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AMTC Auditions


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AMTC Auditions
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It was bound to happen that some group of schmucks was going to take the model search scams out there like Model Search America and jack up the price 5 to 10 times and proclaim it in the name of God. The name behind this unbelievable scam is AMTC Auditions. And guess what? This scam is even backed by the Better Business Bureau (goes to show you that the Better Business Bureau in itself might be a scam and needs to be looked into by the FTC).

Model Search America was one of the first scams that went from city to city proclaiming to be one of the best resources are models to be found and find lucrative paying jobs and contracts. The sad reality is with any of these model search and similar talent search companies the true number of people that actually get “found” or end up with contracts and similar is almost nonexistent.

For every 10, 000 people that pay into these scams there might be one person that gets selected for something and it’s usually nothing great. To make themselves look better veil actually pay local talent agencies to falsely select a fair number of people so that way when people leave these auditions and their regional meets or events they leave with a false idea that more people got selected and contracts than what really happened.

I have been to many of these events as an actual talent agent for one of the biggest modeling agencies in the world. We already know going into it that the odds of us finding someone that we want is basically zero. We are paid well by companies like Model Search America and are told behind the scenes to select a few people even if we don’t want them so that they leave feeling happy and then just don’t call them back or return their calls. I never liked these talent search and model search scams because that’s exactly what they are. Don’t ever let anyone tell you anything different than that.

When I go out looking for people that I want for my modeling agency I know am looking for and I know I’m not going to find it in one of these auditions. I go with my gut feelings and my best resource has always been airports and malls. I like those places because I can look and see what that something is there in a person and be completely under the radar. Believe me if parents and kids and other want to be models knew that I was going to be in the airport or the malls I would get swamped.

My best finds I’ve actually found as waitresses and bartenders in places like Austin Texas, Phoenix Arizona, and even in New York City in some restaurants around SoHo. But enough about me and how I actually find people for my clients and for my modeling agency. What really gets my goat is that now there is a new scam that makes these all their talent search and model search scams look like little fish in a big pond. AMTC Auditions does the same kind of presentation and scam as the others except that now they claim it is for God and not for money.

How could that be if they’re charging 5 to 10 times more money any of the other scam talent search companies out there? From numerous sources I’ve found out that they charge around $3000 for people to go to one of their “events” in Orlando Florida. People hold on to your money. There is no need for you to blow it on these folks and their scam.
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N  17th of Aug, 2011 by    0 Votes
I just heard about AMTC coming to our area and was considering taking my daughter. I thought I would do some research first. I am so disappointed to hear that it is just a scam. It sounds similar to Barbazon Modeling and Talent Agency who have contact us in the past. I'm just glad I looked into it before wasting our time there. :(
A  14th of Dec, 2011 by    0 Votes
JoAnn, take your daughter to an open call at any agency with digital photos that you take. Take in natural light-outside and with a clean face, no makeup. Regarding AMTC, I know a young lady that sold her car to go and total expense to fly there with her mother was $7000. She got a gig in India. Yep, this summer 2012 she will have to pay to fly to India, pay for her hotel for one month, pay for all her food and expenses, BUT she gets the "tears" from the magazine spread to put in her portfolio...NO money. She is not getting paid ANYTHING. SHE HAS TO PAY TO MODEL! AMTC IS A SCAM AND THE LOCAL AGENCY HERE IS AS WELL! They get paid to get these folks to go to AMTC.
A  22nd of Jun, 2012 by    -1 Votes
You all are EXACTLY right! I know someone who is going through AMTC, in spite of my pleading with them not to. Here’s what happens. After you’ve decide that this is what you want to do, they will walk you through the contract, after collecting your “$500.00 registration fee”. Which only ½ of that is refundable, if you change your mind within 3 days. While signing their contract, they will explain everything to you. Here’s basically what they tell you in a nutshell. You give me $3, 500.00 and we will teach, train and/or assist you in how to talk, walk, act, or whatever it is that you want to do and maybe you will get noticed by someone in the industry. Now keep in mind, we’re not promising or guaranteeing you anything. If you can afford to pay the $3, 500.00 in one payment, great, but if not, we have an easy payment plan. It will take you a year to pay this off with 12 easy payments of approx. 267.00 a month and a 7% handling fee. And, in one year, you can attend our SHINE convention but while you’re paying for this trip to the convention, here’s what you get….2 FULL days of training, daily devotional emails and a newsletter….nothing more. And, at the big 6 day convention, you will get 2 tickets for the participant and a guest to attend the convention, 2 tickets for the Banquet, 2 tickets to the wrap party, a photo shoot and let's not forget the t-shirt. And you must stay at the hotel where the activities are being held.

