Cut Above Casting the Most Abusive Casting Service in Hollywood?
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#1 Dec 19, 2012
Cut Above CAsting... i experienced alot of gay sexual harrassment, owners freinds, male, sent photos of themselves naked after a few weeks of dealing with them, invited me to personal parties, in a udee farm..next i expereinced others including males talk to me really weird about sexuality... over and over again.
a casting company is a service that works the functions of an agent where they provide people with a booking or a job on a set in a fashion on camera in front of lights on many and any major and other network shows, movies, comedys, commercials.
it is illegal for a taent agent to provide services for money or dcompensations even if auditions dont accompany assignments jobs bookings, etc.
Cut Above praosies itself arrogantly for providing superior service, it does provide a postive series of bookiings, however they charge 75 dollars a month, and if there is a discrepncy for payment, or the hesitation, clients are yelled at and screamed on or at, by theowner and others whom work for her, and they are told that 75 dollars is not alot of money, and that they are being selfish with their end of the bargain......
Clients are ridiculed for long periods of time off set by acquaintances and freinds of her..
Bookings are for a large part predecided by her and she gets stingy and loses jobs for people. She has a superiority complex, arrogantly praising herself over the phone, she is really boring and overexxagerated in explaining herself and always complaining of private circumstances publiclly that she is going through....
The company ahs about 250 clients and is regulated through others that recruit after many quit, the recruiers charge people large sums of money for booking sna drefferals to Central Casting and booking services sucha s C=Cut bove Casting in particular.. Cut Above Casting rakes in over 15-25,000 a month and says it is a hard job. people however dont make more than 4-500 on their acting jobs a month and the most frequent make about maybe 1000 a month, and tose are thep people that walka round and love to talkk about having sex with themselves.
Everyone ther e is trying to see what its like to make a career out of background acting..
#2 May 12, 2013
Hello. My name is Frantz Massena and I have been with CutAbove Casting for going on four months. It has been the best and smartest decision I have made yet and I think God I came across them at the right time.
I moved to CA from TN Sept 2012. I had no friends here and family. I took the plunge to move to CA with a plan that seemed realistic but soon tragedy set in. I was doing an on-line Marketing business and pursuing acting. The business went under and I had no money. At the time I was with extras Management and not booking any work. I was working about 4-5 times per month and could not make ends meet. I looked for a job everywhere and could not find any. Just when I thought things could not get worse I got in a car wreck in Hollywood and I was at fault. The only reason why I got through the winter months and January was because I did some Audience work. I did not realize I was moving to CA right doing probably one of the slowest periods thru out the year.
By February I was nearly bankrupted. My credit cards were maxed out and I had no income coming in. I had to park my car and cancel my insurance for a whole month just to free up some cash flow. I took the bus and rode my bike everywhere. I was in a catch 22 situation. I was afraid to take the chance to sign with any more agencies because I did not know if I would book. I also did not want to go back to TN because I had nothing going on there. As far I was concerned my only choice was to consider checking into a shelter or make some money.
I asked around and did plenty of research before taking a chance with Cutabove casting. I paid upfront for two months of the service on my credit card because I had no money. The most important reason why I signed up with them is because they sign people up as needed and dont carry a roster of thousands of people where I am just a face. During My first month with CAC I worked a high rate commercial and worked on Greys anatomy as a doctor. This is one of the best shows on TV. I worked consistently and was able to make enough money to stay in CA because I was definitely thinking of a plan B. I have been on most of the major shows on TV through cut above and proud to have them as my calling service.
I know sometimes life does not work out as people plan but the reality is that is part of life. How many times do we all plan something and it fails or turns out nothing like we thought. I hope as Entertainers we dont approach life like the movies where the lights are always set up just the right way and everything is picture perfect. I shy away from telling my experience to most people because they want to hear fairy tales. I never planned or anticipated all the events that were going to unfold while in CA but I dealt with it and everyday I woke up I asked myself what I could do differently so I dont repeat the same mistakes. There are high and lows in business and in life. After speaking to the honor personally, she has the best intentions for all of us.
#3 Jul 14, 2013
Yes...Franz you always lick Lisa's ass... so she asked you to post it..
Job: go to at least McDonald...learn from other actors...make money and go for auditions..
