Sunday, January 8, 2017

This Year’s Winter Style Essentials

Winter is here, and everyone knows what the new season brings: freezing cold weather. When the temperature takes a dip, our style shifts as well. Warm layers, boots, and jackets all arrive for the cool temperatures to come. This season, make room in your closet for five winter must-haves that are essential to your cold-weather wardrobe.
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Big sweaters
With frigid weather arriving, there is nothing more comfortable than a big, winter sweater. Bundle up in one of the many different styles to choose from: turtlenecks, ponchos, off-the-shoulder, and many more. These sweaters are must haves for cold, winter days.

Black, leather pants
Leather is a great go-to pant this season. When in a rush, they are the perfect way to instantly put an outfit together. For a casual and comfy look, pair them with an oversized sweater and ankle boots, and you are good to go.

Over-the-knee boots
Not only will over-the-knee boots keep you warm, but they are a fun and stylish way to add to the usual winter boot. They are a great way to dress up your winter look for any occasion. You can choose anywhere from textures such as suede or leather to with or without a heel, and more.

Fedora hats
A stylish, staple item to have for the winter season is a fedora hat. 
They instantly dress up any outfit and are perfect to wear inside or as outerwear. Whether you are having a bad hair day or simply want to accessorize, fedoras add the perfect final touch.
Photo | Seventeen.

Blanket scarves
As winter is all about being warm, what better way to stay warm than wearing a blanket scarf? Blanket scarves come in many different prints and patterns and can be worn in many different ways. They can be looped around the neck, draped off the shoulders, or crossed over the body like a poncho.

This winter, bundle up with these comfortable and cozy styles. They are fun and trendy to wear while keeping warm this winter season. Pro-Model and Talent stays up to date on what trends each season will bring throughout the year.

By Jessica Kemelhar

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Which Winter Coat is Best for You?

Photo | Vogue.
When winter’s cool temperatures hit, there so many options for outerwear to choose from to keep warm. Whether you are looking to dress up your outfit or be comfy and cozy, Pro-Model and Talent looks at the different types of jackets that are best to do so.

Trench coats are great jackets to have, as they can be either casual or dressy. They are the perfect daytime coat and also work just as well as with evening wear. They come in many different colors, and depending on your personality, there are many styles to choose from.

Photo | Glamour.

Bomber jacket
For edgier styles, a bomber jacket is a perfect addition to any outfit. These insulated coats will keep you warm while making a fashion statement. Try jet black to keep the edgy look, or soften it up with a baby pink.

Pea coat
As pea coats seem to be a timeless classic, change it up this year with fun textures, lengths and colors. Modernize the pea coat look with styles such as a long, camel or navy colored coat, or a shorter, wool jacket. For extra warmth, layer under the jacket with a sweater and a scarf.
Photo | Elle.

For ultimate warmth and comfort this winter, grab a shearling jacket when coat shopping this year. The soft, fluffy texture will surely keep you warm all season long. Leather jackets with shearling interiors are perfect for an edgier look, or choose a pale pink, wool coat with a soft shearling interior for a more feminine style.

Photo | ASOS.
Photo | Elle.
When living in cold weather, an everyday parka is a great coat to have. They come in endless styles and varieties. They will provide warmth and protection for the everyday cold, wind and snow. Whether you like a sportier style or more fashion forward, there is surely a perfect parka out there for you.

This year, do not let the cold get the best of you. There are so many fun styles that are fashionable, yet will keep you warm all winter long.

By Jessica Kemelhar

Thursday, December 29, 2016

From Being Bullied to Acting in LA: Duncan Anderson

From Being Bullied to Acting in LA: Duncan Anderson

Anderson's Tourette Syndrome has decreased with his pursuing acting 

17 year old Duncan Anderson, from Hudson, Ohio, was bullied heavily and discriminated in school due to his inherited disorder, Tourette Syndrome, (a condition which causes uncontrollable movements and noises), as well as being Jewish.

