John Casablancas Scam or Misinterpretation?

John-Casablancas-ReviewJohn 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

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

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Brittany - November 2, 2016 Reply

So I actually just set up and date with them before deciding to look at some reviews and thank god I did! Almost everything is negative and I totally wasn’t expecting to pay just yet! I’m a college kid

    Marcus - November 3, 2016 Reply

    Glad to have been of some help here, Brittany!

    All the best,

    Marcus – WFHW

Mary - October 18, 2016 Reply

Hi there! I worked at JC in the South East for less than six months, but boy… it was one of the worst job experiences ever. I was a scheduler, front desk position. The phone was constantly ringing with unhappy people. Honestly, I was forced to lie to everyone. Telling potential clients that the audition was ONE NIGHT ONLY (when we held two auditions/week.) I felt like I was being yelled at so much and I never thought I was performing my job correctly thanks to my greedy teenage-behavior boss. Thank God I never sold the class packages. I refused to. My boss would create fake contracts to boost our numbers. Sometimes she would create contracts for her family members, tell them they need to cancel in three days, and then they’ll get their money back, but it was all for the numbers. My boss would trick me into lying to her boss, the CEO of JC. The teachers are ho-hum. Sometimes the instructor didn’t even show up to work/class. If you don’t finish the classes and don’t compose an official Cancellation Letter, you 100% will be sent to a Collection Agency and they will throttle you for the money. It’s an awful unorganized company that only wants your money. Please don’t waste your time with an illegitimate company.

    Marcus - October 19, 2016 Reply

    Hi Mary,

    Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your time working for John Casablancas. It’s certainly an eye-opener, and I’m sure my visitors will appreciate your detailed overview of how the company operates.

    All the best,

    Marcus – WFHW

Oden - September 28, 2016 Reply

I had an audition, put in my reasons I am interested in John Casabalancas that I don’t intend to spend any money, however create a mutual advantageous relationship with them where we make each other money and they help my networking, and I got a second call back. I’ll let you know what happens next, but from the sounds of it a lot of people who didn’t have the self esteem or confidence in the industry needed classes to believe in themselves, whereas I didn’t want any help with anything, only to be marketed and help my networking. I don’t know yet but I think you have to be cool headed and think on your feet in this industry. Know what you want, and know you’re what they want, convince them you’re beneficial to them and of course they’ll pay you. 20% of 0 is 0, and that’s what they get if you don’t pay them, and they don’t make you money.

    Marcus - September 29, 2016 Reply

    Hi Oden,

    Thanks for sharing your experience with John Casablancas, and your thoughts in general about the industry.

    It would be great to hear how things go and I wish you every success with your follow up.

    All the best,

    Marcus – WFHW

brittney - September 23, 2016 Reply

hey I have an interview tomorrow. They never said anything about paying for anything but it’s an interview. i’ll keep you posted.

    Marcus - September 23, 2016 Reply

    Hi Brittney,

    That would be really great. Let us know how things go. Best of luck!

    Marcus – WFHW

Kimberly Valle - February 23, 2015 Reply

I went to john casabkancas, because they told me it was an interview for modeling, they made this whole scene of he have unlimited space and you have potencial.. etc it was like, YOU’RE HIRED! and then, they said how are you going to pay? Debit or credit? And I was, wait what? This is not an interview? And they said you have and scholarship which is 450$ at the beginning and 95$ per week,all that after my speech in how responsible I am, they make you feel comfortable in the office and tried to get all your money, I still trying to cancell that. Don’t go to john casablancas.

    Marcus - February 23, 2015 Reply

    Hi Kimberly,

    Thanks for sharing your story and I am sorry to hear that you had such a negative experience with John Casablancas. My visitors will definitely appreciate your input.

    Best wishes for now and I hope you are able to at least cancel your subscription to this service.

    Marcus – WFHW

Bo - July 15, 2014 Reply

So my kids went out to one of their auditions in NC asking for kid actors and models for Disney/Nick commercials and shows. After hours of watching testimonials and even having one of the local kids who made it through a few commercials come in and talk to our kids, they actually went through a selection process. Now, I brought both of my daughters there. The oldest was the one interested and the youngest was there for support. Needless to say, the youngest was the one they selected and told me how much the check amount I would have to write to get her started. I’m like wait, I thought you guys were looking for someone to be in a commercial for modeling. I’m not trying to PAY for anything. You’ve already told my oldest that she’s not good enough, now you want me to pay 100s of dollars to meet up in Pittsburgh for a potential chance to be in a commercial? This began my extensive research into this company. I declined any and all offers from them, and for the past few months, I’ve been dealing with declining their emails and phone calls regarding both of my girls potential modeling and acting careers. They are relentless and they want your money like any online school. They use the fact that people are ignorant to what an actual talent agency and a talent scout is to get you in the door (and I still don’t know the difference) – This was my testimony.

    Marcus - July 16, 2014 Reply

    Thanks for sharing your experiences with John Casablancas, Bo.

    Jeez, that certainly paints a negative picture. Not only for your eldest daughter, but because it all quickly became solely about money. And not only that…there were no guarantees that your youngest daughter would definitely get a part! Shocking.

    Sorry to hear that you had such a negative experience, Bo, and I wish you and your daughters well with all future ventures.

    Best wishes,

    Marcus
    WFHW

Heather - June 14, 2013 Reply

I don’t know how things are now, but I’m a positive that going to John Casablanca Modelling School made a big difference in my life. I was a college student at the time. I didn’t follow a career path as a model or actor, but have gotten work in TV and short films. I even had a part in a college TV channel soap opera. I own my own company and occasional have to appear in film and TV. It has made it so much easier and I feel like I know what to do. I can’t imagine having the confidence to do it without having gone to modeling school. Yes, it did cost money, but so does getting a college education. Why wouldn’t you invest money in training and education for a new career? I don’t remember unfulfilled promises, but I do remember having opportunies for modelling jobs if I had had the time. It is a shame that some people have been disappointed with the school. I really remember it being a good time in my life. Just learning about makeup was invaluable.

    Tony - June 16, 2013 Reply

    Thank you for your comments Heather,

    Seems that you got out of it something positive… Confidence. Others have not been so lucky.
    It seems like the hard sell and open promises have spoiled it for those who didn’t have the cash to ‘invest’ in this type of education.

    I suppose it’s subjective to what you believe you are paying for.

    Thanks for the comments

    Tony
    WFHW Team

robyn - April 3, 2013 Reply

Thanks for opening my eyes….I was about to clear my savings on an empty promise…….thank. u r a life saver

    Tony - April 5, 2013 Reply

    Hi Robyn,
    Your comment REALLY makes writing and reviewing these ‘businesses’ worthwhile.
    So glad you found the article helpful in your decision making

    …. Keep Going ;)

    Tony

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