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Wednesday, March 30, 2011


Barbizon Midwest Schaumburg graduates Seamas O'Hara and Alexis Kosic have been featured in a commercial for Kuvings newest product, the Silent Juicer! Kuvings is a global-wide appliance company that has been in business for over 30 years, and Seamas and Alexis have been selected to represent this successful company!

You can spot our Barbizon Midwest Schaumburg talent in the video below!

Monday, March 28, 2011


Barbizon Kalamazoo, Michigan graduate Kayla Hartline recently booked a weekend-long live beauty event for Matrix hair products!  She was picked as a live model to display new trends and customized looks for the three-day show.  We here at Barbizon are so proud of the work Kayla put forth to make the event a success!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

The Price is Right for Taylor Randall!

Taylor Randall is a Barbizon Schaumburg Graduate now living in LA. Although he originally went to California to become an actor, after winning over $60,000 in cash and prizes on the "Price is Right", he invested his money in a high powered camera to fulfill his life long dream of becoming a videographer.

Above is the video of Taylor on the "Price is Right".  Appearing on his 19th birthday, he won a scooter, Ford Mustang, a Dodge Challenger, and $26,000 in cash!!

Taylor competed at IMTA in New York City in 2007 where he won an Honorable Mention for Junior Male Model of the Year. He later signed with manager Steve Nash and started videographer training at The New York Film Academy at Universal Studios in Los Angeles.

Friday, March 25, 2011

The Social Network

Barbizon Midwest graduate Alecia Svensen, from Traverse City, Michigan landed a supporting role in last year's blockbuster movie, "The Social Network" starring Jesse Eisenberg and Justin Timberlake! This critically acclaimed film told the true story of the creators of Facebook. Alecia has moved to Los Angeles and is signed with Discover Management.  Look for her on Facebook - no poking allowed!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Barbizon Schaumburg Graduates Walk the Runway for Charity

Barbizon Midwest models volunteered their time and talent for a fashion show produced by Fab avec Amour, which is a non-profit fashion charity organization. This foundation uses fashion related projects as a means to increase awareness and raise donations for the charities of Alzheimer’s disease, Autism and Breast Cancer.

Friday, March 18, 2011


Barbizon Midwest Schaumburg graduate, Kiara Deal booked a commercial for Public Storage! Watch closely in the second scene, where Kiara can be seen holding the blue princess dress.


Barbizon Midwest Schaumburg graduate, Claudia Santos, and Royal Model Management talent, Christian Koules, booked a print job for a national Christian publication! The name of the publication is Regular Baptist Press

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011


Barbizon Midwest Dubuque graduate Mersadie Murray experienced her first professional photo shoot with Jeff Wilson!! She also did print work for Demco, manufacturer of library supplies, too. A shout out to Mersadie’s teacher Elizabeth Hefel, Barbizon instructor based in Dubuque, IA, for teaching her the skills to succeed!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Barbizon Schaumburg Graduate is Burning Down the HOUSE!

Barbizon Schaumburg Graduate Dani Muira is on fire! She booked a role on the hit TV show 'HOUSE’ that airs on FOX! Dani's challenging role of playing one of Dr. Gregory Houses' patients as a girl with Muscular Dystrophy was another great opportunity for her to show how talented she is! HOUSE has received two Golden Globe Awards and two Screen Actors Guild Awards - Dani picked the right house to be apart of!
The work for Dani doesn't stop with Fox, she also booked a role in the Hallmark movie ‘Rock the House’, shot a national AT&T commercial and a National Above the Influence PSA!
Dani's career is heating up! She has had guest star roles on Ghost Whisperer, Jonas, Hannah Montana the Movie, iCarly goes to Japan and Merry Christmas Drake and Josh!
We can't wait to see more from Dani! She is HOT HOT HOT!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Barbizon Midwest Applauds Boyle!

Barbizon Midwest Grad, Megan Boyle, from Merrillville, Indiana was chosen as the winner of the Girls Life Magazine, "Standing Ovation Dance. Sing. Dream. Contest". Megan won a trip for six to LA for the premiere of the movie Standing Ovation. Megan will also appear in the upcoming Standing Ovation movie sequel. Check out Megan's winning video entry.


Congrats from Barbizon Midwest to Brittany Hollis, Barbizon graduate from Harrisburg, PA. She appeared in close to 100 magazines and catalogs including Italian Marie Claire, as well as Teen Vogue, and has worked with Prada and Banana Republic. She has modeled all over the world, from London to Milan, New York and Tokyo. See her photos below!


Below is a wonderful article written from our very own Barbizon Midwest Schaumburg teacher, Mary Launder. Enjoy :)

If you're interested in theatre, I suggest that you just get involved anyway you can (ushering, helping the house manager, box office, backstage help...). Throughout my career I have been involved in all the positions of the theatre - props master, costumes, stage manager, director, choreographer, usher, box office etc. I learned so much about the entire business that way and it helped me as an actor!!!

Also, you should try and see as much theatre as you can. Find out if you can volunteer to usher at your local theatre. I used to volunteer as an usher at Steppenwolf and Depaul University and many other theatres as well and have seen so many great plays and musicals for free!!!

You should research your area and find out all the community theaters, high school theaters, and theaters in your area. Find out what shows they are doing and if something seems appropriate to audition for than go for it and audition.

