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Reviewed Oct. 9, 2023
I'm a 20yr industry veteran in film, TV etc. They called me out of the blue insisting I'd submitted my materials for representation (I didn't) but appeased them with a zoom "interview" that turned out to be a mass Zoom of noobs (big surprise) required to a commercial read for feedback (seriously). So nothing private at all. When they learned I'm an IMDB actor, the tone IMMEDIATELY changed, and they never followed up. Lmbo.
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2023
First of all they get you all excited thinking you really have an opportunity with those fake auditions and fake scouting. When they should just start off with, "We need your money." They will not assist you unless you have 70 hrs of a curriculum. Lol. Mandatory before you get signed. Don’t waste your breath or time. Scam!!!!
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Reviewed July 30, 2023
This agency is garbage, they take the most perfect people, well qualified and make you feel that you're not enough. They want you to pay thousands of dollars to be a puppet with directions. Not worth it!
Reviewed April 21, 2023
I joined JC Modeling and Acting Agency of CT in the spring of 2022. I always knew I wanted to be a model and an actress, but I wasn't sure what I needed to do to get started in the industry. I used to model when I was in my early 20's, but I never had professional representation and didn't get very far. Now 35, I knew I would need an agent if I wanted to accelerate my career.
I attended an audition in April and was accepted into the Women's Professional Modeling Program for Summer 2022. Joining this class was one of THE BEST decisions I have ever made! Over the course of the thirteen-week program, I transformed from an aspiring model to a professional. We had a hands-on makeup course from a nationally recognized performing artist. We had a course in nutrition, taught by a registered dietician. I also got to spend multiple weeks perfecting my runway walk; a walk which came in handy when JC hosted an open call in August. I got to walk for multiple major modeling agencies and received my first call back from an agency in NYC!
My agent Tina, and the team at JC, are the absolute best! They take the time to work with me one-on-one and answer my questions whenever I have them. Since completing the course, JC has helped me land roles in motion pictures, television shows, and live events. Every week they are providing me with opportunities to audition for modeling and acting roles with local and national consumer brands.
What's more, JC continues to provide incredible opportunities for free continuing education! I have attended small-group sessions with top industry professionals including internationally successful fashion models, a professional acting coach from LA, an award-winning casting director, and even an American film producer. The groups are intimate, so I get to ask questions and even perform and receive feedback. How cool is that?!
Of all of this, my most favorite thing about JC Modeling and Acting Agency of CT is the community I'm building. I have created new and lasting friendships with other actors and models from the area; an opportunity that I would not have if I were doing this alone. I get to network other like-minded people on social media and watch their careers flourish! I even joined the JC "Mod Squad" and get to work alongside the JC team at local events. I am having so much fun doing what I love. I wouldn't trade this for the world!
Reviewed April 2, 2023
Classes are somewhat educational- although you pay thousands to take the courses, you could get same training on YouTube videos for free. After you graduate, you pay a monthly fee for online portfolio for fake clients to view. This is a rip off not just the membership fee charged monthly but also time spent on fake auditions for fake clients! Have done this stupid membership for almost a year with absolutely no success.
Requested feedback from agent (by monthly) supposedly that’s what they do, let me tell you - they don’t even respond when you try to get the by monthly appointment. All this time I had only one meeting with agent, which was pointless and full of lies as feedback from clients. Caught the agent lying, pointed it out, agent had nothing to say. Canceled membership! Shame on these people, hard working $ and time spent on ** the agent make up, if they spend that time doing actual work to find jobs for their members it would be better for everyone and the world!
Reviewed March 28, 2023
This school is full of rude staff, manipulative pushy scouts, and petty awkward management. I regret ever falling for such a scam. They pretty much take your money for some silly classes like how to stand and things you can learn for free on YouTube. I never even made it to the part where classes were completed and I had a 'manager' to help book me, sure I wouldn't have made much anyway since the rates of success aren't anything impressive. I'm also pretty sure half the class you see are plants, paid people already working there to pretend to be students having a "great experience". It proves so because they claimed if you quit you're banned from the school, yet someone, when I took my first and last class, said she quit before but got to come back since it was an "emergency".
