Thursday, April 28, 2016

Get Ready for Star Wars Day!


The Pro-Model and Talent IMTA group having a blast playing with lightsabers.


"May the 4th be with you"

With the recent release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Disney has planned some special events and offers at all Disney stores starting Saturday, April 30th and ending Wednesday, May 4th. 

Disney stores will start celebrating Saturday at 10:30am with the all-new Escape from the Jakku Story Time in-store event. Following this, numerous events including how to draw BB-8 and R2D2, will take place all weekend through May 4th. On Sunday, May 1st and Wednesday, May 4th, the first fifty people into the store will receive a FREE Star Wars pin. Find out more about the events and the new Bobba Fett collection here: http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/the-disney-stores-announce-star-wars-day-plans-events-and-offerings/

The next Star Wars film, Star Wars: Episode VIII, will be released on December 15th of 2017.

Should I Attend IMTA as a Parent or Guest?

One of the most commonly asked questions regarding IMTA is whether or not someone should attend as a parent or guest. IMTA is a great experience for all PMTM talent, but it can also be a great experience for the parents or guests of these individuals as well. Rather than the Pro-Model and Talent team giving you the answers, we asked a few of our previous IMTA parents to tell us why they would recommend going to IMTA along with your child.

Anna Meadows, mother of model and PMTM talent, Kaitlin Meadows, had this to say about the experience:

"I had the pleasure of attending IMTA LA 2015 with my daughter Kaitlin Meadows. As a mother I feel I need to be as informed and involved as possible in order to best give my daughter the opportunity to succeed. Attending IMTA allowed me to encourage and support her during this crucial week in starting her career. I was able to better understand the competitiveness of the industry and how to continue preparing her for her future in modeling. Aside from learning the industry, I had the opportunity to really get to know some of her peers and their parents. Since IMTA LA 2015, these people have served as a support network for both of us. IMTA will be a major step in your child's future, whether that be in modeling or acting. Attending IMTA will allow you to be a part of that moment, to share with your child the memories of the week."

As a result of IMTA, Kaitlin and Anna will be traveling to Shanghai for three months for Kaitlin to further pursue her modeling career. She is signed with Bass International and Wilhelmina Worldwide.

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Rebecca Dunsworth, mother of actress and PMTM talent, Kylie Dunsworth, reflected on her experience for future IMTA parents:

"As a parent that went to IMTA with their child, I feel there are many advantages being by their side during the most thrilling and exhausting week of their lives. Each contestant needs support with prepping for each competition, keeping them on schedule since changes do happen and often they're focused on their next competition. The highlight of my experience attending IMTA with my child was the award ceremony. To witness my child on stage winning top awards and celebrating all the hard work we both invested into was priceless! It was honestly a week that we both bonded and worked together as a team and the memories created from IMTA will be cherished forever! I would 100% recommend a parent to attend IMTA with their child because it's a week of go-go-go and to be there to witness the competitions, call backs, and awards, along with the many highlights IMTA puts together on stage is just a quick list. Don't miss out on an amazing week spent with your child watching them pursue their dream!"

Kylie and her mother have now made Los Angeles their permanent home since attending IMTA. She has already booked a national Payless commercial in addition to an episode of "Fresh Off the Boat."
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Miscellaneous IMTA Parent Quotes:

“It’s an amazing experience to share if you can. There are a lot of seminars that are very informative for both you and your child. Attend as many seminars as you can, not only will you learn about the industry but you will also get to meet managers and agents." 

"Our son, Patrick, 11, teased me that I was his “staff” at IMTA, but
actually, it was true. My days there launched into a full-time routine of tasks; prepping outfits, carrying our expense money, making sure that he kept eating, drinking, resting and anything else that kept him at peak performance. It was a long week for some of the teens that were trying to do it all on their own and be noticed."

"You need to be there to see if they are thriving in the hectic environment, or if they are coming to the conclusion that in fact the national/international level isn't where they want to be, and reassuring them that it's okay either way. You need to see them on the stage for yourself. Were they excited about being able to get on it? Or nervous? If the latter, you likely know the best way to help them with their nerves.

Callback day, if you are truly serious about supporting your child in their pursuit, you should meet the agents and managers yourself. They are all there ready to meet with you and answer your questions. You know your child's personality, strengths and weaknesses best and you may have a different idea than your child of who would be best suited to establish a working relationship with. Callback day, if your child doesn't get a callback, you will be the best person to comfort them."

"Pro-Model made sure that our group was ready for the experience. If the parents can, I would be there to make sure that the maximum benefit is realized. Grab the opportunity. If you can go, do it."

