This blog has saved people thousands of dollars by informing them about John Wood and The shit he pulls with people seeking fame and fortune. Before this blog, John wanted you to search the internet before you forked over $795 dollars to him; why because there was not much out there and he knew it. Ironically many people have since, posted their experience with him and the companies he works for.
I am keeping this blog up because people keep posting and reading. This blog was successful in running John Wood out of' at least Massachusetts. They tried to get this blog taken down and Failed. They tried legally,that didn't work, they tried threatening me, and that didn't work either, I'm not afraid of John or any of the tools he rolls with.
I'm not sure where John is right now he may or may not be in Ohio; I'm not sure, one thing I am sure of is that people that come into contact with this fraud at least now there is enough information on this scab, for an informed decision to be made and more importantly if they want to give this lowlife addict any of their hard earned money.
If John was half the "agent" he pretends to be, hew wouldn't be cruising the malls, making ANONYMOUS posts on Craig's List or trying other sleazy tactics to earn business, did I mention that he uses a pay as you go cell phone also.
One day this ass wipe is going to con the wrong person; Karma is a mother fucker, isn't it John?
What part of OHIO????
He was arrested in NH of this matter. He never showed up to court..That was what was told to me.
Suzette at Cinderella was the other one making a killing off this Scam she and he ran. She knew what was going on. I've filed with the AG's office a few weeks ago.
I would start by subpoenaing Cinderella's employee information which would include Johns 1099 or w-4. I would also state that the owner of Cinderella Modeling agency was made fully aware by me who John was and what he was about, she did not want to listen. John Woods days are numbered as a so called agent. Hey John if your reading this you ran but can not hide.
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wow your a frigging riot!! why don't you post pictures of your self or actually start a business? You cant let it go?
First thank you for reading Mr. or Mrs. Anonymous It does not take any time at all to write a post and even less time to post a comment. This blog will remain up until John Wood a.k.a John Williams is no longer able to make a living doing what he does. I know that this blog has defiantly hindered his ability to make money from unsuspecting clients. I love the fact that people are now able to put a face to a name. What John didn't realize, when he met me that I would actually do research on him and Karon Shea Model Management. He actually thought that I was going to blindly hand him over 800 dollars. NOT!
It amazed me the number of responses I received 2 years ago when I put a simple post on Craig s List just asking for opinions from people that have come in contact or have done business with John Wood, Richard Bertone, or Karon Shea. The responses I received all had a common thread to them; Stay Away! I took those responses and created a blog! Two years latter the blog is still alive and kicking and John's ability to make money is dead if not sucking!
First off I would like to thank the person who just sent me pictures of John Wood.I know he has tried to remain anonymous while running his little scam, I thought I would post pictures of John Wood and The Photographer he mainly works with so that you could see what they look like and just make you aware of their "business practices.
I have posted these pictures under "Fair Use section 107 of United States Copy Right Law." to show you who I am speaking about so that you can see what they look like. These images are not intended to gain personal or monetary gain.
Section 107 contains a list of the various purposes for which the reproduction of a particular work may be considered fair, such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Section 107 also sets out four factors to be considered in determining whether or not a particular use is fair: http://www.copyright.gov/fls/fl102.htm
John Wood tried to scam my friend and I, at Karon Shea Model Management In Worcester Mass on or about April 2008. John Is now working in New Hampshire at Cinderella Modeling located in Manchester New Hampshire.
I met John Wood almost 2 years ago, Take a good look at him and if you see him run!!!! He wants you to believe he will make you a star as long as you have 795 dollars that is.
I have had a few conversations with Richard on the telephone so I cant vouch for his credibility,This blog was and is written with the many experiences that people have had in dealing with Richard Bertone and John Wood. I found samples of Richard Bertones work around the internet and sites like Flickr, In my opinion his pictures are o.k. you can see more here: http://www.flickr.com/search/?w=all&q=richard+bertone+photo&m=text I have seen better and I have seen worse. Ultimately you need to be the judge if Richard is the right photographer for you. You also need to decide if you want to have John Wood represent you. I do know that John Wood is also sometimes using the alias of John Williams.
That being said I do have a hard time believing that a guy with Richards "connections and experience in the modeling industry" would hang around or even associate with the likes of John Wood. It just doesn't make any sense.John works by associating himself with legit business like Karon Shea Model Management and Cinderella Modeling Agency.He would have you believe that he is the best game in town. Until this blog went live over 2 years ago there was not much information on the web when I did my original research.
Riddle me this If the movie studios are in the process of being built in Plymouth Massachusetts why is John Working all the way up in Manchester N.H? When did Manchester become the mecca of modeling and acting. One would think that a guy that has Wood's supposed connections would either be in Boston, Providence, or Worcester Mass. Oh wait he did his con in Worcester Mass with Karon Shea Model Management. He left town because of this BLOG! In my opinion one would be a complete fool to give these guys money!
Do your research and interview a few photographers and "people claiming to be agents! I was asked recently why I am doing this and its quite simple. In my opinion John Wood tried to scam me so I have personal experience in dealing with him. Again this blog is set up to inform people and share like experiences. If you feel that Richard Berton is the best person to take your photos please use him, you don't need to go through John to do so.
I have heard rumors that Richard Bertone is no longer associated with John Wood, I do know that John would only use Richard exclusively. As always use extreme caution and common sense when spending your hard earned money.
I would hope that no legit business person would partner with him. The fact remains that people who worked or partnered with John Wood knew exactly what he was doing makes them equally as guilty. Karon Shea was well aware and so Is the owner of Cinderella Modeling Agency! I made sure of it.
Richard if you are no longer associated with John Wood as you claim on your Facebook page, I ask that you help the people that were scammed by John Wood over the years get some of their money back. If you cant then you too my friend are equally guilty, but that is strictly my opinion.
I'm asking you to do the right thing.
This is John Wood (he could be using an alias who knows!) who is working out of New Hampshire for Cinderella Modeling Agency http://www.cinderellamodelsne.com
He Resides in Lawrence Mass. He has been in New England for over 5 years if not closer to 10. When you meet him he will tell you that he just came in from LA Because of all the movies that are getting ready to be filmed in the state, and the new studios, THIS IS A COMPLETE LIE.
He likes to remain anonymous AND UNTIL TODAY THERE WERE NO PUBLIC PICTURES OF HIM ON THE WEB, THAT IS UNTIL NOW!
If you see this guy beware. He has worked for many agencies. In fact, when I found out he was working for Cinderella I warned them, they did not care. He is pulling the same crap that he did when I ran into him at Karon Shea Model Management. This Blog is the reason John ran to New Hampshire to work his con.
In the almost 2 years that this blog has been active almost $60,0000 dollars has remained in the pockets of people that bought his B.S but did their research first.I only go by the thank you letters I have received. Fuck You John and I will continue to keep this blog going strong until you wind up behind bars.
Here is one of the comments posted! Shockingly John is mentioned in this blog also!!!
Well, Bryan, like I said, it was NOT a casting company but a Modeling Agency. Its called Cinderella modeling. Its out of Manchester, NH. You can google them as Cinderella, Manchester NH and you will see they are a modeling agency and not a casting company in which was told to me when I got the call from someone named John. Just a tip for people so they keep an eye out for people saying they are one thing when clearly they are another. Watching out for my OFS friends. Take care.
Date: 2009-11-14, 4:21PM EST
We are currently holding open casting calls for feature film to be filmed in the Boston area.
