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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 UK Client, Jordan Andrews, Launches US Career Thanks To International Talent Conference


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.

John Stevens. Doug Sloan, Talent INC UK, Scott Cooper, Dorinda Duncan, Jordan Andrews, West End Auditions

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.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Talent INC Canada Teams Up With The Prestigious Ottawa Conservatory For Interactive On-Camera Workshop For Young Performers And Parents


Talent INC Canada has been traveling across Canada sharing information and auditioning young performers as a part of their community outreach program. Talent INC Canada owners Doug Sloan, and John Stevens have been visiting the top performing arts schools across the country sharing their wealth of information gained over a cumulative 40 years in the industry.


The purpose of the workshop to be hosted by the Ottawa Conservatory is to give parents the tools and proper information they need so that when they meet with people who want to work with their kids, they know what questions to ask and they know what fees and services are acceptable and which are not.
Since the dawn of YouTube, and reality TV shows like, Canada’s Got Talent, So You Think You Can Dance Canada, and The X Factor, parents and kids alike have been obsessed with instant stardom. It is an obsession that is polluting legitimate performing arts institutions globally.

“No one wants to work at it anymore!” exclaimed Talent INC Canada Founder, Doug Sloan.
“These kids and parents see these performers make it seemingly overnight and they think it is easy. They don’t see the hours of training, and countless hours of practice”, added Mr. Sloan.
“Parents need to be the first line of defense to protect their kids from unscrupulous companies that prey on the hopes and dreams of young people” said John Stevens who is an accomplished performer with credits all over the world and now co-owns Talent INC. Canada with his partner Doug Sloan.
The workshop is designed for parents and young performers and is completely interactive. Parents get to see their child work with Mr. Stevens who is a master level coach with a long list of now celebrity clients. Each child will receive critiques from both Mr. Stevens and Mr. Sloan as well as learn about the business side of acting.
A handful of young performers and their families will be invited to attend a training bootcamp for performers in Toronto this Summer. This is where select talent will have the opportunity to not only further their education in the arts, but they will also have the opportunity to network with some of Canada’s top casting directors, directors, producers, and agents. There will be a short list of top agencies from NY and LA in attendance as well who primarily scout for the fashion industry where it is easier to get sponsorship across borders.
If you would like to attend this Audition Workshop please contact the Talent INC Studios based in Toronto at (647)748-7200. There is no cost for admission to the workshop, but space is limited.
ABOUT THE OTTAWA CONSERVATORY
Ottawa Conservatory's highly trained staff is dedicated to supporting the development of all children. Their teachers use proven methodologies and a highly effective curriculum to help children grow academically, socially, and physically. They regularly participate in professional development in order to improve our skills and offer a better learning experience for the children.
The Ottawa Conservatory boasts some of the best coaches in the performing arts with credentials not only in performing but in teaching as well. This is what has set them apart as a leader in the industry
ABOUT TALENT INC. CANADA
Talent INC., Talent INC UK and Talent INC. Canada are specialized training programs that offer not only the tools to succeed but the opportunity to use those skills to further their career through their international marketing network. Founded in 2001, Talent INC. kick-started the careers of many young performers. In Canada they offer Summer Camps and an impressive list of courses for both adult and young enthusiasts. They will also hold their highly acclaimed National Conference in Toronto. All of the workshops are taught by the area’s most noteable actors, models and vocalists.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Scott Cooper's Innovative Performer's Networking Conference; Talent INC Sets Sail In The United Kingdom This October 2013


Talent INC has been a leader in the US and Canadian markets when it comes to promoting new and seasoned talent to agents and casting directors. This October, Talent INC U.K. will host the first UK national conference on board Royal Caribbean's “Independence of the Seas”


