There have been several I know who have gone to Barbizon, JRP and John Casablanca in hopes of living their modeling dream. A few things are definite: They will make you believe your dream is about to come true, that you’re cut out for modeling and score you high on their own tests. They’ll also get money from you if you sign up. Are these scams?
The places listed above are glorified finishing classes. They’re a school, but not even a “modeling” school. They are going to teach you entry level MUA techniques and how to stand in front of a camera and feel confident. They’re in business to make money but cannot and will not guarantee you any type of modeling gigs. Side Note: JC puts out job ads on Craigslist for “instructors”. That should tell you something.
This is a video that tells you how to avoid modeling scams from those promising to help you make it big.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/30179945#30179936 This is a Dateline Video where Barbizon is exposed for making empty promises to two teens who obviously aren’t cut out for modeling.
The story in a nutshell is about 2 parents who had enrolled there kids in a Barbizon school. It cost them something like $3000 for the enrollment. From there the kids was chosen to attend a Modeling convention in New York. ” a place to meet agencies from around the world. That cost like $4,000 dollars a kid for one week. “air, hotel, convention, training, and dinner.”
The truth is this: If you want to see if you’re cut out for modeling, have some professional pictures taken and send them into the agencies yourself. It helps to know that based on your body size, look and height, you’re only fit for specific things.
Here’s a link by someone with Elite talking about what it takes to be a runway model;http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/30179945#30179945
Here are a few random thoughts from industry professionals regarding these “scams” or “schools”.
John Casablancas and Powers being called modeling schools is a misnomer. They’re charm/ finishing schools with a modeling aspect thrown in to boost sales. Really, these schools aren’t good for training up models. Their terminology is bullshit, they teach shitty poses and often improper runway walks. What they’re fabulous for is building confidence, teaching feminine skills, like makeup and fostering an “I’m a girl and it’s all good” attitude. And that’s great. However, any good finishing school would teach that and then some.
1) They try to get money out of you.
2) They waste your time.
3) Regardless of how you look, they’ll tell you you’re gorgeous.
4) Regardless of how you look, what level of talent you have, or what your chances are, they’ll tell you that you have a shot at making it big and namedrop.
5) You get a few pictures.
6) With luck, you’ll come out a little bit jaded and untrusting of people trying to get you to pay.
7) With luck, you’ll come out a little bit more self confidence.
–> All but #1 sounds like Kindergarten.
Models DO NOT need to go to modeling school, do not need training, do not need to pay anyone to teach them anything. That education does, in fact, come free of charge, or as a byproduct of things the models need to do anyway. In the rare instances when training is actually necessary, it is inexpensive and quick, often paid for by the model’s agency.
Telling people that modeling school is in any way useful as a path to professional modeling is a great disservice to the community. It is not.
You are totally right! Every story is the same. Horrible useless, garbage photos, and usually if any jobs at all K-Mart Flyers and passing out deodorant samples at Walmart. (I’m not kidding, these are real examples) I have meet many very NOT gifted in modeling 16 year old girls who, along with their parents, get suckered into this waste on money trap. Every HS girl is or wants to be a “MODEL”.They make girls feel special, unique, chosen. Thats not the case. They just prey upon the vulnerable. I have had fashion photographers tell me years ago when I was in photography school, “if you happen to get a photography job working for Jon Cassablanca or Barbizon DO NOT put it on your resume. It will hurt you!”
A typical IMTA has about 2,000 models and talent attending and competing for the attention of agents. Of those 2,000, no more than 200 have any rational reason at all for being there. They are not model material, they never should have gone, they never should have spent the money. But their modeling schools talked them into it. (I would certainly agree that modeling schools are worthless scams).
Keep in mind that any model who actually has modeling potential can get signed directly to the agency, by-passing the modeling school route and never paying a dime for classes. A modeling school’s business model is not to develop models for placement. That’s what model management companies, modeling agencies, and mother agencies do. Modeling schools pretty much operate to make money from the general population. It’s nothing unique.
If you or someone you wants to know how to get into modeling, I have as much business advice to offer as any of these “schools”.