid on less you have to take the classes they give...That's all....
shirleyann on May 10, 2012:
john casablanca is a scam whether anyone believes it or not I am currently with them down langhorn pa across from sesame place and i left because all they want is your money. And modelling agencies are suppose to pay you because they want you. Most legit modelling agencies are in new york anyway that's where im going to search next for an agency.
Shyia on May 03, 2012:
No JCB is not a scam , i am currently a student in Atlanta Ga , and i am enjoying my experience . The people who work there are not amaturs , it is there job . Either the are models, directors or actors ... so no its not a scam , i believe that If God sends you a vision you go after it you do not ignore it , so for all the negative feedback please stop , because many peopl have a dream such as myself and i will fufill it :).
Lady Ta on May 02, 2012:
They calld me today to audition for tomorrow. I got into it with my man about it and after I read up on it! I decided not to go!! He was juz looking after me. Looking up on this stuff taught me sumthan tonite! Y would this many ppl lie! Thank u all for expressing your stories! All I wantd was the truth
jc student on April 29, 2012:
I don't think people should blame it on the school about there misfortunes they didn't say your daughter or son is going to be a model they said its for learning the ropes of being a model i don't know what kind of agencies you went to but jc has lots of people scamming their agencies. People are human to and not everybody is the same at every agencies that's why you have to watch out for the fakes
Cierra on April 27, 2012:
Omg i have an audition with JC tomorrow.. now that im reading all this negativity about them idk if i should go or not.. should i go just to see?
angel on April 13, 2012:
u hv nun to worry bout and as u see people are droppin out becuz they THINK jc is a bad school i do agree on mst u have to try really hrd okay cuz at sum point they wnt you to act or model in frunt of an acting agent and if ur npt good enuf of course u wnt do nun but u have to giv sum thngs in life a try or u 'll jst end up regrtin it i thnk u shood go try
bray on March 27, 2012:
I have an Audition next saturday...should I go??!
kv on March 27, 2012:
My daughter got a phone call yesterday from JC for tomorrow audition. I am not sure if we should go or not by reading the posts above. Help!!!!
JE on March 25, 2012:
went to my interview they want me to go to school... Im thinking of doing some learning myself then go and show them I know it all and then Ill be an A and wont need school.........
regina on February 23, 2012:
They called mme today for an audition, after reading all this im going to cancele
Bill on February 11, 2012:
folks- we looked at this a couple years ago as my boy was interested in acting, lucky we found out the right path. He is now working, has been in local, regional and national commercials and TV. Independent films small to medium budget and a major feature. Now we are working and meeting legit national agents in NY, LA. As we have travled this path, all the legit guys said they would throw away any resume that had JC, Robert Powers etc. on it. If you realy want to try the model thing, find a source through legit websites to get pro pics with a makeover, find the model agencies, submit pics and specs. If they like the look and he/ she fits the specs (very narrow), they will set up an interview. For acting, find legit classes, coaches. The teachers will be SAG/AFTRA/ AEA,Equity ot will have acting/ drama degrees. They will lead the path to you if you have the ability. Break a leg!
was up on February 09, 2012:
Not a scam!!!!!!!!!!!! I auditioned there yesterday!!!!!!!! it is real once again it is NOT a scam!!!
jackie carpenter on February 05, 2012:
i actually did do the school there at Jon casablancas.it was a lot of fun but costly.i spent 1200 for an 11 week course.i mostly did it for fun wasn't interested in the work.the pictures came out amazinhg.the people who worked there were rude to me though.the actor kept making comments like wo is paying for my school...and asking me if i had a bf.it made me feel completely out of place.i thought he liked me so i flirted with him.he then reported me and i never continued bull crap! but i did at least get my cirtifacate and i did graduate......i def don't recommend this place to anypone!
Haven on February 01, 2012:
Im in JC should I get out now I haven't paid the full 1,000 yet im on week 7 right now... i have another offer and I have bn getting modeling hit ups frequently from me being my own agent... should i just get out? help!