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So, if your schedule allows you the opportunity to attend as a parent or guest, the consensus is to DO IT! You won’t regret it. If not, don’t worry, Pro-Model & Talent Mgmt. will take great care of your child and thanks to modern technology, you can use Facetime, Skype and mobile phones to help you stay connected.


By: Jessica Buck

Monday, April 25, 2016

4 Years of Upcoming Marvel & DC Movies


All over my timeline I see videos and posts about the upcoming Marvel and DC superhero films. To help make it easier to follow all of these amazing films that will hit the theaters within the next four years, I have created a list below! I'm curious to see what the "Untitled Marvel Studios" films will be, any guesses? Comment below!



May 6th, 2016: Captain America: Civil War

May 22nd, 2016: X-Men Apocalypse

August 5th, 2016: Suicide Squad

October 7th, 2017: Gambit

November 4th, 2016: Doctor Strange

March 3rd, 2017: The Wolverine 3

May 5th, 2017: Guardians of the Galaxy 2

June 23rd, 2017: Wonder Woman

July 7th, 2017: Untitled Spider-Man Film

November 3rd, 2017: Thor: Ragnarok

November 17th, 2017: Justice League Part One

February 16th, 2018: Black Panther

March 23rd, 2018: The Flash

May 4th, 2018: Avengers: Infinity War Part I

July 6th, 2018: Ant-Man and The Wasp

July 27th, 2018: Aquaman

March 8th, 2019: Captain Marvel

April 5th, 2019: Shazam

May 3rd, 2019: Avengers: Infinity War Part II

June 14th, 2019: Justice League Part Two

July 12th, 2019: Inhumans

April 3rd, 2020: Cyborg

May 1st, 2020: Untitled Marvel Studios Film

June 19th, 2020: Green Lantern

July 10th, 2020: Untitled Marvel Studios Film

November 6th, 2020: Untitled Marvel Studios Film


Written by: Jessica Buck

Monday, April 18, 2016

Spring Fashion Series Final Segment: Gladiator Sandals

This week, for the final post of the spring fashion series, I will be writing about the gladiator sandal! Personally, I love the Greek goddess look (arm cuffs, gold body jewelry, etc.), so this is another style I am very excited about!

Gladiator sandals were a big hit during New York Fashion Week 2016, check out some of the styles featured here: 



Like all of the trends I've discussed so far, celebrities are always seen sporting the latest trends - gladiator sandals included. 


Find a pair for your closet here:





Thank you again for checking out this spring fashion series, and I hope you've found some great new items to add to your wardrobe!

Written by: Jessica Buck

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Overcoming Adversity

In the entertainment industry and in life, you are bound to deal with difficult times. Setbacks, illnesses, failures and other negative events can lead to the idea that your dream is over - that you must give up. THIS IS NOT THE CASE! Not only has the staff at Pro-Model and Talent seen actors and models overcome trials to become successful, but did you know some of the biggest names in Hollywood dealt with extreme adversity before they made it big? Here are some inspirational stories to get you through the rough patch and back on track!

Bill Gates:

Before Gates launched Microsoft, he dropped out of Harvard University and co-founded a failed business called Traf-O-Data. In spite of this failure and driven by his passion and goals, he built what became the world’s largest software company. By age 31, Bill was the world’s youngest self-made billionaire. Even though he was a college drop-out and unsuccessful businessman at first, Bill Gates never gave up and created an empire.

Jay-Z:





Husband to Beyonce Knowles and big time rapper, Jay-Z, grew up in a rough Brooklyn neighborhood. He had big dreams of becoming a rapper but unfortunately not one record label would sign him. He wouldn’t give up though, and ended up creating his own music label that eventually turned into the profitable Roc-A-Fella Records. He is now living his dream with a net worth of $500 million.

Jim Carrey:

When Carrey was 15 he decided to drop out of school to support his family who had made the drop from lower middle class to poor. His father was an unemployed musician and they eventually had to start living out of a van. Desiring to be a comedian, Carrey did not give up. He went from having his dad drive him to comedy clubs in Toronto to starring in mega-blockbusters and being one of the most well-known comedic actors.

Bethany Hamilton:

When Bethany was 13 she experienced an almost-deadly shark attack that resulted in her losing her left arm. One month later she got back on a surfboard, and two years after that, she won first place in the Explorer Women’s Division of the NSSA National Championships. Now that is true determination!

Stephen King:


Stephen King was consistently rejected (30 times to be exact) by publishers and started to lose hope after struggling to make ends meet. He was living off of welfare until he decided to keep writing the book “Carrie," which he at first threw in the trash until his wife pushed him to send it to publishers. Stephen was able to get the book published and it became a best seller that made him enough money to move out of his trailer and become a recognized author. Now, King's books have sold over 350 million copies and have been made into countless feature films.

