Is Barbizon just a big fat hoax?

ok... so. I have been accepted into many modeling & talent agencies but I have not had the money. Barbizon asks for $2,495. If you pay up front, it is $1,750. I have had people tell me that they are just trying to get my money. I don't even have the money for this. I am trying to get sponsored.

What do YOU think I should do?

Is it fake?

Do you guys know any companies that you know that are actually real?

3 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    It's a SCAM, PERIOD! You don't want to get laughed out of LA and NY because you have them on your resume do you?

    Still don't believe me?

    BARBIZON was exposed by Dateline's Chris Hansen as being scammy! They sent someone who intentionally was a bad actress and she got a perfect score and accepted to Barbizon. Scam O'RAMA! DOCUMENTATION BEATS CONVERSATION!


    Barbizon, John Robert Powers, and John Casablancas are all SCAMS! They are NOT agencies! They MISLEAD people into thinking that they are, but are NOT. LEGIT Agencies only make money when you do (10% for film/tv and commercials, 20% for commercial print). REAL AGENTS DON'T take $2000 upfront and DON'T make you take their subpar classes. YES! You'll be paying at least $2000 for crappy classes!

    A school for modeling is the biggest scam, period! When you get picked up by a LEGIT agency like Ford or Elite, they will teach you or hire coaches. They're not going to reject your resume because "oh, you don't have any modeling classes."

    If you don't think they're scams, then go waste thousands of dollars that could go towards good headshots and training from the BEST schools (JRP, JC, and Barb. are NOT the best!) Also, go to a major market like L.A. or N.Y. with those schools on your resume. You'll get LAUGHED out!

    Schools like Barbizon, JRP, and JC still exist because there are a lot of suckers trying to get into acting and for the money. They think that going to one school will be the answer and it's not. It's these schools that give them and feed off of those false promises. For every 100 people that go through these scammy schools and lose their money, there will always be that naturally talented kid that gets work and that these scammy schools take credit for.

    JRP-Banks on the name of a very famous and DEAD agent. They say that Lucille Ball, John Wayne, Barbara Walters, Heather Locklear, Peter Fonda, Jane Fonda, and many other famous actors went to the school, when NONE of them did! Some of those celebs even threatened legal action for using their names. So you see, they use bait and switch tactics.

    John Casablancas-The franchises have been known for unethical business practices and really have nothing to do with the founder's original intentions.

    Barbizon-It was popular back in the 70s and 80s. Now these franchises have been known for unethical business practices and false promises.

    These schools are OVERPRICED and DON'T provide the caliber training that more affordable and REPUTABLE schools like Howard Fine Studios, Ivanna Chubbuck, Groundlings, Second City, Beverly Hills Playhouse, Stella Adler, William Esper Studios, Tom Todoroff, Joanne Baron/D.W. Brown, Margie Haber, etc. do.

    Go look those schools up! They are all respected by the industry and LEGIT!

    Source(s): Working actor, Acting Scambuster, and respected contributor to
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    HUGE HOAX! A modeling agency will never ask you to pay upfront. Never ever! They will invest in you because they believe that you will make them money. The only money that an agency should ever get from you is their percentage of money that you make from real jobs.

    Search the internet for real agencies. Places that have offices in major cities that you can visit and make sure that they are legitimate.

    Places like Ford, W, big agencies. Please don't pay anyone money to give you a career cause you will never succeed that way.

    Source(s): Model with large agency for 3 years
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  • ?
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    barbizon is not an agency. no legit agent charges any money up

    front. they get paid when you get work, they get 10%

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