Barbizon Modeling School
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Barbizon Modeling School Reviews
Used my child in an attempt to profit
Today, a woman stopped my child in the mall and said she had a great look and invited us to a Barbizon event. My daughter wanted to give it a shot, so knowing how these things work I explained to her true agencies only want you to maybe pay for headshots/portfolio, as far as training, they will invest in you. (That is a summary).
Well anyway, after going through the whole thing and I explained to the "Talen Director" that I feel that if they really feel that she has what it takes, I do not feel that I should have to pay them.
At this point the "Executive Director" said to me in front of my child "Sine you do not want to make an investment, it is obvious you do not support your child".
When I began to tell her that supporting my daughter comes from my heart and not my checkbook she said "let's step away you are embarassing your daughter". I have never been so livid in my life.
Confused about Barbizon!!!
I was just called by Barbizon and i'm not really sure what to make of it. They set up a one on one interview with me at a scheduled time and told me that they pretty much hook girls up with modeling jobs where you can make a lot of money quick.
The rep on the phone went on and on about how there are a bunch of scholarship opportunities and things that sound pretty legit. I don't know if i should go to the meeting or not. I would love to get modeling jobs for the money but i'm not interested in going to some school. Help!!!
Is this too good to be true? :/
Babizon is a scam
I went to barbizon I even went to a barbizon competition and guess what, they don't do anything for you, They don't help you get jobs, they WON"T help you find agencies to work for (even though they say they will). It doesn't help your career in the least bit, honestly its a waste of time and money you can go to any photographer and have the same pictures taken for less. Socialy it is fun, a bunch of girls getting together doing make-up and talking about how we want to be famous but I'm still sitting in little ole' Vermont waitressing...THANKS BARBIZON...NOT
Barbizon Schaumburg Class Action Fraud Suit
Barbizon Schaumburg IS a scam. There is NO "review board" and no selection process. Everyone gets accepted, pays a minimum of $2145 and very few get jobs that they couldn't have gotten for free on craigslist. There is only 1 agent for all 10 states who is a part-time actress and couldn't possibly represent even the people at the Scahumburg school much less all the satelite locations throughout the Midwest. Any "starts" got their work through other agencies that they auditioned for through another one of their money-making schemes - the IMTA. THAT costs BIG bucks to attend. I worked for them and saw it firsthand. They are being sued. Join the law suit. There is also one going on in Wisconsin.
Here is the link to the article http://www.courthousenews.com/2010/06/25/28372.htm
Here is the actual complain:
Barbizon not a scam
i was a student at barbizon ibn 2005, and loved it i just never persued a carrer in modeling afterwards, i don't belive its a scam, i payed 1000 dollars true enough but i dont no were yall gget 3000 from, the only thing i didnt like was after paying all that money then u have to pay for ur photo shoot, if uwant to do it it is worth it no they dont promiss jobs u have to do that own ur own but they teach u every thing u need to no. i love it.. dont let some of these people take ur dreams away with there neg thoughts
DONT WASTE YOUR TIME AND MONEY
This "school" is a complete and total joke.They make the kids believe that its some ultra-exclusive honor to be "allowed" to go here.well news flash THEY WILL TAKE ANYONE WHO IS WILLING TO PAY THEM OVER $2000. My friend went to the six month course (2 classes per month) and im really confused as to what exactly her "tuition" was going towards.The only thing that costs Barbizon anything was the price to rent out a couple rooms at a hotel two times a month.
At the "graduation" ceremony,which is a "fashion show",they dont do anyones make-up,hair,and they all wear their own outfits.I'm pretty sure they dont give out fashion tips either because some of the girls just looked like a hot mess. You dont have to look like a model or have any talent to go here. I actually feel bad for my friend because she actually has potential (shes skinny,pretty and tall) and here she is in this class with a bunch of random girls that couldve been picked up from off the street for all we know. The "ceremony" was very pathetic,the "instructor" was very uncoordinated and didnt know anyones name.
(I wonder if she even has any kind of experience in the industry).