We have over 100 small supporting roles and bit parts and would like to cast
local actors and non-actors.
We are seeking people of all ages, ethnicities, genders.
No acting experience necessary!
Please include the following information:
Picture if possible
Casting other films as well.
THANK YOU for you blog. You just saved me an investment of 795 in comp cards, when I don't even have that money to spend.
Last week I drove all the way up to Manchester to Cinderella Agency to see John (he never gave his last name) with cell phone number starting with 978. I had answered a "CASTING" ad on craigslist...
The ad read:
"We are currently holding open casting calls for feature film to be filmed in the Boston area.
We have over 100 small supporting roles and bit parts and would like to cast
local actors and non-actors.
We are seeking people of all ages, ethnicities, genders.
No acting experience necessary!
Please include the following information:
Picture if possible
Casting other films as well."
Well, the scam played out almost exactly as already documented. (I wish I had read this earlier or I'd have been spared the hour-plus road trip.) There were only 12 of us there or so, but he said we were lucky because there had just been 500 there the week before. I agree that he was quite charismatic. He talked about how he'd been out in L.A. for 20 years, but now was the place to be. Boston is, as he noted, "Hollywood East". He hates that cold weather here, but this is the place where all the money is. etc. Same spiel as already noted and then some. I won't go through it again. Ultimately, he tells us that he will let each one of us know within the week if he is interested in us. And then he says not to feel bad if we don't hear back at all, but that he only selects those who he knows will be able to work in the film industry. (Note: he never actually tells us which feature films he is casting for.)
Then of course, I heard back from him the right day. It turns out that I have what he's looking for but I must pay 795 to get comp cards... and website is indeed a myspace account for Studio 8. Sketchy. Oh, and he tells me that although Suzette of the Cinderella Agency wanted to charge me 1000 for the comp cards, he is going to offer me the low price of 795... and I need to let him know by that evening if I can pay...
Ah... I could have written more, but the whole things just kind of depresses and angers me. How can his guy be out there still? And what can be done to stop him? I wish I could get in touch with some of the other innocent folk that went to the session. I am worried that they may already be taking the plunge.
October 19, 2009 9:35 AM
Mine was not an isolated instant many people feel the same. If you have an issue with other agencies then be proactive and tell people.
People need to be informed and also do research on any company that operates in in this industry unfortunately there are too many unscrupulous people acting like agents that ruin it for everybody. Make sure you ask for references of clients don't just go on the word of some one that has a financial interest in making you a star. If they are Leggit this should not be a problem.
I asked John Wood for reference and to see his portfolio and he could not produce one. References should include more than a myspace page and a model repository. Be Leary of any one who states they just came in town. If they are leggit than ask them to prove it. If this becomes an issue move on again this is my opinion
They attempted to scam money from me in my opinion so I choose to write a blog about it. The response has been unbelievable from other people that have also had the same experience as I did. My advise to you is be very Leary when dealing with these individuals or any agency for that matter that wants you to pay them for comp cards, please be very careful when thinking about having someone make you a star!
This blog has saved a lot of people money. This blog is made up of my experience and others. I am not going to tell you what to do put please note THE PEOPLE MENTIONED IN THIS BLOG ARE NOT THE ONLY GAME IN TOWN AND THAT IS MY OPINION!
This is the cell number that John Wood gave me over a year ago 978 xxx 1231, Apparently John Williams has the same number as of 9/30/09 @11:49 pm. Imagine that, John didn't change his number when he changed his name. If I had to bet money I would bet that John Williams sports a baseball cap, pierced ears, fake tan and drives a red mustang! Be very Leary of this man he tried scamming me and my friend when he worked with Karon Shea Model Management! This is my opinion before you give him any money do your research!
I just went to an audition last night with Cinderella Modeling and met someone named John Williams (not sure if this is the same guy), however the story is exactly the same. I filled out the application and was told by John that typically he calls folks back within a week, however the folks that he is really interested in will get a call back the next day. I got the call and was told that I fit the bill they were looking for and that he could get me work almost immediately. All I had to do was to meet with him and and sign a contract, as well as provide 795.00 for pictures/comp cards. He mentioned that comp cards were essential to getting work and that he used a couple of agencies and asked that I look at the following two sites modelmayhem.com/studio8 and myspace.com/8studio8. Does any of this sound familiar to anyone? I can't believe how similar the posts are to my story.
What is really funny is that he gave the group his "private" cell phone number to call. Seemed kind of strange to go through him and not the agency.
I am going to meet with him next week. Let you all know how it goes.
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Hey guys, thanks for all your help, everyone here helped open my eyes. I was looking forward to going to Manchester tomorrow.
I JUST GOT A CALL FROM THIS NUMBER TODAY. A dude named John, just moved from LA all that shit, sounded serious. Thing is i got a real audition to go to in Hanover, MA tomorrow. I just finished wrapping a movie, and a movie called OxyMorons is gonna be filmed soon.
This guy called me today and said all these auditions are coming up and its a first impression thing. What a scammer!!!
From what I hear John and the gang are still at it.
Maybe everyone should check out the latest episode of dateline and how they did it on modeling scams and IMTA"s . Quite interesting. Seems all places give the same pitch of how mnay people were called back etc.
Its all bull. If you have the money you can go. Simple as that. None of the big name agencies are there as was quoted on dateline by the owner of Elite himself. Only other small agencies go. One more scam to the susceptible people who want to be famous to think their kids are the best!
WATCH THESE VIDEOS BEFORE YOU INVEST A DIME WITH KARON, THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT FOR OVER A YEAR! IMTA EXPOSED, WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
From MSNBC & CHRIS HANSON
Also, Karon Shea is now Karon Shea Enterprises. And Karon is the CEO and president. Have to be incorporated to actually be the president and not the owner. Funny how she just keeps changing the name. Of and the actors loft ids under the Dance Academy not Lafemmina so that they aren't regulated by the state to file academic criteria to the state for approval with a teaching license. One mor sneaky think after another.
It gets better, now you can be taught how to act by the wonderfully talented Christine Agriopoulus(sp. sorry for butchering) It kills me that people that have not actually ever done anything such as her and Anthony Vorres are teaching classes and people are going to pay money for this. Anthony has done ind. films and lived in LA. oooow!!! So have I so I guess I should be teaching. Actually I have done more than him so I guess that I could....hee!hee!
The more I see this the more pissed I get. When are people going to learn.
By Richard Duckett TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF
An invitation from IMTA is something not to pass up.
For example, Katie Holmes, Brookes Burns and Ashton Kutcher all once received IMTA invitations — when hardly any one else knew them. They accepted.
Who knows what the future holds for Calli McLaughlin, 5, and sister Molli McLaughlin 7, both of Rutland, or Jada Lopez, 10, of Lawrence, or Trevor Ruggles, 40, of Auburn.
The four were part of a contingent of 20 students at the La Femmina Modeling Training Center/Karon Shea Model Management in Worcester who went to the International Modeling and Talent Association convention in Los Angeles in January, after being selected by IMTA scouts who had held auditions at the school. The invitation to attend IMTA was contingent on them taking intense modeling and acting training for three months at the school.
In Los Angeles, the 20 took part in competitions with 1,000 other hopefuls in an array of modeling and acting categories, and were watched by 400 talent managers and agents from all over the world. These mangers and agents, in turn, had the opportunity to contact contestants they might be interested in representing, signing and managing. While they were in L.A. there was also an earthquake, Karon Shea, the modeling school’s owner, recalled — 5.5 on the Richter scale.
