Thursday, June 23, 2016

Model of the Week: Kara Kelleher

Model of the Week

Kara is a Pro-Model and Talent model and actress who has done a large amount of work as a model for Rue21 and has also filmed two commercials for Curves Connect!! Learn more about her below:

1. Favorite modeling/acting job:
A bridal shoot I did at Catan Bridal. 

2. Favorite fashion look:


 3. Fashion Icon
Gigi Hadid

4. Favorite place you've visited:

Sanibel Island, FL

5. One place you wish to visit:

Florence, Italy

6. How did you feel at your first ever fashion show/photoshoot/filming?

A little nervous but comfortable.

7. Favorite album:

"Lemonade" -Beyonce

8. Interesting fact about you:
I was adopted. 

9. When not modeling/acting you are…

Going to school or working at my other job.

10. Favorite movie:

"White Chicks"

11. One thing you would do to change the world?

Help save animals that are endangered because of humans. 

12. Favorite thing about modeling/acting?

Meeting new people!

We hope you've enjoyed getting to know Kara and make sure to keep an eye out for next week's model and talent of the week!

Talent of the Week: Phil Scrimenti

Talent of the Week

Phil Scrimenti is a Pro-Model and Talent actor and print model who is eager to work and showcase his talent! Learn more about him below:

1. Favorite modeling/acting job:
Playing an Italian uncle in "The Sisters Sorella The Webseries: The Italian Dinner" episode

2. Favorite fashion look:

3. Fashion Icon
George Clooney

4. Favorite place you've visited:

5. One place you wish to visit:


6. How did you feel at your first ever fashion show/photoshoot/filming?
Excited, confident, and prepared.

7. Favorite song:

"You Make Me Feel So Young" - Frank Sinatra

8. Interesting fact about you:
I once was a cemetery caretaker. 

9. When not modeling/acting you are…
Working as an organizational and personal development consultant, helping organizations and individuals become more successful.

10. Favorite movie:
"The Godfather Part I"

11. What would you be doing if you weren’t acting?
I would be a motivational speaker.

12. One thing you would do to change the world?
I would figure out a way for married couples to fall back in love/settle issues and not divorce, especially if they have children.

13. Favorite thing about modeling/acting?

It is exhilarating! 

14. One word to describe your personal style

We hope you've enjoyed getting to know Phil and make sure you keep an eye out for next week's model and talent of the week!! 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Etiquette in the Salon

We all get our hair done, whether it is getting it cut, colored, or styled. With that, we know the upkeep on your hair can be expensive. Salon etiquette goes beyond just the cost and tipping. If you want to be taken care of in the best way, you have to respect those who are taking care of you. Pro-Model and Talent Management wants you to be aware of what salon etiquette entails.

If you are running late or need to reschedule, be sure to let your stylist know.
Try your best to be on time. If you are running late, let your stylist know as soon as possible. Most stylists plan their time to the minute and when you are late, it can affect their appointments for the rest of the day. If you need to cancel or reschedule, give your stylist at least a 24 hour notice. Doing this gives them time to fill your appointment, so they do not lose money or time.

Stay off of your phone as much as you can.
It is rude to use your phone when in other appointments, so your hair appointment should not be any different. Nothing is more annoying for a stylist than having to keep asking their client to put their head up while trying to do their job. It can, also, interfere with your cut because your head needs to be at certain levels for accurate cuts and colors.

Accept the stylist’s honesty.
Bring pictures and examples of the cut, color, and style you want. With that, be sure to respect and accept the stylist’s opinion about the style you are wanting. Everybody’s hair processes and styles differently, and they want you to be satisfied with the result of your hair. If they tell you their honest opinion, do not get upset and respect what they tell you. You do not want to be disappointed with the final result.

Be honest with the stylist.
Not only should you expect the stylist to be honest with you, but you should be honest with them. Tell them what has been done to your hair in the past, or if you have gone to a different stylist. Every time you get something done to your hair, it changes. The stylist can give you the hair you want when you are honest about what has previously been done to your hair.

Be sure to tip your stylist, especially if you are happy with the service. 
Tipping your stylist is important because the bulk of a stylist’s income comes from their tips. Most stylists work for minimum wage, have to rent a chair at a salon, or work on commission. How much you should tip varies on the service you are receiving, but 20% is common. For a cut or color service, 20% should be given. For a bang trim or eyebrow wax, 10% would be appropriate.  If you are very happy with your service, being given a discount, or the service was time consuming, you should always tip over 20%. Stylists prefer cash tips, as it is not taxed and goes directly to them. 

Everyone here at Pro-Model and Talent wants all of our models and talent to have fabulous hair!