Now, if you are bringing your child and both parents want to attend, then you get to pay an additional $200 (for the other parent) to attend the 6 day workshop at the convention or if you choose not to attend the workshops on a daily basis; then you can pay $50.00 a day for only those workshops that you would like to attend. You will also pay $65.00 for the banquet and $25.00 for the wrap party, for the extra parent. Did we mention that, in addition to paying for your trip to the convention (wherever it is), paying for your meals, paying for your hotel stay for 6 days, at the hotel of our choosing, if you get hurt or God forbid die at this convention and it’s completely our fault, no one can sue us because you signed a Release, releasing us for being negligent?
It really bothers me that they use God’s name to sell false dreams to innocent hopefuls. They should just give their sales pitch and don’t bring His name into it, not unless they’re selling bibles.

I could go on and on about them but you all get the picture.
A  8th of Sep, 2012 by    +1 Votes
We chose to bring our child to an open AMTC Audition. She received a call-back and we thought that this would be a good opportunity, however, something did not sit well with us and felt that their presentation seemed shady. Three weeks after the audition we decided to discontinue our dealings with AMTC after reading so many reviews of consumers expressing their dissatisfaction. These are the thoughts of our 7 year-old daughter:
Why do you guys call yourselves a Christian program? Come on, everybody knows you are fake! Instead you should call it W.A.A.C.P.W.A.L. which stands for WE ARE NOT A CHRISTIAN PROGRAM WE ARE LIERS! You guys like to rip people off. I hope this message will turn your poor little attitude around and I hope you guys DO NOT get any business next year and that your business will shut-down.
D  7th of Jan, 2013 by    0 Votes
I have just finished an experience with AMTC. After reading what was posted on this site I was appalled., wondering if they were describing the same company I had experienced.
Everything we experienced was first class, from the staff to the accommodations to the musicians to the facility. To contact 30 agents in one location is a bargain for what it cost. What I saw was some people upset with the way they or their child were evaluated. What you paying for is a look and critical evaluation, not some coddled praise.
Everything AMTC told us about what they would and could do was true. I did some intense research into AMTC.before we spent the money. After looking at their successes I found they delivered what they said . If you can not afford the service then go elsewhere.
The bottom line is it worked for us and a lot of other people.
A  14th of Jul, 2013 by    0 Votes
I truly question the veracity of those previous comments. My daughter and I attended an audition and received a callback. When we were "offered" the chance to buy our way to auditions, I turned them down. A couple of weeks later we received a "scholarship" waiving all fees, provided we pay for the cost of the trip to the SHINE convention in Orlando. Although I still had some doubts, I agreed, so that we could have a fun trip and enjoy Disney World afterward.
The daily devotionals from AMTC's founder were enough to send waves of nausea through my stomach. She railed against the terrible weaknesses of celebrities when it came to the use of plastic surgery only to admit, in her conclusion, that she regretted her fall from grace. Do I really have to patiently sit through the speeches of a semi cult-leader for my daughter to model or act? The on-line "lessons" were even worse and patronizing to say the least. A training module tells me the proper decorum for introducing myself to others. Needless to say, I followed my instincts and walked away from AMTC without paying a dime.
A  21st of Jul, 2013 by    +3 Votes
I can't believe that the AMTC is a scam. I am a person who auditioned and got a call back. But my parents got concerned. So I have been looking up reviews and I haven't seen one good review. I am very upset because these people are messing with people's dreams and lives. I am also upset because they have messed with my family and my dreams. No one deserves to have their lives and dreams played with for someone else's amusement.
D  18th of Mar, 2014 by    +4 Votes
I am currently an AMTC performer and it is the farthest thing from a scam. Yes, it is quite expensive, but there are ways to make money. You do have to train with acting and modeling, even if you're just wanting to sing or dance, it makes you more marketable. It's not easy, you have to work and prepare. They don't promise callbacks, and they made that very clear from the very beginning. I have learned so much, and I continue to learn . The AMTC staff has been very helpful and they genuinely care, and they want you to do great . They are always willing to help. This is a non profit organization to promote Christian performers and launch them into the entertainment industry. That's the reason for the daily devotions and the study modules are only there to help you. If you feel like this isn't your calling, you shouldn't audition in the first place. They want people who are called into this ministry, because that's what this is, a ministry. Also, they want people who are WILLING to work hard and PREPARE. They want everyone to do well at the convention, but what you put in is what you're going to get out of it. I'm having the time of my life training and I am unbelievably excited for the convention this July. I have my photo shoot this weekend and I'm extremely excited. My whole point, is AMTC is not a scam, and I recommend them to people who are called into this ministry and who are willing to work hard. Thanks for reading. -Katie
