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Friday, November 30, 2012

The Secret Life of Jordan Monaghan

Barbizon Midwest Michigan graduate Jordan Monaghan is a model and actress who has starred as Kelsey in "True Jackson VP" on Teen Nick and Maria in "The Secret Life of the American Teenager." She also holds the title of Miss Italia 2008. Now, we are excited she'll be coming to a theater near you very soon!

Jordan Monaghan
Jordan Monaghan
Miss Itlatia 2008

Keke Palmer and Jordan Monaghan
"True Jackson VP"

Ken Baumann and Jordan Monaghan
"The Secret Life of the American Teenager"
"Cavemen" is a comedic film with a slight edge of drama revolving around the lives of somwhat single, somewhat unemployed guys living in a warehouse converted to living quarters in the 'Arts District' of Downtown Los Angeles, California they are toiling adulthood and realities of love.

Written and Directed by Herschel Faber, "Cavemen," stars Camilla Belle, Chad Michael Murray, and Alexis Knapp. Currently in pre-production and set to release in 2013, Jordan will be playing the role of 'Myrtle.'

Jordan Monaghan Demo Reel from SMS TALENT on Vimeo.

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Barbizon Midwest Reviews Oana Gregory Pranked!

Landry Bender and Oana Gregory
We at Barbizon Midwest have loved every episode of Disney XD's "Crash & Bernstein!" Of course we our beyond entertained by our graduate Oana Gregory, starring as Amanda Bernstein.

Landry Bender plays Cleo on "Crash & Bernstein." In this video Landry talks about pranking Oana Gregory, who plays her sister on the series.
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Crash and Amanda (Oana Gregory)

In the episode "Home Alone with Crash" - Mel leaves Amanda (Oana Gregory) in charge when she has to go into work for the day, but Crash convinces Amanda that Mel in fact left Wyatt in charge, releasing her to go hang out with her friends. However, in Wyatt's hands, the house is in complete chaos and they must turn it around to prove that Wyatt is just as responsible as Amanda.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

A Special Message from Sara Niemietz!!

Barbizon Midwest IL graduate Sara Niemietz newest album, "Christmas Favorites" is now available on iTunes and bandcamp!


Check out Sara's duet with Richard Marx "Santa Claus is Coming to Town"

Congratulations Sara! We love the album!

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Barbizon Midwest Reviews Child and Current Star Dani Jayden!

Barbizon Midwest Schaumburg Grad Dani Jayden

Dani Jayden graduated from Barbizon Midwest Schaumburg 18 years ago, when she was just 7 years old, and has been working with Royal ever since. You may remember Dani from her younger years appearing on Dateline NBC’s: “To Catch a Predator.”
Dani Jayden Age 10 Screen Capture

So, what did Dani gain from Barbizon Midwest?

"Barbizon taught me proper etiquette in auditions and in life. It also taught me what being a professional was all about. I started with Barbizon when I was 6 and it definitely shaped who I am as an actress."
- Dani Jayden

Currently still a working actress, Dani has an upcoming episode on the new Ricki Lake Show that is going to be airing November 28th on FOX at 12 PM central time. The episode is “Child Star Confidential” and will feature all the work Dani has done from her days on “To Catch A Predator” up until her current projects.
Dani Jayden's Family

Dani Jayden's 7-month-old
Appearing with Dani in Teen Pregnancy PSA

Now married, with a 7-month-old son, Dani is excited to have a PSA (Public Service Announcement) airing soon about Teen Pregnancy in which her and her son are starring!

Dani Jayden's words of wisdom:

"My advice to other Barbizon students is that if this is your dream and it's something your heart is  in 100%, never give up. There will be really tough times and you will question why you are still doing what you are doing... those are the times you need to work even harder and focus even more. Those moments are the ones that make you stronger."

Dani, thank you so much for your advice. You were a bright shining star as a child and still are to this day. Congratulations on all your success, as well as your beautiful family!

