What you make out of it....but yeah, expensive

I was a Barbizon student when I was a kid. I don't work for the company, and I am not a famous model or actor, this is just an honest review of my experience, and a touch of my own speculation. I was very expensive (for my parents..who to this day will not discuss how much exactly was spent). They do provide training, coaching, management, etc. The quality of those classes? Well, if you compare them to an underfunded public school's acting "classes" then they are pretty good. It WAS a lot of fun, and I DID get a lot of confidence... but at the end of the day, I was signed on for a while with a smaller, local (Chicago) Talent Agency, and the only gigs that I managed to land while spending a week at IMTA would have required me to live in a different state. There's a TON of networking possibilities, and overall it probably is a great way to gain confidence and improve self image---but that is largely due to how immersive the program is. IT IS NOT A GUARANTEE and it's VERY expensive. I don't think we can justify calling it a scam, per se, as it does provide knowledge and training (that you admittedly could gain from any acting classes, or ya know, a passionate teacher) but it's up to you as an individual to do something with that knowledge. Think about this, it's "school" and just like college, you will pay heavily, you will gain knowledge and experience, and although you'll have all the tools you may need to "be discovered", college does not hold your hand and guarantee you that it will help you find a job, and neither does Barbizon. Do with it what you will.
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#1107050 Review #1107050 is a subjective opinion of poster.
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Barbizon Modeling School Modeling Classes
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Good quality

Barbara Jean has been good to my daughter.

My daughter filled out a form in a mall in Texas. We had no idea that she had signed up. My wife got a call from a lady explaining that my daughter had filled out a form and was interested in modeling. They invited us to the initial meeting and we decided to check it out. As parents we were able to watch everything they did and they seem very professional. We went through the entire program that day and when it was done they had the students split up and go to different agent. The CEO of Barbizon chose my daughter to come to her table. They explain the cost two of us and at that time we were not financially able to pay it. The lady told us that she intentionally chose my daughter because she did so well and gave her a full scholarship where we paid nothing. They chose her out of almost 100 Kids to go to their placement program in Dallas. They stay in contact and are very professional and very nice people. Do not be worried about your daughter with Barbizon.
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#1088380 Review #1088380 is a subjective opinion of poster.
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Barbizon Modeling School Modeling Classes
Reason of review
Good quality
New Reviewer

GREAT EXPERIENCE

My 17 year old daughter was selected for an audition with Barbizon Modeling and Acting School. We were very impressed. It is definitely a lifetime experience and we can't wait to see where this takes us. Ms Pat was amazing and it was such a great opportunity to meet her. She has helped us out tremendously, she worked with us financially and was so down to earth. So far my daughter has been to one class and learned so much and had a good time! Very well put together organization. Ms. Pat is a class act, she is not a show, a true to heart person cannot say enough. I own my own business, people really need to think before they post reviews because people post bad reviews, which can be seriously damaging just because someone during the moment is upset. We plan on a further great experience with Barbizon. She will have the self confidence to carry her through life with grace and a lot of poise no matter the outcome. Thanks Barbizon, especially Ms. Pat & staff. Looking forward to fantastic things!
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#1061713 Review #1061713 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Location
Wilmington, Delaware
Service
Barbizon Modeling School Customer Care
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  • Teachers
Reason of review
Good quality
New Reviewer

It is exactly what my daughter (and I) is looking for.

I was getting compliments on my daughters eyes since she was 2 years old. Many strangers approached me with question: why don't you try modeling with her? My daughter is very active and tall 9 yo. She attends rhythmic gymnastics 9 hours a week, play softball in local little league, plays piano and love skiing in the winter. I contacted couple of agents known by friends of ours. No success due to lack of experience in the industry. I understand that no agent / company wants to waste their time to teach my child how to walk, how to pose etc... I spoke to several mothers who went through the Barbizon with their children and stated: "it's great program but you can't be money driven". I met mom who was signing up her third daughter into the program. That must be something good about it then. I have spent $4,000 for swimming classes - both of my girls can swim, $5,000 on the piano classes that my kids can play an instrument, $15,000 for gymnastics etc...The point is; we (parents) choose activities for our children hoping that they will gain the experience necessary in life, however we never know which one will turn into job/ carrier/ hobby of the lifetime. Don't be fooled by a story of a girl who was just found on the street or the ba. How often does it happened? As Albert Einstein failed several times in elementary school, it doesn't mean that the path of each physicist is the same. I actually know more scientist who were excellent in the school before they become successful scientists. I hope my child will learn something in the program regardless of her later job placement. In conclusion, the prices for the lessons are rising in each sport or performing art.
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#1053298 Review #1053298 is a subjective opinion of poster.
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New York, New York
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Barbizon Modeling School Modeling Classes
Reason of review
Good customer service