N  27th of Mar, 2014 by    -2 Votes
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N  9th of Jun, 2014 by    -1 Votes
First of all I have to say shame on you for participating as an Agent especially if you know this is a scam. If you are a big agent you shouldn't have to go to these events anyway. I too am an agent and I am so busy I rarely have any free time to perpetuate this kind of nonsense. I get emails all day long from hopefuls and would never bring someone in if I felt they had no potential. Second many of these events are very expensive, so parents or anyone looking to get into the business beware and ask to talk to former students who have made it in the industry to see if any have. That being said if it leads to legit classes ask what the cancellation policy is and if you can sit in a class, if you feel it is low quality then don't have your child do this or don't do it yourself. Even if you know nothing about acting or modeling, as an adult you know if the person trying to teach sounds like they have knowledge of a subject. No matter what anyone says, no one is a natural even the biggest stars have taken classes at one point or another Good luck to you all, be smart and diligent when it comes to selecting the courses that start your career.
N  7th of Sep, 2014 by    +4 Votes
I recently went to an Audition with these people and they say to always stay humble, but when it comes to them they act no where near humble. They show you a video that only criticizes the famous people, which I thought "christians" shouldn't point fingers on anyone when they are far from being perfect! They should just do their thing and talk about the positive and leave everything else in God's hands They talk about how you have to pay the next day your fee of $500 when you receive the call from them, I did think all this was making any sense of too much that they charge, but that is not what opened my eyes it was the holly spirit that made me see the truth. When I was about to sing at my audition the lady stopped me and said to not get inspired and close my eyes. If this was for God and to praise him I was thinking I have to feel it and give him the praise and Glory and of course God saved me from this lie.
N  29th of Sep, 2014 by    +2 Votes
Just so you know AMTC is NOT an agency, what you are paying for with AMTC are classes and materials for furthering and enhancing your area/s of talent. You also obtain an album of a minimum of 150 pictures (this takes time to accumulate even when you are with an agency). Then, they determine if you will be prepared enough to attend the SHINE conference, and that is where the agencies are. At SHINE you perform in front of agencies. Now obviously this is pricey, and yes I understand that this s a lot of money for classes virtually so you definitely have to take time to make your decision, but you just have to realize that you are NOT with an agency when you do AMTC and you're not guaranteed to be with an agency after AMTC, so it is a gamble for the fact that you may or may not end up with an agency. It is NOT a scam because they never state that they are an agency and they never promise anything except the classes and the photo shoot. So just be careful as to realizing that they are not an agency but realize that the amount that what you are paying is approximately the amount you would pay to take classes on your own it's just that these classes are all within. But yes, if you don't want to take classes and enhance your skill set, then I would advise not doing AMTC but just going with a local reputable agency, and if they are considered an agency then NO you should not be paying anything. Just realize that if you do decide to go with a local agency and you do want to enhance your talent, that they can refer you to classes pertaining to your area of talent, but keep in mind that those places that they refer you to you will be paying out of pocket for those classes. So just weigh your options but realize AMTC is NOT an agency but simply classes/materials to enhance your talent, and agencies should NOT ask you for money.
N  22nd of Oct, 2014 by     Best Advice +5 Votes
I, myself, am an AMTC Grad, and at first, it seemed like a scam, but it was definitely worth it! I auditioned on September 27th, 2013, for modeling and acting, and was called back early the next morning. I had 9 months of training, traveling to the nearest hub. 3 months before SHINE, there was a professional photo shoot, and my pictures turned out great! The photographers and makeup artists were very kind, humble and patient. During SHINE in Florida, I met so many great and supportive people, and had many opportunities. We stayed in Gaylord Palms and Resort Hotel, which was a huge blessing! Every morning, my hub (Chicago), met and had daily devotions. At the end of the week, there were Flash Interviews, where you can meet with many VIP's, including casting directors, modeling agents, and much more! There was also a very formal banquet with and awards ceremony afterwards. There was also a wrap party for performer's who chose not to attend the banquet. I ended up with three callbacks after 10 days, which led to my signing with 20th Century Fox, and multiple modeling agencies, who have been absolutely great to me! Even though my journey towards SHINE is over, I still continue to keep in touch with my AMTC family, and there are many grad reunions along the way.
N  3rd of Feb, 2015 by    +3 Votes
Hi sweet people :)

