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    World Championships of Performing Arts/WorldStars

    http://www.worldstars.tv/wcopa_about.html

    Has anyone heard of this contest? They are recruiting young aspiring singers, actors, dancers, models, etc all over the world with a promise of "invaluable experiences, training and networking opportunities" which will surely get them "discovered as the next big star".

    Here's how it works, according to their website:

    "From selection processes administered by licensed Scouts, Coordinators and National Directors, contestants are screened, qualified and invited to represent their respective countries and compete at the WCOPA. This is an invitation only international meet."

    Yeah, they are "invited" to participate, yet they have to pay almost $4000 in entry fees, administrative fees, and a bunch of crap that is completely unnecessary.

    You HAVE to make all accommodation arrangements through their own, shady little travel agency in Denver, CO or you will be disqualified. (link: http://www.summitadventures.com/wldchamp/wldcopa.html )

    The way they are recruiting people is quite genius, actually. They have "regional directors" in more than 40 countries around the world, most of which own talent or modeling agencies. These "directors" then hold contests in which their own students participate and a few winners are then sent to Hollywood for the competition. It's genius because it gives students and their parents the false impression that they are actually good (they are not, trust me...I went to one of their stupid contests yesterday and it was like 3 hours of watching an American Idol rejects show). I mean, if you win a contest, then you HAVE to be good, right? Then, as the parents watch his son or daughter win and have a a once -in-a-lifetime opportunity to compete at this "super-prestigious, best-of-the-best event" and see the tears of joy, it puts them in a position where they simply can't say no and have to come up with the cash, whether they have it...or not, all in the spirit of making their kid happy and see him or her succeed.

    My girlfriend's cousin (well, his parents actually) is about to fall for this stupid thing (he was one of the "lucky winners") but I can't find any hard, substantial evidence to prove my case to him and his family, which will ultimately pay for it.

    Any help would be much appreciated.

    Thanks!

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    Re: World Championships of Performing Arts/WorldSt

    Any news on this?

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    Re: World Championships of Performing Arts/WorldSt

    Quote Originally Posted by nemesis777 View Post
    I have news on this very bad news unfortunately This organisation is linked to, or may in fact be the same people, as a group of 50 or so Romanian organised criminals involved in human trafficking, enslavement, pornography and sex work, sex with minors, money laundering, practicing medicine without a license (seriously they will take all the money they can from terminally ill and desperate people), firearms offenses, and a number of other serious criminal offenses. The important aspect that you missed from your otherwise excellent OP is that this group of criminals demand photographs of the aspiring artistes. The Romanian criminal group who are either the same entity, or who are closely associated with WCOP, ask for photographs as a means of identifying young women / girls who might earn them money in the porn / sex industry. It is also possible that they are looking for physically strong young males who they can put to work in their various companies using enslaved / bonded labour (mostly on construction sites). I do not wish to disclose all of the information that I have about them here, but will happily pass on to appropriate police persons should they wish to contact me, as I have done here in the UK. Given the seriousness of the situation I would warn anyone from having anything to do with these very dangerous and ruthless criminals, please avoid them, especially young women and even under age girls, possibly boys too, although I've only seen what they do to young women and teenage girls. I can't seem to get paragraphs to work, can anyone help? thanks

    The World Championships of Performing Arts is indeed very legitimate and is the only official "Talent Olympics" in the world. It celebrates its 14th year as the only annual global event of its kind held in "Hollywood", entertainment capital of the world. The above ill-informed person obviously made up some slanderous and definitely laughable information as anyone with any integrity and intelligence would know to go to the official website and other independent reliable sources for accurate information about this American-based esteemed event. It is pitiful people like this who deliberately lie or slander trying to hopefully elevate their self-esteem and self-worth. However, all it does is document that persons like this simply do not know how to research or do not have the mental capabilities to do such. This is so pathetic for this particular loser to try to demean this worthwhile annual international event and all the talent from around the world who compete, as well as the 100 or so entertainment industry VIPs from Hollywood, Nashville and New York (i.e. agents, managers, casting directors, music industry reps) who each year judge, conduct educational entertainment seminars and cast.