Ang on January 27, 2012:
I admit that I do work for JC and it isn't a scam. I went there when I was in high school and yes it was pricey, but it taught me to have confidence in myself. I learned how to walk in heels like a lady, put on my makeup (which back in the 90's was a lot of makeup lol) and do my hair. I learned how to pose for the camera and most of all to accent my qualities and to accept my flaws, stand up and speak in front of a crowd without shaking. Teenagers need this confidence. This is why, 20 years later I work for them. Nothing is free and all business have overhead, so it would be impossible to do that for free. Ok, maybe you don't need to pay for classes, but if you don't know what your doing, you may pay $600 plus dollars for a photo shoot that turns out terrible because you don't know how to pose. You may go to an audition and get laughed at because you don't know how to walk the run way. No one is going to pay you money if you are green, even when you get a job at lets just say target, you still need to be trained. Sure you may be able to get promo work for your resume, but how comfortable do you feel meeting with a stranger that may take at vantage of you. At least through the agency at JC they work with people that can be trusted, instead of taking your chances on cragslist. Every once in a while, Factor comes to JC looking for models to sign to their agency. We have also gotten girls signed with Ford and other large agencies. You will be turned away if you have no experience, just like any job, you need something on your resume. You decide if JC is for you. Check out your local JC on Facebook and talk to models that are taking classes currently with us. We usually post pictures of shows they our models have been involved in on there as well. I can't speak for all JC's since they are a franchise, but I can promise that ours in michigan is not. Thanks for reading.
danika on January 26, 2012:
i haven't tried it yet and i went there yesterday and today they said i made it and know myn mom has to pay 2,678 dollars for this stuff.
Wobble-D wobble-D wobb. on January 17, 2012:
Uhm. I'ma still confused as to whether i should go to my audition or not..Help?
Joey on January 12, 2012:
As a photographer I have worked with a few models who were graduates from JC. Got to say they knew exactly what to do. They knew how to apply their make up how to move around and do their poses professionally. WHO ever told you that an agency doesn't charge.. IS BS.. They get some what 35% from all modeling jobs you get hired. Secoundly If you didn't get jobs as a fashion model chances are no one liked your look. Its a cold world out there in the fashion industry even for us photographers get judged by our work. We have to have tough skin or we wont make it in this industry. AS for JC.. He has allot of other Agency combine to stand with him. SUCH as FORD, ELLE and other agency. NO ONE works for free.. NOT even a photographer likes taking pictures for free. SOMEONE got to pay for the camera equipment that is being used and the time of editing photos or developing film .. Whatever the case is.. NOTHING is FREE.
jamesha on December 28, 2011:
Dawn do u know how stupid you sound when you said victoria's secert models are usually 15. first off if i was a mom i would not let my child pose or do nothing with them. Models come in different colors, sizes,ages. It dont matter how old you are its something out there for everybody. You just have to have the look and the heart to do it.
LizzyMarieG on December 06, 2011:
My cousin just graduated from John Casablanca's in Memphis TN! They are NOT a scam! They really taught her a ton! They told us upfront that they could not guarantee jobs, they give you the skills to go out and get them! She absolutely loved it! She can go back anytime she wants for 3 years and retake any class, and as many photoshoots she wants! They are not a scam and are really sweet people.
chel on December 03, 2011:
LOL at the person trying to take up for JC using bad punctuation and grammar. Someone just said we can tell you work for the company by how you write soo you decided to switch it up and throw us off? Not falling for it. John Casablancas is a hugeee scam that only wants your money. I did the downpayment but then cancelled the next day due to my better judgement. They were supposed to give me a full refund but still have not. I just reported it to my credit card company. JC can deal with them now. Dumb @$$ thieves.
Tarek on October 09, 2011:
i paid for it and i graduated but i don't see the scam i have been in a lot of commercians in those 5 months
Markia on September 08, 2011:
JOHN CASABLANCAS IS NOT A SCAM i Graduated from there and they teach you a lot . John Casablancas is a Model & Acting School.After 15 Weeks u Get an Acency and start Audition. Even though u Have to Pay . JC is Worth It!!!! TRY IT & U would Like It ! iWill Be on Tv shows like Shake it Up & Other Upcominq Movies & also i have did an Fashion Show to launch the Khardashian Clothing Line! so ALL YALL SAYING ITS A SCAM IT IS NOT A SCAM ITS REAL BUSINESS!!!!! I LOVE JOHN CASABLANCAS MODEL & ACTING CAREER CENTER !