Molli and Calli caused quite a few shock waves themselves, getting the most callbacks of the 20 contestants from La Femmina/Karon Shea — 27 and 20 respectively.
Ruggles got quite a few too, including from an agency in France. Jada also attracted a lot of interest, particularly from Los Angeles agencies.
Would she move to Los Angeles?
“Definitely. Tomorrow if I have to,” said her mother, Keyshla Penalo. “She’s very mature, very talented,” she said of her daughter, who received honorable mention in “Sitcom,” “TV Beauty” and “TV Real People” categories.
“It was amazing. It was so much fun,” said Jada.
Would she go to L.A. to live? “We’ll wait and see. We’re very excited,” she said.
Altogether, the students from La Femmina/Karon Shea had 112 callbacks at the convention, said Mark W. Steina, who oversees the IMTA training at the school.
IMTA, which is based in Arizona, was founded 22 years ago by Helen Rogers. Steina said Rogers had been sending her students all over the world for auditions and meetings. She concluded it would be easier to have fashion agents, talent agents, casting directors and so on all together in one spot — at least for a week. Actually two, since IMTA holds two conventions a year, one in Los Angeles and one (July 18 to 25) in New York City.
But agents and managers are only going to expend the time at such an event if it is worth their while, Steina noted.
IMTA states that “Membership in the International Modeling and Talent Association is by invitation-only. Our IMTA members have passed a rigorous qualification process and are the most prestigious in the industry.”
La Femmina/Karon Shea is a new member of IMTA. Last fall it put out a call for open auditions to the Los Angeles IMTA convention. IMTA scouts who attended the Worcester audition selected 19 of the 121 who showed up (20 ended up going to L.A.). They then went through training. Instructors included Anthony Vorres, director of the Actors Loft in Worcester, and Melanie Donegan.
“I’m a little overwhelmed” Melissa McLaughlin said of the splash Calli and Molli went on to make in Los Angeles. “They had never done any acting. I wasn’t expecting anything.”
She said she’ll proceed “with baby steps” concerning their modeling or acting careers, noting that her daughters are very young. “But I’m definitely open to this.”
The daughters enthusiastically agreed. Molli said she especially enjoyed the runway.
Ruggles, at 40, went to the open audition not really understanding the whole process. But he was called back for an interview with an IMTA scout.
“The IMTA person went over my strong points and weak points … The training helped us get out of our comfort zones. We went out as best prepared as we could get.”
Ruggles won 11 awards. He owns a health care business and is not necessarily looking to give up the day job.
“I just thought it was a phenomenal experience,” he said.
Stephanie Raffa, 25, of Worcester works as a waitress at the Olive Garden in Marlboro.
“The experience was absolutely unbelievable,” she said. One of her callbacks was with Moonstar Management of Los Angeles and New York City.
“You only live once,” she said of why she auditioned. And got sponsors, and had a fundraising dinner party.
The IMTA experience “is expensive,” Steina acknowledged. From the beginning of training to flights, hotels and the convention, the total cost is about $5,000.
On the other hand, the experience brings exposure. “You could hop in your car and go to New York and spend a week and never audition for anybody,” Steina said.
So was it worth the money?
“Absolutely. The money wasn’t even a factor,” Raffa said.
And who knows what will happen?
A couple of weeks after being interviewed for this story, Jada Lopez and her mom went to L.A. and signed with HRI agency, one of the largest casting agencies in that city for children. They are moving to L.A. April 10.
“We are really excited for her,” said Steina.
Auditions to attend the New York City IMTA convention will be held at La Femmina Modeling Training Center and Karon Shea Model Management, 64 Water St., Worcester, beginning at 1 p.m. March 29. For more information, call (508) 755-0662.
This is another very common scam that a lot of my friends have complained about. This scam works like this. You are
told that you have been 'selected' to join a model agency. You are then told that you'll need a portfolio of decent quality
and you are given the name of a photographer who you are required to go to ' because the agency can be sure of his
quality'. So where's the scam there..sounds reasonable enough? Well what you don't know is that the agency and the
photographer are splitting the fees, and the fees themselves are considerably higher than they should be. Remember, a
model agency should never charge you advertising fees. If you need professional photos for a portfolio, then go to an
independent photographer and always pay him directly. If your agency insists that you go to a particular photographer as
a condition of joining, then as far as I'm concerned, you are being scammed
Talent Agency Scams - The Modeling Convention Scam
So you've joined an agency, and your agent advises you to go to a modeling convention. Once again, sounds like a good
idea Well maybe until you see the cost of these modeling conventions. And then you think of the reasoning. Why did my
agent suggest I go on a modeling convention to further my career, and increase my exposure. Isn't that what he's
supposed to be doing? The truth is, that some unscrupulous agents receive a commission for anyone they persuade to
go on this convention. If you're pressured this way , get a new agency.
Well there are just a few of the most common modeling scams.
is a lier.(
I have tried or should I say I have sent him several times this: AND MARC. post it! Or you are the bullshit bolger you seem to be.
Ok who's this fool???
I went to Kssm got what I paid for. Not to happy of not getting much work, but it's a gamble.
But the fool that stated this and I quote:
And if you really did speak to the Miss Mass. Pageant you would have found out that Laurie doesn't answer those questions Anthony does and his exact words were "we did work with Richard Bertone. We would never work with him again. I am not at liberty to say why unless Richard signs a release for us to talk."
If that is true HOW do you know what or why ?
And then this BS!I quote again:
My friends daughter has a picture of herself on her facebook page at 14 with no top on that Richard took. Any minor in a state of undress is illegal. This is not NY. Hello parents wake up! Thank god I have a son but I do feel bad for my friend because she agreed to this because he made it sound like thats what all the models do.
First of all NO parent would allow this! And if it is so the police would have both the photographer and parents in jail. This is utter BS. And you know it. I did not have a problem with Richard nor did that person, whoever posted this has a the problem.
Marc should fact find his blog before allow such BS.
Bloggers have that responsibility to do so. And if you say NO I DON"T your a fool as well and part of the BS problem that the internet brings to all of us.
Marc should if he really wants to stand up and be the model watch dog. Just because this fool sends you a story Marc doesn't make it true. And I know as well as ALL who reads this blog that if any of that was even anywhere near true, DSS, the police and courts is where this would be at, not some blog.
Marc for a while your blog look ok, but now it seems more and more a hate sounding blog of false information.
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You don't know what the hell your talking about freek. I am a model and I worked with Richard for years and he is one of the most professional photographer I ever worked with so before you go run your mouth about him. get your story right. Its sad you have nothing better to do with your time then blog crap and lies all day. Heres something that will help you retard.. GET A LIFE............
There you are once again talking about stuff you know nothing about. People were stealing his picture.I remember when that happend. I did 8 photo shoots with rich and I loved ever picture he took. His work is amazing and your opinion is wrong. Your name pops up everywhare if I google it huh? What does it say stupit bloger runs his month about shit he does not know about. Hahahah wow your famous.
Hahahah oh so you have to aprove peoples comments You don't have the balls to aprove what I said cause your a bitch. You know I am right.Well you have fun bashing people and running your mouth about them. You have a sad little life...You know someone should make a wedsite about you and start bloging there opinion about how retarded you are. Hahaha I would join in a sec. Next time get all your info before you voice you opinion
Hi, I posted earlier about the person who went to the BBB and the state but found nothing wrong. I also checked and saw that Karen Shea was not on the state list opf licensed agencies. I couldn't call because Monday was a holiday. I spoke to someone there yesterday and they told me that
Karen is NOT licensed as an agency. She failed to put in the proper paperwork last October so she does NOT have a license to operate in the this state. Nice!