Luckily, he is now living in LA and was recently accepted to a prestigious acting college in LA, Relativity School. The college immerses students in all aspects of the entertainment industry--producing, directing, editing, sound, lighting, distribution, entertainment law, talent management, fundraising, content development , music production, branding, social media, and acting for film and television. It has one of the best commercial dance programs in the country.

Bullying had affected Anderson's daily life severely. He was fearful of going to school, leaving the house, and even going to his friends' house. Anderson's parents decided to sign him up for acting workshops at Pro Model & Talent Management (PMTM) in Fairlawn, Ohio, as an attempt to help him to cope with his struggles and boost his confidence.

Mary, the International Placement Director at PMTM, was surprised when she learned Anderson was being bullied. Mary saw his potential and suggested he participate in the International Modeling and Talent Association (IMTA) in NYC.

Anderson trained for 3 months. He told us, "It was one of the coolest things I've ever done. It was like a sport to me." He was excited about this opportunity and thought it would be a good start for his acting/modeling career. Anderson was glad that PMTM prepared him for all aspects of the convention. He told us with excitement, "(I go) From being bullied, to going in front of 2,000 people doing lines." He added, "I felt like PMTM saved my life, I found the cure for my OCD. To me, it was like finding the cure for cancer." Mary gave Anderson some advice and encouraged him to move to LA when the family was ready. After IMTA ended, in Jan 2014, Anderson and his family moved to LA to pursue his dreams. PMTM gave Anderson guidance in LA and hooked him up with other PMTM alums living in LA. He was glad that PMTM provided him with professional assistance continuously.

Anderson's brand is anti-bullying. He says, "Look for the silver lining in the clouds, if I hadn't been bullied, I would not have ended up at PMTM and IMTA, and therefore, I would not be where I am today. Everything happens for a reason. I'm not saying to go and get bullied....but I'm saying that if you are getting bullied at the moment, everything is going to be okay. It is not the end of the world." Anderson has turned his bullying experiences into something positive. He continues, "Good things happen to good people." He truly believes in doing good deeds, being inspiring and kind, and most importantly, taking the high-road.

He hopes to be in at least one movie in the near future and has inspired others through his blog, So This is LA, a blog where he created to share his personal experiences and positive thoughts, such as tips for being in the acting industry, being kind, and anti-bullying.

For his ideal role, Anderson is passionate about a Hero's Journey type of acting role. He is interested in stories that revolve around characters' perseverance and sudden realizations with completion of major meaningful journeys or tasks. Anderson admires Michael J. Fox in Back to the Future. An actor who developed Parkinson's disease in his mid-lifeThe actor had trouble filming because of the disease but still endured and continues to assist those with disabilities.

We hope that Anderson's inspiring story will continue to encourage more young people who have similar experiences to step out of their comfort zones and discover their talent!

In addition to multiple national commercials, Duncan now has booked the lead in the new tv show- The Prophet !

From bullied to hollywood, please share -- Let’s end the bullying!

Want to be a part of PMTM? Go to click in Auditions and call 330-666-4125

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Written by: Chantal Liu

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Pro-Model and Talent’s Featured Singer: Christian Mucci

Pro-Model and Talent’s Featured Singer: Christian Mucci

Christian Mucci is a Pro-Model and Talent Management singer and actor who is going to be attending the Los Angeles International Modeling and Talent Association (IMTA) competition in January.

Christian is 25 years old and was born in Orange County, California. At a very young age, he and his mother moved to Northeast Ohio and he has lived there ever since.

Christian has been very passionate about singing for as long as he can remember and began to sing when he was very young. He was always in choir throughout elementary school and when he was in middle school, he realized he had a voice of his own.

“It came to me so naturally and it was a great way for me to get all of my problems out through my emotions,” Christian said. “The way music activates me on the inside spiritually, and the way it influences me to show raw emotion to the people around me is like a calling to me. It’s like a way of showing who I truly am to people that know nothing about me or who choose not to see me the way that I see myself.”

As for interests outside of singing, Christian likes martial arts, playing video games, and practicing his guitar skills. He also enjoys hanging out with his dogs, reading, writing, and helping his friends discover their own innovations. Christian also said he loves learning new things and working on himself in order to grow as a person.

