Talent INC Canada is proud to congratulate Toronto actress and model, Megan Lewis Schneider on her recent booking for Bell Canada! Megan attended the Talent INC Canadian National Conference last July, and is signed with Corestone Models. Way to go Megan!
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Talent INC Canada Founders John Stevens & Doug Sloan Announce Overall Scholarship Recipients Following Second Annual Canadian National Talent Conference in Toronto
From July 11th through the 14th over 125 Canadian performers converged on the Doubletree by Hilton near the Toronto Airport to network, and perform in front of over 45 of Canada's most prestigious performing arts agents, casting directors, music professionals, and producers. In addition to the $46,000.00 in scholarships awarded during the conference, nine of the performers were awarded full scholarships to continue their professional acting, and or modeling careers.
Talent INC Canada has quickly become a hot bed for the entertainment industry by providing quality training and the unique opportunity to network with top industry professionals. The Canadian National Conference hosted by Talent INC is celebrating it's second season of success by announcing the overall winners of full scholarships to the next showcase.
The overall winner for the category of Child Actor, ages 4-12 is Lizzie Boys from, Vancouver B.C.. Her combined scores were the highest in the TV Commercial and Film Scene competitions.
From Toronto, the overall winner for the category of Female Actor, ages 13 and over went to Alexis Whelan. Alexis scored the highest scores in the TV Commercial, Film Scene and Monologue competitions combined.
In the Male Actor division, ages 13 and over went to Toronto based, Tucker Bowman. Tucker's combined scores were the highest in the TV Commercial, Film Scene, and Monologue competitions.
Despite the horrible flooding in Calgary just prior to the conference, the overall winner for Child Model, ages 4-12 went to Calgary native, Carson Pound. Carson had the highest combined scores in the Photography and Runway competitions.
The overall winner of the Female Fashion category, ages 13-25 and 5'8" and above went to the beautiful and talented Yasmine Mohammed, of Ottawa. Yasmine had the highest combined scores in the Photography, Swim Suit, and Runway competitions.
This year's overall Male Fashion winner, ages 13 and over and 5'10" and above went to Toronto's Bradley Morris. Bradley had the highest combined scores in the Photography, Swim Suit, and Runway competitions.
In the overall Commercial Model category, ages 13-25 and under 5'8" in height the award went to Rebekah Triggerson of Toronto. Rebekah had the highest combined scores in the Photography, TV Commercial and Runway competitions.
The overall Classic Model award went to the incredibly talented, Bernie Jansen of Calgary. The award for classic overall model is restricted to our clients over the age of 26 and based upon the combined scores from the Photography, Runway, and TV Commercial scores.
Show stopper Reynalyne Gacilan of Winnipeg wowed the judges with her vocal talents, and earned herself the Overall Talent Award for ages 13 and over. Reynalyne's scores were through the roof, and in her age category she completely took the Talent Competition by storm.
Last in the overall categories but certainly not least was 9 year old show stopper, Benjamyn Brockington of Toronto. Benjamyn won the overall Talent award for his dancing and acrobatics. Benjamyn beat out over 30 other performers from all across Canada.
The final scholarship was awarded to Caroline Biedka who won the You Tube video award for documenting her Talent INC experience on video. Her video was voted on, and beat out scores of other entries.
"We are extremely proud of all of the talent we bring to the National Conference. It was a very tight competition with some of this year's winners only ahead by literally fractions of a point", said John Stevens.
"We are already gearing up for the next conference to take place in April of 2014. It is because of the level of talent in attendance that we are able to fill our VIP seats with some of the very best in the business." added Doug Sloan.
Photo credits: Tom Tkach, Jason Verschoor and Stephanie Beeley
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Emmy Award Winning Director & Producer, Nomi Roher of Know Me Productions Hosts Exclusive Workshop at the Talent INC Canadian National Conference in April 2014
Talent INC Canada Owners, Doug Sloan and John Stevens are thrilled to announce the partnership between Know Me Productions, Nomi Roher and Talent INC Canada's exclusive networking conference.
The Canadian National Conference hosted by Talent INC attracts the best casting professionals, talent agencies, modeling agencies, directors, producers and talent from across Canada. Nomi Roher of Know Me Productions (KMP) will be the featured guest of honor at the next conference.
Nomi Roher, a media executive, program developer, and Emmy® award winning producer/director, is the founder and President of Know Me Productions. For more than fifteen years, Nomi's creative vision and managerial expertise have distinguished her wide-ranging work in television and video content production, both broadcast and webcast, for the film, music, sports, and fashion industries.
A native of Toronto, Canada, Nomi has lived in New York City since the early 90’s. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree at Rutgers University, she began her media career working on long-form documentaries for PBS prime-time broadcast. During graduate studies at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, she collaborated on several award-winning short films and independent videos that won professional acclaim.
Doug Sloan of Talent INC Canada says "Nomi is a great fit for us as she is Canadian, and has a passion for sharing her expertise with the next generation of young artists."
