John Robert Powers Modeling
Testimonials / Scam Complaints
To Whom It May Concern:
I recently took acting and modeling classes with an
agency called John Robert Powers International in
Everything seemed normal, and there were many other
people attending this school, but I have not seen anyone
get any work from this agency, even though it cost $2,000
for the coaching.
Have I been taken? We did auditions with people who
claimed to be producers. Were they really producers?
Please let me know as soon as possible.
To Whom It May Concern:
When I was 19, I saw an ad on television for John
Robert Powers in Chicago. It advertised their
success rate, so I attended their "cattle call."
At the cattle call, they told me I had what it takes,
and told me all I needed for success was a class costing
me about $750.
I took the class and was signed to their in-house agency,
Premiere Model and Talent Management.
I then purchased a photo shoot with a "recommended" photographer
for $700, turned the comp cards in to the agency, and
never heard from them again.
I received all my cards back from the agency six months
later, further evidence that they didn't send any out,
with a letter attached saying they had gone out of business.
In the end, I shelled out nearly $1,500 for nothing.
If you're a Chicago resident, beware of John Robert
Powers and their subsidiaries. All you'll get are empty
promises and an empty wallet.
To Whom It May Concern:
JRP is NOT an agency, it's a school!
You said: "JRP is NOT an agency, it's a school!"
Are you sure all JRP's are only schools, none are agencies?
Some call themselves "School and Agency."
JOHN ROBERT POWERS MODELING SCHOOL AND AGENCY
390 Main Street
JOHN ROBERT POWERS SCHOOL & MODEL AGENCY
26500 Northwestern Highway, #330
JOHN ROBT POWERS MODELING/FINISHING SCH&AGCY (JOHN
1528 SPRUCE STREET
Most just use the name John Robert Powers, but some
are more up front and actually call themselves a school
or a finishing school:
POWERS, JOHN ROBERT, MODELING SCHOOL (JOHN ROBERT POWERS
13601 Preston Road, #C-14
JOHN ROBERT POWERS MODELING SCHOOL
P.O. Box 24451
LITTLE ROCK, AR
JOHN ROBERT POWERS FINISHING& MODELING SCHOOL
50 S Belcher Rd Ste 100
One just calls itself a school without modeling or finishing:
JOHN ROBERT POWERS SCHOOL
15301 Ventura Boulevard
SHERMAN OAKS, CA
And the BBB sometimes or often lists them under "Modeling/Talent
Yes, I am quite sure that JRP is NOT an agency.
There was ONE agency which actually started trying to
sign people and make deals. I don't know if they
ever did anything more.
They were not professional, and only wanted to work
with the big-time winners of IMTA who can make them big
It is actually against the law to have a school and
agency in the same address. (Ask the Screen Actors Guild
The agency must have a license, and be signed with the
SAG franchise to operate as a legit agency, or no casting
companies will work with them.
This year has been strange, due to the changes in SAG,
and contracts are up for negotiation, so no agents are
really "signed" with SAG.
Most legitimate ones do agree to continue using SAG
contracts, and abiding by the union rules and pay structure.
If anyone signs with an "Agency" they feel
is not professional, they can write to SAG or call the
local number in the yellow pages to complain.
SAG keeps a list of complaints for professionals trying
to avoid scams...
JRP is NOT an agency, and half of the people in their
brochures they "claim" to have discovered,
A lot of them happened to be in IMTA competitions with
another school (some private owners), and JRP just puts
them up on the walls, and claims to have discovered them.
Like Katie Holmes of Dawson's Creek! That one makes
me so mad! She came out of Michigan or Ohio (can't remember)
in a well-known private lady's school.
She worked years with them, then got a nice starring
role on Dawson's Creek. JRP had nothing to do with it!
Yet they claim year after year to have discovered her.
And the JRP locations you mentioned are quite outdated.
Dallas was closed down by the owners three months ago.
Sherman Oaks Galleria in CA burned down over 10 years
ago. They just now rebuilt the Galleria, and, I assure
you, there is no JRP school there any more.
