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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Barbizon Midwest and Royal Model & Talent: Testimonial

I would like to thank Royal Model & Talent for the many years of support to my son Alexander Ainoo. There have been auditions for movies and commercials as well. The real excitement came when Alex was actually cast as an extra for a movie and then a major role in a couple of commercials. He has appeared in print ads and fashion shows with Sears. Alex has also appeared in a commercial with the Big Ten College Football League for two consecutive years (Big Ten Fan Camp). The people at Big Ten love Alex and said that they will follow up with him in the future for projects. Alex recently appeared along side Larmarr Woodley of the Pittsburgh Stealers. Alex was an extra in a Ron Howard Movie, which was really exciting to be on the set of a movie. We have a great working relationship with Paige Ehlman, who is our contact for auditions and bookings. Alex also appeared on the agency’s post card for a couple of years and it was exciting to hear feedback from people that received those cards in the mail.

Also thanks to Royal, Alex was exposed to other agencies by appearing in a fashion show that was sponsored by Royal. Because of this connection, Alex has appeared in numerous print ads, Bible Baptist Press (vacation bible school books). The American Library Association (catalogs) and Alex was featured on a bill board for Blue Cross and Blue Shield, and a company documentary. This is just to name a few.

Thanks Royal

Nina Ainoo, parent of Alexander Ainoo


Barbizon Midwest Merrillville graduate, Katrina Hoerning has been named as one of the New Superstars of 2011!!! CLICK HERE to read more on this article.


Barbizon Schaumburg graduate, Breanna Podgorski is an aspiring singer and songwriter and has been working very hard to make her dreams come true. Her first song, I’m Here” has been released this week on ITunes and her second song, “He’s Here to Stay” will be released next week. Combined, Breanna has written over 40 songs! To hear more updates about what’s going on with her music, please visit her website

To be a part of Breanna’s music e-mail list, please send a request via e-mail to

Breanna is also posting weekly videos of her performances and video logs on her YouTube channel. To view and subscribe, please visit

Breanna & Barbizon Midwest thank you for all your support!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Barbizon Midwest and Royal Models & Talent: Testimonial

"Being represented by Royal Models & Talent has been a wonderful experience. We love hearing from Paige! Auditions are just as described- you are told locations and times along with a brief description of what the audition is for and what it entails. Bookings are exciting! From State Farm to Walgreens to The Good Egg Project even a Sears commercial- everything went smoothly. We cannot thank Royal Model & Talent enough for getting us started and the experiences we have had. Royal Model & Talent is an agency you can trust and feel confident dealing with."

-Kristi Castro, parent of Taylor Castro age 9


Barbizon Midwest & their graduates had a BLAST last weekend while supporting the new Justin Bieber movie, “Never Say Never” at selected Marcus Theatres. The movie came in second place in the box office with a weekend gross of $30.3 MILLION!

Congratulations to our randomly chosen winners that won a LIFE SIZE BIEBER CUT-OUT & A BIEBER GIFT BASKET! See the cut-out below!

Barbizon Midwest would also like to share real photos taken from the Gurnee Cinema Marcus Theater located in Gurnee, IL!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


Barbizon Midwest Schaumburg graduate, Jiahuan Mo has been booked as a model for the “Deal or No Deal” video game!!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Barbizon Midwest and Royal Models & Talent: Testimonial

Being represented by Royal Model & Talent has been a very enjoyable experience for my daughter and me. In fact, it’s really been fun. When our relationship with Royal was just starting, Paige answered ALL my questions and gave great advice on how I could help my daughter succeed. I very much appreciate her attention to detail while communicating audition and booking information. She is amazingly quick to answer her phone and patient while answering any questions I have. My daughter has been to many auditions, all of which were exciting opportunities for really well known clients. A few of which my daughter has been chosen for! I can honestly say that every person we have come in contact with at Barbizon, Royal, the auditions and actual bookings has been wonderful. We have always been treated with respect and given many smiles. We are truly enjoying this experience, and my 7 year old daughter is now saving money for her dream… owning a horse someday! Thanks Royal!

-Jenny Swanson, parent of Mia, age 7


Barbizon Midwest has been diagnosed with the BIEBER FEVER!! Come hangout with fellow Barbizon graduates at selected movie theaters where attendees can win a LIFE-SIZE JUSTIN BIEBER CUT OUT & BEIBER GIFT BASKET!!

This weekend only we will be at the following Marcus Theatres: Chicago Heights, Addison, Gurnee, Orland Park, Green Bay, Oak Dale, Elgin & Brookfield!

Gather up all your friends & check out the new Justin Bieber movie “Never Say Never” in 3-D!

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Monday, February 7, 2011


DON'T MISS our Barbizon Midwest Schaumburg graduate Amy Flanagan on "Chicago Code" TONIGHT on FOX TV! The episode airs 9/10PM ET/PT!

Episode Synopsis: THE CHICAGO CODE “Pilot” Episode 1 – In the series premiere episode, Teresa Colvin, the city’s first female superintendent, lobbies for a city corruption task force to investigate Alderman Ronin Gibbons, a building-magnate-turned-politician. Meanwhile, Colvin’s ex-partner and larger-than-life veteran of the Chicago Police Department, Jarek Wysocki, investigates a suspicious murder in Grant Park alongside his new partner Caleb Evers. Also in Jarek’s charge are his niece, Vonda Wysocki; her hotshot partner, Isaac Joiner; and Liam Hennessey, an Irish thug who blends in with the gritty world of local crime. Together, these cops stop at nothing to navigate the Windy City’s underbelly to fight crime and bring down Alderman Gibbons’ empire of corruption in the “Pilot” episode of THE CHICAGO CODE airing Monday, Feb. 7 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

Thursday, February 3, 2011


Barbizon Midwest Schaumburg graduate Grace Juriga was selected as a finalist for the Secret Deodorant “Mean Stinks” commercial. The goal of the campaign is to end all forms of bullying and encourage teen girls to stop being mean to each other!


Olivia Vandermillen, Barbizon Midwest graduate, has booked a TWO day shoot for Pivot Point International. The Barbizon Cedar Rapids graduate will be featured as a hair model in a beauty textbook and instructional DVD.

Barbizon talent featured in LUNA commercial

Barbizon Midwest pre-teens have booked a Luna Carpet commercial!!! Featured in the commercial includes Barbizon Schaumburg talent Daniel Goldstein, Ari Khatib, Mia Swanson and Rebecca Sturt.

Below is a photo taken right from the shoot with some Barbizon Midwest pre-teens & Royal Model talent: