Thursday, October 30, 2014

Parents: 4 Quick Audition Tips Young Actors Can Practice at Home

Happy weekend, Pro-Model & Talent Mgmt.! For today's blog, we wanted to give out some tips to all of our lovely parents out there! We found these tips written by Backstage expert, Jessica RofĂ©. She is the founder and artistic director of A Class Act NY, Manhattan’s award-winning acting studio for kids and teens. She has successfully coached students who have booked roles in feature films, Broadway productions, and on primetime TV series. Her students have had starring roles in Broadway’s “The Lion King,” on NBC’s “The New Normal” and “The Sound of Music Live!,” and in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” So, read below and see how you can employ these tips to help your young one grow in the audition room!

As the artistic director of A Class Act NY, I have no doubt that parents have the ability to help their budding young thespian nail an audition in the comfort of their own home. You don’t have to be a professional acting coach to teach these time tested audition tips. Before you know it, you will have helped your child master the audition process!

The Belly Button Rule:
Never let audition sides cover the face! After all, hiding behind a piece of paper creates an immediate
disconnect between performer and casting director. Employ the belly button rule: Use the belly button as a reference point for the proper place to hold sides. Elbows bent, hands a comfortable distance from the belly button, and deliver those commercial reads, TV or film sides without letting the audition sides creep up and cover the face!

Live Off the Page:
Let those baby blues (or browns, greens, hazels…) be seen. Even if you’ve mastered the belly button rule, it’s still possible that a performer’s eyes stay glued to the page. (This would be “living on the page.”) Glue your eyes to the page and you leave your eyelids with the task of telling the story, which will surely be a sleepy one. Glancing down at the page creates the very same disconnect between performer and casting director that occurs when sides creep up and cover the face. When a performer’s eyes “live off the page” they stay connected and engaged with their scene partner or reader (who very well may be the casting director).

A commercial audition presents the greatest challenge to living off the page. Since commercial copy is rarely received in advance, it’s especially important for an actor to read one line at a time, memorize it, look up, and deliver. Then, glance down for your next line, read it to yourself, memorize it, look up and deliver. Practice this read, memorize, look up, and deliver sequence at home to ensure casting directors see your eyes and not your eyelids. Remember, an audition’s worth of eyelids will never help book a job.

The 3-Second Rule:
You can’t beat a tip that only takes three seconds of audition time! My students know that once they utter the final line of a scene or the final note of a song, their audition is not over. The audition is merely three seconds away from being over, but those three seconds are vital. Keep casting directors engaged for three seconds after delivering the last line of a scene or the last note of a song by staying in character. Never cut the moment short by breaking character too soon. After all, you’ll have all day to be yourself. Walk out of an audition room knowing that you put a button on your performance by using my 3-Second Rule®.

To Be or Not to Be (In Frame):
Don’t leave a casting director staring at a blank wall or an empty monitor without an actor! It is essential to get the green light from casting directors if you plan on making large or sudden movements off your mark. Before going on tape, ask the casting director if they will be able to follow you with the camera if you make the choice to move away from the initial starting point. An
unexpected drop to the knees or a dart to the right can take an actor out of frame, off camera, and off that coveted callback list. If a young actor insists on making a large movement part of their audition, it is essential to rehearse the scene two different ways, both with and without the movement. It’s best to prepare for the casting director who doesn’t want the added job of keeping your child in frame.

There you have it. Get to work and teach these time-tested audition tips at home with your little star! Break a leg!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Meet our IMTA Photographer: Julie Stanley!

Hello, Pro-Model & Talent Mgmt. Family! As you all know, we are super excited about this upcoming IMTA convention! And so is photographer, Julie Stanley. She is looking forward to creating great photos for all of our PMTM/IMTA models and talent! She and Eric Mull do fabulous work.

Julie's passion and driving force in her art is in capturing people in their perfect light.She enjoys each aspect of modeling which drove her to explore the areas of beauty, fashion, and commercial photography. Her major magazine publications include Vogue, Allure, InStyle, the Vogue
Italia website, and Lucky.

Stanley's love for photography grew from her love of her father's work as an amateur photographer. In college, she picked up a
camera and hasn't been able to put it down since! Having done work in front of the camera as an aspiring model, Julie knows the beat way to capture each model's interpretation of the work they're given, whether it's through hairstyles, make-up artistry, or fashion design.

