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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Shenell in Schwimmer's Movie

Barbizon Midwest talent Shenell Randall booked a supporting role in the new dramatic film “Trust” starring Clive Owen and directed by David Schwimmer. “Trust” is a drama thriller about a family’s bond ripped apart as a father searches across the country in an effort to track down his daughter’s attacker.

Monday, December 20, 2010


Barbizon Midwest has selected Ms. Katelyn Hartsell to be our December Bragger of the Month! Katelyn has reached out to Barbizon Midwest highlighting us on all her amazing achievements over the years. Keep reading because there is more bragging to do!

Katelyn is a Barbizon South Bend graduate that brings spunk and passion to the industry. She will soon be featured in the magazine “Supermodels Unlimited” (The Most Beautiful Edition), which will be released January 2011. “Supermodels Unlimited” is a bi-monthly magazine and the only publication on the teen and women's market that focuses on the entire beauty industry. Each issue is packed with fashion, health and beauty products, entertainment news, modeling advice, amazing photography, celebrities, fitness tips, beauty queens and talent competitions.

Katelyn has also qualified in the top 15 for the National American Miss Jr. Teen IN. She was one of the state’s finalists out of 85 other women!

Other achievements include being selected for auditions in Shakespeare plays around the Chicago area, competing in her high school’s speech team and being selected as a featured guest at Notre Dame University’s benefit for children with Down Syndrome.

Now a little something Katelyn wanted to say,

“Where to begin…Barbizon has changed my life in such a wonderful way! The classes have taught me to be proud of whom I am. From the first day, I knew it was a new beginning for me and for everyone else that was there with me! Barbizon should be a requirement for all teenage girls and boys! The teachers teach you self-confidence, pride and to be beautiful inside and out! On top of learning how to apply make-up as a professional and how to walk the runway, I have met people I will never forget! After a few classes, we all became a family and I still keep contact with everyone today! Barbizon has given me the opportunity to let my talents shine bright to others. I can’t thank Barbizon enough for allowing me to join their school and to make memories that will last forever! Thanks to Barbizon's classes, I will now be featured in the magazine "Supermodels Unlimited!” I can’t thank this school enough for allowing me to chase my dreams! Remember, a smile is worth a thousand words! Smile on!

With Love,

Katelyn Virgina Hartsell

Thank you again Katelyn for updating Barbizon! We are now looking for a January “Bragger of the Month.” To have a feature story on you, send us your updates and achievements to!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Barbizon Chick's @ Chico's

Barbizon Midwest models booked a live fashion event at Chico’s boutique, a trendy woman’s clothing and accessories store! The models included & pictured in order are Julia Kay Rhodes, Patricia Barrett, Joanna Dratwa and Tanya Modersitzki.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Barbizon Midwest TEACHER FEATURE!

Barbizon Midwest “Teacher Feature” presents Ms. Sara Ritz. Ms. Ritz began at Barbizon as an instructor more than three years ago. She received her undergraduate degree from Illinois State University in Acting and was working as a full-time actress. Ms. Ritz was involved in regional theatre, improv and various film projects all over the Chicago-land area. Yet, as she began working with the students at Barbizon located in Schaumburg, she fell in love with teaching.

Quote from Ms. Ritz, “I love teaching students what really matters! I wish I had someone guide me when I was starting out. It is so rewarding to be able to pass down my experiences and knowledge to others because I am very passionate about acting and these students are so ready and willing to learn. It is also extremely wonderful to be able to watch Barbizon students grow and mature throughout this program we hold. Our students come in as unsure, insecure kids, and then leave as confident actors and models!"

Currently, Ms. Ritz is pursuing graduate school for a degree in Education at DePaul University. She will graduate in March!!!

Keep up all your hard work Ms. Ritz, it is noticed!!! :)

Friday, December 10, 2010


Barbizon talent Tabitha Negrete booked promotion work for AMP energy drink.

Tabitha is a 19 year old from Homer Glen, IL. Her other work history includes print work for dance costume catalogs, Walgreens, McDonalds, and for product packaging.


Many Barbizon teens booked a fashion show for dress designer Bobby Chi. They modeled the latest designs from his collection and walked the runway for an audience of over 600 guests!

Thursday, December 2, 2010


Mother and daughter duo, Nicole Morici and Julia Morici, together booked a Sears appliance commercial. The role included playing the part of a mother and daughter.

Nicole is a Royal Models Agency representative and Julia is a Barbizon pre-teen graduate.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Catch Bryar Hansen on NEW American Idol!!

Wisconsin Barbizon grad, Bryar Hansen, is featured in a promo for the new season of “American Idol!” Watch closely as he is spotted in the last 5 seconds saying “This is it.”