Nomi is best known for her dynamic promo spots and video packages for popular recording artists—Mary J. Blige, Nelly Furtado, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, and Solange Knowles. These spots have run on network TV as well as on cable’s BET, E!, MTV, and VH1.
Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, Moët Hennessy USA, Time Inc, and Sports Illustrated are among long-term clients. KMP also represents film and video professionals, placing specialized freelance media crews in a wide range of assignments across the U.S. and Canada.
From 2007 to 2009, as the Director of Production at NYC TV, Nomi managed a production group of more than 100 staff and freelance personnel. She oversaw all aspects of production, from inception to delivery, of a full slate of original programs, including the Emmy® Award-winning series, Secrets of New York. Several seasons of Secrets have aired on NYC TV’s flagship station, its partner station WNBC-TV, and PBS stations nationwide.
Nomi also served as Executive Producer for NYC TV’s NY 360, Eat Out New York, A la Kelly, That’s So New York, Gigs, Blueprint, and City Scoop; as well as coverage of special events—the renowned Gotham Independent Film Awards, the New York Emmy® Awards, and the B & C Magazine Broadcast and Cable Awards, to name a few.
Nomi is excited for the upcoming conference and will be sharing her journey as both a director and producer with the hand selected talent attending the conference next April.
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Talent INC & Acting Out Studio Based In Charlotte, North Carolina Continue To Successfully Develop And Market Actors of All Ages, Giving Hollywood A Run For Their Money
Mrs. Hejlik began Acting Out six years ago in California, where she grew up, then brought it to Charlotte, NC when her husband, Jason got a job there. Since then, Acting Out Studio has grown at an alarming rate and the studio space has gone from one room, to two, and now a second location has opened!
Kamber Hejlik is fueled by her passion for acting. How else would she have the energy to run an acting studio consisting of 200 students and growing, be a Talent INC director, and still make time for her husband and 3 daughters?
Acting Out Studio focuses primarily on acting for the camera, with year round classes offered in various levels ranging from I to III for ages 4 to adults. However, they also offer modeling classes, weekly camps in the Summer, birthday parties, and are host to many acting workshops throughout the year.
In addition to yearly classes, Acting Out students get to partake in the Talent INC development program. Participants from Acting Out audition through the studio and receive their development training from Kamber herself along with her 3-instructor team.
"Fun is the first and foremost objective at Acting Out Studio. However, for students who want to actively pursue their passions at a larger level, Talent INC is a great way for them to gain exposure and be seen by agents who would other wise not see them; it’s an amazing opportunity to get a foot in the door in a larger market" , says Kamber.
There are many success stories from students who have trained through Acting Out Studio and it’s Talent INC group. For instance, Brogan Hall, who began taking classes from Acting Out at age 6, participated in the Talent INC program. After blowing all the agents away with his rendition of Justin Beiber’s “Baby” which also won him an Overall Award, Brogan came back to Charlotte and began auditioning and booking jobs regularly. He has worked on projects both local and national, including Harris Teeter Grocery Store, Fox News, and Kioti.
Information on classes, camps, or the Talent INC program at Acting Out Studio can be found on the Acting Out website at www.ActingOutStudio.com or by calling 704-290-9054.
Friday, June 21, 2013
Talent INC President, Joshua Meeks Plans First Ever Talent Search In His Home Town Of Salt Lake City, Utah with Special Guest, Talent INC Founder, Scott Cooper
Talent INC President Joshua Meeks is providing a free seminar for aspiring talent in his home town in the Salt Lake City Utah area. Mr. Meeks grew up in Utah through High School and is so excited to be coming home to educate young talent.
“I never knew how to break into the entertainment business and my parents could not help. Now I am able to come to my hometown and help families learn the realities of breaking into the business” Meeks said.
Meeks will be bringing Talent INC Founder and CEO, Scott Cooper to scout Utah talent and teach each person how to Audition for TV, Film, Print, and Runway.
Scott Cooper is one of the top industry leaders in talent development and discovery. He has started many careers that have worked in all aspects of the entertainment industry.
Models that Cooper has discovered have gone on to work for clients like, Abercrombie and Fitch, Hollister, Macy’s, GQ, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Seventeen Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Victoria Secret, Justice for Girls, Children’s Place and many more. Actors that have worked with Cooper have gone on to do projects like, Grey’s Anatomy, The New Beverly Hills 90210, Are We there Yet the series, Just Go With it, Homeland, Prom Night as well as many National Commercials. Mr. Cooper told us, “Talent INC is designed to help people know what is legit and what is not, how to sign with agencies and what they expect and how to take your career to the next level in markets like New York and Los Angeles.”
This free educational workshop not only teaches people how to audition, but it gives Talent INC executives the chance to see what talent is in areas all over the states. Talent INC has become so beneficial to agents and casting directors that they were invited over the last year to open offices in Toronto and London. It is the job of Talent INC to find great talent and introduce them to National and International markets. Meeks said, “It is not the fact that there aren’t talented models, actors, singers and dancers in Utah. The fact is that nobody in New York and Los Angeles know that they exist. We are going to fix that!”
