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#1 Jonathan Parker

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Posted 05 June 2008 - 08:06 AM

Recently, when a Star Search Casting member attended the John Robert Powers School, he was shocked to learn how much it would cost to attend. According to the materials he was given, training at the school can range from $2000 to $10,000. While he did meet with a talent agent through the school, the exorbitant fees led him to question it the school might be a scam.

John Robert Powers founded one of the first modeling agencies in 1923 on the principle that there is no such thing as an unattractive person, just people who don't know how to make the most of themselves. Based on this philosophy, Powers went on to mold many new faces into working models.

The John Robert Powers School is one of the oldest schools for modeling, acting and social etiquette training. When Diana Ross was signed to Motown, she was sent to the school where she took modeling classes and learned to apply makeup. Another celebrity and model that attended the John Robert Powers School whom you may be familiar with is former supermodel Janice Dickinson (America's Next Top Model, Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency).

Modeling and acting schools can be expensive however it doesn't mean that the school is involved in any fraudulent activity. John Robert Powers offers many classes where students can learn improvisation techniques, runway modeling, how to perform a monologue and more. Individuals attend schools like John Robert Powers for a number of reasons. Some want to gain self-confidence and poise, while others hope that the lessons they learn from the school will help them break into the entertainment industry.

You might be thinking, "Well that's all fine and dandy, but is it worth the money?" Honestly, it all depends. Just like with anything in life, you'll get out of it whatever you put into it. No modeling and acting school can magically transform you into a star. But if you have a great work ethic and you're a hard worker, you'll be amazed at what you can achieve.

I'll give you an example. Barbizon Modeling School is often accused of being a scam. Like John Robert Powers, it can be a bit pricey in some people's opinion. However, model and actor Sean Faris credits the school for much of his success. He took classes at the school and later was signed to an agency. Since then, he has won several awards, has booked nearly 20 film and television jobs and has appeared on shows such as Even Stevens, Smallville and One Tree Hill.

Modeling and acting schools are not required for success in the entertainment industry. But as you can see, examples like Janice Dickinson and more recently Sean Farris do prove that they are not scams, and that they have helped successful people reach their goals.

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#2 Alan Baltes

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Posted 07 June 2008 - 01:20 AM

Recently, when a Star Search Casting member attended the John Robert Powers School, he was shocked to learn how much it would cost to attend. According to the materials he was given, training at the school can range from $2000 to $10,000. While he did meet with a talent agent through the school, the exorbitant fees led him to question it the school might be a scam.

John Robert Powers founded one of the first modeling agencies in 1923 on the principle that there is no such thing as an unattractive person, just people who don't know how to make the most of themselves. Based on this philosophy, Powers went on to mold many new faces into working models.

The John Robert Powers School is one of the oldest schools for modeling, acting and social etiquette training. When Diana Ross was signed to Motown, she was sent to the school where she took modeling classes and learned to apply makeup. Another celebrity and model that attended the John Robert Powers School whom you may be familiar with is former supermodel Janice Dickinson (America's Next Top Model, Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency).

Modeling and acting schools can be expensive however it doesn't mean that the school is involved in any fraudulent activity. John Robert Powers offers many classes where students can learn improvisation techniques, runway modeling, how to perform a monologue and more. Individuals attend schools like John Robert Powers for a number of reasons. Some want to gain self-confidence and poise, while others hope that the lessons they learn from the school will help them break into the entertainment industry.

You might be thinking, "Well that's all fine and dandy, but is it worth the money?" Honestly, it all depends. Just like with anything in life, you'll get out of it whatever you put into it. No modeling and acting school can magically transform you into a star. But if you have a great work ethic and you're a hard worker, you'll be amazed at what you can achieve.

I'll give you an example. Barbizon Modeling School is often accused of being a scam. Like John Robert Powers, it can be a bit pricey in some people's opinion. However, model and actor Sean Faris credits the school for much of his success. He took classes at the school and later was signed to an agency. Since then, he has won several awards, has booked nearly 20 film and television jobs and has appeared on shows such as Even Stevens, Smallville and One Tree Hill.

Modeling and acting schools are not required for success in the entertainment industry. But as you can see, examples like Janice Dickinson and more recently Sean Farris do prove that they are not scams, and that they have helped successful people reach their goals.

Log in each day to http://www.StarSearchCasting.com for more scam-related news and updates.



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I agree. People often ask about JRP or Barbazon. Those schools do offer classes that can be of great value. It is not my place to tell people how to spend their money. I may not agree fully with JRP's recruiting tactics, but I will say that they do offer classes that can definitely help someone.

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Posted 18 March 2010 - 11:57 PM

Angelo is a student at JRP Houston. On the first week they already put him in front of the right people and he was selected to do a TV commercial for the local TV channels. I have to say it was beyond our expectation. On their weekly classes they do a lot of role playing, facial acting, body language as well as learn little tricks on how to act/look and talk in front of camera. Not everyone turns out to be actors and models but the knowledge and experience he is getting in an acting school will be used throught his life no matter what profession he choose. I think people that claim this school to be a scam sadly think that they can just pay $2000.00 to a school and their child will be a Disney Movie Star and millionaire. I thought the School was pricy too but providing good education to my child was well worth it as I'm not trying to make money of of my own child.
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Posted 03 May 2010 - 04:50 PM

I don't think its a scam, but all I know is that their prices are just insane. I understand that if you want to learn how to act and model or what not that its good, but not everyone has money like that. If they truly think you have potential and talent, then they need to take a chance.

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Posted 10 December 2010 - 03:48 AM

I don't think its a scam, but all I know is that their prices are just insane. I understand that if you want to learn how to act and model or what not that its good, but not everyone has money like that. If they truly think you have potential and talent, then they need to take a chance.


Well From my visits it kind of is,Look you can be the most perfect actor or model there but they still make you pay some insane price to join it and I prefer just acting in a school play then that also you can promote yourself on youtube and what not,that kid fred was only on youtube making video's then he lands on Icarly,then his own movie but that's just me saying my view but you can have your own

Edited by Playboy.Jr, 10 December 2010 - 03:49 AM.





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