Christian finds his musical inspirations from Sublime, Rebelution, Breaking Benjamin, Incubus, Bob Marley, Trapt, Usher, Spin Doctors, Arctic Monkeys, and 3 Doors Down. His favorite genres of music include Rock, Reggae, Ska, Soul, Indie Rock, Rap/Hip-Hop, and Campfire music.

Christian said his biggest dream is to be an entertainer and to make audiences feel emotion at its rawest and most unbound form.

“Whether it's acting or singing I want whoever is watching to feel the emotions that I display, to relate to it, to hone in on it, and make it a part of themselves,” Christian said. “To me that is the ultimate form of craft, to almost inspire yourself into the audience so that they feel things they didn't know they could feel through a performance.”

Christian also said one of his biggest career dreams is to be on the TV show, The Walking Dead, and to be able to play a pivotal role in the storyline of the show.

Christian is extremely excited to travel to Los Angeles for the IMTA competition in January. He said, “I feel extremely honored to attend IMTA 2017 in LA and I can tell that it will be one of the greatest experiences of my life. This could be a huge opportunity for not just my career, but also my dreams in life as well. I hope I make everyone proud.”

Christian added, “It’s important for aspiring talent to work hard and never give up on your dreams, because the only person who can stop you is yourself!”

See what the aspiring entertainer is all about in a preview of his singing below!

Written by: Caroline Licata ; Chantal Liu

Pro-Model and Talent’s Featured Singer: Vyom Prakash

Pro-Model and Talent’s Featured Singer: Vyom Prakash

Vyom Prakash is a 22 years old Pro-Model and Talent Management singer and actor who resides in Akron, Ohio and has always lived there. Vyom will be attending the Los Angeles International Modeling and Talent Association (IMTA) competition in January. You can learn more about Vyom below!

Vyom began singing lessons at the age of five. He had exposure to various teachers and styles, Eastern and Western, over the next 15 years. His passion for singing arises from his intense love for music and singing.
Vyom finds interesting any sport or game that involves a lot of action, mental or physical, for instance, chess, car racing and skiing.

Vyom's musical interests include songwriting, composing, performing, and playing various instruments. He is particularly inspired by the great artists, Michael Jackson and A.R. Rahman. Genres of his liking are Pop, Modern, Rock and Experimental Music.

Vyom's dream is to win as many hearts and minds as possible, through his creativity in music and performance. He feels that such a dream, if fulfilled, will be a source of joy for both the audience and himself.

Vyom told us that he feels that IMTA could be a great launching pad for his career. If that indeed be so, it will certainly inspire and encourage other prospective artists.

See what the aspiring entertainer is all about in a preview of his singing below!

Written by: Chantal Liu

Pro-Model and Talent's Featured Singer: Camaris Williamson

Pro-Model and Talent’s Featured Singer: Camaris Williamson

Camaris Williamson is 15 years old and is a Pro-Model and Talent Management singer and actress. Camaris will be attending the Los Angeles International Modeling and Talent Association (IMTA) competition in January. You can learn more about Camaris below!

Camaris began singing in church and elementary school choir, where her praise leader and music teacher often requested her to sing solos. She’s also been in vocal lessons for three years. Currently, she is in a traveling show choir called Vocalocity that she’s been apart of for two years, and she also sings in musicals!

One of Camaris’s passions is singing because she loves music. Music has so many different feelings and emotions, and being able to sing allows her to express her own emotions.  

Camaris loves to sing, act, and draw pictures. When she is with her family, she enjoys bowling, skating and swimming. She also enjoys playing softball.

Gospel music is dear to Camaris’s heart because she loves singing for the Lord. R&B and Pop are her next favorite genres of music, however, she said she will sing just about anything!

Beyoncé is Camaris’s number one favorite singer of all time. Camaris loved how soulful, classy, fun, hip Beyoncé is, and she can sing anything. Whitney Houston is another favorite of hers. She is a voice you want to hear in every household and her strong vocals and deep lyrics are an inspiration to all.

Camaris’s biggest dream is to become a singer/actress. She told us that she has so much inside of her and would want to show the world what she is made of.