Maybe this is why they are suddenly pushing the ACTORS loft. Can't cut it as an agency so now lets try our scam tactics at acting until someone else catches up with us.
I would like to reiterate to you that this blog is for constructive comments and criticisms and yours however do not qualify as constructive or readable for that matter. You have butchered the English language in such away that I did not want to cause you any further embracement by posting your anonymous rants, written at the wee hours of the morning.
I want to thank you for your recent posting regarding my employment status. I would like to tell you that unlike you and John I am and have been gainfully employed for quite some time now, again thank you for your concern.
I want to tell you personally that this blog is not personal at all. I know at times it may seem to be but you have to understand that you became involved when you agreed to partner with John and Karon. I know that in your limited capabilities you can not understand this, but trust me this blog gave people a sounding board to vent and tell others about their experiences with you and your amigos. It seems that your chickens are coming home to roost. You had your chance to respond to these postings; but instead you choose to think this was one big joke. It doesn’t matter how great you pretend to be, what matters is what people are saying about you; but I guess you are too stupid to realize that. Actually I think you just don’t care. Believe me when I tell you that this blog got people talking; unfortunately for you its was not positive for you, John and Karon.
I know you don’t remember talking to me when I was outside Karon’s office, talking to you on my cell phone; while I was waiting to meet with John, but I have the cell phone records to prove that not only that I called you; but you also returned my phone calls. I’m surprised you don’t remember talking to me, we had a somewhat lengthy conversation that night, and you don’t remember bad mouthing John and Karon.
It was from that conversation that the lies started to unravel and that this blog was born. The problem is that you like to run your mouth and really contradicted what John had told me in previous conversations. From what I have been told you both have big egos.
I want to assure you that the undo stress and anger that you are under will pass; relax and breathe. So that we are clear I will no longer post your nonsensical rants and raves. This Blog is not about me but that of what people have experienced in regards to their dealings with you, John and Karon.
I will leave you with 2 pieces of advice if you’re going to have a man pose for his headshot in athletic attire curling a dumbbell; you should have him curling something more than a 2lb weight, but I guess attention to detail is not your strong suite. If you want to be taken serious stop pretending to be a female model, or posing as another photographer or who ever else you pretended to be.
I believe that if you work on developing your craft a bit more; Target may just hire you but then again they do have ethics and standards.
How's that for stones
This is my second post, just want to give an update.
I'm happy to say that we did get our money back in full for our comp cards. I put in a complaint with with employment agency (Commonwealth of Mass.) and we didn't even have to go to the hearing. Karon called and we settled over the phone.
Beware Of John Wood he is working from the Cinderella Modeling Agency in New Hampshire!
Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "John Wood has decided to create another way to mak...": Well well people guess what John is at Cinderella agency in NH now and still running the same lines..not sure if they are a scam or what but I'm not wasting my money on it...have fun and beware... Posted by Anonymous to Do you feel that you got scammed by Karon Shay Model Management and John Wood at November 19, 2008 4:33 PM
Reply to: firstname.lastname@example.org [?]Date: 2008-10-23, 4:58PM EDT
This is a casting call for girls 18 to 21.Who would like the oppertunity to get experiance in the entertainment industry. Do you sing? I don't care. So do you dance? I could care less. are you Pretty,thin,maybe a Red Head,Now we are talking. Send one face pic and stats hight.weight.mesurments to the e-mail.
Location: Central Ma N.R.I.
Compensation: beyond belife
Principals only. Recruiters, please don't contact this job poster.
Please, no phone calls about this job!
Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.PostingID: 890840679
John Wood’s cell number 617-710-7510 from Craig's List original posting
John Woods email email@example.com
Karon Shea’s email firstname.lastname@example.org
I have only skimmed through a few of the blogs posted here, and (aside from the grimaces I bear each time I note a grammatical error [I'm an English teacher]) I do want to express that I have had some difficulty with KSMM as well.
I signed on on Dec 2007 and only received two jobs from the agency. The first was in January 2008, and I only just received payment LAST MONTH... and that was after numerous e-mails and phone calls. That's right: it took KSMM 8 months to pay me $90 from a bridal show.
The second job I worked was in May 2008, and I finally received payment LAST WEEK... I would like to note the improvement in punctuality; this job only took 6 months for payment to be issued.
Please note that the final payment was only received after I began filing a complaint with the BBB. Although Karon appears to be very professional, her agency lacks professionalism. Communication is horrendous, punctuality is non-existent, and the staff is sweet but not very capable. (Secretary Haley is very caring, but her e-mails are grammatically worse than my high school students)
As an educated woman who lived in London studying the industry, I would NOT recommend KSMM to any aspiring talent. I myself have collected my remaining comp cards (that I was sold into getting from Bertone- a poor choice on my behalf) and terminated my contract.
Email 1 has been edited. I could not post the entire email because it had nothing to do whith this blog.In response to email 3 I will state again that I did seek legal advise to protect myself from a law suite and given the nature of this blog I felt it the responsible thing to do. I did this so that I knew what I could and could not post or say.
Again I will state if you have something constructive to say either good or bad I will post it, as long as it is constructive. I believe these posts came from either John Wood Or Richard Bertone. Email 1 favors Karon Shea, John Wood, and Richard Bertone.The other 2 just attack my character and integrity.
Email 1 Sun, Nov 9, 2008 at 11:42 AM
I was one of those people that went to KAREN SHEAS, talk to John Wood. NEVER was promised the world as you say. People hear what they want to here because they sorted out the services from KSSM, they answered an ad. everyone wants to get there 15 mins, it's not a free ride people. and never a given.
Yes he talk about if I worked at my craft I COULD DO WELL.. "COULD"
I'm an actor and I paid the money of my own free will. John told me about RICHARD and other photographers, I PICKED WHO I WANTED TO USE!!
Had a GREAT SHOOT, which took 4 plus hours. Got all that was paid for. And I did do my home work. I got prices, 5 others from agents to just photographers and they came in with in 100 bucks +/-.
Email 2 Sun, Nov 9, 2008 at 2:53 PM
Marc, See your a lier !!!!
And I know this wont get posted either.
I sent you a post that said I was very happy with the work and photos I got from KSSM. YOU DIDN'T post it?
Hide behind your lies of the blog.
Email 3 Sun, Nov 9, 2008 at 9:39 PM
you discussed it with a lawyer?? so you actually paid someone for their time to talk about putting up a blog? wow no life.
OK, let me set the record straight. I did not start a blog in Karon Shea's name. Whoever did. The ip address from the computer that created was recorded in a log file on Bolger’s server, which means it can be traced. If this would ever go to court I have kept all emails I have received and I can produce those as well.
I have been with in my rights legally in regards to this blog and Karon Richard and John don't like it. I would love for this to go to court so then they would be exposed in a public forum. They defiantly don't want that.
Don’t think for a moment that they did not try to do everything in their power to have this blog removed. Before I wrote this blog I discussed it with a lawyer and guess what I'm safe and the blog is still here.
John Wood and Karon Shea tried to scam me and a friend of mine. I decided not to take this lying down so I started this blog.This blog was started to tell people about my experience and the experience of other people that had used Karon Shea Model Management.