YouTube - idol10promocontestants30s

Bryar has also done several musicals that include “Sound of Music” and “High School Musical,” and has been in a few fashion shows. He enjoys singing, acting, modeling, football and baseball.

While at Barbizon, Bryar won “best all around student” award. He graduated from Barbizon in 2009 and continues to rise to the top!!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Barbizon talent, Ta’tiana Smith and Rick Munoz booked a commercial for Blackberry! The non-speaking role will be a one day shoot! Ta'tiana and Rick are pictured below.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Early Christmas Present for Torres!!!

Barbizon Schaumburg grad, Jeremy Torres is going to be featured in his very first film booking! He is currently shooting the independent college student film titled “The Christmas Tree.” The film is about a divorced father, struggling to make ends meet. For the first time, him and his daughter go on a road trip to a tree farm to pick out a tree. However sadly, their tree is stolen and the father faced with a tough decision to either steal a tree from an unattended tree lot or go without a tree this Christmas.

Below are photos from the shoot!!!

Podgorski Producing Lyrics!

Barbizon Schaumburg grad, Breanna Podgorski is an aspiring singer and songwriter. She is 15 years old and lives in Los Angeles, but also hopes to tour the world someday! Her stage name was originally Breanna Lynn, but now changed to Breanna Reece because a bunch of other singers were named “Breanna Lynn” and her producer wanted her to stand-alone! ☺

Breanna’s first song is called "I'm Here." Check the music video out below!

Breanna's latest hit is called "He's Here to Stay."(below)

If you like what you hear, you can follow Breanna @BreLynnMusic on!

Cambensy Busy All Around the World!!

Barbizon Schaumburg grad, Jessica Cambensy has been quite busy since her Barbizon days. Her impressive resume includes modeling and acting bookings in TV commercials, prints, covers, catwalks and other events. However, her most notable work has been in countries including JAPAN and CHINA!

To see what the hype is all about, look below at all her successful bookings!

TV Commercials:
Carlsberg World Cup Campaign HK June-July 2010, Canon Pixma Smart Home Printer HK 2009, Wacoal 2009-2010, C&S (潔柔) Tissue HK, China 2009, Au Kddi Phone Japan 2008, McDonald Japan 2008 and Pachinko Japan 2008

Mentholatum lip balm, Adidas lookbook 2010, JH bags Campaign Taiwan 2010, Carlsberg World Cup Campaign HK 2010, Columbia HK/China 2010, Adidas Original China 2010, JH Bags Campaign Taiwan 2010, Salad fashion Campaign S/S 2010, Pearl De Beaute HK 2010, Relvon HK Jan-Mar 2010, TCNY HK Spring/Summer 2010, Lenovo Jan-Feb 2009, Nokia E72 Dec 2009 – Feb 2010, Optical 88, Canon Pixma Smart Home Printer HK 2009, Wacoal “Magic X-360°Surround Beauty Bra" 2009, Brilliage Japan 2009-2010 and Pachinko Japan 2008

HIM, Marie Claire, ME, MORE, Jessica Weekly, East Touch and Fashion & Beauty

Catwalk/ events:
Omega, Tissot, Chanel makeup, Zegna, Wacoal, Longines, Touch Jeans, Ed Hardy, Nokia E72, Lucky Brand Jeans, Harley Davidson, Che Che x Hello Kitty, BMW, Qeelin, Vivienne Westwood Fashion Week 2010, McDonald, Toyota Prado and Life of Circle.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Pop Plays with Play-Doh!!!

Anthony Pop, Barbizon Midwest talent, has booked two jobs in just two days!!! He will be seen in TV commercials for both Play-Doh and Jigazo puzzle! Keep a lookout!!

Thursday, November 11, 2010


Barbizon Midwest has selected Mollyann Morehouse to be our November Bragger of the Month! We would like to give a big thanks to Ms. Mollyann for contacting and updating Barbizon Midwest on her accomplishments and wonderful success stories! This month she is given the title of “Barbizon Bragger of Month” and bragging is just what we are going to do....!!!

Mollyann was a Barbizon Lansing graduate in October 2009 and is from a small town in Vermontville, MI. This talented 17 year old has worked the Maly’s Midwest Hair Show with beauty name brand products that include Pureology, Jatai and Matrix! She has also modeled in America’s Beauty Show (ABS) with beauty product Matrix!

Besides modeling, you can also find Mollyann riding dirt bikes and quads, swimming, shopping or texting! After her senior year in high school, she hopes to attend Ferris State University to be a dental hygienist.

Thank you again Mollyann for reaching out to Barbizon! We are now looking for a Bragger of the Month for December---send us updates and stories of yourself! We would LOVE to hear from everyone!!

