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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".