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!


Friday, August 1, 2014

Tips to Curing Sunburn!

We at Pro-Model & Talent Mgmt. know that the weather has been fickle this summer! From scorching hot and humid, to disastrous stormy weather, to hoodie teamperatures, it's all just a part of being an Ohioan! No matter the weather, though, sunburn can happen at almost anytime! That's why we thought it would be helpful to provide you with some DIY tips to cure, or at least alleviate, your sunburn woes!


Wash it with witch hazel:
Witch hazel is a staple when it comes to healing a number of ailments and maladies. Witch hazel is a plant, but only the leaves bark, and twigs, are used medicinally. They contain chemicals called “tannins” which, when applied to directly to the skin, can help reduce swelling, repair damaged skin, and ward off nasty bacteria. You’ll most likely find witch hazel in a distilled liquid extract form, which simply distilled from the dried leaves, bark, and twigs of the plant. It may also be called witch hazel water.

You will need…
-3 tablespoons of witch hazel, approximately
-Cotton balls or a clean soft cloth

Directions
The amount of witch hazel you will need will depend on the area of the burn you want to cover. Pour the necessary amount into a bowl, and soak cotton balls or a clean cloth in the liquid. Dab on just enough to cover the burn-it doesn’t need to be dripping off. Reapply as needed for pain.


Cool off with mint & tea:
Mint naturally cools and soothes whatever it touches, and sunburns are no exception. The tannic acid and theobromine found in green tea also helps relieve pain and heal damaged skin when applied
topically.

You will need…
-1 quart of boiling water
-5 green tea bags
-3 cups of fresh mint leaves
-Cotton pads or a clean soft cloth

Directions
Bring 1 quart of water to a boil. Remove the strings and tags from the 5 tea bags and add them, as well as 3 cups of fresh mint leaves, to a pan. Pour the boiling water over the mint leaves and tea bags and cover with a lid, letting is sit for approximately an hour so you can get all the good stuff out of it. Strain and then chill. When the mixture has chilled thoroughly, use cotton pads or a clean soft cloth soaked in the liquid and apply directly to the burn. You can also pour it over the burn if you wish. If you find yourself without green tea you can substitute black tea, which also contains tannins.


Cool milk compress:
A cool milk compress is one of the quickest, simplest and low-cost ways to treat sunburn. It doesn’t get much easier than just heading to the refrigerator for relief-and easy is good when treating anything. The
initial coolness of the milk will ease the heat, while it also creates a layer of protein to protect your skin, help it heal, and further soothe discomfort.

You will need…
-Gauze or a clean, soft, washcloth
-Chilled milk

Directions
Pour a bowl of milk high enough so that you can thoroughly soak your compress in it. When the gauze or washcloth is saturated, let the excess liquid drain off. Drape across your burn, pressing gently so that it stays in place, and leave it on for as long as needed. If the milk in the bowl becomes room temperature chill it before re-dunking your compress.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Words from PMTM/ IMTA Alums Part 7


Want to follow the story of one of our Pro-Model & Talent Mgmt/ IMTA alum from start to finish? Check out this blog post written by PMTM/ IMTA alum parent, Nancy Burham, which follows her journey as a parent from picking an Ohio agency for daughter, Sarah, to get started with to breaking into the national/ international markets through IMTA.

IMTA gave my daughter the opportunity to gain insight into how she could start to achieve her ultimate goal of being in movies. The workshops and sessions were very informative. IMTA allowed her to have exposure to agents and managers in the international markets. She was offered a contract for representation by a highly reputable agency in LA while we were at IMTA.

This opportunity to work with this agency has resulted in our temporary relocation to LA. Once leaving the known waters of Ohio, PMTM did not simply wish us well. They have continued to support us in ways I did not imagine. Their care is genuine. They have a great deal of knowledge and they are willing to share it. They have provided guidance every step of the way, helping us be aware of differences between working in the local market and international market and have connected us with people in LA that provided a very safe landing. Driving to the first audition once in LA, I was very thankful that I could be confident it would be in a good part of LA with reputable people. Today our daughter was on set for the first time in LA and it was a wonderful experience and has only increased her desire for more days spent doing what she loves like today. Our lives are also richer by the new friendships we've gained through IMTAand PMTM.

