John Casablancas Scam or Misinterpretation?
John Casablancas has been stirring up a lot of controversy in the modelling and acting arena.
There are differing views related to his self proclaimed career centers as many believe in the John Casablancas scam based on scam reports found online, while others have stuck by the career center stating how it has helped them to launch their modelling and acting careers.
Before we get into this, let’s learn more about the John Casablancas Modelling and Career Centers.
John Casablancas, founder of Elite Model Management International, holds ‘educational institutions’ licensed across 35 states in the US. Teaching instructors are said to be skilled in beauty, fashion, acting and more importantly, image development. Classes to be expected at John Casablancas include:
- Skin care
- Hair care
- Make-up artistry
- Professional modelling
- TV commercial acting
- Personal image
- Portfolio development.
Sounds established, right? So why do people keep claiming that John Casablancas is a scam?
Well, unfortunately it is based on the success rate of the students as well as the confusion brought about by the school in drawing a line between an agency and an educational institution.
John Casablancas is a business, and there are two objectives of this institution… to make money and to attract students.
Attracting students may be in the form of hosting castings to recruit prospective students as well as acting as an agency for these students so as to make a percentage from their prospective careers.
Hence, a lot of the complaints come from students based on their confusion between the two due to their lack of understanding.
So let me break it down for you for you to fully understand if this institution (and agency) is the right option for you. If you do not wish to take classes in modelling or acting, John Casablancas is not for you.
If you do decide that you need classes then be prepared to spend (this is the same with EVERY educational institution) because you must pay for knowledge and help in this field.
This is where any credibility to the John Casablancas scam claims begin to ring true because there are so many stories all over the net from disgruntled ex- John Casablancas students.
Here are just a few of the many complaints found online…
** 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 sense 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. Mad, San Diego, California
** They make you do things for hours and promise to send you on auditions and never do anything. They accept anybody who will give them the money that is their whole goal. They are unprofessional and if you are thinking of joining JohnCasaBlanca run as fast as you can, Trumex
** Once our family experienced financial hardship, they lost interest in our daughter and still insisted on their payments. We paid for three years of service and she only visited the school for 3-4 months, concerned mum
I was told on the phone I have an interview for modelling with possible TV Commercial jobs lined up. My husband and I are not assertive people, we can’t say no to anyone. We felt pressure to sign up and give a 300 dollar deposit for the school and commit to pay 87 bucks a week for school. Over the next few days we kept telling them “NO” and they continuously ignored my refusal to join the school insisting I show up, and now they want $1,740, Ksenia of Coral Springs, FL
One thing that modelling agencies get a bad name for is over promising and under delivering, praying on the dreams of start struck kids and parents.
Listening to the majority of the testimonials on the jcasablancas.com website, the main thing that it clearly does is help children by elevating their self esteem, with many parents speaking about how confident their children were after completing the training.
So, if you are scouted by the John Casablancas agency, or indeed you are researching the service offered, bear in mind that what seems to a make an ideal student is someone who is very willing to pay – above all else.
I find this to be an unethical approach because the potential of an individual should be based on their ability, and NOT how deep their pockets are.
The choice now is for you to decide if you would like to take the John Casablancas route to get discovered, or if you now realize that your talent would be best developed with a more ethical agency. I think it’s now very clear how I feel.
Tony – WFHW