London, UK (PRWEB UK) 16 April 2013
When Scott Cooper of Talent INC wanted to expand to the U.K., there was only one person he thought of to take on this endeavour, Dorinda Duncan.
Dorinda trained at Arts Educational schools in London. She then moved into the business world at an early age and built a successful multi-million pound marketing company launching major computer companies into Europe. Her return to the arts world was prompted by her daughter's growing interest in acting. She started the Royal Berkshire Academy of Performing Arts, a specialised training and performing arts school for talented performers, ten years ago. This was followed shortly after by a full-service agency that places young performers in film, commercials and stage.
Performers that Dorinda has mentored have appeared in commercials for Morrisons, Activia, McDonald’s, Marks and Spencers, Asda, Signal, U-switch, Sky, Talk Talk, Barclaycard, Barnardos, Google. On the West End: Benjy in Priscilla Queen of The Desert, The National Tour Oliver, Snowman London and on tour to Asia: ENRON, Wizard of Oz, Disneyland Paris, Gavroche, Eponine in the concert version Les Miserables, Edinburgh fringe and Jordan Gage in Taboo. In films: Harry Potter , St Trinian’s, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sixty Six, Wired, Les Miserables and national TV, CBBC, Channel Four and ITV.
She also runs a successful production company producing stage work; Music of Les Miserables concert, RENT, Spring Awakening, Annie and many more. A recent interest has been the music industry and along with her daughter Anastasia she is a scout for a major A&R company in New York. Her interest in Talent Conferences started with a trip to Florida some years ago and she has been looking for a company to work with to develop a European model. Through mutual connections, she was introduced to Scott Cooper and Talent INC UK was born.
Talent INC 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 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 www.talent-inc.co.uk, and fill out the on line submission form.
   

I am used to performing on the stage but this was beyond my wildest dreams! So much talent and so much support. It was great! " ~ India De Rocha Humberstone London, UK

Monday, April 15, 2013

Talent INC Receives Accolades From Entertainment Industry Professionals and Clients After American National Conference in Orlando, Florida


This past March, entertainment industry professionals from top agencies around the world converged in Orlando to meet new talent developed through Talent INC's exclusive program created by Scott Cooper.

Talent INC, an international talent development and networking company, recently held its US conference this March at the Hilton Walt Disney World Resort.
"This is one of the most successful conferences that we have seen in the history of our company!" said Talent INC founder Scott Cooper after all of the excitement of this incredible event.
Talent INC as a company spent months traveling throughout small towns all over the United States auditioning and scouting undiscovered actors, models, singers and dancers. After auditioning and screening thousands of talented performers, they selected 218 people nation wide to be developed and educated on the do's and don'ts of the entertainment industry. Not only did these aspiring performers get to take masterclasses and perform for some of the top talent agents and leaders in the industry, but they were able to network and interview with them as well.
The showcased performers ranged in ages from 4 years old to 58. Diana Lenske, a 58 year old aspiring tv, film and theatre actress, was one of the magical moments of the weekend. Diana's musical theatre rendition of "I Could Have Danced All Night" from the Broadway Musical, My Fair Lady, brought down the house. She received a standing ovation and was voted by the industry leaders as the "Overall Adult Talent" winner. She competed against all performers that were 13 years and older. This only goes to prove that you are never too old to pursue your dream. Fear is the only thing that keeps doors closed in our lives. Diana has also been offered contracts to work with film and television agencies.
Brianna Barnes, one of the industry leaders at the conference said, "I have never seen this amount of quality talent gathered under one roof, this event has brought talent development and exposure to a new level."


