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Listen folks - Barbizon has been around for 70 thats seventy years! you dont get to last that long and be a scam. I suppose Carmen Electra, David Archuleta, Ryan Phillippe, Drew Tyler Bell, Lisette Diaz(Miss US World), Jill Wagner or Jordan Monaghan, who is now with Elite NY and stars as Maria in the ABC Family show "The Secret Life."

Do you think any of them would say it was a scam?

And they represent only a tiny fraction of the success stories.

I suppose there all scams too because they all attended and graduated from there and went on to benefit from it.

It's easy to point the finger and trash people, organizations, companies etc.. a sad commentary on a an all to acceptable way of avoiding responsibility.

Every single situation in my life whether I was hurt, lied to, betrayed, defrauded etc, I had some part in it, intentional or not I was still present - so accept your part and let the others who are enjoying their experience do so and stop putting lies into people heads.

I didn't hear anyone say I paid them and they never delivered they stole my money and disappeared! Now that would be a scam!

And just for the record I was a Barbizon graduate back in 1973 and I can tell you before that I was an introverted, insecure kid who went on to become a successful serial entrepreneur, business leader, well rounded individual. I didn't become a famous Movie star although I did model work on some movies with Gena Davis, Keaneu Reeves, Dustin Hoffman, Andy Garcia and others. As a matter of fact one of the companies I founded was in the fashion design business and even today in my fifties I get asked if I model. I honestly don't think I would have come out of my shell if not for the sacrifice of my mother a single parent made, it must have been very hard for her of course as a young man I dont think I was very cognizant of it then.

I know that times are challenging for many and a school of this type may not be in the budget, and that's ok.

So maybe the thing to do is not to expose your child to the possibilities in the first place so that neither you nor your child have to be put in an uncomfortable situation.


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Nov 25, 2009 8:08 am EST

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.

Jun 03, 2011 5:46 pm EDT

Im 13 and got a call from a 'agent' one night knowing my whole name and wanting me to come down to a auditon the follwing satuday. I had no idea where she got my information and when we asked her twice on different days she used the excuse of her not having the files out. There team was based in florida and would fly out to different cities after they gather up all these girls with there hopes up of actually thinking this was there chance. I was one of them. I came in there 3 days later thinking my acting dream would finally end up soming true. That dream continued when the head lady gave a speech about how long they have been around and all the secuss they have done. I waited with at least 150 girls as they called in people one at a time. They asked questions and the gist of the questions invovled money and if you can afford it. My mother said we would be capable of it. As a girl with big dreams my hopes were higher than the sky thinking nothing was wrong with it. Then we get a phone call with the lady jessica telling us im in! I was so excited but thats when my dad started looking more in too it because they talked about the money and how expensive it was. My dad searched through history with barbizon and families have been scammed and they only want the money. If you have the money, your in. They do it purposly to call you late notice and fly in and you go to the audition and not give you time to think about all of this. they set all it up to get girls dreams set high but ends up dissapointing them. It is a scam and i didnt want to believe it when i read everything but it is. and it made me extremely dissapointed that it brought tears. Dont put your child through this because it only causes harm. I regret it.

Feb 08, 2011 8:53 pm EST

Folks... open your eyes, BARBIZON MODELING is the bigest scam ever. They just want your money, more and more and more. ANY one is good to go. They say that your kid is wonderfull, that they have skills bla, bla bla.. They want your money, that's all. The people are friendly only while they are trying to convince you to get in, after that they don't give a damm. Poor classes, poor "teachers". They promise pictures at the end of the classes to build your photo shut... yes there are pictures, but you have to pay again.. and is a lot of money.

Aug 26, 2012 3:35 pm EDT

It's unfair to say we shouldn't expose our children to the possibility when alot of these agencies Barbizon included, come to our towns with advertizements saying that they are looking for models and actors but not saying that you have to attend trainings that cost thousands of dollars. They call the families for interviews or (auditions) instead of being upfront about the cost and then seeing if they are still interested in an interview after. To me that is deception and it's preditory behavior. They prey on the young men and woman who have dreams and aspirations of being models or stars.

Apr 09, 2012 5:03 pm EDT

i have attended to barbizon for acting and yes they did say that i will look perfect on a commercial but it was free!all i had to do is do a commercial and i got 800 dollars from there then i got big movie parts and i did more commercial parts so i dont know what your talking about sorry.

Nov 25, 2009 6:42 pm EST

Barbizon has been in business for over 70 years. They provide excellent education and help many teens deal with peer pressure and increasing their self - confidence. Many of the Barbizon's are affiliated with excellent working modeling agencies.
For any activity kids get into their is a fee, this is a wonderful educational activity for kids and teens.
They are definetly a scam

Nov 25, 2009 6:38 pm EST

Education is important. Barbizon helps many young adults work on their self-confidence and helps teens deal with peer pressure.
Many of the Barbizon schools also are affiliated with working modeling agencies.


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