Is the studios at michigan a scam?

I had an audition there the other day for there classes with is 5 months and 7 classes on a few saturdays. Before i commit to this I just wanted to know if anyone knew if this was a scam. Are they going to take my money and run? Has anyone ever been to them or does anyone know of anybody who became something because they went there?

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    Is the studios at michigan a scam?

    I had an audition there the other day for there classes with is 5 months and 7 classes on a few saturdays. Before i commit to this I just wanted to know if anyone knew if this was a scam. Are they going to take my money and run? Has anyone ever been to them or does anyone know of anybody who became...

  • Hi Lauren, Since you're only 17, I suggest applying to colleges with bachelor degree programs in theatre. If you're hoping to stay in the Michigan/Grand Rapids area, look into colleges around that area and see if they have theatre programs. In the meantime, I suggest doing community theatre or high school theatre or wherever you can get acting experience. This is how you'll be able to build up the skills you need to compete in the professional acting world. Don't feel as if you HAVE to get an agent--depending on the area you're in, an agent may not be necessary at all. Small theatre communities (I know because I'm a part of one) very often don't deal with agents at all; you become known through going to auditions and doing shows and people getting to know your work. Do a little research about the area where you want to act--what the theatres are like, if they pay their actors. Go to see the shows there. When you feel you want to start auditioning, check the theatres' websites regularly for postings about their auditions as well as the Actors' Equity website. Type in the name of your city to the AE website, and you'll see if there are any auditions at the local Equity theatres. And whatever you do, DON'T go to New York. haha Well you can if you really want to, it's just very difficult there and not at all desirable in my opinion.

  • Acting is a business. You don't go into it looking for trouble; If you do you will find it. If you go into it knowing that (like all jobs..and careers) there will be learning, trial and error, success and failure and then more learning..then you will succeed. No one is going to give you anything on a silver platter, you must work for it. You must have a passion for acting. So many people in the world are lazy..wanting something for nothing. These comments? They are simply people's opinions based upon their own individual experiences. Mine? Studios of Michigan takes work..dedication and the willingness to learn. Then you will succeed. Grow up and realize this. David

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    Hi Lauren, The whole process of acting can be a confusing merry-go-round. Generally, an actors life begins like this: Getting involved in a local community theatre. Doing plays, musicals, acting, for free. Putting those creds on what's called a "resume". A piece of paper with all the work you've done. It tells directors how much experience you have. If you don't have ANY, fear not. Often times community theatres may cast you in smaller roles, chorus, or ensemble if you don't have experience. That's how you GAIN it. Then you do more shows. On and on and on. More on your resume. You'll probably want to take some skill classes in here. Acting. Dancing. Improv. Auditioning for Film. Film Acting. There are many different classes offered out there from private instructors, theatres, or studios. Take what you can. Those go on your resume too. If you decide to follow this into college, maybe even attending a Performing Arts college, so much the better. More resume cred. By this point, you'll probably feel like dabbling in some film. Student films from local colleges or universities are a great place. Contact the departments to see if any student directors are holding auditions. Often you can find this kind of info also on Craigslist. Just be mindful and cautious of course. Perhaps you live in a larger market to where you can get some real, bona fide on camera extra work. DO IT. Being an extra is great experience, gets you familiar with a set, and film jargon, and can possibly even help you towards gaining your Union card. Once you have some theatre, maybe some film, you may be able to approach agents in your area. Different agents will like different things when you submit, but most will want your resume, headshot, and a demo reel of your previous work. If they like you, and have a need for you, it may be just that simple. Sometimes you have to beat down their doors for a LONG time. SOME agencies won't even talk to you if you come to them. They only go after people THEY want. THEY'LL come to YOU in that case. (That's when you're a bit bigger deal). Acting comes in many varieties. There are people who make a living just doing extra work. Some are professional voice over artists. You never see their face, but you hear them all the time. Some people live doing commercials. Some go on and do television, movies, or spend their lives doing theatre. ALL of it is "acting" Remember - an agent only gets you AUDITIONS. The company will come to the agent with the "types" they're looking for. I'm not going to get called in to a Nike commercial audition if they have only asked my agent to see Asian women. That's just how it goes. I drive 2 hours away often for auditions, but this is my career. It's what I DO. Acting is hard work, and takes commitment. If you're expecting to "make it" right away, you may be in for some disappointment. But, if you're committed to this path, and it's your passion, it can be VERY fulfilling. Best of luck with your decisions.

  • I auditioned there last year about this time and was accepted into the studio. Since my showcase I have signed with a great agent who has been able to send me out on numerous auditions. Some of which I have booked. Without the valuable training I learned at the Studios @ MI, I would have never been able to get signed with an agent let alone book the auditions she sent me out on! Thank you Studios @ MI. I owe it all to you

  • Yes, unfortunately it is a scam. The Studio @ Michigan is a scam and they take people's money. Look at the website and search around. It's fake. Don't fall for anything they say no matter how nice they are.

  • Well-the scam is that if they get you to sign a contract-they expect payment for a ll of the classes-weather you attended or not,my son developed a panic disorder after his second class. They were all nice and said they understood and then I get a threatening letter stating they are going to take me to court for the classes that he never attended!!-The deception is that they do not make this clear up front ,when you are signing-the focus is on weather they are going to accept the child or not. I wish they would have made this clear to us-it really would of made a difference -I never would have committed to all the classes-I agreed to a pay as you go plan !

  • I auditioned for The Studios at Michigan last year and went through their sessions. Since then I have signed with a great agent and The Studios have also got me auditions for Disney. I am so happy that I went to them and have seen so much progress since completing the course.

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