Talent INC also hosted it's first group of 10 international performers from the UK who came to network and compete on an international level. All ten performers walked away with offers for contracts in either New York or Los Angeles and numerous contact in the U.K. thanks to their leader, Dorinda Duncan.
Talent INC started expanding their conferences into Canada in 2012 with 97% of the talent signing with agencies for work. Talent INC is now planning it's first full scale British Talent INC Conference in October of 2013. The response in the UK has been overwhelming.
"The buzz about our company is spreading like wild fire," says Talent INC President Joshua Meeks.
Joshua continues, "People are hearing about the quality of talent development, performance and the caliber of VIP guests that attend our events. It is now possible for an unknown talent from Billings, Montana to be developed, introduced and moved into a New York Market within a four-month period. This is an event that is accessible for any family that has a performer with a dream of breaking into the entertainment business."
    Corporate Director, David Barbour ended our interview by saying, "The floods of emails that our office has received from parents, performers and VIP guests has been overwhelming and humbling. People see and appreciate all of the hard work that our staff puts into our shows to ensure their success. Talent INC is not a job for us, it is a passion. Each talent is different, each day is an adventure and I feel that the sky is the limit. In an industry with lots of dark clouds, Talent INC has proven to be a shining beacon of education that has made navigating through the fog a lot easier. I can honestly say, I love my job."

Friday, April 12, 2013

John Stevens of Talent INC Canada Claims Acting Classes Help Bullied Kids Gain The Confidence Needed To Deal With Aggressors


John Stevens of Talent INC Canada Claims Acting Classes Help Bullied Kids Gain The Confidence Needed To Deal With Aggressors 

The owners of Talent INC Canada have been coaching both kids and teens in the arts for over 10 years.  John Stevens and his partner Doug Sloan are now on a mission to empower the youth they work with. “The arts offer such a unique opportunity for young people to express themselves in a fun and safe environment,” says Stevens. 
John explained further, "I think that acting, and more specifically the welcoming atmosphere at Talent INC Canada, allows for freedom of expression in a non-threatening environment. That is the first step to boosting the confidence of these kids and it is therapeutic. From there they deal with the feelings and intentions behind words and phrases of an aggressor through role play and can 'practice' rebuttals and tactics for putting these bullies in their place," 
Stevens feels that the most effective way to unlock a bullied child’s potential is through acting classes.  Because acting essentially incorporates feelings and intentions of words and phrases, it creates an atmosphere where kids can engage in open conversations about how they feel when they are bullied.  By engaging in these conversations and role playing, the kids start to comprehend what these bully characters are lacking emotionally and they can experience this through scene work. 
Doug Sloan shares many success stories of students who have overcome bullying by building their confidence through acting, singing, dancing, and modeling. “These kids blossom through the training process. Next thing they know they have booked roles in feature films and TV. That creates confidence that aggressors find threatening.” 
“It’s rewarding to know that the work we do is having a long term effect on these incredible young people. We have watched our students grow up with better public speaking skills, manners, and interview skills. It’s the best thing I have seen to develop confidence and overcome bullying,” Stevens goes on to say. 
Now that the students at Talent INC Canada have learned how to communicate with their bullies, they have reported that a lot of their bullies have moved on to other targets.  By having this education, the students are helping themselves, and they are more confident. With this confidence, they are able to share  their knowledge with other kids who are being bullied. “The fact that these kids are not only navigating through their own issues but are also reaching out to others experiencing bullying speaks volumes,” explains Stevens.

Read more at http://www.bullyville.com/?page=articles&id=633#oAQBOH9kTMoQbLqU.99 

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Talent INC Canada Celebrates First Year of Business with Movie Deals, TV Shows, Music Videos and Commercials Booked Nationwide


In their first year of business, Talent INC Canada owners, Doug Sloan and John Stevens are ecstatic over the success of their performing arts studio and National Conference.

It has not been an easy year for entrepreneurs Doug Sloan and John Stevens. It has been a year filled with hard work, fighting stigmas, and creating a legitimate venue for talent to be showcased in Canada.
The end result; Talent INC Canada has quickly become the leading authority in the Canadian entertainment industry when it comes to networking. The National Conference they hold once a year has become a hotbed for agents, casting directors, and producers to network among themselves which has fueled the TV and film industry in a unique way. Add to that the expertly trained talent that performs throughout the conference and you have a recipe for prosperity and recognition.