Barbizon Modeling School - Review in Education category

My grandaughters both attend barbizon for 2 different reasons ..one is a performer wants to persue this and its an amazing platform so much is offered I didnt know where to begin.they guided me My other girl is super shy and is learning how to come out of her shell Thanks to Barbizon.
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#1014358 Review #1014358 is a subjective opinion of poster.
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Barbizon Modeling School Classes
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Good quality

Please allow me to say how much I appreciated your support

Dear [Barbizon], I hope you are doing very well. I couldn't forget something about you while I was busy getting four kids ready for their first day of school. Please allow me to say how much I appreciated your support and faith in Brianna's full potential of being a fashion model, regardless of her deafness. You made it possible for me to bring her to the Barbizon competition. As well, you made my dedication to both daughters, Amella and Brianna, realistic and successful. Without your guideline, nothing would happen to her or me. Truly, I would love for us to continue and thrive the relationship in the future. You were, and are still the best thing that ever happened to Brianna and Amella. Forever, I am grateful for that. Sincerely, Serafima M
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#915028 Review #915028 is a subjective opinion of poster.
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Barbizon Modeling School Customer Care
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Good customer service

Review in Education category from El Monte, California

I have had 2 of my grandchildren go through Barbizon.Its a program that no one else can offer I liked the teaching staff all professional and very kind to the kids I love the jam sessions the kids love to show off there new skills..im a big fan of more help to guide young kids. thanks for the help ..oportunity and confidence we recieved.we love Barbizon.
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#833444 Review #833444 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Location
El Monte, California
Reason of review
Good quality

Barbizon has been such a life changing experience for me

Dear Sirs: It was wonderful to see the Barbizon team back in Omaha today! I continue to be impressed with your agency and am so honored to get to be involved with such and amazing group! The very first time I attended a Barbizon presentation, I was a 14 year old who was extremely shy and lacked self-confidence. In fact, I was so scared and nervous, my mom had to practically drag me into the convention center. After sitting through the presentation and attending my first class, I started to gain interest. Not only did I have amazing teachers, I loved the curriculum. When I was little, I had the dream that every little kid fantasizes about being on Disney and becoming a star. I became quite the entertainer, performing concerts from atop the living room coffee table, for family and friends. One show, when I was around five, even resulted in me completing a front flip, catching myself and my audience off guard. My cousins and I also put on an annual circus, which we called “The Whirly Twirly Circus.” We did extensive planning and recruited many people throughout the neighborhood to gather for the show every year. Sitting, in that first class awakened those dreams I had dreamt as a young child, and I began to see a way that I could make it into the industry I had always wanted to be a part of. My openness to entertain others and perform confidently ended when I was ten. When I was ten, I moved from the small town of Valentine, NE, to Omaha, NE. My mom got promoted to Director of a Research Organization, so she no longer could work from home. The move meant I had to leave all I had ever known behind, my house, my school, and my friends. I ended up attending three schools in one year, before I found one that worked for me. Looking back, all of these changes were very stressful on me, and truly depleted me of the confidence and outgoingness that I once had. Attending Barbizon allowed me to lose that shy personality that I had developed and gain the confidence I had lost. Today I feel so blessed to have been selected to take part in Barbizon training, without it I would be unable to accomplish everything I can now. Barbizon has been such a life changing experience for me, transforming me into a completely different person and opening countless doors of opportunities for me. Any more, I am an extremely confident and determined person. I am bound and determined to do everything I do to the best of my abilities, which in turn leaves me successful in whatever I do. I have always been successful in school and am the current valedictorian of my class of 522 kids. Barbizon also gave me skills that have allowed me to be a leader in many clubs and activities. The life skills and interview skills have also been very helpful for me. This past year, I had teachers nominate me for Girls State. Girls State is a nationwide camp that allows girls to get a first-hand look at their state’s government system. In a school of over 2,000 kids, the two spots available were very competitive, yet because I was confident, poised and had practice in interviews I secured a spot. While I don’t ever plan to become a politician, I’ve learned to never pass up an opportunity because you never know what might come out of it. I’ve also learned to be confident in myself. I’m now extremely confident in who I am as a person. I don’t care what other people think of me, because I am going to stay true to my morals and values and be the best me that I can be. By attending Barbizon classes, I realized how much I really felt at home on the runway, I’m me. With each step, each click of the heel, adding to my confidence; every flash of the camera, capturing the moment when I am the star, living out my dream. Today, I honestly don’t know where I would be without taking part in Barbizon. The skills and lessons I have learned will stay with me and help me for the rest of my life. I look forward to finishing my classes and working with Barbizon in the near future! I’m excited to see where else Barbizon can take me! Sincerely, Anne R. Ft. Calhoun, NE
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#835906 Review #835906 is a subjective opinion of poster.
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Good quality
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What Barbizon Is... and isn't