Well having no funds and this company draining your bank account is also an emergency and why I couldn't continue. Who has the money for this? They say investing in your future, no, you're investing in the company's future. They're going to try to make as much money as possible before they get shut down. What a shame, the fashion industry is already so cutthroat, why add to the issues? Shame on you John Casablancas Modeling for overlooking morals and ethics for a quick check. Wish you well!
Reviewed March 28, 2023
If you are thinking about doing this JC training program please read this first, thank you. I’m writing this as a graduate of the JC 60 hr. acting/modeling training program. I graduated in November of 2022. Please do not make the same mistake I did and waste $2500. $2000 for tuition, $240 for the 3 Photo shoots and another $200 plus for clothes, shoes, makeup etc. The Photo shoots were done at a hotel, either in a small conference room with bad lighting or literally right outside the main entrance to the hotel. They didn’t have any of the basic necessary equipment that you see at any professional photo shoot to make the lighting optimal. And yet they are charging each student 80 dollars on top of the 2000 tuition fee. And if you have to reschedule the photoshoot they don’t give you your money back! You have to pay them another 80 dollars, it’s a joke.
To start off, JC sells this program by telling you they will give you the tools of the trade to get work in the Acting/Modeling industry. That is a false statement, they do not. They don’t teach you any acting techniques, you don’t learn anything about stage or film/television acting. You don’t even learn about how to actually become a model and enter the profession. Because the course is taught online there is no way to train on stage or on set during the class and that is something that any real performing arts conservatory would focus on. 30 zoom classes is simply not enough time to learn the tools of any trade, let alone this trade. What they give you is a brief overview of the acting/modeling profession, they teach you some modeling poses and you do some acting activities (such as an improv activity) during some of the classes.
They make the program seem very attractive to prospective students by introducing all of these highly successful people who are involved with JC and it gives you a sense of false hope. Those people did not become very successful in this industry just by taking a 60 hour powerpoint online acting course via zoom. No…they most likely have a BFA/MFA in acting from a performing arts conservatory like Julliard, Tisch, CalArts, Emerson, SUNY Purchase, Pace, UCLA, UC Texas-Austin etc. or maybe they graduated from LaGuardia High School or some other high school with an excellent theater program. Or they are professional NFL football player looking to get into acting.
The point is that this industry is saturated with Broadway actors or Film/Television actors who have been studying this art form for maybe a whole lifetime and have tens of thousands of hours of practice under their belt. Just read the bios of the actors in any Broadway show or Hollywood movie. These people are graduates of prestigious performing arts conservatories and have decades of acting experience both on stage and on set. If you ask yourself how are they able to do it? It’s because it’s second nature to them, because they have been learning this trade for so long. So if all you have is this certificate of completing 60 hours with JC (of which many of the instructors have no business teaching in this field) there is no way you are going to find work in this industry. The competition (Julliard, Purchase, Tisch, Emerson UCLA…graduates) is simply lightyears ahead of you and me for that matter.
It takes years and years to learn the tools of any trade including this one. And so by JC telling you that they can give you the tools of the trade to enter the industry in just 60 hours with instructors who generally speaking (not all, I did have a few good/knowledgeable ones) are elementary at best is just not true. You can’t even learn the tools of the acting trade in just 60 hours at Julliard with the greatest acting instructors in the world. It takes years/1000s of hours to learn them. The course is 30 classes, each 2 hours, you meet once a week on Zoom. Most of the classes are PowerPoint, many of which all the coach did the entire class was just read off the slides without giving the class a chance to participate, there was rarely any real discussion of the material.
Many of the JC Coaches were just inept, they had no business coaching whatsoever, it seemed as if this was the first class they had ever taught. They were unprepared, didn’t have a real understanding of the material they were teaching us, didn’t know how to use basic computer technology like opening up a youtube video to show the class and simply wasted our time doing nothing. The last four or five classes were essentially the same class. The instructor had everyone copy and paste their monologue/commercial/runway self tapes (about 3 minutes total) into the chat and would show the class and give feedback. This is what JC calls “master sessions.” Like literally almost half of the master sessions are the same exact class, you just have a different instructor. It’s a waste of time.
