My daughter got this email about a talent acquisition audition. The ad was for children between 5-17 years of age. The title said that the children will get the opportunity to meet stars from famous Disney and Nickelodeon stars.
This company, CGTV buys email addresses from local companies and send emails as if the requirement has come up through these agencies. In reality, they do not have to do anything with these companies.
They pay stars to show up at the auditions. So, when you go for the audition, you do meet stars, but they do not take part in the audition. In their email, they never mention that they are the ones conducting those auditions.
When we received the email, we believed that it was from a local agency. However, we did not know that these people were trying to fool us. When I arrived with my daughter to the designated center for audition, we were given some lines to rehearse and perform.
That was a small paragraph and wasn’t a proper dialogue. My daughter did well but there was nothing in particular that I could find which would have interested them. Still, they said that she was an extraordinary child and they would look forward to working with her. But,
she needed some guidance before being selected for the films.
We all were given pamphlets. It was for a coaching program for acting which costed somewhere between $1000 to $6000. It was a bit flimsy approach and I became doubtful. I learned that the entire program was run by Virgil Winebarger. But they never took his complete name during the entire introduction part and after that as well.
So, I googled about him to research more and found out that he was a felony and was charged for prostitution before. You can google about him and would find links to the Florida court which charged him for all those offenses.
He called me to confirm if I was letting my daughter to sign up for the program and I told him everything that I had researched. He started sending abusive messages and said that he had great contacts.
I said that I would never send my daughter close to someone like him. He was arrogant and the language that he used was pathetic. He did not know how to write correctly. There were so many mistakes and I was not able to believe that he was having such a gut to threaten me that way.
I started ignoring his messages and he stopped as well. But, I would like to warn all the parents out there who want to send their child to this program. There is no way you will ever find this person supportive and he would never lead your child’s future to the expected start.
He is a con artist and a criminal. He is able to do anything. You will be giving your child’s life in the hands of a criminal if you send them to this man.