Some general places to look for work (paid and non paid - for the experience!!)
High Schools/Universities/Cruse Ships/Theme Parks/Community Theatres/Libraries/Theatres

For example I found out via the internet, that in Merrillville and the surrounding area, there are quite a few theaters: Reinhart Auditorium - located in Merrillville High School's Fine Arts Wing - is the home of Ross Music Theater - a local community theater group that produces two musicals each year.
Other theaters in the area are: Towle Theater in Hammond IN, Chicago Street Theatre in Valparaiso IN, Center for Visual & Performing Arts, Munster, Community Theatre Guild – Valparaiso, Dunes Summer Theatre - Dune Acres, Hammond Community Theatre – Hammond, Footlight Players - Michigan City IN, Marion Theatre Guild – Whiting, Munster (HS) Theatre Guild – Munster, Purdue Theatre Company – Hammond, Indiana University Theatre - Gary

Of course there are so many theatres in Chicago I couldn't possible list them all so check out these sites to see audition listings:
To check out Chicago Auditions you can go on line to: is a free look at auditions in the area) (The Chicago Reader is a free newspaper - also a free look at auditions - once on the site you need to go to the classifieds and choose auditions as the category) (Performink is a trade paper for the arts - this one does cost to purchase it or you can view it on line for a very minimal fee - worth it)

Also, remember the film in Chicago is booming. So of course register with the agencies but you can go to one reputable site: Atmosphere Casting of Chicago and register for free to be an extra! (Free!!)

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Connor Kramme is Unstoppable!!

Iowa may be known for farmers and corn stalks but Connor Kramme has found his way out of this field and into the limelight!

In 2010, Barbizon Iowa graduate Connor Kramme had a supporting role in the feature film "Mother & Child", starring Annette Benning, Naomi Watts, Jimmy Smits and Samuel L Jackson (Check out the trailer at: ).

Connor also had a lead in the Indy feature "Elena Undone" and received rave reviews of his individual performance!

Besides movie roles, Connor has made a name for himself by appearing in several commercial campaigns including a national network commercial for AARP.

Keep an eye on Connor, he's a rising star!  

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Barbizon Milwaukee Graduate Receives $65,000 Scholarship at IMTA!

Crystal Varelis, graduate of the Barbizon Modeling and Acting Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, did well this year at IMTA...really well! Varelis won a scholarship at last year's IMTA modeling competition to study Musical Theatre at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, PA – valued at $65,000.

Upon graduating from Barbizon, the 16-year-old Varelis attended the 2010 International Model and Talent Convention (IMTA) in Los Angeles where she participated in a full slate of acting and singing competitions. Crystal’s hard work paid off and she surprised even herself by winning several awards, including the college scholarship.

“We are very excited for Crystal’s achievements,” said Michelle Bradley, Director of the Milwaukee Barbizon School. “She has been an inspiration to all of us and Barbizon is proud to have her as an alumnus.”

While there are numerous scholarships given at the IMTA Convention, this scholarship was the first ever award of its magnitude which was given to Ms. Varelis.

Monday, March 7, 2011

"In New York, where dreams are made of...."

Alicia Keys sang it, but Barbizon Midwest Graduate, Annika Sheaff is living the dream performing at the Joyce Theatre with Pilobolus Dance Theater! For those of you out there who don't know what Pilobolous is - get ready for an explosion of imaginative and athletic exploration of dance! Pilobolus is an outsider dance company and it has evolved into an American cultural institution of the 21st century. (Check it out at!

Annika has had a long journey to get to where she is now, after she attended the Barbizon Schaumburg school near Chicago, IL - she studied at The Juilliard School for 4 years as one of their premier dancers.

After 4 successful years at Julliard, she joined their dance troupe. Pilobolus. Annika has had the privilege to perform all over the world and is currently performing at the Joyce Theatre in NYC, or as Ms. Keys would say "the concrete jungle".

Pilobolus is a Connecticut-based company of choreographers and dancer-athletes committed to developing three original works each year. Way to go Annika!

Below is a video clip of Pilobolus performing, "Shadows of New York".

Friday, March 4, 2011

Barbizon Midwest and Royal Models & Talent: Testimonial

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for representing me over the past few years. Since I completed the Barbizon program I’m better prepared for acting and modeling auditions. I was hired as the father of the bride for a print ad because the program taught me how to walk. I booked the role of a doctor in a local hospital commercial and a farmer for State Farm Insurance because you taught me how to be versatile. Casting agents have often informed me that Royal Model & Talent always sends qualified talent to the auditions and it is a compliment to me being a part of the agency. I look forward to another successful year with you and thank you again for everything.

Jim Bremer (adult talent, Barbizon Midwest and Royal Models & Talent)

Thursday, March 3, 2011


Barbizon Midwest Wisconsin graduate, Adriane Demoe, has been booked as a model for America’s Beauty Show (ABS) 2011 by P&G Salon Professional! ABS is an inspirational runway show that features the current Wella, Sebastian, Nioxin and Clairol trends in hair and fashion. The event will be located at the McCormick Place in Chicago, IL.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011


Royal Models & Talent Management representatives, Rick Smith and Julie Hurt, both have booked voice-over roles for Walgreens!