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    Re: World Championships of Performing Arts/WorldSt

    I am currently a member of Team Canada in the WCOPA 2010. One of the girls on my team has gone 3 times before and never had a bad experiance. The cost is expensive, i'll give you that. But team canada and usa are run by a lady that teaches you so much. It is more expensive because canada and the us have professional head shots and photo shoots and much more. I have had one weekend of training and i learned so much. The judges themselves are very high industry people. And the reason everything has to be done through that one hotel company is because all the events take place IN the hotel. If you aren't there, you aren't allowed in the hotel, therefore can't participate. All my coaches have gone before and have had success. My modeling coach was signed with one of the biggest companies and has worked all over the world; just recently, she got back from Thailand.

    The founder of WCOPA was one of the founders of the miss world pagent. The competiton gets more exposed, more entertaining, and more challanging as years go by. It truly is like the olympics. The amount of work that goes into one preformance is insane, but worth it.

    Trust me, from experiance, I can guarentee this is worth it, and NOT a scam.

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    Re: World Championships of Performing Arts/WorldSt

    Quote Originally Posted by watme View Post
    The World Championships of Performing Arts is indeed very legitimate and is the only official "Talent Olympics" in the world. It celebrates its 14th year as the only annual global event of its kind held in "Hollywood", entertainment capital of the world. The above ill-informed person obviously made up some slanderous and definitely laughable information as anyone with any integrity and intelligence would know to go to the official website and other independent reliable sources for accurate information about this American-based esteemed event. It is pitiful people like this who deliberately lie or slander trying to hopefully elevate their self-esteem and self-worth. However, all it does is document that persons like this simply do not know how to research or do not have the mental capabilities to do such. This is so pathetic for this particular loser to try to demean this worthwhile annual international event and all the talent from around the world who compete, as well as the 100 or so entertainment industry VIPs from Hollywood, Nashville and New York (i.e. agents, managers, casting directors, music industry reps) who each year judge, conduct educational entertainment seminars and cast.
    The guy was just stating his opinion. No need to attack him. I for one think he is right. WCOPA is a scam. You're an idiot if you buy this WCOPA scam. No one should charge anyone money just to be discovered. I am in the entertainment industry so I know. A real agent would only charge money the moment the client makes money. But in the case of WCOPA, they are shadowy people who take advantage of aspiring singers and models, giving them an impression of false hope when all they get are stupid expenses. I've never seen a talent or modeling ageny where you require to be booked to their own approved hotel. And you don't need to pay $4000 USD for things that you don't need anyways such as head shots and stupid classes. They don't cost that much. And Tami Smith from Nova Talent- who also happens to be the regional director for WCOPA in US and Canada is rude and unprofessional. She pretends to be the guru of the industry like she's someone important but she doesn't even know what talent is. She only looks for money. They're so desperate, they hire telemarketers to the job done. Pathetic company and people. They are scam!

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    Re: World Championships of Performing Arts/WorldSt

    I went this summer to the event and it was even more than I expected. I now have a scholarship for the New York Conservatory of Dramatic Arts. If this was a scam it wouldn't have been judged by some of the best in the industry. Look up michael maddox or victoria morris or shelle sondhiem, they judged me in my competitions to name a few. I can guarantee it isn't a scam. NOVA talent is one of the most wanted companies in the world in the industry. Look up Jenna Wilson, at least I think that's the name she's under now. She's in the new Jay-Z Monster video, and was my modeling coach. My email is as.a.matter.of.fact@hotmail.com and if you have any questions you can email me but I can assure you this is a legitimate competition.

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    Re: World Championships of Performing Arts/WorldSt

    Also they aren't an agency, they are a talent scouting company, and they do not make much money off of what they do. They aren't charging for the competition but for head shots, training, photo shoots, hotel, ect.

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    Re: World Championships of Performing Arts/WorldSt

    WCOPA is an International Event with a day long training bootcamp where top industry people give invaluable information, a seven day competition, one entire day of go-sees with agencies and a world webcasted finale event. In addition there are parties and award ceremonies. Anyone who has ever traveled in LA traffic understands why it is required that you stay on site at the host hotel to participate in the events. WCOPA is not an agency. It appears the person writing these comments is a former employee of Tami Smith who was fired recently. He seems to know a little about NOVA but very little about the organization Worldstars or World Championships of Performing Arts.