Camaris is beyond excited to attend IMTA LA in January. She told us that she is so blessed and honored to have been considered for this amazing opportunity. To her, this proves that anyone can do anything they want to do in life if they work hard and dedicate yourself to their dreams!

See what the aspiring entertainer is all about in a preview of her singing below!

Written by: Caroline Licata ; Chantal Liu

Pro-Model and Talent’s Featured Singer: Jeremy Keeney

Pro-Model and Talent’s Featured Singer: Jeremy Keeney

Jeremy Keeney is a Pro-Model and Talent Management singer and actor who is going to be attending the Los Angeles International Modeling and Talent Association (IMTA) competition in January.

Jeremy is 23 years old and was born in Akron, OH. Jeremy has lived in Ohio his whole life and currently resides in Brimfield, OH.

Jeremy discovered his passion for music when he was about 10 years old. Growing up listening to the stories of how his great grandpa would sing and play banjo songs like “Oh Susanna”, first sparked his interest in music. Jeremy said when he was 12 years old he was introduced to the singer Buddy Holly and he remembered how his music made him feel, and how much he inspired him.

“I watched The Buddy Holly Story on TV with my dad and I saw how much passion, emotion and heart he put into his songs,” Jeremy said. “I was inspired by how comfortable he always was being himself and how he didn’t have a problem with it at all.”

Jeremy didn’t start to get get really involved with music until he was 14 years old. He started off singing for fun and although he wasn’t the best at it at first, he continued doing it because of how it made him feel. He wrote his first lyrics at the age of 15 and remembered it feeling weird to share his emotions that way, but in the best way possible.

“I was never really good at telling people how I felt until I figured out I could write it down and sing it out,” Jeremy said. “Discovering that made me feel amazing.”

Jeremy’s biggest dream is to sing, write and help people through his music, because when he listens to music he feels invincible and he hopes to make others feel the same. Jeremy said he also wants to make people feel inspired through his music, as he was with many so many other artists. Jeremy's biggest musical inspirations are The Fray, Lee Dewyze, Rich Mullins, Matt Nathanson, John Mayer, and Buddy Holly.

Jeremy is very excited to arrive in LA and show off his talent. He said, “I feel extremely blessed and grateful to be attending IMTA in LA and to be given a chance to show people what I am capable of and how much heart and passion I have for this.”

Jeremy’s suggestion for those aspiring artists and talent out there is to give your dream a shot because no dream is too big. He said, “With heart, passion, and a little hard work, it will go a long way! If it's something you truly want and love, take that leap, because in the end it will be worth it.”

See what the aspiring entertainer is all about in a preview of his singing below!

Written by: Caroline Licata ; Chantal Liu

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Pro-Model and Talent’s Featured Singer: TraVaughn Stepp

Pro-Model and Talent’s Featured Singer: TraVaughn Stepp

Pro-Model and Talent's Featured Singer: TraVaughn Stepp
TraVaughn Stepp is a 14 years old Pro-Model and Talent Management singer and actor who resides in Erie, Pennsylvania. TraVaughn will be attending the Los Angeles International Modeling and Talent Association (IMTA) competition in January. You can learn more about TraVaughn below!

TraVaughn first began singing at three years old. He sings many different genre's of music. He has always sung lead in his church choir. He also sings in plays and choirs at his school. TraVaughn has a passion for singing because his true self can shine through.

In his spare time, he loves singing, dancing, hanging with friends and attending church.  

Singing pop music is TraVaughn’s favorite genre to perform. At this point, Ariana Grande inspires him because of her message about being you and not allowing others negativity to change who you are.

TraVaughn’s biggest dream is to live in LA and be on Disney Channel. This has always been his dream and goal since he was three years old. He said that being able to sing and dance too would make it even more phenomenal!

TraVaughn is super excited about attending IMTA in LA in January. He told us that he is extremely proud of himself for the perseverance that he has shown in continuing to reach for his goal and dream. He expressed that his dream is so close to being a reality. He is proud to overcome tremendous personal obstacles that keep him from getting this far.