Meet Richie Lawrence, who came to Talent INC Canada with no experience and no formal training. Within 12 months, he has trained professionally with some of Toronto's top acting coaches which prepared him to attend the Canadian National Conference last November. Immediately following the conference, he was signed by one of Toronto's most successful talent agencies, appeared in Classified's music video for "Inner Ninja" which just went platinum, booked a series of voice over commercials for Fisher Price, and most recently he booked the Universal Studios feature film, Best Man 2, and a national commercial for Nutella. That's not too bad considering Richie is only 7 years old.

Then there is Alexis Whelan, a 13-year old girl from Richmond Hill, Ontario who has been working really hard to make it in the industry since she was 9 years old. Her parents wanted to support her but kept falling prey to overpriced promises from numerous companies that no longer exist. Alexis and her family attended the Talent INC National Conference and she was signed to a well respected agent in the industry who has already booked her into a brand new series for ABC, called Lucky 7.

One of the most touching stories comes from a young man who lost his father at a very young age, Michael Fessaha. 13-year old Michael is an emotionally mature and thoughtful young man who has quickly become one of the most sought after teen actors of the season. He has worked in the Los Angeles market filming Saving Grace, and numerous other films, and now that he is back in Toronto, he has been unstoppable. Michael has multiple national commercials running simultaneously. He is now being seen for a variety of television series and film projects.
Talent INC Canada is growing and has created a network of regional directors across Canada. With representatives in Winnipeg, Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa and Toronto, they plan to add Halifax and Edmonton to the mix next year. Regional directors have their fingers on the pulse of their local television and film market and work closely with local casting directors and acting schools in an effort to link them into the Talent INC web of information.
One of the most outstanding aspects of Talent INC Canada is their public outreach program where they tour the nation in an effort to dispel some of the myths surrounding the entertainment industry.
"We try really hard to keep performers and families grounded and focused on the craft of acting rather than putting stars in their eyes," says John Stevens about the Talent INC program.
Doug Sloan, one of the founders of Talent INC Canada added: "Our success is directly related to our selection process. We have programs that fit performers who see this as a hobby, and more professional programs and the National Conference for those that see performing as their career".

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Top Casting Director, Krisha Bullock Hosts One Day Workshop at Talent INC Canada



Is Proud to announce a special one day Audition Workshop!

KRISHA BULLOCK, CSA

Limited Spots Available!

April 13th, 2013 from 10 AM to 1 PM for Ages 8-12
April 13th, 2013 from 2 PM to 5PM for ages 13+

$199.00 plus HST – Only payment secures your spot.


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Krisha Bullock specializes in youth programming and entertainment, from commercials to television to feature films. She has been nominated for ten Artios awards by the Casting Society of America and was the recipient of the 2008 Seymour Heller Award for Television Casting Director of the Year awarded by the Talent Manager’s Association. She has cast Nickelodeon's Emmy nominated hit shows, “Victorious” and “iCarly”. Some of her other credits include the shows, “Drake and Josh”, “Zoey 101”, “All That”, “The Amanda Show”, “Kenan and Kel”, the feature film “Alice Upside Down", the TV movie “Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh," as well as the television pilots for, “Gibby”, “Sam & Cat”, “Victorious”, “True Jackson V.P.” and “C3.” Outside of Casting, Krisha has been a mentor and teacher to thousands of hopeful young people, helping them break into the industry by teaching them the do's and don'ts of auditioning and navigating them toward a professional career. She has guided many up and coming actors such as the Oscar nominated Hailee Steinfeld, who still utilizes her advice today.  Originally from Toronto, Krisha is now bicoastal, casting “Sam & Cat” in Los Angeles and “Degrassi” in Toronto with the incredibly talented office of Larissa Mair Casting.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Veteran Performer and Senior Talent Agent, Brittany Mumford, Officially Takes the Reign as Agency Director at Evolution Talent Agency in Charlotte, NC in 2013


Scott Cooper, the President and CEO of Evolution Talent Agency, announced earlier this month that senior talent agent Brittany Mumford has been named the agency director for North Carolina's prestigious Evolution Talent Agency.