Barbizon is a school that prepares / grooms young women for the entertainment and modeling industries. They are NOT agents or managers. I brought my daughter to Barbizon so she could learn discretion and grace for whatever career she may choose for herself. She has learned how to act in society, take care of her body, with respect from aspiring young ladies. They have a desire to break into the world with an attitude of bravery, pursuing their dreams while they are young and learning how to handle the rejection this life hands out sometimes AND get back on their feet. If you think it is all about just getting the job, you are deceiving yourself and are attending Barbizon for the wrong reason. We have spent some money, yet I must say, the photographer's prices are very low compared to hiring them ourselves and other fees are more than reasonable. The experiences have been fun and something the whole family has enjoyed. For instance, The Washington DC Competition (2015) was only a couple of days but we made the stay into a week long vacation and had a great time. (You are going to do these things anyway, why not do them while building up your child's self esteem?) The point is this, do your homework, just because you didn't get what you thought you were getting, doesn't mean the business is a scam or they are haters. It is what you make it and at least your kids will look back and say... "my mom and dad did something positive with me when I was young." Thank you for being a part of our life Barbizon!
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#672075 Review #672075 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Location
Chicopee, Massachusetts
Reason of review
Overall good experience
New Reviewer

My issue was quickly addressed, explained and taken care of :)

I recently posted a review on Barbizon while I thought the classes were great and my daughter was learning a great deal and with her bubbly,out going personality I knew she would have a job. What I didn't know was my daughter was given information or I didn't pick up the information that I needed to know about the next step and where to go from there. Needless to say I was contacted immediately and explained the process. So now I shall sit and wait it out to see what happens but I was contacted and the lady I spoke with was very helpful to me. So if something or nothing is done either way I was pleased to be contacted and explained the expectations. Barbizon changed my daughter in a good way and for that i am happy but when she practiced the run way walk on the boardwalk I had to roll my eyes and remind her where we were. Barbizon teaches the girls some very girly and professional ways and for that I am pleased.
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#655783 Review #655783 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Location
Baltimore, Maryland
Reason of review
Good customer service

My experience with Barbizon has truly been spectacular

My experience with Barbizon has truly been spectacular. I started these classes not really sure of what to expect or how I would prosper. I feel as though these classes have taught me so many wonderful aspects about not only the modeling world but about life. I have learned how to execute and use the talents I have been given to do model walks,turns, pose with products, behave myself in the industry, and learn how to love myself. I have gained confidence throughout my time of taking these classes and I feel as though I am more ready to take on the world. You have such an inspiring story Ms. Natalia, of learning English and thriving to be such a successful, loving person and model. Coming into this program, I was not convinced that I had what it takes to become a successful model and leaving this program I know that if I put in enough work, I can conquer my wildest dreams. Thank you for being an inspiration to me and showing me what it means to show the world my talents and the person I am. You have been a greater teacher than I could ever ask for, and thank you for shaping me into being a better person. Barbizon and yourself have taught me more than just how to deal with the industry, but how to walk through life and be successful and confident in all that I will do. The decision to pursue a modeling career and start right here at Barbizon is a choice that I will never forget and am so thankful for. Sincerely, Kimberly Collins
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#651142 Review #651142 is a subjective opinion of poster.
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Good customer service

Thank You Barbizon

Our daughter Trina has always set goals for herself.To assist in realizing her goals, we enrolled her in your modeling classes.I am happy to tell you that the training you and your staff have given her exceeded our expectations. Her classmates at school remarked that she always dressed sharply and had a very positive attitude. This positive attitude has spilled over into other parts of her school life.We would like to thank every member of your staff who worked with Trina.All of them seem to take a very personal interest in each student and show a great deal of affection for the modeling.- Bob W., Barbizon Parent
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#609415 Review #609415 is a subjective opinion of poster.
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Good customer service

Barbizon is a wonderful experience

Barbizon enhanced my life by making me feel good about myself on the inside and the way that I appear on the outside.I use the skills that I learned at Barbizon everyday, from how to apply make-up to how to walk.The people there encourage you to set goals and how to accomplish them. Barbizon is a wonderful experience to have.- Jade M.Barbizon Alum
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#609420 Review #609420 is a subjective opinion of poster.
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Review in Schools category from Corpus Christi, Texas

Barbizon is not an agency it is a school, they tell you that you're not guaranteed a job afterwards, but for my daughter the experience was well worth it, she now works with top desiners all over America and is on her way to becoming an actress in films with very well known actors... It's about you and how much you're willing to put into helping your kid's dreams come true
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#587702 Review #587702 is a subjective opinion of poster.
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Corpus Christi, Texas
Reason of review
Good customer service

Got My Start At Barbizon

It is my great pleasure when someone asks me where I got my “start”; I can proudly say that it all started at Barbizon!I am so thankful I took advantage of this great opportunity that was presented to me.Barbizon has made me a whole person. Not only has it helped me pursue my modeling and acting career, but it has given me confidence in my everyday life. In fact, just last week a teacher at school asked the class a question, and I knew the answer because I had learned that at Barbizon.It has opened so many doors for me, and I can't wait to see what my future at Barbizon has in store.- Alexis, Barbizon Alum
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#609417 Review #609417 is a subjective opinion of poster.
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