Check out this blog for a scam report on AMTC: https://performerthoughts.wordpress.com/2015/01/30/hello-world/
N  28th of Feb, 2015 by    -1 Votes
Maggie and Katie work for AMTC, they post glowing reviews everywhere there's a negative article about AMTC. Maggi's Facebook page even admits she's the "social media manager at AMTC"! Seriously! What more proof do you need that AMTC is a scam?
A  24th of Jul, 2015 by    0 Votes
Been there and done that. AMTC is BS and a scam! Makes Christians look bad. Shame on them!!!
N  3rd of Oct, 2015 by    -1 Votes
Wow. Thank you. I called an agency because my daughter is interested and explained that she is Beautiful and would love an opportunity. We were pushed to an "audition" where many hopeful families and young people attended. The presentation was impressive and it appeared that there were some success stories. My daughter is nervous and truly excited about the opportunity. We had no idea what to expect and were led to believe that this "audition" was the way to get started and explore our interest. We may or may not get the "call back" opportunity but my nerves are fine as I am a business man and see that the financial requests were given to us and briefly discussed. We were asked to pray about it which seems somewhat humorous to me as I am reading these comments and all seem fairly accurate. The few that seem positive seem like hopefuls and the one success story I am wondering why it might be on a complaint board.com website. SHAME on these people for using God as a crutch for personal success. I have seen in my research that my daughter will be disappointed in the morning. Disappointed that she gets the call and disappointed that now I as a single dad who just wanted to give her a dream shot has become a GOD experience and complete opportunity for a church retreat of HOPE bought and paid for out of sheer interest in an industry that is already a tough one to get into. Thank you all. I will make it up to my daughter and spend the money on a professional photographer to take natural pictures and send them in to reputable agencies that just do their job. If she makes it she will make it. Not because I prayed and paid a religiously convicted representative with some industry knowledge. Networking and exposure to the right people is work I am willing to do. My daughter is worth it and now because of the AMTC expensive fees and process I get to explain the valuable lesson of God will find a way if it is meant to be. These people are not nice.
D  29th of Oct, 2015 by    +2 Votes
Folks, our family participated in the whole AMTC program with our daughter, a singer. The program is excellent instruction and they are definitely good Christians – and yes, nice! And they are definitely *not* agents! What they do is prepare talented individuals to present themselves *to* agents, via the Shine program each summer/winter. They make no guarantees of acceptance in the industry, but give people all the tools they need to make a good showing of it. Yes, it’s expensive, but they work with you on financing and even give you tips on fundraising. You have to pay for anything of quality in life… Believe me, these folks (barely volunteers, really) are not getting rich off these fees by any means!
They offer photoshoots by professionals at a reduced rate, as well.
For what it’s worth, our daughter was approached by a record a company a full 3 months after the Shine event, and we’re in the midst of producing an album. We know of a couple other individuals doing the same thing! 
N  4th of Jan, 2016 by    +1 Votes
My son went through AMTC in 2014 and is now living in LA, he has booked and filmed 2 commercials and has signed with an agent and manager thanks to the exposure he received through SHINE. Yes we paid and yes at first we thought it was a lot, BUT after thinking about the amazing training he received and the exposure he got and now the success he has had, WE WOULD DO IT ALL AGAIN. Thank you AMTC for what you do and thank you for being used by the Lord in the entertainment industry . Here is an example of the photo shoot they did with him .

N  29th of Jun, 2016 by    0 Votes
Most of the 'showcases' charge you. If you are in NY or LA or another location, they will charge you. It's so they can train you so that you are at your best (monologue, headshots, etc) and then they present you to the agents and managers (which they have to pay to be there - not only their fee but their travel, hotel and meals). So many agents/managers come for the perks but many end up signing some talent. While these show case people don't really weed out those that might not have a chance. This is how they get their bottom line. Out of every 50 people they see, they might realize only 3 have a real shot at getting signed. But to many kids and parents it's worth the effort. One bit of advice, even if your child doesn't get selected the first time out, keep training (at reputable places !! not Barbazon, etc). Get a good modeling or acting coach. Then research other young models and actors and how they got their start. Call casting directors and ask who they contact/use for their jobs. Then contact them. Send them your kids headshots and acting reel. Nothing comes easy. 99.9% of successful actors and models were not discovered the first time they went out there. If you and your child really want it, go for it. But keep your eyes open and do your research.

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