Please contact us by e-mail at or add us on Facebook (Barbizon Mid West) and send us a Facebook message! :)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


Barbizon Midwest talent, Olivia Porter booked print work for HON Office Furniture!

Olivia has also been busy with coaching and training on communication topics including professional presence, presentation skills, accent reduction, vocal image, etiquette, interpersonal communication and cross-cultural communication skills.

Friday, November 5, 2010


Any CSI fans out there? Our own Barbizon Midwest grad, Jason Beaudoin was featured in the CSI Season 11 Episode on CBS this past Thursday, Nov. 4!!

Jason is originally from Ontario, Canada and has graduated from the Southfield, MI Barbizon location. He has been featured in movies such as “Midnight Chronicles” and “Promise." He has also played a role in the TV series "Smallville" on the CW Network.

Jason feels his modeling and acting experience has been a lot of fun and interesting! He has had an opportunity to meet a wide range of people and has made some great friends! Keep continuing to pursue your dreams Jason!!!

Thursday, November 4, 2010


Alyce Designs, a prom, homecoming and evening dress company, booked many Barbizon Midwest talents to model the latest 2010 trends! Barbizon models include Angela Steil, Brianna Cesaroni, Mackie Atteberry, Melissa Priller and Adriane Demoe! See the fabulous girls below!!

Last year, Barbizon teen models Adela Ghinet and Kaitlyn Carlson booked with Alyce Designs. Both girls have appeared in runway shows where they modeled everything from prom fashion to evening wear!

Friday, October 29, 2010


Barbizon Schaumburg grad, Amy Flanagan, just booked a role in the new FOX TV series “The Chicago Code.” Amy will be playing ‘young Teresa’ in an upcoming episode!!

This drama series stars actress Jennifer Beals from “Flashdance” and will be about a police offer working in Chicago. Keep a lookout for the show between January and May! Great Job Amy!

Thursday, October 28, 2010


Maly’s, a family owned and operated business which provides top quality salon supplies, equipment and training to the beauty industry for over 40 years, booked TWO Barbizon Midwest models for their hair show in Grand Rapids, MI.

Kimberly Saporito and Emma Garber were the selected models (see photos below)!!! Job well done girls! :)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


For the past several years, Barbizon Midwest has been selected to experience a day in the life of a principal. The event is called “Principal for the Day” and this year our representative was the beautiful and talented motivational speaker Ms. Janee Lester.

Janee attended Chicago Talent Development High School, a charter career and college preparatory school located in Chicago, IL. This particular school is part of Mayor Daley’s focused educational initiative, which involves lots of community, city and higher education funding/assistance.

Janee’s day went a little like this….First she met with the “real” principal, Ms. Bernina Norton. Principal Norton explained the curriculum, initiatives, goals and challenges of the school. From there, Janee was introduced to the entire staff, including the CEO, assistant principal and several executives who were visiting from City Year and John Hopkins Business School.

Janee, “Principal Norton was very gracious and receptive to my visit.”

The rest of the day included Janee shadowing the entire freshman and sophomore classes, where she was introduced, gave a few words about Barbizon Midwest, her background and some motivational words of wisdom. Janee, “The students were truly open, excited and enthusiastic.”

The day ended with a wonderful Principal for a Day Reception at Navy Pier, where our own Chicago Mayor Daley was in attendance.

Janee, “It was a great experience. I'm looking foward to setting up a mentoring initiative or something similar with this school for the future.”

Friday, October 22, 2010


For the past four years Barbizon Midwest has been a proud sponsor of the Special Olympics Spring Games held at Prospect High School in Mount Prospect, IL. On May 2, 2010 we broke our own record with over 50 volunteers. Everyone had a great time helping out with different events that include Track & Field, Ball Toss and Long Jump.

Our volunteers assisted the athletes to their competitions and proudly handed out awards from the podium. The friendships that were developed between the volunteer and the athletes were and still are amazing!

Barbizon volunteer, “You can’t beat this great experience. We get excited watching the Olympians enjoy the day. High fives and “you can do it, man,” are constantly seen and heard to add to the energy that inspires all of us. They are all winners!”

Our Barbizon students and graduates can’t wait to do it again next year! Barbizon has been committed to helping young men and women go through life with pride and self assurance since 1939!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


Claire’s selected yet another Barbizon Midwest talent, Maria Diaz to be a Claire’s Style Blogger for the month of November! The site will feature everything from beauty, style and accessories from girls just like you!!

To follow Maria and Lauren (also a Barbizon Claire’s Style Blogger) click on the link below!


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Barbizon & Special Olympics Team Up for the Catwalk!