Written by: Josephine Wheeler

What to Carry in Your Model/Talent Tote Bag

As an actor or model it is important to ALWAYS be prepared. We recommend that you have a model/talent tote bag filled with all of the necessary and precautionary items you may need at an audition or booking. The following items should be kept in a sturdy canvas backpack or tote bag to be taken on any assignments or photoshoots with the exception of promotional assignments:

Bandaids & Aspirin
Belts (light & dark) 
Cotton balls/Moistened towelettes (for makeup on hands, etc.)
Clean, traditional dark blue jeans
Double faced tape (in case a pair of shoes is too big or an item needs hemmed)
Eye drops 
Face powder/Powder brush
Folding umbrella
Hair supplies (hair spray, gel, comb, brush, accessories, blow dryer, curling iron, rollers, etc.)
Lint brush
Nail kit scissors
Spot remover/sewing kit/safety pins (only to be used on your own clothing)
Tissues/Toiletries (body lotion, deodorant, Vaseline, dental floss, tooth brush & paste, mouth wash, breath spray, etc.) 
Towel (to quickly remove excess perspiration between changes)
Travel mirror 
White fitted t-shit or camisole
Money (for food or parking)
Healthy snacks (nuts, healthy snack bars, etc.)


Bobby pins
Makeup/Makeup brushes (skincare products, powder, liners, etc.)
Shoe heel grips/shoe pads
Underarm shields (can be purchased at your local Joann Store)
Slips (half & full flesh color)
Bras (sport, strapless, one black, & one flesh)
Camisole (flesh)
Pantyhose (sheer to waist assortment of colors [black & nude a must])
Pantyliners (do not wear underwear under panty lines [no panty lines, please])


Several ties/Handkerchief pocket squares (or accessories as requested)
Shoe heel grips/Shoe pads
Socks (athletic, black, brown, blue, grey, white, assortment of boot socks)
Underarm shields (can be purchased at your local Joann Store)
Undergarments/Athletic supporter


Slips (half & full flesh color)
Bras (sport, strapless, one black & one flesh)
Camisole (flesh)

Socks (athletic, black, brown, blue, grey, white, assortment of boot socks)

Wednesday, June 15, 2016


        Local model David Turner set to travel to India for modeling.  

"I have always wanted to travel the world since I was younger - see different cultures, try new cuisines and just see different countries. I am going to enjoy all that India has to offer as well as respect and appreciate different cultures."                     - David Turner 
 David Turner, 24, of Medina, Ohio, has been interested in modeling and acting since he can remember. He started locally with PMTM then attended the International Model and Talent Association (IMTA). After IMTA, he signed with Angie's Models in Toronto, Canada where he worked with photographer, Max Jamali for HUF Magazine. He has recently signed with MMG in NYC and Aston's Models in LA. Turner says that, ever since he was a child, he has always wanted to become a model/ actor. Auditioning for Pro-Model and Talent Mgmt. helped him realize there were great people within the industry and modeling/acting was something he would like to make a career out of. 
Since receiving the Most Honorable Model of the Year Award at IMTA LA2015 (the same award that Aston Kutcher received when he first started modeling),Turner has excelled in the modeling industry. Within the next few weeks, Turner will be flying to India, where he will be doing multiple modeling jobs traveling back and forth between Mumbai, New Delhi, and Bangalore for six months! Following his international work, he will return briefly to Ohio to spend time with family and friends before heading to his new home base of LA where he will pursue both modeling and acting.
 Turner has modeled for brand names such as Matrix Hair, MAC Cosmetics, Wrangler, Nike, and a McDonald's commercial. Along with national modeling, he has been featured in international fashion magazine, HUF Magazine. Locally, Turner has modeled for Today's Bride, Cleveland Fashion Week, TTI, and for Mr. Anthony's Bridal Spectacular two years in a row!  
When Turner first began modeling he received quite a bit of criticism from many people, including his family and friends, who said he should not pursue it. "Ultimately, at the end of the day it is my life," Turner said. Turner also said that seeing where his career has landed, him due to his drive, consistency, and dedication to the industry, has helped tremendously with some of the negativity that he has received through the years. 
Since Turner has received both criticism and compliments within the industries, he thought it would be beneficial to give some advice about how to overcome the obstacles associated with modeling and acting. Turner said that modeling and acting can sometimes be tough because you are your own business, so you have to take care of yourself. You have to practice, if you don't do that then you won't make it in the industry. "Discipline pays off!" he said. Turner also stated that, within both industries (modeling/acting) you have to take the criticism from each side and use it to your advantage, learn from it. I always say to myself, "You've got this. Take a deep breath and just go!" 
Pro Model and Talent Mgmt. has been very successful placing models and talent locally and internationally with amazing life changing opportunities! Interested in modeling and acting, email or call 330.666.4125.