TraVaughn told us about something that may inspire his future undiscovered talent. He said, “For those out there with dreams and goals of their own I say, be prepared. Know your stuff and remain true to you. If you want to be an actor, become one. Do not listen to the people who say you cannot be the positive thing you are trying to become."

See what the aspiring entertainer is all about in a preview of his singing below!

Written by: Caroline Licata ; Chantal Liu

Pro-Model and Talent’s Featured Singer: NyAsia Borders

Pro-Model and Talent’s Featured Singer: NyAsia Borders

NyAsia Borders is a 16 year old Pro-Model and Talent Management singer and actress who resides in Lorain, OH. NyAsia is going to be attending the Los Angeles International Modeling and Talent Association (IMTA) competition in January.

Music is a part of NyAsia’s everyday life and she first took singing at a very young age. At first, NyAsia only sang for fun when she was listening to music in the car. It wasn’t until she was 12 years old before she started to get serious with her singing and decided to audition for her first musical, ANNIE The Musical, where she ended up landing the lead role of Annie. Ever since, NyAsia has actively participated in musicals, sings at her church and in her school concerts, and she has performed at a community music festival. NyAsia says that music is a part of her everyday life.

NyAsia is currently a member of three different choirs - one at her church and two choirs at her school. With her two school choirs, A Capella and Madrigals, NyAsia frequently performs in Elyria, OH and its surrounding cities.

When it comes to hobbies, NyAsia enjoys writing and reading poetry, and acting in her school plays. NyAsia is also passionate about gender equality. NyAsia said “One day I want to make a feminist group where we talk to young girls and participate in marches and walks for gender equality.”

As for musical interests, NyAsia said her favorite genres of music are Indie, Broadway, Alternative Pop, and R&B. NyAsia’s favorite singers and bands are Ariana Grande, Alicia Keys, Beyoncé, Hozier, The Arctic Monkeys and The 1975. NyAsia said she loves music with good messages and meaning, the types of music she can feel.

We asked NyAsia what her biggest dream is and she said “My biggest dream would be to either sing or act on Broadway in one of my favorite musicals, or act on a comedy or drama TV show, all while making music and performing.”

IMTA LA 2017 is approaching fast and NyAsia is just as excited as we are! She told us “I’m super excited to attend IMTA in January. I love performing in front of people, so I hope I get discovered. I have dreamt of performing for people and becoming famous since I was four years old. I can’t wait to show off my spunky personality and my creativity. Right now, I am a blank canvas and I am ready to become a masterpiece.”

See what the aspiring entertainer is all about in a preview of her singing below!

Written by: Caroline Licata ; Chantal Liu

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Winter Hair Update

Photo | E! Online.
Colors come and go each season; where spring and summer usually bring light, warm colors, and fall and winter welcome cooler, darker colors. This winter, step out of the box with fresh, new hair ideas. This year, it is all about the individual, and letting personality shine through unique, different hair styles. PMTM looks at how to transform your old hair color into one that is ready for winter.
Photo | Elle.

Photo | Harper's Bazaar.
If you are a blondie, rose gold hair is a major trend this winter. An easy transition from blonde, this will add some fresh, cool color to make a statement during the colder months by adding a pop of pale pink.

A cool red is a great option for redheads looking to change up their color for winter. If they have more of a fiery, bright red hue to the hair, a muted, pale red option is a great winter update. A cooler-toned red hair will give a unique spin on the bright color for the new season.

Photo | Marie Claire.
Photo | Harper's Bazaar.
For brunettes, add blonde, beachy streaks for an unexpected winter update. The blonde naturally blends out to the ends, giving an effortless look that will warm up your look during the cool winter weather. If transitioning to darker brown, chocolate highlights are the perfect winter addition. These add depth to flat color by working into a subtle brown ombré by starting at the midshaft, working its way through the ends.

If you already have dark hair and are looking to switch up your look, try a natural, black color this winter. Not as harsh and as artificial looking as a jet black would be, go for a softer looking color that works well on all skin tones.

This winter, go for an unexpected, unique look to switch up your usual hair color. Every new season brings change, and changing hair colors is a great way to update your look for the winter season.

By Jessica Kemelhar