Nonetheless, I did work hard and I thought I was a top student in the class. The last instructor I had (Dwayne) told me my monologue, commercial and runway self tapes were of professional industry quality and invited me to do a virtual interview. And yet I haven’t found any work since graduation. Maybe it’s my look, maybe I’m just not a good enough actor, I don’t know. But I’m guessing it is mostly because I don’t have any professional training in this field necessary to enter the profession. I mean you wouldn’t be able to find work as a lawyer, doctor or dentist with simply a 60 hr. online training certificate. No, you need to get professional training in the field that takes years and get your JD, MD and DDS. Same with acting, it is a profession that takes years and countless hours to learn.Now, if you have the model look, maybe you walk into Abercrombie and Fitch or some other clothing brand store and employees there tell you you should model for them…go get headshots and apply directly with the brand or maybe find a legit modeling agency that will get you some serious work in the industry.
If you are a talented actor and just simply don’t have the time or money to study acting in a conservatory then get some headshots, sign up with Central Casting in LA or NYC and then you can just audition for commercials that way and build up your acting resume via commercials.
Lastly, one thing that really annoyed me with JC was how customer service kept messaging/calling me when I was already halfway through the program asking me if I wanted to apply for the program. Like what? How do you not know that I am already a student? That I’m already enrolled? That already gave you guys over $2000 dollars. I literally got a phone call or message once a week for months after I had already enrolled in the program. It’s terrible. And at the very end what really bothered me was the director didn’t even bother to sign the certificate of completion I received upon graduation. It took me 3 weeks to get JC to contact the director to have them sign it. I was really upset.
Reviewed March 18, 2023
Had the most unbelievably unprofessional experience with Mary at John Casablancas. I have never experienced such a lack of competence and civility. When I mentioned contacting the Better Business Bureau she literally giggled
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2023
I was on an initial Zoom Audition, and I signed off when it came to the Video introduction. I said to myself that it was beyond what I was willing to do to practice my natural acting capabilities. A few hours later "Kirin" calls me back (The same lady who invited me to the first Zoom meeting), and asks me why I signed off, then convinces me to do another Zoom meeting. So I agreed, she said it wouldn't take so long. I nailed the ** commercial Audition. And they called me back for a second, one on one Audition. WHICH we discussed in detail, what I said in the first audition, How I have an Imagination and can become Different people, which I examples in my commercial audition which blew them away. Then she starts going on about these training courses, but it defied everything we spoke about. There's no way an actor like me needs training. John Casablancas Contradict themselves.
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2022
John Casablancas Modeling and Acting Agency of CT is remarkable! Above all, Tina and Kara, demonstrate a high level of involvement, commitment, engagement and enthusiasm, both highly professional and competent to work with!! I have been presented with, and accepted multiple bookings, modeling for a diverse clientele. Thank you for all the incredible experiences and opportunities – I am honored and privileged to be a part of the team!
John Casablancas author review by ConsumerAffairs Research Team
John Casablancas founded his self-named modeling agency more than 25 years ago. The company currently has offices in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Milan, Tokyo and is present in other various cities. The company focuses solely on representing models and actors, and it provides training and instruction.
Fashion based: John Casablancas has access to the best jobs in the industry because of its locations in the world's fashion capitals. This ensures clients have the chance to get the highest-paying jobs with the most exposure.
Board of Education certified: In many states, the agency is registered and certified with the State Board of Education, so it is officially recognized as a provider of education and instruction.
In-depth instruction options: The company does not simply offer clients basic modeling classes, it has many in-depth courses, including skin and hair care, portfolio development, how to work with photographers, television commercial acting and the business side of modeling.
Company reputation: John Casablancas Modeling centers have an excellent reputation because they were founded by John Casablancas, a modeling pioneer responsible for one of the most successful agencies of all time, which is Elite Model Management International.
High-quality instructors: The company only employs the highest-quality instructors who have a great deal of field experience in their areas of expertise.
John Casablancas Modeling Company Information
- Company Name:
- John Casablancas
- Year Founded:
- 30 Cold Spring Road
- Rocky Hill
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- United States
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