As far as San Fran, JRP has the worst reputation there,
since Ron himself owns that one. The BBB won't even give
him a meeting any more. He has had so many different
staffs there, that they actually closed down for good
The owner who tried to buy it from him tried to turn
things around, and she had such a terrible time, she
gave up and moved.
They opened one instead in Santa Rosa, then Sacramento.
Both locations have numerous complaints, since the managers
are all personally trained by the man himself, you got
He is GREAT at the sales pitch! His motto is "Cash
today" and worry about refunds in court later. He
banks on the fact that many people do not wish to go
through the legal system, and he wins automatically.
I would recommend that you tell all people to investigate
the laws of agency, and be sure they trust the manager
completely at each JRP. Ask the backround and professional
references like SAG franchised agents.
To Whom It May Concern:
I was recently a student at John Robert Powers.
The first thing I have to say about them is they are
just fake, money-hungry people.
I went to a casting call back in March, and at first
it seemed like a dream world for me (or probably for
any other 15-year-old girl, as well).
The booking agent (I'm not going to say names) kept
talking about how great the school is, and how they were
having a big graduation for some of the students the
That went on for about an hour before another girl and
I were pulled from the class to be given a tour from
one of the "Advanced" students, who was obviously
taught to butter us up.
Then I went in to meet with the owner of the school,
who, when I came in the room, told my mother to get out
of her chair and let me sit there, because it was my
(My mom wasn't happy about that and neither was I.)
He told me I was very marketable and called me a "Triple-threat" for
my dancing/singing/acting/modeling/athletic abilities.
Eventually he got to telling me that he knew actor Mark-Paul
Gosselaar, and said he comes in often, and that he would
get me to meet him, also hinting that he was making a
new show as well.
He also told me that he would get me plenty of work
including a photo shoot for a well-known cheerleading
He told us how much it would cost (about $1,200), and
said we could pay in installments.
So now I get on to all the juicy stuff that happened
during my training...
From the beginning, he called me his "Key Girl," and
told me he wanted me to help the teacher run the class.
The classes weren't all that great. We only learned
a little modeling and acting. All the rest was hair,
makeup, etiquette, and some wardrobe. Most of the stuff
I learned anyone could have learned elsewhere.
The photo shoot wasn't amazing, either. The photographer
did all the same poses on all of us, and we had to do
our own hair, makeup, and clothes. Plus the photos were
just simple black and whites that I could have gotten
Throughout the whole time, both the booking agent and
the owner made sure to suck up to my mom from whom they
were getting their money.
Also right from the beginning I was confused, because
they would never specify anything. I knew everyone had
to start out in the "beginning" class, but
I was never told how long I had to be in it, or that
there was even an "advanced" class I had to
go into, until almost halfway through it.
The whole time I was in that class, I was never told
anything about Mark-Paul or the cheerleading magazine
They also almost didn't let me get my diploma because
I was late on a payment, and when that happened, they
turned very rude, and gave the award that I was supposedly
supposed to get (being the "key girl") to someone
else. Who, by the way, the owner made a comment about
to me during the photo shoot, saying, "She needs
To Whom It May Concern:
I think what you are doing here is misleading people
yourselves. You have no idea if these letters are legit
or just angry employees. This happens at all companies
so don't get all high and mighty and play God.
My daughter went to JRP and has worked on two commercial
and done two movies. I guess that's not a scam, but I
am sure you won't print this.
Who are these people you are quoting to know it all.
The Storm Agency etc. Everyone has an opinion, especially
the bitter people who sit around worrying about how others
make more money.
Happy JRP Mom!!
Who is misleading whom? Why is it that a message was
posted online using the exact same email address as the
one by which you sent the above message from Kentfield,
CA, USA, on Monday, February 04, 2002 at 11:47:06 (PST)
on behalf of John Robert Powers?