BOTTOM LINE,if you are serious about wanting a career in acting or modeling DO NOT GO TO THIS SCHOOL. It is a complete and total waste of money and I dont even know how these people sleep at night.
Child Given Rough Ride by Sales Pitch at Barbizon
When my daughter told me she had an audition for someone that told her about college money......I thought wonderful. She really is into the visual arts and had just come around to have more confidence in herself, her photography and her appearance.
When we showed and I saw the cattle call atmosphere and everyone with a "2:30" audition time, I knew something was up. Then when we were herded into the one small room and the sales pitch began, I was angry at the thought of spending my Sunday afternoon on a scam. But actually, the longer she spoke, my daughter became excited, and I thought well, if this is something she wants great and it seemed they could accomodate a payment plan, if they "accepted" her why not. After a long hot wait in a cramped room we were taken out of the room by a Mr. Christian. Who needs a lesson in looking people in the eye......First questions, were are you committed, is the money a problem if we take her. Now a news flash is going thru my head that there is something wrong. He tossed a well-worn chapstick commercial at her and had her read as he doodled notes. Great he says...real potential etc. etc. as he continues to write. He took one of the many pics she brought, never asked about her "other talents" she has a beautiful voice as well - YOU MISSED THAT ONE! Told us to sit by the phone and wait.
We went home and discussed this. Took to heart the committment (as we were asked to repeatedly by the main speaker and her sad story about the little girl with the Disney Star that could have been hers if not for her Father) etc. We discussed the $$ (We are talking almost 2,000 dollars for six lessons) Looked at the curriculum (and the things you have to still come up with afte the initial payment) and what her true goals were with this. She surfed the Internet and BAM all these hits about scam, losing your money, etc all came up. A few good comments, again from that top 5% that do make it mostly, what her chances would be to pursue her true goals by buying pumps and make-up and did that fit into what she really wanted and what her 2,000 dollars would buy for camera equipment, a class in photography or other local work. She thought about it and decided she would like to know what they thought of her....but she couldn't quite committ to what they wanted and thought she for now should do something else. I told her fine, when he called to tell him thank you for the opportunity, but no thank you.
I received a call from Mr. Christian promptly at 6:30 and the first thing out of his mouth was do you have your paperwork, let's talk about the money.....money.....money. My daughter tried to explain that she was really not interested, but he was such a hustler that she couldn't get a word in edgewise......I started to help her out (she is still a kid, but I was trying to let her handle her business). He just kept pumping....well isn't this what you want.....isn't this your dream to be a runway model? I asked then, okay, tell me what you saw in my child to think she was going to be successful......and why did they accept her, was told very rudely, that he had not accepted her yet, but wanted some more info.....he had concerns....you should have heard my daughter's voice fail at that moment, oh, I am not accepted, and I am sure mentally it was wow I was so awful he won't even share any comments. Response was that he needed more info - yeah more info like my credit card number.......how wonderful he was for calling and even considering her blah blah.....now the conversation went really bad. He had hurt my child - And you do not do that with me or my husband. Believe me we have spent tons of money on our kids as they tried to find the right "dream" You name it, music lessons, dance lessons, color guard, marching band trips to both coasts (Macy and Rose Parade) as well as in-between, BOA Grand National Championships........it isn't the money.
I kept trying to interrupt to just tell him thank you, but goodnight, and he just kept the sales pressure up. I finally gave the phone over to my husband, who by now was concerned that I was getting upset. He asked our daughter to hang up the phone (we were on a three-way call) and he would handle things....he just kept yelling at my daughter about failure and Mr. Christine actually had the nerve to tell her no, don't go you are blowing your opportunity to ever work in this industry.....Are you kidding me? If I don't shell out $2,000 dollars to you then YOU have the power to blackball my child from stepping foot into CA in the business? I am sure your competition would love to hear that and I did pay attention..Barbizon is a SCHOOL, not the agency......Give me a break......could make a nasty comment on your acting abilities right now......but will not.
My husband tried to end the conversation to just make it end, and he kept going on about how he has kids and parents begging him to take their child and we were going to throw away my daugher's chances. Was it a money thing? That was the last insult.....That is about the time my husband just did end the conversation and informed them not to call my daughter again.
