I signed my daughter up for the classes a John Cassablancas. I ofcourse most likely got same story or line of information that everyone gets.
The difference is, I do not have ridiculous expectations that my daughter was going to be turned into a supermodel just because she walked in the door. I also knew that it would be high pressure for her to sign up and sign up now. That is the business. Everyone has to make a living, if you are not comfortable with that, then you should of never gone in the first place, or at least adjusted your unrealistic expectations that you or your child would be famous right off the bat.
As with everything, it is what you make of it.
I do not believe it is a rip off, I think that consumers need to take responsbility for looking at all aspects involved in a buisness or company prior to getting involved with them. If you choose not to do that, well then that is on you.