Don't forget to tune in and catch Dani on "The Ricki Lake Show" November 28th on FOX!

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Friday, November 23, 2012

Triple Threat Nicole Marie Dreger's Radiant Vocals!

Barbizon Midwest 2011 Schaumburg graduate, Nicole Marie Dreger, spent the summer in the big apple at The New York Conservatory studying acting on scholarship she won from Barbizon. Now, she is proving to be quite the triple threat by making her mark in the music industry with her angelic vocals.

We recently asked Nicole about her Barbizon Midwest experience and here's what she had to say:

"Barbizon taught me many things. I learned how to properly do my nails and makeup, how to interact with people in an audition, and how to model (Print and Runway). It was a really fun experience!"

Nicole Marie Dreger
So what was your favorite memory, Nicole?

"I have way too many fun memories to pick one favorite, but my favorite activities were the photo modeling practice activities, and of course practicing our runway walks."

Nicole also has some sound advice for current Barbizon students and graduates:

"My advice to people trying to get into the industry would be to never give up on your dreams, no matter what other people might say or think. Don't let the haters get you down. And audition and expose your work as much as possible!"

Nicole has experience in promotional modeling and PR work for Barbizon, and recently auditioned for a movie! A dedicated and ambitious teenager, Nicole is constantly trying to market her music and acting through any media outlet.

Nicole, we are so proud of how much you have achieved over the past year. You are such a talented model, actress, and singer and we so look forward to your bright future. Your desire to do what you love and drive for success is sure to take you far!

Check her out!

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Composer Carolina Davis' Soulful Sound

Barbizon Midwest's Carolina Davis
Barbizon Midwest graduate Carolina Davis is a classically trained R&B/Pop/Soul Singer/Songwriter/Composer from Roselle, IL. Not only is this young artist a singer; she's a songwriter, composer, producer, actress, and model.

Growing up Carolina was surrounded by music. Her mother was a strong music lover and would play all types of music, which gained Carolina's attention. Being a person who kept to herself; she found music to be a way to express her feelings and to escape into her own world.

In 2008, Carolina flew to Los Angeles with Barbizon Midwest to compete at I.M.T.A (International Modeling and Talent Association). Competing in modeling, acting, and singing, Carolina gained the attention of Marc Williams from Indasoul Records. Together, they recorded a demo tape for "Be Free;" a song Carolina wrote and composed.

In 2010-2011, Carolina furthered her career and gained insight into the music industry as an intern for Onnie Music Record label in Chicago, IL. During this time Carolina recorded an album with producer Kenny Coleman.
Carolina Davis at Red Line Tap in Chicago, IL

Carolina Davis performing at The Elbo Room in Chicago, IL

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On May 6, 2012, Carolina was featured as "Artist of the Week" in the Project Fresh American Entertainment News, San Diego, CA. Carolina's lyrics are based on her personal life experiences and everyday people around her. "I want my music to be relatable. I like to paint a picture in the listeners mind," explains Carolina.

Currently, Carolina is touring the Chicago land area performing all her original material. She is currently working on an EP titled "Journey to the Sun." In 2013, she will be performing overseas at "The Festival" as the new artist to 5th Avenue Artist Agency based in Amsterdam.

Carolina Davis on YouTube

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Erica Barlament Strives to Save Lives

Erica Barlament
National American Miss Wisconsin Junior Pre-teen 2012
In a previous blog we wrote how Barbizon Midwest Wisconsin graduate Erica Barlament was crowned National American Miss Wisconsin Junior Pre-teen 2012.

Erica's Story
On November 7, 2003 a young couple, thrilled to hear their baby's heartbeat for the first time, decided to go shopping for the baby's nursery when tragedy struck. On their way to the store another car swerved and hit their car straight on. Miraculous the baby was fine and the mother survived with a few minor injuries, but the father was gone forever. Prior to the father's death he committed to being an organ and tissue donor and because of his generous spirit he was able to save the lives of over 50 people by donating his bones, heart valves, and veins.