When our daughter decided she wanted to be in movies, she started researching on the internet how she could achieve this in Ohio. She started submitting on-line applications and I (her mother) was getting calls about our daughters applications. My husband and I decided that I'd go with her to check out one of the places. We did not have a good feeling about the place and told her she could not go to their classes. She was very unhappy with our decision. Over the next few weeks we researched places and gave her a list of three that she could review and decide which she'd apply to. She chose PMTM, which had also been our preference. They had a great rating with the Better Business Bureau, they seemed to be very family oriented (...no lingerie models anywhere on their website), and they appeared very professional and caring. We attended an information session and there was no high pressure "you must decide today" sales approach

We went home and decided that we'd allow her to attend classes. The classes covered a range of topics, each of them age appropriate and relevant. She never wanted to be a minute late for class. Once PMTM was ready to represent her we discovered that there were far more opportunities in the Ohio area than we realized. They've called for several very interesting modeling and acting opportunities. PMTM staff provides a very friendly, nurturing, yet professional environment.

Friday, July 18, 2014

5 Great Tips for Models and Talent!

Happy weekend, Pro-Model & Talent Mgmt. family! One of the things that we love most about backstage.com is all of the information that their staff of experts provide! We gathered these five tips from their website from just a few of the industry's greats. Take them to heart and incorporate them into your craft and you'll go far!

1. TRY NOT TO WORRY.

“We’re trying to improve the situation or come up with a solution or ease our pain. That’s not worrying; that’s discovering that we have the resources to overcome that which seems impossible. That’s dealing with the moment of now; it’s not living out of a fearful future that may or may not occur.” —ANTHONY MEINDL

2. DON’T WORK THROUGH PAIN.
“Pain is an action signal. It is created by your brain to say, ‘Stop what you’re doing,’ or ‘Do something different.’ Nothing we do as singers should be painful. If we ‘push through it,’ not only are we in danger of hurting our voice, but we are associating the act of singing with discomfort.” —ANDREW BYRNE

3. KEEP CRITICISM CONSTRUCTIVE.
“We are all, in different ways, pursuing art and dreams of our own making. Self-image can be a fragile thing, and while honest self-assessment is necessary on a continuous basis, so is positive, respectful, and educational feedback from others. If there is criticism, keep it constructive and keep it kind.” —ILENE STARGER

4. INCORPORATE YOUR LIFE INTO YOUR ART.
“Art and life have lost their separateness. When the class relaxed into the truth that life wasn’t going to stop so they could do their art, the only option became to include their lives in their art. Because of this, the work has become deeper, more personal and specific—more mature.” —CRAIG WALLACE

5. DON’T SETTLE.
“Trust yourself; you will know when you find the right class, photographer, agent, etc. If you have doubts, wait. There are plenty of options out there, you just have to take the time to find them.” —BEN ROVNER

Friday, July 11, 2014

3 Ways in which Auditioning is an Art Form!

Hi there, Pro-Model & Talent Mgmt. family! This blog was brought to us by the fine people at Backstage.com. Written by Craig Wallace, a great acting coach from California, it highlights three ways in which auditioning is an art form. It tells all of the secrets of auditioning and emphasizes the importance of being a warrior in the auditioning room; allowing self-exploration, trial and error of methods, and instilling your life and humanity into whatever character you are portraying. Great words and a great read! Enjoy!

Auditioning is often seen as the poor uncreative cousin to acting; a necessary evil, the thing you have to learn so that you can get the job and really act.

This losing attitude is just plain wrong.

Auditioning is a dynamic creative process that can shine a light on your soul and test your skills and bravery like few other artistic disciplines can. It is an art form unto itself.

Here are just a few of the many qualities that make it so:

1. Self-knowledge is its cornerstone. A successful film/TV audition answers the question, “Who are you and what do you have to add to the role?” It’s not about acting choices, but what you personally have to add to the role. It requires a way of working that allows you to go deeply into your own
personality and explore your internal landscape. “What are the most interesting and compelling qualities I have to offer this role?” “Which parts of me will bring the words to life in the most unique way?” “What will give the piece the strongest, truest heartbeat?”