Oprah:

Oprah is one of the most well-known, successful, and wealthy celebrities in the world today, but she didn't always live that way. She grew up in Milwaukee and was repeatedly abused by family members and family friends. Eventually, Winfrey ran away from home and gave birth to a baby boy at the age of 14. Unfortunately her son died shortly after. Her tragic past didn't stop her from reaching the top. She excelled as an honors student, won a contest that secured a full scholarship to college, and then worked her way toward becoming the amazing entrepreneur and personality she is today with a net worth of $2.9 billion. 

Simon Cowell:


Simon Cowell dropped out of college at age 16 (Students start college sooner in England) and worked odd and end jobs until creating his own independent record label company, Fanfare Records. This company was extremely successful for a couple of years. Cowell made and lost a million dollars by his late twenties because the company failed in 1989. Even after this loss, Cowell worked his way back up and climbed the corporate ladder at BMG to become a huge success - selling more than 150 million records and 70 top-charting singles. He continued his success when he teamed up with Simon Fuller and created the show “Pop Idol” and “American Idol.” He became one of the most famous faces in reality television by serving as a judge for "Pop Idol," "The X Factor," "Britain's Got Talent" and "American Idol."

Steven Spielberg:


Steven Spielberg was rejected from the University of South Carolina's film school three times and also battled dyslexia his whole life. Despite these struggles, he managed to become one of the most famous and inspirational filmmakers of all time. How did he do it? He never gave up, did what he loved, and kept a positive attitude. He eventually was accepted into another school but then dropped out when he received a job offer at Universal. His career took off from there and he went from making small short films to huge motion pictures like Jaws and E.T

JK Rowling:

After losing her mother, getting divorced, battling depression, and living in poverty, J.K. Rowling worked extremely hard to become one of the most well-known authors of our day. Despite having to take care of her daughter with only 70 pounds a week, Rowling managed to sit in cafes and write for hours at a time. Rowling got her big break when she was finally published and her Harry Potter novels became best-sellers. 

Vera Wang:


Vera Wang didn't make the US Olympic figure skating team and failed to get the Editor in Chief position at Vogue. But, at 40 years old, she managed to work hard, find a new direction, and take off as a fashion designer.

Walt Disney:



Walt Disney's first animation company went bankrupt and he battled depression throughout his entire life. He was also once told that he could not work for a newspaper company because he lacked imagination and had no good ideas. After being rejected by over 300 bankers, he finally secured the funds for his theme park. Now, Disney is an unstoppable force and due to Walt's dedication and passion, he was able to create an empire.


Written by: Jessica Buck

Friday, April 15, 2016

IMTA Instructor: Rachel Whitehawk-Day



Meet yet another one of our fabulous instructors for the IMTA convention: Rachel Whitehawk-Day! Rachel is a model, actress, motivational speaker, certified professional life coach, image consultant and author. Rachel participated in a Los Angeles, California IMTA - International Models & Talent Association Convention and, as a result, received a modeling contract with TIME Management in NYC. She has modeled all over the world and has endless experience to share with our PMTM talent! Rachel has traveled extensively, supporting the importance of healthy, balanced living, goal setting and achieving genuine happiness. She has been a guest on many national talk shows where she has shared her life strategies. Her talk show appearances have included Geraldo, Sally Jesse Raphael, Ricki Lake, Montel Williams, Rolanda and News Talk Television.

She founded Whitehawk Ranch, Inc. to provide teen girls and women in all walks of life with the opportunity to achieve their optimal health and happiness. Check out the site for Whitehawk Ranch here: http://www.whitehawkranch.info/


Rachel is very excited to return as an instructor for the IMTA convention. She loves working with the IMTA talent because she understands what it takes to be a successful high fashion model and loves seeing them grow. We are thrilled to have her back at Pro-Model and Talent Management! 


Thursday, April 14, 2016

Pro-Model and Talent "Pages" it Forward

In February, Pro-Model and Talent Mgmt. held a contest to help United Way gather books that would be donated to Akron Public Schools to help improve literacy for students in grades K-5. Nearly two-thirds of low-income families do not have books in their homes and we wanted to help make a difference in these children's lives! We offered PMTM actors, models, friends, and family members a chance to win a photoshoot with Hannah Dexter, acting workshops with PMTM, and PMTM swag bags for donating books to this great cause. 




The winners have been announced on our Facebook and Google+ page and we want to thank everyone who helped make this book drive such a success. 




Written by: Jessica Buck