Shrimpsushi on September 07, 2011:
They are a scam and the people that are backing him are defiantly working for him or friends of his trying to make him look good, I did a background check of the guy and he has so many lawsuits to his neck for people getting scammed..so stfu people that try to make him look good because it's not working.
DHAGAN on September 04, 2011:
about two years ago i was up on the computer looking for casting calls and john casablancas pulled up so i asked my mom if could try it she said yes so i went to the auditions and two weeks later they called and said they liked me and said they needed 1000 dollars and they said it was free what happened!now im not even allowed to look at agencies anymore. THERE GOES MY DREAMS!
terri on August 16, 2011:
my daghter might start but we are deciding if it is good for her and im confused people say its a scam but others don't i need the truth
Steven on July 31, 2011:
Just so everybody has proof, I am showing evrybody how easy it is to just jump on here and post a comment pretending to be someone I am not. John Casablancas modeling is a scam do not get involved with it.
Richard on July 31, 2011:
I luv how the positive feed backs mostly seem to have perfect puncuation and seem to be suckling the teet of the so called John Casablancas modeling. I do a lot of work watching for scams and I can tell you this people. The positive feed backs are most likely being planted by people who work for this company trying to fend off the negative feedback from what they are actually doing. We sent in someone to check out this so called school and I can guarantee this is no modeling or acting school. It is a scam that targets those who know little or nothing about modeling or acting. Do yourself a favor and stay away from it and do this the way the famous people do it, with hard work and determination. Fame is not handed to you it is earned.
Concerned mom on July 08, 2011:
They are crap. They don't give a darn about your child. All they do is take your money and then garnish you if you fail to pay. The whole organization is a sham. I originally signed my daugther up for this @$%* and they promised a lot upfront. Once our family experienced financial hardship, they lost interest in our daughter and still insisted on their paymants. We paid for three years of service and she only visited the school for 3-4 months; truly a piece of crock. I even got harassing phone calls at work. I will never ever fall for this crap ever again.
Allanah on July 07, 2011:
YOU DAMN PEOPLE ARE CONFUSING ME!!!!!!!!!! IS IT A SCAM???? How much do i have to pay and if so what are some othe LEGITIMATE agencies??????
Misty on July 02, 2011:
I go to JC's and it's not a scam. It's not supposed to give you jobs autimaticly. John Casablanca's is to learn about modeling and to get training for modeling. I've been to 8 classes now and have already learned so much more. I tried to learn on my own and i almost gave up. Sure you have to pay to get into CLASSES at JC's but they're totally worth it and you learn so much. Plus you get a free portfolio, two photo shoots, and you get to meet a lot of big shots. It really is not a scam.
Dawn on June 23, 2011:
I am about to graduate from JC's and it's not a scam. Yeah I had to pay but I do know that the instructors are models and actors. I have seen their movies. Yeah I could have probably learned on my own but as hard as I tried I didn't get any gigs until I started at JC's. They are affiliated with Elite Modeling agency which is a top agency. They were both founded by the same person. As for jobs you don't have to give them a percentage of every gig you get. They have you sign a contract with them for 1 yr but you can still get gigs on your own without their help which then you don't have to pay them anything. I have went on calls that they have sent me on and I have also gotten modeling jobs on my own. Personally it was a fun experience for me and I enjoyed it. I applied for an audition 10yrs. ago with them and was turned down so they do not take everyone. I was called back this year for another audition and got in. It's a good beginning for those who have no experience and for those who may be nervous in front of many people. It helped me by giving me the experience of doing the cat walk, acting, and modeling in front of people on a stage where as before I would shake so bad and be so nervous I couldn't do a thing. Now I feel comfortable in front of a camera. No matter what agency you are with they are going to charge you a percentage of your earnings from gigs they get you. Even photographers who have the copy rights of your modeling pictures get a percentage no matter if you get the gig through an agency or on your own. It's a business just like anything else. JC's is not just a school. It is an agency also so once you are done the schooling they help try to get you experience so you can move onto bigger things. Once you graduate you can take more classes and refresher courses with no additional charge. They help get you started without a Union. Non Union jobs pay less but once you get just a little experience you can get into a Union which is going to cost even more then an agency. You can actually learn a lot from JC's and I would recommend it for any beginner. Those with some experience may not benefit as much but it is a good start. The thing with JC's is that age doesn't matter. You will not get represented by agencies such as Elite if you are over 21. JC's helps no matter what age and gives all ages, sizes, etc a chance. It is hard to get into this scene if you are older then 21 because most models are from the ages 15 - 21 and after that you are considered to old. Like the Victoria Secret models... they are usually no older then 15. I'm 37 and my modeling has taken off. Unless you are a lucky one who is found just by walking down the street you are not going to be able to get into this industry without some training and putting out some money from your own pockets.