The postings you see on the blog are people's opinions and then people comment on those opinions. I have told people to use their best judgment after reading anything from this blog.
I don't need to pose as Karon Shea to get people to a blog, my Google page rankings bring more than enough people to this site.
I wish there was no need for this blog; sadly that is not the case. As long as I keep getting emails and comments I will continue to post. I make no money from this blog and again I wish there was no need for it. I'm doing it for consumer awareness. As the old saying goes buyer beware.
I do not hide behind this blog or blog title. Karon, John and Richard all know who I am as I have made myself perfectly clear several times.
I have asked several times for people to send me positive comments about their experiences with any of the three. I have not received any positive feed back stating otherwise. I have been more than fair in regards to what I post; I can’t post what I don’t get.
I have no regrets for posting this blog. In my opinion John Wood and Karon Shea tried to con me out of my money. I do not need to pose behind some blog named after Karon Shea to try and get comments. I have my own. I also would not proactively promote Karon Shea's business.
I received an email posted anonymously informing me of her blog on Friday. It went up on Friday then violated the terms of service on Saturday morning and I believe it was taken down last night.
Let me state again for the record. In my opinion John Wood is a liar and a con Artist that is my opinion of him. Karon Shea hired him and was warned by the owner of another modeling agency to beware. Karon ignored her, so in my opinion she is equally as guilty. Again these are my opinions you may have a different experience of them.
So give me a break on trying to frame me for trying to set up a blog in Karon's' name. I have no time for that. If you don't like the blog don't read it. Instead of attacking me say something positive about Karon or John.
So again if after reading this blog posting you feel confident that Karon Shea is the one who will get your career to the next level go ahead and use her. If you Think John Wood truly has your best interest at heart give him your money. If Richard is the photographer that you believe is going to be the best one out there to capture your image on film use him I don't care. It’s your money not mine. I gain nothing by you doing business with them.
How ever remember if you choose to use them remember you were warned. There is no urgency to signing with them, there are other agencies and photographers out there; maybe you should do your homework, again that is my opinion. It am not a model, I went to an open casting call at her agency for acting. I may not know the modeling business but I do know a scam when I see one, again that's my opinion.
"The agent should not recommend one photographer, and you do not pay the agency, you deal directly with the photographer." -- Nina Blanchard, The Nina Blanchard Agency
"Beware of photo pushers. They are seemingly legitimate talent agencies who make money by receiving kickbacks from photographers. The agent's advice may sound helpful, but the photo 'deal' will cost an exorbitant amount of money." -- Erik Joseph, Author, The Glam Scam
"If a so-called talent agent sends you to a particular photographer for pictures, hold your wallet tight and run for the nearest exit! Chances are the 'agent' is a phony who makes money splitting the photographer's fee." -- Los Angeles Office of the Consumer Protection Agency of the Federal Trade Commission
Paying $1,000 for comp cards to an agency which is a promotional agency, not a modeling agency, is ridiculous. Promotional "modeling" pays $15/hour. Therefore The model may never make more from modeling than the cost of the comp cards. In fact, the model may never even make anything. The model would have to work for more than 65 hours at $15/hr just to break even and to pay off the $1,000 comp cards. There are modeling agencies where models do not have to pay for their photos until after they work. It comes out of their first paycheck. This is the only way to check and balance expensive modeling photos. It does not put the model at risk or in a financial hole.
1. A truly interested agent will never ask you for money.
2. A legitimate modeling agency will never ask you to pay up front for your own test shots or pay to build your own portfolio.
3. Another thing that models legitimately need but should never be expected to pay for is a comp card.
4. Becoming a model should not cost you any money up front, even for things that sound legit like professional modeling lessons.
5. Finally, but very importantly, no legitimate modeling agency or agent will ask you to take nude or suggestive photographs, no matter how “tasteful” the presentation.
Modeling Conventions: Modeling conventions is a way to cheat aspiring models out of thousands of dollars. This is how most of these scams work; they will have an open modeling cast for aspiring models. Once you arrive, they will look at your photos and give you a weak line about how you have the potential to become a model. They may take a photo and ask to keep the picture for their own references. You then are sent back home and told that they will call you if interested. Once they do call, they will send you an invitation by mail or phone to attend a modeling convention. They claim that in this convention, you will get picked by modeling agents that are desperately searching for fresh new models. There is only one thing; they require a "small" one time fee of $5000! This should yell scam. These are only scammers out to profit from young aspiring models who never have the attention of signing you. Stay away from modeling conventions. http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/649461/how_to_spot_and_avoid_modeling_scams.html?cat=7
Ihope this helps
Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "For those of you that paid Karon Shea and John Woo...": Just got a call back from John today. I am glad to have found this blog.I went last week to a 'casting call' based on a Craig's list ad. It said, looking for people for an 'Irish mob film', an age range (that I fit, being age 20). I called the 978 number and said I was interested. I was told to come the next day at 7 PM to Cinderella Modelling in Manchester, NH (I live in Lowell, MA at the moment). So I went there. About 20 other hopefuls were there and we all had to give our information and wait in the room downstairs.I think this must be the routine. You walk in, meet John, give your information, and then go into a room to hear the spiel. John claims he lived in LA for 20 years, worked with agency which shut down recently because the owner 'went into menopause and thought all her employees would steal her money' (maybe he comes up with a slightly changed story every week). He stated that the previous day he had over 1000 people in a meeting for the same film. He claims that the film details have not come in and will not come in 'till tomorrow or maybe next week' (this must always be the case). Auditions may be as 'early as Saturday' and etc. I did not grow very weary during that session. He was a good actor, a good 'scam artist'. On questions, he stated that normally he cannot answer any questions during a session when there are 'hundreds or thousands of people' so 'you guys are lucky'. Then questions are asked. He has a pre-set answer for every one I am sure. I asked no questions, however one person did and asked 'how many people do you know from LA?'. He claimed he had 'over 3,000 contacts'. The session ended and he said that he would judge whether we could have a role in the film or any film the modelling agency gets information on based on how we 'carried ourselves' when we walked in, solely. 'First impressions make it or break it.'He had some old guy with him that night who was siding with him so as to further his claims. The old guy was agreeing with John that 'MA Comp cards are a joke in comparison to LA' and 'MA is so far behind when it comes to LA; there is no bulk rate on printing'. John made further claims that Boston and New England are becoming a hotspot for shooting feature films (perhaps that is true). He also made claims that acting schools around here are charging too much and are a joke. To seem more believable, he mentioned places like Boston Casting and other places.Finally, he said to wait a week for your call back. He even stated, 'if you do not get a call back, do not feel bad. We will keep you on file in case you fit any other things we come across'.I got a call back today (certainly it has not been a week, 5 days). John first asked: 'how much do you really want to do this?' I responded with enthusiasm and said 'very much'. He then said 'great' and asked me about my situation, to which I answered as 'I am a full-time student' and so forth. He then told me to 'think about a few things', and then said that he NEEDS a Comp card done (yes every agency needs a Comp card). However, he then told me about Richard Bertone. He told me to go to his MySpace. I did that but I questioned to myself why does not Bertone have a REAL web site (like a .com; ANY business can afford one)? He told me that Richard Bertone knows the agency (Cinderella) and knows what they are expecting, and then stated that the cost of the photos would normally be $1,000 but Richard is doing a deal right now for 'newcomers' at $795.After reading this blog, among other links from it, he is getting no call back from me and I am certainly not dropping $800 for Comp cards when they are not even the industry standard for acting. And I have read they are not worth the $800.Yes, I am an acting hopeful and I am taking classes at school as well (minor in Theatre, English major). I think I need more work and I will find that legitimate agent/agency one day who will get me the work (unpaid and paid) I would like to get. As for now, I audition for anything I can find, building a decent resume I hope.It is unfortunate Cinderella has fallen for such a trick.http://www.cinderellamodelsne.com/Contact them and let them know!I did to let them know about this scam. I will phone them tomorrow and ask for Suzette, the owner. Watch out for this! I am so glad I never dropped money. Craig's list is great for selling stuff locally. Never buy into claims of easy entry into an industry like the film industry. If you have it in you, you will either already have them looking for you or you just need to find a legitimate agency, and you MUST speak with its owner!Lastly, I was told by people who have friends in the SAG NEVER to trust Craig's list when it comes to ANYTHING regarding the industry. Real casters, directors, producers, etc NEVER post there.
Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "John Wood is active in New Hampshire": All of a sudden Karon is working with Richard Bertone again. Wonder if John is waiting in the wings to mark up the new price that they are offering. Just got an email that they are doing a photoshoot package for $225.Makes you really see just how marked up they were before. $700 dollars for the printing of the cards, I think not. That's outrageous! I guess this blog did just prove the point that John scammed us all out of our money. They all benefited from it and John worked for Karon. Shame on her.I have talked to the state and I was informed that it was illegal what they did. My receipt does not reflect any upcharge for consultation fees. I can go to Boston and dispute this to get my money back. Or I have consulted with a lawyer and we get enough people together we can start a class action suit.I have recently spoken with two other women, one was successful in getting back her money from Karon and the other was not. Why is that? They both had the same complaint as did I.I have tried to copy and paste the new flier that Karon has stating Richards new photo package but I can not get it to copy on here. Too bad because if you clicked on the image of the flier it pulled up a whole bunch of pictures of Karon's promo models at bars, drunk and dancing on tables. Very, very classy!This is not the type of place I thought that it was judging by these pictures so I am glad that since reading this blog I have pulled my daughter out of there. Does Karon teach in LaFemina Modeling School this type of behavior to her students? Seems like the schooling could be another scam and big waste of money! Unless of course you want to be on girls gone wild!My next thought is if Richard Bertone is as great s John plugged him to be, wouldn't he be too busy to do these small photo shoots for chump change? I mean isn't he in demand for Vogue and the Miss Massachusetts Pageant. Isn't he in NY and LA? So how can he do these photo shoots for Karon Shea's Flim-Flam Scam?
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Date: 2008-10-10, 2:50PM EDT
All ages and sizes up to 60yrs.
Rates range from 50 dollars per hour to thousands per day.
Must include phone number and age to be contacted for auditions.
- Location: New England
- Compensation: See Above
- Principals only. Recruiters, please don't contact this job poster.
- Please, no phone calls about this job!
- Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.
I answered an ad from CL in Manchester Nh.
It was the Cinderella modeling agency and the guy who called me back was John Wood. Same story, he is just in from LA. after 20 years there and the Boston scene is gonna be huge, I have the look and then it was down to photos.
He just called and I was reading these blogs.
I may call back, but why bother if it's really just a legal way to sell hopes.
Is it the same guy?
It was the same photographer Richard, so I guess so.
Please chime in.
Reading this website made me feel somewhat like a fool because I experienced the exact same thing you have written with Karon, John and Richard. Here's my $0.02.
Karon - never met her. Don't think I ever talked to her. Traded some voice mails and a few e-mails, but that's it.
John - IMO, sleazy. Didn't trust him. Gave his "personal" cell number because people are less likely to "flake out" if they have that contact. Never trusted him. Same story… check the BBB, call around. We did check the BBB – there was nothing really, and checking around resulted in not much.
Richard - seemed like a nice enough guy. Shoot was OK, pictures were OK. Artistically they were nice. Technically, nothing to be amazed with. It sure didn't seem worth $800.
What gets me about this whole thing was the story was the same for everyone... gotta have you as a client... special deal on photos - only $795... never hear from them again. Then the hard sale on the $25/month website came… “you won’t get jobs if you don’t have our website…”
Our shoot took place right away and we were told it would be 6-8 weeks before the comp cards were in. That put us around the holidays. We waited until mid-January and called only to be told (by Karon’s front desk person) that Karon would call back. Karon never called. We called one to two times a week for three weeks. Each time, “Karon would call back.” Then the front desk person (Haley?) said the cards were lost and they’d get back to us.
After two months of this, the next call was simple: “Money back by the end of the week or we go to the AG and the BBB.” That got a call back! We were told the cards had to be reprinted since the wrong name was used on them. We said we didn’t care… it had been six months and we never heard from them so other plans were made. They didn’t deliver in a timely manner, and we want a 100% refund.
Karon initially refused to refund anything, so I filed a report with the BBB and the AG. After a couple of phone calls from each, Karon agreed to pay the whole amount (she initially offered her portion – Richard had to get paid). We said pay all or we take her to small claims court. We paid her $795, so $795 was due back.
She caved and said we would have our money in two weeks. In the meantime, the BBB and the AG called and asked if the matter was finalized. I said no because I didn’t have the check yet. I said if they call back in two weeks and I have the check, I would agree. Since I didn’t trust them to deliver anything I wouldn’t sign off until satisfied.
A week later the check arrived and it cleared!
I should have realized when the contract was a copy of a copy of a copy, missing portions, that this was a bogus setup. Also, when I tried to get information on anyone and there wasn’t much out there it should have been a red flag. We went into it knowing we could lose $800, but fortunately, we did get our money back.
I answered an add on Craig's list looking for New Talent. The name of the company is Mass Models. I read the add and called to get an appointment. We set up an appointment to meet on Saturday afternoon. I was expecting another room full of people. To my surprise when I arrived I was the only one there, I thought it was odd. (Remember my most recent experience was with Karon Shea Model Management big cattle call hosted by John Wood) Ken the owner met me and I asked him where everybody was at and did I miss the audition. Ken said no this is how we do things here by appointment only, one on one. Well that was the first big difference I noticed; the actually want to get to know me. We talked for a little more about what I wanted and what I was looking for. Ken told me how they might be able to use me and what the process is for getting work.
Then it came time to talk about pictures, Ken asked me if I had my comp cards I said no. He told me that I would need them done in order to get work. I asked him if I had to use their photographer and he said absolutely not, I can use any photographer I want. I said speaking of photographers I asked him if he had known or could give me any information about Richard Bertone. All Ken would say is that he knew of Richard but kept it at that. Ken did not pressure me at all into signing with them he told me about their fee structure and how they get paid. I did ask Ken that if I choose to use his photographer how much would it cost, he said around 500 dollars. Which sounded very fair to me. He told me to think about it and then get back to him. He also gave me some great pointers and questions to ask when choosing a photographer and gave me pointers on what kind of cards to get.
I then met his wife Tara we spoke briefly, and what I liked about bot of them is that both ken and Tara were honest with me. They said that I could do charicture work but the runway was out of the picture. I said thats ok cause I wanted to do more background work anyway. The meeting lasted about 30 minutes. They have only been in business for about 2 years however it is apparent that they actually get their clients work by the pictures on their walls. When I was leaving I asked if they had any information about Karon Shea Model Management and all they said was that Karon Shea was an agent in Worcester.