If you are an aspiring talent and would like to take part in this free educational seminar it will be held at the Historic Murray Theatre, 4961 South State St. Murray, UT on Saturday, June 22nd. There are seminars at 10AM, 12:30PM and 3pm. You must call the Utah director Karli Grieder to save a spot as space is limited. (801) 828-6754.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Talent INC Canada Expands Toronto Faculty with the Addition of Children's Acting Coach and Director, Marcel Stewart
Marcel Stewart a respected arts educator joins the Talent INC Canada team to help prepare young actors for audition and networking opportunities. Marcel specializes in training youth for professional careers in the entertainment industry and comes to Talent INC with an extensive following.
Marcel Stewart is an up and coming actor, playwright, and arts-educator. He performed in the Dora Awardnominated production of Macbeth for the Classical Theatre Project, and the George F. Walker play Theatre of the Film Noir for Atlas Stage Canada,which toured throughout Poland and Austria in the fall of 2008.
Further credits include: Toronto The Good at the Factory Theatre, A History of Breathing at the Persephone Theatre, Project ACT for the Mixed Company Theatre, Who Knew Grannie at the Factory Theatre, and Romeo & Juliet for Shakespeare in Action.
As an educator / mentor for youth and as a children’s theatre playwright, Marcel has worked all across Canada. Marcel has a long standing working relationship with Talent INC Canada owners, John Stevens and Doug Sloan and has conducted workshops in Ottawa, Winnipeg, Edmonton, and Saskatoon.
Marcel is also one of the founding members of Shakespeare in the Ruff. Last year, Shakespeare in the Ruff celebrated their inaugural season to much praise and adulation. He recently was the Lead Facilitator for Canadian Stage’s Arts in Leadership Program. Marcel is a graduate of Brock University (Bachelor of Arts with Honours).
Marcel will be teaching improvisation, monologue performance, and scene study. He will also be an integral part of the National Conference, and the various Summer Camps offered through the Toronto based studio.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Talent INC U.K. is set to launch this October, and will host the first U.K. national conference aboard Royal Caribbean's “Independence of the Seas,” and as a precursor a select few from the London area had the opportunity of lifetime to attend the US National Conference to see what Talent INC was all about. Judging from their experience, Talent INC cannot get to the U.K. fast enough.
Meet Jordan Andrews, from Talent INC UK who had an absolutely amazing time while in Orlando, Florida for the Talent INC National Conference in March.
Mr. Andrews, has been in the business since he was 3 years old in the UK and the Philippines and to have such a great opportunity like Talent INC where he could be seen by some of the most influential Agents and Casting Directors in the American Market was truly "mind blowing", according to the young Londoner.
Jordan goes on to say, "I did Talent Inc, to take the next step in my career and move on to the next level by breaking into the US market and I had a great response with 10 callbacks and a great learning experience to return home with. Since returning to London, I have been writing more music and even more exciting than that, I have been preparing to move to LA! I am very excited to make the move and do my thing over in the US and I couldn't/wouldn't do it without the experience I had at Talent INC".
Jordan is no stranger to performing on a professional level. He started working at the tender age of 3 as a featured performer in special awards show event with the legendary Michael Jackson. Not to mention he was also a cast member in London's West End Production of Miss Saigon. He was truly bitten by the show business bug and he hasn't stopped since.
He later went on to productions of, The King and I, with Elaine Paige and Jason Scott Lee and TV soaps and dramas for the BBC. He then ventured out to his ethnic homeland of the Philippines and was the lead in two soap operas, had a spot on a Weekly Variety Show, A Christmas album and toured in Musical Productions such as West Side Story and Hairspray.
He's used many names during his career, including, Jordan Gumayagay (his real name), Jordan, Jordan G, Jordan Aguilar (his name in the Philippines) and none of these ever felt right, but whilst out at Talent INC this March, one of the agents said 'Why don't you just use your middle name' and the new Jordan Andrews was born.
Jordan went on to say, "I am now ready and very driven to take on the mighty challenge of becoming a TV and Film actor in the USA as well as a successful Recording Artist. I look forward to the new challenges I face and want to thank everyone at Talent INC for helping me take those very crucial first steps in the right direction."
Talent INC UK will be making a splash aboard the magnificent Independence of the Seas by Royal Caribbean which has every imaginable on board facility to ensure your enjoyment. With an incredible H2O Zone water park, the Royal Promenade with its enticing shops and cafes, plus the widest dining options you might not want to leave!
Selected Talent INC UK performers will be departing from Southampton (UK) docks and traveling to Zeebrugge (Brussels), Belgium; and Le Havre (Paris), France. Not only will they be part of the Talent INC training programme and receive 20 hours of exclusive training followed by the showcase and networking opportunities, but they will do all of this in the luxurious surroundings of a mini cruise.
Auditions are taking place in various venues across the U.K. in preparation for the U.K. launch. One of the unique aspects to Talent INC is the free public outreach workshop where parents and young performers will learn about the entertainment industry, and how to avoid the pitfalls often associated with it.
To register for the highly acclaimed workshop with Scott Cooper please visit Talent INC UK, and fill out the on line submission form available on their main website.