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Unathorized Solicitations at Stoneridge Mall

Original post made by concerned parent, Vintage Hills, on Dec 21, 2008

Has anyone been approached at the mall by someone claiming they could put their kids in movies?

We have been approached by the same person on several occasions last few visits.

I think this is an attempt to sell photography packages and agent fees.

Wondered if this has happened to others and if anyone reported this to the mall mgmt.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Dec 22, 2008 at 12:08 pm

It sounds like a vanity scam to me. They get the money, keep the pictures to sell to pornographers and you get your ego stroked for a few hours until you realize that you've been duped...hahahahahahahahahaha...

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Posted by Member
a resident of Danbury Park
on Dec 22, 2008 at 10:38 pm

I heard about this too from a very proud and happy parent. She was approached at the mall and told they wanted her son to be "in the movies." Both she and her husband tried to talk the reluctant child into it. Sounds like a scam to me.

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Posted by al
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 23, 2008 at 1:03 am

Happened to me and my 14-yr-old son at the 2nd floor Nordstrom entrance (by Wms Sonoma) around Thanksgiving. A very pretty young woman, bleached hair, lots of makeup, who mentioned a specific tv show that my son recognised. He wanted no part of it, and neither did I, but I was thrilled that he said no -- politely. I was proud of him.

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Posted by Ms Happy
a resident of Birdland
on Dec 24, 2008 at 8:26 am

Friend of mine was and fell for it hook, line and sinker. She sent her kids into S.F. for 2 months of acting classes and photos. Spent alot of money, nothing came of it. Tried to warn her, but she was too thrilled that someone thought her kids were cute.

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Posted by Timothy T
a resident of Downtown
on Dec 24, 2008 at 9:54 am

Rule #1 if your child is going to get "discovered:" It will not cost you a dime. If an agent or producer wants your kid to do work for them, they will handle all the costs because they will be making money on your child.

If anyone asks for money up front for photographers, screen tests, etc, it's a scam.

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Posted by mall shopper
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 24, 2008 at 10:48 am

There was/is a kiosk at the mall for John Robert Powers acting/modeling school. I doubt anything illegal is going on here, however, if children are approached by someone they feel uncomfortable with, they should contact mall security immediately. Like with any of those kiosk sales people, one has the right to keep on walking and not engage them in conversation. If you decide to buy - its your CHOICE - buyer beware.

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Posted by Ann
a resident of Downtown
on Dec 25, 2008 at 10:47 pm

A friend of mine went to the audition and paid for classes as well. It was a small outfit. She paid over $1000 for acting classes and the company was something like the B group. I recognize that its a very good thing to get educated about the movie industry before jumping in, but I feel more comfortable with JRP as they have been around since the 20's and they are right up front about it..."we sell acting classes" is what I was told when I brought my daughter in. And they PROVIDE free agent auditions while you attend classes. This lady is probably not a stalker but a sales rep for an acting school.

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Posted by Member
a resident of Stoneridge
on Dec 26, 2008 at 5:34 pm

We were approached in Target a few months ago by someone representing B Productions (her daughter was supposedly an actress, and here was mom having to recruit new customers!). They approach people in public places that have children with them. Do your research on-line about JRP, B Productions, and any others that approach you. I've had my eyes opened by doing this research. These people should not be approaching you as solicitors while you are shopping in the mall or in stores, and they should be reported to the store manager right away. It's unfortunate that children who are dreaming of being discovered like on children on the Disney Channel shows get their hearts broken if the parent's can't afford the acting classes, photo packages, agents, etc. that these solicitors are hoping parent's will purchase. I had already been through enough drama the first time, time passed and things were better, then along comes this woman in Target. I wish she had to live in my shoes for a while with a disappointed child. Just say "no" as soon as you hear how cute your child is, walk away, and report them for soliciting.

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Posted by We were approached too
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 28, 2008 at 11:04 am

We were approached at Michael's in Dublin a while back. These things are a scam. They just want you to pay for weekly acting lessons.

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Posted by Evonne
a resident of Ruby Hill
on Apr 6, 2009 at 9:45 am

I took my daughter to a talent consulting firm in San Ramon.They give you time to think, they give you and your child information in a one hour consultation and even offer a money back guarantee.My daughter has an agent.........they are called Utopia got scammed hard before, asked for my money back, it never happen.

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Posted by n/a
a resident of Southeast Pleasanton
on May 19, 2009 at 5:50 pm

They have this in every mall in the world pretty much. It's normal. Apparently a lot of talent comes from the Pleasanton area, so that's probably why they came to our mall. It's most likely a scam. Not that no good things will come of it, it's just that it will cost a lot of money, but depending on the place it won't be worth it.

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Posted by Be Productions = scam
a resident of Southeast Pleasanton
on May 19, 2009 at 5:52 pm

Be productions is a scam. i wish i had joined something like JRP which is more expensive, but tends to have a better reupation. if u feel like you're being scammed go to

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Posted by Allen Larson
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 15, 2009 at 4:01 pm

I work with John Robert Powers in Pleasanton and I'm surprised by some of the comments here. To throw the SCAM word around without knowing what we do is disappointing. I invite you to visit our website at or our blog at to learn more about us. I wonder if anyone really knows what a scam is. A scam is an attempt to defraud a person out of their money by gaining their confidence. A scam has no intention or ability to deliver on their promises. At JRP Pleasanton, we provide top level education in the performing arts, then provide face to face agent auditions for our students. Success comes from preparation meeting opportunity, we provide both. As for the idea that an agent or producer will foot the bill for your education or marketing material seems a little too good to be true don't you think? That would be like a hospital paying for a high school graduate's college education so that he would work at the hospital. In an industry where it seems every kid wants to be on television, there simply is no reason for a professional to pay for an amateur's development. I hope you take time to learn more about us before passing judgement next time. I hope for the best for all of you.

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Posted by Veronica Torrenz
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Sep 7, 2012 at 10:31 am

I recently just went to a JRP audition in pleasanton, and got the call back, they did not ask me for money to create my portfolio, they told me they need it professional pictures that they can submit to the agents that they work with, i need those pictures to come back for the agent audition that they have ounces a month, i recently just sign with FORD Models, and i only spend 300 dollars got prepared and got my pictures done and now i have an agent. People should do their research, they have classes but that is only for personal development, auditions that do not make the call back can come back in six months and see if they had any improvement if not they can take classes, but they is only f they want to, I came in for the print work area and did not have to take any classes or anything like that i just need pictures to submit to the agents. I say if you are coming in for singing and dint know how to sing of course anyone will recommend to take classes, same goes to actor and dancers that cant act or dance.

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