For the record I booked my appointment under an alias just in case they saw my blog. The differences from Karon Shea - Mass Models was incredible from their offices to their professionalism to their website. I would defiantly do business with Mass Models in the future. I didn't leave there feeling like I needed a shower to wash off all the bullshit that I did when I left KSMM and John Wood.
IF YOU COME ACROSS JOHN WOOD ASK FOR REFERENCES, ASK FOR SOME OF THE PEOPLE HE HAS WORKED FOR. HE CLAIMS TO HAVE 20 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE ASK HIM TO SEE HIS RESUME, IM SURE WITH 20 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE THEY HAVE BEEN INSTRUMENTAL IN HELPING SOMEONE BECOME FAMOUS. THEN IF YOU FEEL COMPELLED DO BUSINESS WITH THEM DO IT.
DO THE SAME FOR RICHARD BERTON AND KARON SHEA. ASK QUESTIONS AND JUST DON'T TAKE THEIR WORD AS GOSPEL EITHER. BEFORE DOING BUISNESS TALK TO AT LEAST 2 OTHER AGIENCIES AND 2 OTHER PHOTOGRAPHERS. DONT BY THE HYPE THAT YOU HAVE TO SIGN RIGHT AWAY TAKE TIME AND DO YOUR REASEARCH BEFORE SPENDING ANY HARD EARNED MONEY.
IF YOU ARE A PARENT OF TEENAGE GIRLS, MAKE IT A POINT OF GOING WITH YOUR DAUGHTERS TO THE PHOTO SHOOT TO MAKE SURE THE SHOOT REMAINS IN GOOD TASTE AND DOES NOT GET SLEEZY.
DONT PAY WITH CHECK OR CASH USE PLASTIC, DONT BUY THEIR BULLSHIT THAT THEIR MERCHANT ACCOUNT IS NOT SET UP FOR THOSE TYPES OF TRANSACTIONS. THIS WAY IF YOU DO NOT GET WHAT YOU ARE PROMISED YOU CAN START CHARGEBACK PROCEDINGS WITH YOUR CREDIT CARD COMPANY AND YOUR PURCHASE IS 100 PROTECTED AND YOU HAVE RECOURSE. THE REASON JOHN WOULDNT TAKE A CREDIT CARD IS BECAUSE HE KNOWS THIS AND THIS IS THE ONLY WAY JOHN WOOD HAS SUSTAINED A LIVING JOHN IS A SLICK SALES PERSON.
THE BEAUTIFULL THING ABOUT A CHARGE BACK IS THAT THE MERCHANT HAS 30 DAYS TO RESPOND AND PROVE HIS DEFENCE OR YOU GET YOUR MONEY BACK AND THE BURDEN OF PROFF IS ON THE MERCHANT NOT YOU.
AGAIN PLEASE TAKE WHAT YOU READ ON THIS BLOG AS JUST 1 PART OF YOUR RESEARCH THIS IS NOT THE BE ALL AND END ALL. I HAD A BAD EXPERIENCE AS MANY DID WITH THESE 3 PUT PLEASE USE YOUR OWN JUDGEMENT.
MANY, MANY, PEOPLE HAVE ADDED TO THIS BLOG. SO WHAT YOU ARE READING IS A CULMINATION OF THOUGHTS AND IDEAS ABOUT KARON SHEA, JOHN WOOD AND RICHARD BERTONE, THEY HAVE BEEN INVITED TO DEFEND THEMSELVES AND THE STATEMENTS POSTED HERE ANED THEY HAVE.
YOU MAY THINK THEY ARE THE BEST THING TO HAPPEN TO THE MODELING AND ACTING WORLD SINCE HOLLYWOOD AND THATS FINE. I DONT. JOHN WOOD TRIED TO SCAM ME AND TAKE MY MONEY'. THAT IS A FACT! RICHARD AND KARON WERE PART OF THAT CIRCLE AS WELL AND THERFORE ARE JUST AS GUILTY. JOHN SAID CHECK US OUT SO I DID AND I USED THE POWER OF THE INTERNET AND CRAIGS LIST TO HELP ME.
PEOPLE RESPONDED TO MY POSTING AND THE STORIES I HEARD WERE THE SAME. SO TO ALL YOU WHO TELL ME TO GET A LIFE AND THAT I AM ON A WITCH HUNT I SAY FUCK YOU!
THIS SITE IS FULL OF PEOPLES OPINIONS ABOUT THEIR PERSONAL EXPERIENCES WITH THESE INDIVIDULES. TO BE FAIR I POST EVERYTHING THAT IS RELEVANT BOTH GOOD AND BAD OPINIONS. I HAVE POSTED COMMENTS IN WHICH PEOPLE VERBALLY ATTACK ME. FYI I HAVE THICK SKIN.
IF NONE OF THESE POINTS THAT HAVE BEEN POSTED WERE JUST LIES, I WOULD HAVE HAD A LAWYER THAT REPRESENTED KARON, JOHN OR RICHARD CONTACT ME. I HAVE NOT HIDDEN MY IDENTY IN ANY WAY SHAPE OR FORM. THE FACT IS THEY DONT HAVE A FUCKING LEG TO STAND ON. IF YOUR GOING TO ACCUSE ME OF POSTING THINGS THAT ARE SLANDEROUS OR LIABLE, READ A FUCKING LAW DICTONARY AND GET BACK TO ME. I HAVE SAID NOTHING OF THE SUCH.
I HAVE POSTED MY OPINIONS, AND I HAVE POSTED EVERYBODY ELSES OPINIONS AND WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO. I FIND IT FUNNY THAT PEOPLE THAT CRITISIZE ME LIKE TO POST ANOMOUSLY, THEY TELL ME TO GET MY FACTS STRAIGHT BUT I AM SUPPOSED TO BELIEVE EVERYTHING THAT COME FROM THEM AS TRUTH. I SAY FUCK THAT. I HAVE TO ASSUME THAT EVERYTHING PEOPLE ARE SAYING IS TRUE FOR THEM, IT IS THEIR PERCEPTION OF AN EVENT, GOOD AND BAD! ITS NOT RIGHT OR WRONG. IN A COURT OF LAW THE TRUTH IS AN ABSOLUTE DEFENCE. I BELIEVE THAT EVERYTHING I HAVE POSTED TO BE TRUE REGARDLESS IF I SHARE THE SAME OPINION.
FACT- Generally, a fact is defined as something that is the case, something that actually exists, or something that can be verified according to an established standard of evaluation. There is a range of other uses, depending on the contex. A statement that is objectively true and can be verified
OPINION - An opinion is a person's ideas and thoughts towards something. It is an assessment, judgment or evaluation of something. An opinion is not a fact, because opinions are either not falsifiable, or the opinion has not been proven or verified. ...
LIE - An intentionally false statement; a falsehood; A statement intended to deceive, even if literally true; a half-truth; To be in a horizontal position; To be placed or situated
NOW WITH THAT BEING SAID, THIS BLOG IS DEDICATED TO OPINIONS AND EXPERIENCES ONLY. JUST BECAUSE YOU MAY NOT AGREE WITH WHAT IS POSTED DOES NOT MEAN IT IS NOT TRUE OR DID NOT HAPPEN. IT SEEMS THAT MANY PEOPLE HAVE OPINIONS ON THIS SUBJECT. YOU MUST DETERMINE FOR YOURSELF WHAT YOU WANT TO BELIEVE OR NOT.