Erica's Parents
Eric and Kari Barlament
On September 5 2003, what would have been the father's 30th birthday, his baby, Erica Barlament, was born. Erica hopes to carry on her father's unselfish nature by telling his story and encouraging others to donate life. This December Erica will participate in decorating the donate life float, which will be in the famous Rose Parade in Pasadena, CA. As the 2012 National American Miss Wisconsin Junior Pre-teen, Erica is doing her best to give back to her community.

For more information on organ and tissue donation please visit

Erica Barlament
Pencils with a Purpose
Not only is Erica encouraging organ and tissue donation, but her pageant coach, Karlee Nimmer (who is also a Barbizon graduate AND teacher) found "Pencils with Purpose."This was Karlee's commmunity service through the pageant and through this cause, Karlee and Erica strives to help struggling families and privately funded schools to provide school supplies for the children.

For more information on "Pencils with a Purpose" please visit

Next week Erica will be representing Wisconsin in the National American Miss USA Junior Pre-teen 2012 competition. She has put together a video regarding her community service efforts which we will be airing as soon as the competition is over.

Erica, we are 100% behind you and so very proud of your generosity. You are an inspiration to all around you. Best of luck next week. We know you will shine!

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Barbizon Midwest Reviews Theresa Croft!

Theresa Croft
Barbizon Midwest graduate Theresa Croft has been quite a busy lady lately. Currently a freshman at Columbia College Chicago dual majoring in arts management and theater, Theresa recently auditioned with Royal for a Disney XD pilot and another pilot for Cloud Nine. Theresa is also collaborating with an agency photographer for FORD Chicago and Factor Women. Woo... that's a lot! Still, she took some timeout to check in with us.

So, what do you do in your free time, if you have any?

I love playing tennis, doing yoga, and kickboxing. I live a very active and healthy lifestyle!

What is one of your favorite memories from Barbizon?

My favorite experience with IMTA New York was singing in front of the major record labels and professionals in the business. I met so many wonderful and talented people on my team, and got signed with MMG, which I will have more opportunities with them once I move to New York of LA in the future. My career is very important to me, and I can't wait to see what the future holds!

What do you have coming up in the industry?

I plan to attend an awesome opportunity at Simon Casting by participating in a Holiday cause called 'Meals for Monologues.' I will be featured as a make up model for Andrea Pomerantz Lustig on the Chicago CW channel on November 29th.

Do you have any advice for Barbizon students seeking a career in the industry?

If you truly set your mind to your dreams and goals, you will achieve them. Stay confident in yourself, be organized, be healthy, and learn as much as you can about the industry.

Thanks for taking the time to check in with us, Theresa! You seem to be on a great professional and educational track and we are so proud of you!

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Barbizon Midwest Sponsors the NWSRA Halloween Dance!

Barbizon Midwest's volunteers at the NWSRA
Halloween Dance!
This Halloween, Barbizon Midwest had a fabulous time sponsoring a dance for the Northwest Special Recreation Association.

NWSRA's mission is to provide opportunities through recreation for children and adults with disabilities.

Barbizon Midwest's volunteers serving snacks!

NWSRA's Core Values: 

  • Respect for each individual
  • Dedication to safe and fun programs
  • Collaboration for community access
  • Commitment to enthusiastic service

The NWSRA's partnerships with community park districts, local schools and organizations enables them to create programs for all levels of ability. In fact, in 2010 they had over 21,000 registrations in over 2,000 programs!

Specially-trained part-time staff and volunteers add to the dedication and understanding the NWSRA gives to all participating children and adults. And that means everyone can achieve their best with fun and meaningful activities.

Thank you so much to our fabulous volunteers! The Halloween Dance really was a blast. Email us at if you'd like to learn more about volunteering with us!

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