John Casablancas has been stirring up a lot of controversy in the modelling and acting arena in recent times.
There are differing views related to John’s career centers as many believe in the John Casablancas scam reports found online.
Yet others have been encouraged by the career centers stating how they have helped them to launch their modelling and acting careers.
What Do We Know About The John Casablancas Modeling & 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 very established to me. So why on earth 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 naturally there are two objectives of this institution – to attract students and generate an income.
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 modeling or acting, John Casablancas is not for you.
If you decide that you do need classes, be prepared to spend (and this is the same with EVERY educational institution) because you must pay for knowledge and help in this field.
This is perhaps where the negative comments online are born because when we pay for something, we have a right to put our ‘value for money’ point across.
However, as stated earlier, there are many negative comments online about the service provided and here are a few examples:
** 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
Of course, we should not accept that all online comments are 100% genuine, so make of these what you will.
However, One thing that modeling agencies in particular get a bad name for is over promising and under delivering, and given the comments above and what you might have already read online, you should be mindful of this if you are considering using the John Casablancas modeling and career centers.
On a positive note, many of the positive comments about John Casablancas speak very highly of how it helps to improve the self-esteem of young children. This is very pleasing to hear, and many parents have spoken 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, be mindful of both the reported negative and positive comments about the service they provide.
In particular, I would say to be very wary of the associated costs going forward.
The choice now is for you to decide if you would like to take the John Casablancas route to get discovered, or if you would prefer to develop your talent with an alternative agency.
Tony – WFHW