Scott Cooper has created one of the most extensive networks for newly developing talent in the United States. This achievement has lead to the expansion of his network to Canada, and the United Kingdom. With so much growth in store for 2013 Scott needed to assign some of his responsibilities to his trusted inner circle. The most notable change, Brittany Mumford's promotion to Agency Director was announced earlier this month.
Brittany Mumford started her career in the entertainment industry performing in local and regional theater in northeastern Ohio. Throughout her childhood she landed several lead roles in musical theater performances in over three dozen shows. In fact, she was a featured member of the nationally acclaimed show choir, The Great Expectations.
Brittany was also selected as a recipient of The National Arion Award, the oldest and most prestigious award for outstanding achievement by a high school musician.
Upon graduating from Twinsburg High School, Brittany moved over 1,000 miles away to continue to pursue her passion for performance. She earned a Bachelors degree from The University of Central Florida in Theater with a minor in Film. Loving the opportunity for growth in the Central Florida market, she stayed there and worked for Walt Disney World for nearly 10 years, gracing the stage and appearing as several faces of Disney royalty. This is also where she became eligible to join the Actors’ Equity Association.
Brittany has had contracts and performed as Belle (Beauty and the Beast), Cinderella, Mary Poppins, Princess Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) and Jane Porter (Tarzan); performing in several shows and parades such as Cinderellabration, Storytime With Belle, Cinderella’s Surprise Celebration, Fantasmic!, Share a Dream Come True, SpectroMagic, Stars in Motorcars as well as several commercials, television specials, special events and press events. She also performed as a headliner and lead singer (Miss Jewel) in Capone’s Speakeasy Dinner Show and Cabaret.
It was not until she left Central Florida and moved to Charlotte, NC that she realized it was time for a career change to the other side of the industry.
Brittany took a moment to tell us how her experience with Disney has helped her prepare for her new starring role at Evolution Talent  Agency.
"Disney is the largest entertainment company in the world, so to be a part of it for so many years allowed me to network and learn many different aspects of the industry. I was under Equity contracts so I had to learn the Equity rules and regulations and how to negotiate my own contract terms and pay. I had to audition for every role and show that I performed in and then had to endure yearly contract negotiations and the possibility of not being offered another contract and being without a job. It helped my audition skills, interview skills, performance skills and leadership skills being the Equity lead at my stage. Because of my experience there I can be empathetic with the actors, having been there and fight on their behalf for the best possible contracts and rates," says Mumford.
Scott and Brittany have had the opportunity to work together on various levels and on numerous projects. It's fair to say that Scott has been a mentor and truly groomed her for this position over the last 5 years.
We asked her how Scott has influenced her and she shared this with us, "Scott is such a talented and amazing boss and friend. He has taught me that reputation is everything in this industry and once you lose it, you cannot repair it. This philosophy is the driving force behind every decision that we make. How Evolution Talent is viewed by industry professionals and clients will forever determine our success."
Brittany started her career at Evolution in 2008 as the Director of the Children’s Division. After networking and building a stable clientele base, the Children's Division at Evolution celebrated a noticeable increase in bookings.
In April 2009, Brittany was promoted to being the Senior Booking Agent and put in charge of all bookings agency wide. While in this position, Evolution's bookings have seen an increase of more than 50%, making Evolution one of the leading agencies in the Southeast.
Brittany has booked actors in major film and television projects such as The Hunger Games, Twilight Breaking Dawn Pt. II, Iron Man 3, We’re The Millers, Homeland, Banshee, Revolution, Rectify, Drop Dead Diva and Vampire Diaries. She has booked actors in regional and national commercials for Coca Cola, Verizon, Budweiser, Burger King, Bojangles, Walmart, ESPN, Bank of America, PNC Bank and Lowe’s Home Improvement.
She has booked models for work with companies such as Belk, Wrangler, Hanes, MAC Cosmetics, Britax, Brica INC, Früsh, Hamricks, CWD Kids and Southern Bride. Brittany believes in seeking, establishing and fostering client relationships so that they can continue to grow. Her organization, attention to detail, industry contacts, client relationships and positive work ethic has launched her as one of the most respected professionals in our industry.
While Brittany is now running the entire agency, she will still continue to handle her normal bookings and clients as always. Because of her background and training she knows how to spot talent and how to put them in front of the right people to give them the opportunities they need to be successful.
Brittany has a clear vision for the agency and the direction she wants to steer the landmark agency, "Evolution has grown so much in the 5 years that I have been here, not only in clients and bookings but in our standards and quality of business and performance. I would like for our agency to continue to go in the direction that it is currently headed. I want to represent only the top qualified, trained and skilled performers and models. I would like to be known throughout the industry for our standards of quality and caliber of talent," explains Brittany.