I DON'T AGREE WITH ALL THE POSTINGS, PUT ALL GET POSTED REGARDLESS OF THEIR NATURE. LETS COMMON SENSE PREVAIL. NOBODY ATTACTKED RICHARDS WIFE. SOMEONE MADE A STATEMENT SAYING THAT HE WAS MARRIED, SOMEONE ELSE COUNTERED THAT STATEMENT. THE PERSON THAT SAID "WELL RICHARD COULDN'T DO THAT HE IS MARIED" I SAY SO WHAT BILL CLINTON IS MARRIED AND LOOK AT WHAT HE HAS DONE.
THE POINT IM TRYING TO MAKE IS SOME PEOPLE THINK RICHARD BERTONE, KARON SHEA AND JOHN WOOD ARE THE GREATEST THINGS TO HIT THE ENTERTAINMENT AND MODELING SCENE, OTHERS THINK THEY ARE CON-ARTISTS. SOME PEOPLE PRAISE ME FOR THIS BLOG OTHERS SAY IM A GOSSIP MONGER THAT NEEDS TO GET A LIFE. THE GREATEST THING IS THAT NO MATTER WHAT YOUR OPINION IS, YOU ARE ENTITLED TO IT. AFTERALL YOU ARE THE FOREMOST AUTHORITY ON YOUR OPINION.
FYI I HAVE SPOKEN TO RICHARD BERTONE IN THE PAST AND HE DID NOTHING BUT BAD MOUTH JOHN WOOD AND KARON SHEA, WHEN I ASKED HIM THEN WHY DOES HE WORK WITH THEM HE SAID ITS BUSINESS. IT AMAZES ME WHAT ONE LITTLE POSTING ON CL'S CAN DO. I DID NOT EXPECT AS MANY PEOPLE TO VIEW AND RESPOND TO THE SITE, IF YOU DONT THINK THIS BLOG IS WELL READ AND WELL TRAVELED JUST LOOK AT MY GOOGLE RANKING!
IF AND WHEN YOU RUN INTO JOHN WOOD ASK HIM ABOUT HIS RESUME, DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH ON HIM, FIND OUT WHATY AGENCIES HE WORKED FOR DO YOU DUE DILLIGENCE BEFORE YOU GIVE HIM ANY MONEY. DO THE SAME FOR KARON SHEA MODEL MANAGEMENT AND RICHARD BERTONE. IF YOU WANT TO USE THEM PLEASE DO AND LET US KNOW YOUR EXPERIENCE, GOOD,BAD OR INDIFFERENT.
SARA here again, I can not be leave your crap. I shot with him and we did a ton of different looks and yes some that I wanted to do with a few less clothes. Always the pro. I never felt like Richard was anything but a PRO!! I also know many other women that have shoot with Richard and never had a bad word to say. I don't know about this women,but my opinion she crazy.. Richard is married to an model that most us would love to look like. There is no need for him to look at anyone in any other way than as PRO. Even before he was married My girl friend shoot with him VERY PLAYBOY STYLE.( She wanted too.) And told me he was great.
Really you NEED TO GET A LIFE. If your on your horse trying to save all of us from them, way don't you go and see Richard, not just some fake call you said you did. Go see him, talk, see his work. I for one, don't find your crap helpful, just really don't think you know shit. Again as I said in other post, GET A LIFE!!!!I will have my friend comment on this one. PLEASE I don't know why she said that, my guess she wanted to do some nude stuff and he said no....
the only place where I have seen them as being truly acclaimed is in claiming other peoples hard earned savings.
...oh...and just as an added remark~~~If mr. Bertone is really hired and used by that agency for all of his PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE. If he is the only one we are pushed to use because supposedly he is oh sooo Knowledgable of what kinds of shots Karon Shea wants to represent and show off her company and high status....
Then why on earth was he pushing for nude shots behind white curtains???......yeah I don't know too much about profesionalism but that sure as heck does not seem like a shot that ANY composite card would have on it. Maybe some cute lingerei or something...MAY~BE>>>
I just know I was not there to try to get into the next penthouse edition either...so my conclusion is Richard is a pervert on top of everything else wrong with their little scam.
Dont Be Fooled By John Wood and his Bullshit
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Date: 2008-06-11, 1:36PM EDT
Be prepared for the upcoming jobs coming to the Boston area.
Before you can hope to get the call backs that you seek, you must have a promotional package that makes you stand out from the crowd, and meets industry standards. Your promotional package is what the talent agency submits to the casting director for auditions, and is the only representation by which a casting agent will determine if you are worth seeing. 99% of promotional packages are not up to industry standards, and will be rejected. This may be the reason that you are not getting call backs.
Many try to enter the industry by creating their own package without understanding the very high professional standards that must be met. Others rely on their talent agencies to produce the promotional package. Although most agencies offer these services, this is not the primary focus of most, leaving you with a less than satisfactory representation, often at a very high price.
Our sole business is to create a personal promotional package that will differentiate you from the crowd. Each of our team members has over twenty years in the industry that we will apply to help you meet your personal goals. We know what the industry looks for, and we make sure that your package satisfies their expectations. You are assured that your personal promotional package provides the highest quality representation, regardless of the agencies that submit your package.
We are NOT a talent/modeling agency. We are NOT a school. Packaging is the key to your success… NOT your agency.
There are no consulting fees.
Email or call 978-457-1231 for dates and times.
THIS IS ANOTHER ATTEMPT BY JOHN WOOD TO SELL YOU A SERVICE THAT YOU DON'T NEED. ASK JOHN TO PROVIDE YOU HIS RESUME OF HIS INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE AND A LIST OF HIS SATISFIED CLIENTS. TRUST ME HE JUST WANTS YOUR MONEY !!!
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John likes to brag about he's 20 years of experience. Why don't you ask John Wood for references. I would like to see that resume.
I have been following this blog and find it very interesting sincce I am a talent manager. I prefer to stay anonymous for business reasons.
After reading this newest blog entry that John Wood has placed on Craigs List, I feel that I need to respond. This whole blog has been created about the fact that John was scamming people while working at Karon Sheas. Now she has apparently fired him and he is still going to continue his scam. Do people not see a connection here to just what Mr. Reece has been trying to warn the public about? Obviously John Wood and Richard Bertone are looking to cash in on the unsuspecting.
In reading his ad I have to say that it sounds really good and pretty convincing but completely untrue. If you were only going to have headhsots taken I would say yes, go ahead. But they are marketing composite cards. Noone should make their own comp cards before speaking with a talent agent first that plans on representing them. Your talent agent decides where and how you are marketable in the industry and that is what your card needs to reflect. How would John Wood know what your talent agent has in mind for you? I can say that I have seen some cards produced by these two and they are average at best. You do not want average, you want great.
John Wood wrote, "leaving you with a less than satisfactory representation, often at a very high price." Isn't this what he was doing at Karon Sheas. Look at all the complaints from unsatisfied models/actors on the blog.
John wood also wrote, "Our sole business is to create a personal promotional package that will differentiate you from the crowd." I have seen many of their cards and they all look the same. Same boring gray background. JOhn has been fired from 2 agencies maybe people should take notice of that and realize that there is a reoccuring theme...John likes to take peoples money. He is branching out with Richard Bertone because no agency wants to touch either one of them. Their names mean little in this industry.
Any reputable agency, whether big or small, will help and guide you with your pictures to create a card that makes you desirable and marketable in the areas that you are strongest in this industry.