    Tami Smith, USA National Director does not at this time hold competitions. She auditions potential contestants and offers training packages. Worldstars USA is the organization in the United States where you can win your way to the World Championships of Performing Arts with all registration and hotel accommodations paid. The local and regional competitions are launched in High Schools and Universities not by agencies. This person did not attend a competition in the United States on the date in question because there wasn't a competition on that date. Again, It is obvious this person is a former employee trying to cause the orgainzation problems. It would be wise to read the websites a little closer if you intend on really being sucessful at discrediting WCOPA or Worldstars USA. Why you attacked Summit Travel is beyond reason. Anyone can check with the BBB in Denver and find out that this Travel Agency is locally owned and is not operated by WCOPA. Again, check your facts before you go on the attack. If this is any indication how you did your work then we all know why you had to be fired from your job!

    Quote Originally Posted by whistleblower12345 View Post
    The guy was just stating his opinion. No need to attack him. I for one think he is right. WCOPA is a scam. You're an idiot if you buy this WCOPA scam. No one should charge anyone money just to be discovered. I am in the entertainment industry so I know. A real agent would only charge money the moment the client makes money. But in the case of WCOPA, they are shadowy people who take advantage of aspiring singers and models, giving them an impression of false hope when all they get are stupid expenses. I've never seen a talent or modeling ageny where you require to be booked to their own approved hotel. And you don't need to pay $4000 USD for things that you don't need anyways such as head shots and stupid classes. They don't cost that much. And Tami Smith from Nova Talent- who also happens to be the regional director for WCOPA in US and Canada is rude and unprofessional. She pretends to be the guru of the industry like she's someone important but she doesn't even know what talent is. She only looks for money. They're so desperate, they hire telemarketers to the job done. Pathetic company and people. They are scam!

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    Re: World Championships of Performing Arts/WorldSt

    First, ITS A BUSINESS and there is a huge difference between "legitimate" and "ethical". They, NOVA, profit from every aspect of the event from your audition through the event. The actual cost to a school owner for WCOPA is approx $1500 per participant including hotel...anything above that goes into NOVA pockets. Ask yourself if you are seriously recieving $4500 worth of training. In addition, Nova owners get a commission from WCOPA for every single "participant" they bring to WCOPA,(a few years ago it was $275 per x several hundred particpants) they recieve a large percentage of all WCOPA merchadise sold, when "scouting" for a school they do not own they take a 10% commision from every single contract they get signed and they get additional kick-backs from the photogapher per participant. IF the private school owner became a "certified training center " they were allowed to take their students to the event, however, in order to have an audition it was mandatory for the school owner to "purchase phone service" from NOVA and have all the radio ads and the schools 800 number switched to NOVA for the audition week. There was a long list of "mandatory purchases from NOVA. Approximately 5 years ago NOVA started opening their own training centers, which created a serious conflict of interest when it came to the other schools. Ask yourself, if you were a school owner paying for NOVA to make all your audition appointments, would you trust that they would serve you instead of taking care of their own auditions for their schools? I can tell you, they took care of themselves at the expense of others.
    I know of 15 school owners (there are more) from across the country that literally went out of business after "doing business" with NOVA. Schools across the country lost $25,000 to over $100,000 following the NOVA mandatory formula.

    Can people learn new skills? Sure. But you could learn far more for far less if you did a little research. NOVA hires local people to teach at their schools. You could find similar local people to learn from.
    Is WCOPA fun? Sure....but is it worth $6000 of "fun"? How about an average cost of $10,000 if a parent must attend with a child? Keep in mind those amounts do not reflect food for the entire week you are in California.

    To say a business is "legitimate" it merely needs to have a business lisence. To say a business is "ethical" is a completely different thing.

    Because someone gets up in front of you and tells you that you are there "by devine appointment" and they are a "God fearing woman" doesnt mean that her business practices are morally sound or in your best interest.

    Be a smart consumer. Every conservatory program in the country as many many scholarships avialable. Just go to an audition. Most schools will have auditions in cities across the nation.
    You can get great learning from resource books and you can get amazing acting training from most Meisner trained teachers....

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    Re: World Championships of Performing Arts/WorldStars

    Scam. Total scam. I am a casting director in Los Angeles, legit Hollywood industry folk have never even heard of them.
    We went undercover this year, and the judges scores were altered so the winners were not judged by talent.
    Also a massive immigration scam: both team south Africa and team philipines told us they came to the US with their ENTIRE families, and are not going back to their countries. This was their entry into the US.

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