If you want to try to do it on your own the best way to do it is to pay a professional photographer who is a big name, get your images and start advertising yourself. To boost my career I paid $600.00 to have my photos done by a well known photographer who has shot for Curves Mag, Playboy, and many others. Most of these photographers will take a few hundred photos of you and you will only get like 4 or 5 retouched for your portfolio, but at the same time he holds the copyrights to all of your photos and will submit them to people to help get you work. Take these photos and go on line and make a comp card to hand out with resumes. An agency alone won't do it. You have to advertise yourself as much as you can. You can't just sit around and wait for the agency. No matter what you do in life you have to work at it and not just depend on someone else to do it all.
Mr poophoganongan on May 26, 2011:
It's not a scam ppl don't know what there everyone shut the hell up
Liliy on May 23, 2011:
Hi I'm lily i'm going to join the modeling school of john casablancas is the school a scam or not a scam?
JMarie on January 30, 2011:
Just signed my daughter up with JC in Rocky Hill. It was only 1,500 for 14 weeks 3 hrs a week. She has no experience and has no idea what to expect so I thought the classes were great. I was concerned with the fact that they represent you for 10 years but due to no contract with them if another agent gets my daughter a job they do not get a share and I was happy to know that portfolio photo shoot and hair and makeup are included...any one who shopped around knows that pics are at least $300 and up...and they will refund my money if my daughter does not like the classes so how could I loose? I went to places where they wanted you to pay them for a photo shoot because they could only represent you using THEIR photos which ran you around the same amount of money or there were annual fees ...I walked out! They also have an excellent rating with the better business bureau. I will keep you posted...like I said just started.
gsharadasheker from Zaheerabad on January 24, 2011:
nayra on January 07, 2011:
i used to go to jc but i don't go any more! i kida miss it but im still not sure if its a scam or not!
The Mighty Model from New Jersey on December 12, 2010:
Hey Brian! I just recently found out about JC. One of my agents in Philly recently retired and started working at JC as a director. From what I know, their classes are geared for people with little to no experience that are looking to get into the industry (models who want to learn how to do the different runway catwalks, etc.). They do not promise representation or work. They are more of a school.
My suggestion - if you are looking to become a model, don't shell out your money on classes. Go to open calls first. All legit agencies have open calls, sometimes once a month. The agents there will give you honest feedback and tell you if you need classes or not. They have your best interests in mind and they don't get any "kick backs" from modeling schools like JC. You don't need classes to build a portfolio.
Hope that helps!
genwriter from Singapore on December 09, 2010:
I had a same case like Amanda, my best buddy was in his classes and completed it, but then the rest was history. She totally gave up. Thanks for this useful hub, hope more people see this.
Rated it and following you. Looking forward for your hubs. Don't forget to check my hubs too :)
Amanda on November 30, 2010:
My best friend did the JC modeling classes. I don't know exactly what happened, but she did end up getting a modeling job, whether it was through JC or not I'm not sure.
Terrance Williams on November 11, 2010:
Yea I'm still paying for john Casablanca classes even though I left. But while I was there the things they showed me I could of learned it on my own. Not to mention I didn't get not one gig while I was there. Their the worst.
ChristinaK on November 05, 2010:
Yes, this is very true. You also have to read the contract. Lots of agencies I've looked at want a percentage of your jobs for 3 years after you stop working for them. NUTS. I stick to those that just take a set percentage of your jobs and a small sign up fee is fine too if they build you a portfolio etc...
Brian Whyte (author) on October 01, 2010:
Norm on September 28, 2010:
My agent actually rejected a girl for trying to use John Casablancas on her resume.