Thursday, February 7, 2013

Talent INC Canada Client, Angelique Marion Berry Hits New Career Heights in 2012 with Over 10 IMDB Credits to Her Name in a Single Year


Talent INC client, Angelique Marion Berry is a seasoned professional actress having worked in virtually every possible medium. From video games to music videos, and film to TV, this 10 year old has done it all. She was even invited to visit the Gracie mansion in NYC to celebrate the many films, and artists that have contributed to the Film Industry in NYC.

Most performers dream of having a lucrative career in the entertainment industry, although only the few achieve their dream. At 10 years old, Angelique has not only set a new standard, but has also encouraged other performers of all ages to follow their dreams.
"I knew she was special from the moment I met her. She won me over in an instant", says Doug Sloan of Talent INC Canada.
Mr. Sloan selected her out of hundreds of applicants in her home town of Calgary, Alberta and immersed her in an elite performance coaching program with his partner, John F. Stevens, the other half of Talent INC Canada. Since then she has gained not only skill sets, and experience, but she has also won the attention of directors, producers, and casting professionals internationally. In fact, she is the youngest Canadian performer to receive an 01 work visa allowing her to work on both sides of the Canadian and US borders.
"Doug and John have been our backbone through the entire process. They committed to guiding us through the ups and downs. They discovered Angelique 2 years ago and have been a true resource and confidants. Angel's success is truly due to Doug and John," explained Christine, Angelique's mother.
In fact, her work earned her an invitation to the Gracie Mansion in NYC to celebrate all of the films, and TV shows produced in NY. There she rubbed elbows with legends like Whoopi Goldberg, Rober DeNiro, Meryl Streep and Ben Stiller.

Angel, as she is known by her friends and family, told us that her on-going training has been instrumental to her success. She trains in script analysis, character development and voice and diction.
"As with any activity training is critical, not only has Angel learned how to breakdown a script, she understands professionalism and adapting to each project's individual style, and needs. Training is ongoing as she grows and matures. Diction and vocal training are key. With each new script Angel is privately coached," according to Christine who has been a constant support to her daughter.
Angel seeks the guidance of top acting coach Ania Danylo, of Prelude Artists Acting for Stage and Screen whenever there is a big audition opportunity.
John Stevens had this to say about Ania, "Ania is the only acting coach in Calgary that Talent INC Canada works with. She instinctively prepares each actor with such creativity that it is nothing short of inspirational."

Angelique plays young Julia in the film, "I Think I Do" which is currently playing on the W network. She also plays the role of young Alice in Sebastien, a psychological horror story about dark secrets destroying people and their families from the inside out. In Sebastien, Angel had the opportunity to work with Eric Roberts and Cathy Moriarty.
One thing is for sure, Angelique has a bright future ahead of her, and is an excellent example of the young talent available in Alberta.
Angelique is represented by Kirk Talent Management based in Vancouver, Platinum Talent Management in Calgary.