With over fifteen years of experience in one of the biggest commercial studios in  Cleveland, Julie has shot everything from model test shots to beauty images and has worked with everyone from fashion and jewelry designers to high end agencies, salons, and make-up artists. With this extensive experience, we know that our imta models and talent will get top quality images for our contestants at the IMTA convention!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Fall 2014 Fashion Must-Haves!

Hey there, Pro-Model & Talent Mgmt. family! Now that we are officially into fall, we thought that it was due time to give you our list of Fall 2014 fashion must-haves. We at Pro-Model & Talent Mgmt. want to help you look your best season after season, which is why we have compiled this great list of our favorites!

Over-the-Knee Boots- Whether you're trying to dress up your favorite pair of jeans, or stay warm while rocking an all-too-cute skirt or dress, over-the-knee boots are the way to go! They come in many different styles, so whether you're trying to get that business casual look, or something a little bit more eccentric, you'll be able to find a pair that suits your needs.

Biker Jacket- If you want to try adding some edge to your look, try a biker jacket! Make sure
that it is a fitted one though, as oversized leather jackets are a trend of the past. Pair with a cute floral dress for a look all your own, or go with a pair of sleek, black skinny jeans to keep your look in the biker vein.

Leggings- They're in! And they're everywhere! In ever style that you could possibly image! Get funky with an interesting print or pattern, go a little edgy with some zippers or faux leather embellishments, or keep your look cozy by rocking a cute knit pair with a warm sweater dress.

Capes- Want to dress up but can't find a coat or jacket that fits
the look? Try a cape! They look great with skirts, leggings, skinny jeans, and fitted knit sweater dresses! Oh, and did we mention that they're warm?!? They can be used to substitute most outerwear.

Column Dresses- It's the most versatile piece of clothing that one could rock this season! You can wear it as a dress, with tights, or wear it as a tunic, with pants. With those two alternatives, you've already got two looks, now decide whether you feel like donning your favorite belt with it as well! You really can't go wrong and there's just so many options out there!

Friday, September 12, 2014

PMTM/ IMTA Alums Rock NYC Fashion Week!

Isabella Jiang

The presence of IMTA Discoveries in this year's New York Fashion Week was at an all time high! And along with it, we got to see a couple of our Pro-Model & Talent Mgmt./ IMTA alums walk the stage for the world's best designers, right along with some of the world's best models! Read on to see the key to their success!
Andrea Debevc

Andrea Debevc is certainly a veteran in the world of high fashion, but Isabella Jiang is a rookie to the trade. In spite of that, she was able to book and walk in THREE of the most prestigious shows around! Some people might believe that they can move to New York and start working the big shows, and maybe they can... But not in just three weeks, which is exactly what happened to Isabella! That's right; she booked three shows for New York Fashion Week after being there for only three weeks! Between Pro-Model & Talent Mgmt.'s development  and IMTA opening up doors to the industry's top movers and shakers, these two ladies were simply destined for success!

Are you hoping to walk the hottest catwalks around? Do you want to have your picture snapped at the end of a runway? Want to meet and work for some of the best designers in the world? Well, don't wait! Click here to register for our IMTA auditions! You could be the next Andrea or Isabella!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Words from Pro-Model & Talent Mgmt./ IMTA Alums Part 6

As many of you know, our attendance at the LA IMTA convention earlier this year was one of our most lucrative! We had an unheard of 100% callback rate! Of course that translates great for us as a "mother agency" but it also means great things for our contestants! See what contestant, Kendall, had to say about her experience. At the end of this blog, Kendall's mother, Jaime, also chimes in on her experience; one through the eyes of a parent.

I attended the IMTA LA Convention, it was a trip I will never forget. I experienced so many amazing things and meet some incredible people. It is a life changing experience! Without the help and training of the Pro-Model & Talent Mgmt. staff I would not have had as much success as I did. I was prepared for everything that happened from the time I walked into the hotel until the time I left. Thank you to the Pro-Model & Talent Mgmt. staff, you are truly amazing.