Barbizon Schaumburg has been involved with the Special Olympics Gold Medal Fashion Show Extravaganza for a few years. The Special Olympians love walking the runway in beautiful new clothes and Barbizon takes pride in teaching them how to walk and turn on the catwalk!

This event benefits Special Olympics in the Illinois area and has been a dream come true for many of the participants. Barbizon has been committed to helping young men and women go through life with pride and self assurance since 1939!

We are privileged to be part of these wonderful events as every one that gets on stage is a winner! Stay tuned for our upcoming blog on the Special Olympics Spring Games with Barbizon!

Monday, October 11, 2010


Martyn Hale-Barbizon Midwest grad- got to work on set with one of the biggest hip-hop artists around, Eminem (Slim Shady)!! Martyn was featured with Eminem in MTV’s 2010 VMA Promo Commercial. Check out this sweet commercial below!

More great news… Martyn recently was featured as an extra in the new Dream Works film, “Real Steel” starring Hugh Jackman! Keep your eyes out--the film’s release date is November 18, 2010.

Also, Congratulations to Martyn on his soon to come move to California at the end of October and for signing with Terrie Snell. Quote from Martyn, “Thanks to Barbizon, my life has really changed. I can’t believe it all started just a year ago in Barbizon’s classroom in Lansing, MI.”

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

“MY LIFE SINCE BARBIZON,” written by Barbizon Midwest grad, Karlee Nimmer

To the teachers and staff of Barbizon School of Modeling and Acting:

It is my great pleasure when someone asks me where I got my “start”; I can proudly say that it all started at Barbizon! I am so thankful I took advantage of this great opportunity presented to me back in 2006 when I attended my very first Barbizon class. My wonderful instructors: Ashley Thomas, Cyrilla Pond, and Sarah Luedtke were always full of energy and inspiration. They shaped me to be the person I am today, and I'm so thankful for everything that my teachers and the entire Barbizon staff have done for me.

Although it's been 4 years since I graduated from my Barbizon class in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, I've never forgotten the lessons and training I've been taught. I've been privileged to pass on these great lessons to other aspiring models; one of which will be traveling to Tokyo next summer to embark on an international modeling career. Because of Barbizon, I've had countless opportunities to model in print ads, commercial advertisements and fashion shows not only locally in Wisconsin, but in Europe as well. In October 2011, I will be traveling to Ireland with Visuelle Productions to model in their annual international modeling tour.

But modeling and acting jobs are not the only gifts I've received from Barbizon. Barbizon has given me the confidence to perform in front of many people, the courage to bring out the best in others and the communication skills to succeed in every day life. Six years ago at my Barbizon graduation, I auditioned and was chosen to sing a musical selection for the talent section of the ceremony. Now a junior in high school, I'm proud to say I've recently had the privilege to perform the National Anthem at a Milwaukee Brewer's baseball game.

Since Barbizon, I've recently been able to travel to Nashville to participate in the Future Business Leaders of America Public Speaking competition, where I placed 6th out of the top 68 competitors in the nation. I've also had the opportunity to start my very own community project, “Pencils with a Purpose”, which donates school supplies to low-income families and schools locally and nationally ( My most recent accomplishment was being crowned the 2010 National American Miss Wisconsin Jr. Teen. It is my honor to represent the great state of Wisconsin for the next year! After being crowned, I was awarded with a $2,000 scholarship to attend one of the most prestigious modeling schools in the United States. Can you guess which school the scholarship was for? BARBIZON of course!

In closing, Barbizon does so many great things for so many people. Although it is a modeling and acting school, the amazing teachers and curriculum provide so many great life lessons that will never be forgotten. Again, thank you so much again for everything Barbizon has taught me! I appreciate it so much!

God Bless!

Karlee Nimmer

Thanks Karlee for your wonderful letter to Barbizon. Your kind words are much appreciated. Keep up all your hard work and success, and keep us updated!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010


Briarcliffe College was so amazed with Barbizon Midwest graduate, Shana Heneberry, that she was selected the same day she sent in her online video audition! Click on the video posted below to check out Shana starring in a lead role.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010


Reminder! Don’t forget to check out Barbizon Midwest grad, Alecia Svensen in the movie “The Social Network” coming out this Friday. Alecia plays a supporting roll in the film, which is about the founders of the social-networking website, Facebook. Also starring in the film is Justin Timberlake…this is something you don’t want to miss!!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010


Barbizon Midwest plus-size model Adnana Muranovic, 15, recently booked print work for dress designer and manufacturer, Party Time Formals. In the catalog, she modeled prom, homecoming and evening gowns. Adnana received an impressive $300 dollars for only a half day shoot! You go girl!

Other past gigs include promotional modeling and some window modeling for New York & Company.