I cannot believe I ever subjected my daughter to your company. Again, I was skeptical.....but gave you the benefit of the doubt. And yes, Mr. Christian.....maybe on your wonderful career as a daytime soap star...you might have $2,000 to drop on something just because, and I would have found the money if this really had been shown to be something positive for my daughter.......but YOU blew it with your nasty, I am a super soap star attitude, grovel at my feet attitude!
You did get one thing right, my daughter is a bubbly, warm, very photogenic and wonderful visual artist with her photography and YOU missed the boat with this one!!
Barbizon IS a scam
barbizon promised my 16 year old daughter they would have her making a ton of money...all she had to do was take the classes, and all I had to do was pay $3000. At the end of it, I am $3000 poorer and they broke her heart.
I will never again let someone get her hopes up like that. Now she has gotten very depressed, has stopped hanging with her friends, and has all but lost her other job. This has been a very long drawn out ordeal for us.
I just hope she pulls out of it alright. She's a stong person, they just lied to her and told her everything she wanted to hear.
Barbazon modeling agency
I have an appointment to go and see the barbizon modeling agent Raine tomorrow and i am a little confused about how legit barbazon actually is. I have talked to this woman on the phone and she claims that there will be no money required.
from reading the reviews on this site i have read that there are some people who think it was an amazing experience and some who claim its a huge rip off. Is going to there info session tomorrow worth it?
also if i do end up going will i have to register on the spot?
Is barbizon invinsible
All I am thinking is, when will someone put an end to barbizon and their scam? does anybody ever get their money back and who do you call when one become a victim by barbizon?
Are they untouchable? are they bigger than the law? People like us need to know where to go for help. Consumers are always being ripped off and there seem to be no place to turn for help after the fact.
I would like to know how to get my money back.
I have visa receipt and rest paid in cash. I have the barbizon,s receipts.
Barbizon is just made to SCAM parents!
I went to Barbizon in Wilkes-Barre, PA when I was 12. I sent my contact info to them via their website. Miss Deborah (the franchise owner) called me and when we (my mom and I) said we would come in and talk, she insisted that we HAD to do it the upcoming weekend because it was the last day to register for the next set of classes. My mom paid $100 per class, a total of $2000.
The "school" was located in a mini-stripmall type thing. Like a group of offices where you'd find an insurance company, a hair salon, and a small pharmacy. It had your typical 7-8 foot ceilings like a home. The "runway" was a small, carped, T-shaped platform. We usually went down the basement to practice our walks and stuff. The runway down there was a bunch of lines made with duct tape on the concrete floor with a few mirrors leaned up against the wall. All we would do it practice walking, turning, and posing. We did makeup only one or two classes.
We would be sent out for lunch about halfway through the day. After we came back from lunch, we would be weighed and measured. Why was I measured after I just ate a full meal? ;)
Since the ceilings were not high enough, our "photoshoot" was held at a nearby Hotel (The Hilton Garden Inn on Highland Park Blvd. in Wilkes-Barre. The girls and the boys were given one hotel room each to change in. They had a makeup artist and a hairstylist (who I found out worked for the hair salon in the Hazleton Walmart after talking to her). The photographer was a man from Florida. This counted as a class, so it already cost $100, plus the cost of the pictures. Our photos were all black and white, and we had to make up our own poses. I can remember my mom *** about them being so expensive. We got one free 8 x 10 and we had to pay for the rest.
When graduation came around, my mom said I wasn't going because we had to pay for the costumes. Graduation also counted as a class (another $100). I talked to other girls who did go, and they said the costumes were still being put together by parents just hours before the show, and that they were falling apart!
I haven't heard from Barbizon since my last class in 2005. They never told us about any local casting calls or auditions. Some girls who really did have some talent were "accepted" into Miss Deborah's talent agency, D&D Talent. Some of them paid another $2000 to go to IMTA (a complete joke to fly to New York just to meet with scouts and not know if you're even going to be signed).