Kendall Hancox

My thoughts on IMTA...WOW!! What an amazing opportunity and experience for my daughter! Kendall had the time of her life at the convention. She walked away with several awards and lots of offers but more importantly she walked away with confidence in herself. Pro-Model & Talent Mgmt. did an amazing job at preparing both Kendall and myself for everything we encountered at the IMTA convention, from the simplest details (of what Kendall should wear) to how to conduct herself. Pro-Model & Talent Mgmt. staff, alumni and contestants became not only friends through this but family! I am truly grateful to Pro-Model & Talent Mgmt. for all the opportunities and doors that have been opened for Kendall. Also a big thank you to the other contestants and their families for sharing this experience with us. Can't wait to see what the future holds for Kendall and the rest the contestants. As a parent my advice would be to let your child follow their dreams and be supportive.

Sincerely, Jaime Hancox

Friday, August 15, 2014

Brenton Duplessie Kills with New Gut Buster!

Happy weekend, Pro-Model & Talent Mgmt. family! Many of you have heard about PMTM/ IMTA alum Brenton Duplessie and all of his recent success. Well, did you know that he has a movie coming out this month? It's called Jersey Shore Massacre, and it kills with its gut busting humor!

Brenton Duplessie stars as the character “Vinnie” in the horror-comedy JERSEY SHORE MASSACRE from Executive Producer Jenni Farley, best known as ‘JWOWW’ from the MTV hit series Jersey Shore. Written and directed by Paul Tarnopol, the film also stars Sal Governale, Richard Christy, and Bigfoot. Attack Entertainment is releasing JERSEY SHORE MASSACRE in theaters and on VOD, DVD and Blu-ray in August 2014.

JERSEY SHORE MASSACRE explores a day in the life of Teresa and her girlfriends when they leave their suburban New Jersey salon for a weekend of sun down the shore. The girls hook up with Vinnie and four other fist-pumping delinquents who find themselves thrown out from a seaside bar for inciting a dance floor brawl. With nowhere else to go, the group winds up at Teresa’s uncle Vito’s hideaway in the New
Jersey Pine Barrens. What was supposed to be a night of fun soon turns into a bloodbath when the group becomes unsuspecting targets of a mentally deranged killer. One by one, the body count rises at the hands of a killer who has much more than just an axe to grind.

The world premiere of JERSEY SHORE MASSACRE will be on Tuesday, August 19th at the AMC
Lincoln Square Theater in NYC and exclusively on DirecTV. The film will begin a limited engagement on Friday, August 22nd at the Cobble Hill Cinema in Brooklyn, NY and at the Laemmle Theater in North Hollywood, CA. JERSEY SHORE MASSACRE will be available on DVD, Blu-ray, iTunes, Time Warner, Comcast and all other Video On Demand platforms on Tuesday, August 26th.

Friday, August 8, 2014

It's a "Daly" thing!

Hello, Pro-Model & Talent Mgmt. family! Many of you are already quite aware of, if not acquainted with, Pamela Daly. For those of you who are not, or are interested in learning more about our starlet, this blog is for you! While it features information on Ms. Daly, there is also a special announcement about an upcoming project that she is involved in! So read on and find yourself in awe of this wonderful lady!

Pamela Daly became involved with Pro-Model & Talent Mgmt. when her son, Seth, began working with us. Both Seth and Pamela are successful models and actors that still work with us in Ohio while doing double time in LA.

An actress who really knows how to get to the core of her emotions, Pamela is genuine and spontaneous in her approach to acting. This has garnered her a lot of attention which has landed her roles in several great movies, television series, short films, and
a lot of great parts on stage! As a teacher, she is also able to help her students find and define that skill in themselves as they practice perfecting their own craft.

It comes to no surprise to us that Pamela continues to find such great success in LA! When she told us about her one woman show, SANGER: One Woman, One Story., we simply knew that she would hit this project right out of the park! Her organic acting is great at captivating audiences, leaving them entertained and inspired with it's lasting influence.

Anyone in the Los Angeles area will definitely want to attend this show! Guaranteed to be spectacular, Pamela's performance is also sure to encourage other actors to continue doing what they love. The play will be held at the historic El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood. It will run from August 22nd until the 31st. Times are Thursday - Saturday at 8pm and Saturday - Sunday at 3pm. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.

To Pamela, we must say... Great job! You continue to make us and the rest of the Pro-Model & Talent Mgmt. family so proud! Break a leg!

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