- We are looking for new faces to run our beautiful
office in Marin. Need young excited people to fill
jobs for Bookers 5-9pm, Admission Reps 1-9pm mon,tues,thurs,
Sat some sun, and weekend receptionist sat 9:30-4:00,
Sun 10:30 to 6pm call 415-259-3910 for interview. Check
out our website at JRpowers.net
You said: "You have no idea if these letters are
legit or just angry employees."
Are you legit or are you just an angry employee?
You said: "Who are these people you are quoting
to know it all. The Storm Agency etc. Everyone has an
opinion, especially the bitter people who sit around
worrying about how others make more money."
You can be assured Sarah Doukas at The Storm Agency
is not bitter or sitting around worry about how others
make more money, because not many people make more money
than her. She is one of the most successful women in
modeling. She negotiated the multi-million-dollar Calvin
Klein contract for Kate Moss. She also represents other
To Whom It May Concern:
I am writing this message in regards to a company by
the name of John Robert Powers.
I have never been involved with the acting industry
and likewise do not have any close friends in the business.
I was naive and got caught up in a scam.
My three-year-old daughter is beautiful and very bright.
I heard an advertisement on a radio station for an audition.
On a whim I called the number and (of course) there
was an opening in the schedule for my daughter to come
in the next evening.
My husband and I took her to the "audition" to
find out that it was actually to get her into their "academy."
These people are trained professionals. They are very
convincing (for people like me who are uninformed).
They asked everyone at the audition to call the next
day at a certain time to find out about acceptance.
I did this out of curiosity. My daughter had not behaved
well at the audition and I did not think she would be
My phone call was returned by the "director" and
I was informed that my daughter was accepted along with
a spiel about how she is going to be great and that children
her age are in demand and that she'll most likely be
picked up by an agent while attending the academy.
In fact there was going to be an agent there that Saturday.
"This will pay for her future college," they
said. Blah, blah, blah.
I was hooked.
I was asked to bring a down payment of $300 to get her
started right away.
I was very nervous, as this was a large sum of money
for a young family to spend, but I was excited.
I brought the money in CASH and signed a contract in
the director's office. I agreed to pay $50 a week while
my daughter attended the academy for 10 weeks. This would
pay off the entire $795 by her last class.
I asked the director about my daughter's age since the
youngest class was listed as ages 4-7.
She said that she really wanted to work with my daughter
and would make an exception.
Upon arriving home, my husband and I started to have
very bad feelings about my decision.
My husband called right away to cancel and ask for the
$300 to be returned.
He was told that we could cancel by certified letter,
but that a $500 "registration" fee is non-refundable,
and that we must send the other $200 to them regardless
Sure enough, in my nervousness and haste, I did not
read the contract carefully and, in the fine print, it
does say that this fee is non-refundable.
How can it be legal for a company to force someone to
pay over 60% of a cost with NO services rendered?
They already have $300 for NOTHING and have still been
harassing me for the other $200!
I also did not get a response to my complaint with the
Better Business Bureau.
I am taking them to small claims and the hearing is
in two days.
Wish me luck... and do NOT do business with JRP. They
are only out to get your money no matter what. They are
ripping people off!!!
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
In certain states, there is a three-day cooling-off
period to protect consumers from hard sales pressure
and emotional manipulation. The grace period allows you
to cancel within three business days and be fully refunded.
Find out if this is the case in your state. The three-day
cooling-off period must obviously supercede any contract
statement about non-refundable fees, otherwise companies
would simply be able to get around the law and make it
You asked: "How can it be legal for a company to
force someone to pay over 60% of a cost with NO services
It may not be. You'll have to check. If it is legal,
it is extremely unethical. Not only have they provided
you with nothing, it has cost them nothing!
The idea that they could get and actually harass you
to pay for something you have not already received and
which cost them nothing is so twisted it really shows
what they are made of, doesn't it? What kind of people
think like that?
Why don't they just say, "We want free cash. Why
should we have to earn it!? Give it to us now!"
Report them to the Attorney General.
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