Miss Deborah is a SCAM ARTIST. Barbizon in general is a giant scam. They suck young girls in by saying, "Hey, (famous person) went to our school. If you come here, you could be just like them!" They suck parents in by keeping everything a secret until they meet with the parent and child. Parents don't want their kids to feel like they're crushing the dreams, so they say yes.
I regret going to Barbizon. That $2000 could definitely have been much better used elsewhere.
Barbizon want to sign my daughter for agency
We recieved a call telling us that my daughter was picked for agency. I asked her isn't everyone?
She said anyone can go to the school but she is picked for agency and will be used right after graduation. It seems that she has all the qualification they are looking for. I know my daughter is an attractive, thin, personable 16 year old. She isn't really excited about this but I would hate for her to loose the oppurtunity.
Anyone else told this?
Please answer ASAP as my deadline now approaches and I have to let them know by 3. !!!
The biggest rip off in the state
Barbizon sell big dreams to kids. The vast majority of kids that go thru there go home hurt, less self confidence because they weren't selected, angry, and broke.
We have spent over $14000.00 on their trips, pix, classes, etc., and when we asked them to tell us EXACTLY what they were doing for us, they said "the economy is bad right now and nothing is happening" If your kid needs self confidence, pay a counselor. Barbizon is definately not the place to start your kids on their way to success in anything.
Especially self confidence. Im extremely disappointed
Barbizon Modeling Agencey Atlanta, GA
Barbizon Modeling Agencey is a rip off. Please do use this agency.
It is a waste of money, time, and engery. This company is fake. They are racial towards the selection of girls they choose and pick. The classes they offer do not help the girls grow at all, the make-up products they use are cheap and sleazy.
Its a waste of time.
If they pick you child in the Atlanta area please do not waste your money have your child to take professional acting classes, and make up classes. Very anry and pissed parent who will never use.
Mistreatment of my 16 year old daughter
I had 2 daughters graduate from the Barbizon School conducted in Hamburg, NY. I explained to my daughters to treat it as a finishing school and not to expect to land a "modeling contract".
My older daughter was called by Barbizon to work at the mall to try to get "new" young girls to "sign up". She was paid $10/hr. She did a great job because she was called back, again for this weekend. She declined as she makes more money elsewhere.
However, she said "my 16 year old sister, graduated from Barbizon, could work it". They were offering $8/hr and was told she would make $168 for 21 hrs of work. I called Vanessa to ask why the salary change from $10 to $8 and was told they wanted to bring in more girls. I agreed and sent my daughter off to work on Friday.
She did a great job as told by manager Penny. Penny, however, told the girls they would not be paid for their 15 minute breaks AND sent them home a 1/2 hour early and was told after they would not get paid. She released them early because "she made her numbers because of the good job the girls did".I called on Saturday and when I insisted why the agreement was changing, Erica said she was pulling my daughter off the call list because of me.With that threat from Erica, I said "perhaps I should tell your potential customers how she was punishing my daughter because she did not like my tone". When my daughter called Erica, listened to Erica and asked if she could explain her side of the story, Erica said "you are just like your mother" and hung up on my 16 year old.She said she wanted a sincere apology from me.I have found if you Question their authority, they take it out on your kids.My 16 year old is appalled at how unprofessional she was treated when Erica Hung Up on her.
Penny had even told my daughter on Friday she was glad she was coming back on Saturday because she said what a good job she did.Penny sent her home when my daughter arrived on Saturday because Erica told Penny not to let her work.My daughter was dumbfounded when she knew she had not only done her job on Friday but was told what a great job she had done only to be told to Go Home on Saturday because her mom made Erica mad. It seems us mom's/dad's paid for our kids Barbizon schooling and have the right to ask if the agreement changes that was originally explained especially when our kids are minors. If my daughter had done a Bad job (which I know she would never do when working for anyone) it may be understandable being cut, but because I ruffled Erica's feathers, she took it out on my daughter.
Her comments to me are somewhat irrelevant BUT mistreating a 16 year old, who did her job is unreasonable. My biggest complaint is misleading our minor children, and when we step in as parents to ask what is going on, for them to retaliate If Erica is considered a good representative of Baribizon, we are all in trouble.