#4 Apr 21, 2014
The Cut Above website targets people who have recently moved to Los Angeles and others who are desperate to get into the entertainment industry in Los Angeles. Cut Above Casting is in violation of CA Labor Code Statutes including statutes detailing that no advance fees are to be charged by talent and casting services. Cut Above provides no formal written con-tract with talent. In fact, Cut Above has not applied for a fictitious business name or any other standard business procedure with the city of Los Angeles. Cut Above Casting is a on-line scam that proceeds fraudulently and is in open violation of the California Labor Code.
No formal written contract or ten (10) day cancellation or refund policy is rendered by CAC. You are instructed to pay an advance fee of $185.00 CASH, the breakdown of which is two (2) months advance ($170) and a $15.00 service fee for photos.
CUT ABOVE CASTING OPERATES AN ILLEGAL SCAM WITH ADVANCE FEES
This is a clear violation of LABOR CODE SECTION 1702-1702.4
No person shall own, operate, or act in the capacity of an advance-fee talent representation service or advertise, solicit for, or knowingly refer a person to, an advance-fee talent representation service. 1702.3. A person who violates Section 1702 is subject to the provisions of Article 4 (commencing with Section 1704).
IF YOU FEEL YOU HAVE BEEN RIPPED OFF BY CUT ABOVE CASTING
My understanding from many former Cut Above Casting background talent that have not only paid advanced fees, but have paid a YEAR IN ADVANCE and work steadily the first month and never work again. Or anyone who feels cheated and has suffered financial loss from the CAC service. Send a letter of complaint to the Los Angeles City Attorneys Office. Be sure and save all your receipts and download your emails.
The Los Angeles City Attorney
800 City Hall
200 N. Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
#5 Apr 23, 2014
What's with queer guys and acting? Do you get titanium screws to stiffen up those wrists?
#6 Apr 23, 2014
Sodomites move to Sodom to be a part of the Hollywood scene. The power player pervs in Hollywood feast on the young. LA is for Losers!
#7 Jul 21, 2014
Thank you Franz for being a continual star client. It digust me to read these abusive posts. I need not write too much. This Rick guy is ridiculous and Micheal Edelstein wrote an appreciate five star Yelp review. Not sure what made him flip to the dark side.
To all my exceptional clients, thank you for making us the strongest booking service in Los Angeles. You truly are "a cut above"! As far as the nay-sayers go, best to you all too.
Not much more I can say, your words sound crazy enough.
#8 Jul 25, 2014
I am appalled at the negative reviews I am seeing on this site. I joined Cut Above earlier this year. I have had nothing but courteous professional experiences with the company and on set. I previously was with a larger booking service that was fine, but since joining cut above I have seen the difference with the hands on approach that comes with a boutique service. I am so happy to be part of this elite team. The integrity and dedication at Cut Above Casting is absolutely unmatched. I am disheartened to see untrue rhetoric regarding such a highly respected booking service in the business.
If your a new actor to Los Angels, please do your research and you will find this is an exceptional service.
Inspiration and motivation make a world of difference.
#9 Aug 2, 2014
I was very surprised and taken aback, to find this thread about Cut Above Casting. I have been with Cut Above for almost 9 years, and have found them to be a very honest, reliable, and heart felt service, within the industry. Every one who has worked at Cut Above, since Lisa started the company, has been very kind, hard working, understanding, and working for them feels like being part of a family. They have been very reliable, I know first hand; that they do put a lot of time, energy and effort into getting their clients good jobs, and the casting directors that the work through are the best in the industry. As long as I have been with them, I have heard very few complaints, and those I heard, really had nothing to do with Cut Above as a service, they were the standard complaints you always hear in this industry. I don't just speak for myself, I know many others who are with Cut Above casting, and they would agree about the family aspect. I have never heard Lisa or any of the others who work at Cut Above to be anything but very kind and polite whenever you speak with them, in person, or on the phone. If you want to know, go in and speak with them or give them a ring. As far as the cost, they are less than most of the other services out there, look around, make some calls, I am sure you will agree.
#10 Wednesday Sep 21
It's true Lisa is horrible and she is a scam. I gave her chance despite her horrible reputation, but everyone described her perfectly she is a horrible scamming human being
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