Written by: Kaylee McLaughlin  

Friday, June 10, 2016

Important Information Regarding Auditions/Conventions

Here is an important message from our National & International Placement Director, Mary Sklamba, regarding auditions and conventions. She knows a lot about the acting and modeling industry as she has been in the business for 30 years and places models and talent all over the world:

Daily, I speak with agents, managers, and industry professionals throughout the world. I know how to make things happen for people - and have all-too-often seen people "burned" (for lack of a better word) by less than desirable characters preying on people's dreams. Here are some words of advice about auditions and conventions:

  • Beware of auditions at hotels
Be cautious of out-of-state "agencies" or any organization that has to conduct business from local malls and hotels. They are here today and gone tomorrow, or don't have the qualified staff to properly prepare you for work in a major market. If you are attending one of these auditions, it's probably because you want to explore the idea of breaking into a larger market. Unless someone who is experienced in this industry is showing you the ropes and supporting you - you may get there, but you likely won't find success. Be sure to check with the BBB and the Ohio Attorney General and do your research before attending these auditions. If you have a local agency on your side, they can help you weed out the good and the bad. Beware of the companies that don’t want to give out their contact information so you are unable to call, text, or email them to find out about the audition. They do this when they don’t want to answer YOUR questions.

  • Beware of companies who promise to make you a star
At auditions, many people will tell you many great things. No one can realistically tell you at an audition if you will be a star or if you will definitely get work. Out-of-state agencies are notorious for these promises.

  • Beware of companies who won't take the time to prepare you
When you work with a strong, knowledgeable local agency, they will work to prepare you for every possible bump in the road. Not only will they show you how to conduct yourself through the process, but they are experts and know which conventions will work for you. With a veteran on your side, it's much easier to find the legitimate conventions to ensure that you are not wasting your time and money. Out-of-state agencies are not in town long enough to prepare you. Heading to a convention or an event without being prepared is like trying to drive a car without the keys - without the right tools, you can be there, but the end result will be less than desirable. Reputable model and talent conventions typically do not take place on cruises or in smaller everyday markets. Please beware of these tempting offers!
  • Beware of companies who say you will be signed with an agent in NYC or LA at your audition 
If that's the truth then great! However, no one knows if you will or will not be signed by an agent at a convention and without the right network of support people behind you, it's highly unlikely you'll ever get in front of the decision makers for "Disney," "Nickelodeon," or any other popular channels and brands often advertised in radio commercials. 

There is a lot of success to be had in modeling and acting but there is a right way and a wrong way to go about it. Do your homework. Check things out. Look for real and specific examples of success, not broad claims. If you want it - pursue your dream. There is little worse in life than wondering "what if" ... we just don't want you to say "what if I hadn't been fooled.”

  • Beware of companies or agencies that switch names
If a company, whether local or not, changes its name quite often, this is a bad sign! There is a reason they are trying to get away from the reputation of their past name. They will continue the same business just under a different company name. Make sure you keep an eye out for behavior like this from companies.

Pro-Model and Talent does not endorse any of the auditions currently going on in Ohio and we are not affiliated with the people who are holding them in any way. 

At this time Pro-Model & Talent only affiliates with IMTA (International Model and Talent Association). The staff at Pro-Model & Talent have been based in Ohio for over 30 years, so if you ever have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask! You can reach us at 330.666.4125 or e-mail us at

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Shooting with Hannah Dexter!

Me and Hannah!

Hannah Dexter is one of the four photographers Pro-Model and Talent Mgmt. recommends our talent to for head and full-body shots. She got into photography while at college studying graphic design and had to take a photography class. She instantly fell in love with the art and you can tell by her amazing work how passionate she is about it.

I had the pleasure of shooting with her this past weekend and she gave me some great advice to pass along for those of you who will be shooting with her in the future. Here are some tips to follow when getting your head and full-body shots taken for PMTM or IMTA.

To Do:
- Bring a large number of outfit choices. This includes pants, shirts, dresses, skirts, and shoes.
- Make sure your hair is the way it will be in the future and come with it clean and ready to be styled by the hair stylist.
- Bring clean and unwrinkled clothing. Hannah is very prepared with a steamer and rolling rack, but taking time to press your clothes will take away from your shooting time.
- Arrive early. Not only is it professional, but sessions can end sooner than expected so arriving early may mean you will get to shoot sooner.
- Listen to direction. Hannah is great at directing poses and does this on a daily basis, listen to what she is saying and you will get amazing results!
- Come with no makeup on. The makeup artist will make you look great and will present you in the most marketable way.
- Be ready to have fun! Don't be timid. The best pictures are taken when you are relaxed and having a good time. You want your personality to show in your images.

Take a look at some of her most recent photos:

I had so much fun with Hannah! She is not only a great photographer, but a great person as well.
I will be interviewing her further and getting some behind the scenes video soon, so keep an eye out! A huge thank you to Hannah Dexter!!!


Written by:
Jessica Buck