Self-exploration is exhilarating and necessary work for the actor and the basis of the art of auditioning. Greatness can be achieved by the knowledge gained through these journeys of self-exploration as you continue to patiently and persistently peel back the layers of the onion and discover the intersection of yourself and the words on the page.

The art of film/TV audition is discovering not how you can act the role, but who you are in the role.

2. It requires its own technique. The art of performance requires a method that allows you to disappear into a
character. The art of audition requires a technique that allows you to create and define that character with the unique qualities that are yours and yours alone.

The audition technique you use needs to increase your focus and concentration. It needs to assist you in listening and reacting with more energy and spark than you may normally listen with in your real life. It needs to make the stillness required in a film/TV audition look natural even if it’s an action scene! Your technique needs to help you safely and specifically target the most compelling qualities that you have to bring to the role. And because you are doing all of this preparation by yourself, your technique has to fulfill the role of a wise, gentle, and persistent director. Finally, it needs to allow you to let all of the work go so that you can be present in the room with confidence and ease, and be the actor they want to work with and have to hire.

3. It demands a special brand of courage. Any art form that asks you to stand up in front of people and express yourself requires courage. Auditioning though, tests your courage, not just at the end, but every step of the way. It starts with having the courage to explore your heart and soul and to not stop until you find the truest and rawest parts of yourself to incorporate into the material. It continues in the need for complete trust in yourself and your instincts, as well as the courage to commit to your
decisions having no idea how they will be received—auditioning is a solitary art form.

If you have mastered the art of auditioning, you have instilled the words on the page with your specific life and humanity. Now, you have to stand in the room and let everybody see your life and humanity with no work or character to hide behind and no other actors to save you. Just you.

And then you have to accept the responses to your audition. If you’re performing as an actor or singer, you can always assign some of the reaction to your performance to things outside of yourself: “they didn’t like the play, not their type of music, etc.” But in auditioning it’s once again just you, and if you don’t book the job, the “no” can have a much sharper sting.

Artists are always exposed to some degree when they share their work, but there seems to be always something in most artistic disciplines that leave the artist somewhat protected —partially clothed. A true and honest TV/film audition, however, demands complete exposure and full-frontal emotional nudity.

This is not an art form for the weak or timid; it requires all of the fierce and tender bravery of the true artistic warrior.

Auditioning—especially for the camera—is the art of personal expression. It is about bringing the words to life by instilling them with the most interesting, resonant parts of yourself—illuminating them with what excites and moves you, and then delivering them with a voice that is unique to you.

It is the art of telling the truth, naked, in extreme close-up.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Summer Fashion Challenge for our Men!

Summertime: it's rapidly approaching! And as the temperature rises, so does the need to change up your wardrobe. That can be a scary thing for a lot of men out there who desperately cling to their jeans! And that's exactly why we're going to challenge you all to push your fashion limits and give a nice pair of shorts (*ahem* non-athletic shorts) a try! Check out this blog from Tower City Center with some handy tips on finding the right kind of shorts for you.

So, guys. We’ve got to talk. What are you going to do when the temperature heats up and your style needs to follow suit? You know those jeans and pants are going to get uncomfortable, but the idea of shorts? Away from the gym? It’s not a look that screams “GQ” to most dapper dudes, but it’s definitely that time of year to start considering it. So what’s hot in warm weather bottoms? Here’s the lowdown.

For the long-legged gent looking for a louche style, the word was “Bermuda”. Longer and fuller than the typical tailored short, this laid back silhouette was favored by the teams at Alexander McQueen and Jil Sander. Think of these as the shorts for the fashion-minded rebel.

Preppy prints made for a peppy wardrobe addition. These quirky picks give every day a bit of a holiday vibe, referencing both the country club and the beach. For a style more suave than collegiate, pair your prints with a simple crew or boat neck sweater and avoid over accessorizing.

Summer style’s not all fun and games—sometimes a little sharpness is required. On runways, basic black dressed up this laid back staple, with designers showing options in leather and wool, and bonafide fashion rockstar, Pharrell, taking to the red carpet in a short tux. Simple, versatile, and a definite conversation starter.

Long story, short? Get into some of these babies for a stylish summer fling.
 
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