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Sunday, March 31, 2013

'Twiharder' and the hunky Michael Adrian!

Michael Adrian
Barbizon Midwest Minneapolis graduate Michael Adrian has already wowed us with his roles on 'Community,' 'Victorious,' and 'Cold Case.' Now Michael will make us laugh and swoon for him with 'Twiharder' set to release this year!

If you are an intense fan of the 'Twilight Saga,' then you have nothing in common with the creators of 'Twiharder!' In a land where vampires can sunbathe, werewolves turn into dogs, and homosexuals battle for their right to be fabulous, Bedford Mullan (John Gearries) fights to protect his love with Stella Pond (Tanya Zoeller). After realizing that Stella Pond is not really that hot Bedford decides to take matters into his own hands - through his magical touch.

In the meantime JB Lycan (Christopher Sean) is doing his best to make a name for himself with the "In Crowd" at high school. After being turned down for a date with Stella Pond, he feels it's time to change his look for the better and give Stella what she's really been looking for... Abs, Abs, and MORE ABS!

Bedford soon realizes that he must have every single woman in the world pining for him and JB Lycan can... well KICK ROCKS and CHOKE ON SOCKS. That doesn't sit too well with JB, and things end up mucho violente!! (That's Spanish for very violent!!)

'Twiharder' is going to take you to a world where vampires and werewolves become Hollywood celebrities, and love is something that is just not that hard to find.

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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Carolina Davis Hits the Runway AND Radio!

Barbizon Midwest Schaumburg graduate Carolina Davis recently stomped the runway for Pulse Fashion Show: Awakening 2013!

Carolina also chatted with Jay Washington on the radio show 'Educated Insanity.' Check out the interview from March 28, 2013 here:

Carolina Davis with 'Educated Insanity' Host Jay Washington

We met up with Carolina a few weeks ago and incase you missed it here is Barbizon Midwest's Meredith talking Barbizon, Music and More!

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Friday, March 29, 2013

Friday Fav!! Oana Gregory at Kids Choice Awards!

We think actress Oana Gregory, age 17, looked absolutely stunning in a white dress with red high heels as she walked the 26th annual Kids Choice Awards orange carpet at USC Galen Center in beautiful Los Angeles, CA on March 23, 2013.

Oana Gregory born January 9, 1996 is an American teen actress best known for playing the role of Amanda Paul in the Disney XD series 'Crash & Bernstein' and as Mika in another Disney XD series 'Kickin' It.'

Oana is a graduate of Barbizon Midwest Schaumburg location.

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Brooklyn Alexander: The Great and Powerful!

Brooklyn Alexander graduated from our Southfield, Michigan location in February 2010 and you can currently see her on the big screen in 'OZ: The Great and Powerful!' We caught up with Brooklyn and her mom for the scoop on Brooklyn's start with Barbizon Midwest, her modeling/acting career, and what it was like to be on the set of OZ!

How did Barbizon Midwest impact your life?

Brooklyn: "Before Barbizon Midwest, I wanted to be a model, but I wasn't carrying myself like a model. Since I graduated I have learned that I need to carry myself as what I want to be."

Brooklyn's Mom: "Barbizon Midwest really gave Brooklyn the confidence that she could really be what she longed to be for a long time and kept to herself, an actress and a model. Prior to Barbizon, 'Brook' was very shy and reserved in public. 

Once she completed Barbizon's graduation, she was definitely more outgoing and vocal about what she wanted to do with her life. The instructors would share with me that as the class progressed, Brook would volunteer to take the runway first in many instances and this was shocking to me. I was surprised at the level of maturity that she showed upon completion once she was around professionals in the business.

She was one of the youngest members of her class and that was NEVER allowed to be an excuse. I think that increased her desire to learn and grasp all of the concepts that were being taught. She learned many techniques and knowledge about the industry and how to carry herself at auditions and while working. 

She learned a great deal about etiquette on and off a movie set and what to expect while on site at a modeling job. Right after the graduation ceremony/fashion show, her immediate response was, "Oh my goodness mom, that was really hard work, but I had so much fun, I want to do it all over again!" So finding out that she would be able to participate in refresher courses was a gift from heaven in her world. She was 12 years old at the time."

What has she done since Barbizon Midwest and what is she currently doing?

Brooklyn: "Since graduating from Barbizon Midwest, I have been working on my modeling and acting career and school. Currently I am looking forward to the next big chapter in my life and hopefully that comes in the form of a lead movie role and/or a modeling contract."

Brooklyn's Mom: "Since graduating from Barbizon Midwest, Brooklyn signed with Royal Models & Talent and then went on a mission of searching for opportunities to diversify her resume and get experience in as many areas of acting and modeling as possible. We thought it was important to keep the fire burning and not allow her to get discouraged and forget all that she had learned over the past 6 months.

While filming OZ, her time was extremely limited, but once filming for OZ wrapped, it took a year and three months for the movie to hit theatres, so Brooklyn also worked in a Broadway musical theatre group in our town that raised funds for families of fallen police officers and that was some additional valuable experience that will help her be more marketable as we come across future opportunities.

She also worked on some other projects in our community with Michigan State University and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. We have, as a family, been really big on community/volunteer service, so Brook has been able to get many volunteer hours under her belt as she prepares for the next opportunity in her career."

How did you land the role for 'OZ: The Great and Powerful' and what part did you play? Also, what was it like on set?

Brooklyn: "My mother came across a casting call for a movie in June 2011 and for a second, I didn't think I landed the job because we didn't hear anything back from the casting director until November 2011."

Brooklyn's Mom: We came across an open casting article looking for children for a Disney movie - we had no idea what movie it was initially. We had to send in her head shot, composite card and resume and we were called and offered the job three months later... Initially, we thought the call was a joke!

OZ: The Great and Powerful
Emerald City

She was cast as a featured extra - Emerald City Kid. It was very exciting on set! The cast and crew were very professional and organized. Upon arrival each day, they had to sign in and complete time sheets before going to hair and make-up. The kids were taken to the classrooms daily to get their required hours of classroom instruction. There was ample food and snacks made available throughout the day. 

The kids were able to see the stars (Director Sam Raimi, James Franco, Mila Kuniz, Rachael Weisz, and Michelle Williams, etc.) at work every day and see them coming in and out of their trailers. The stars were very friendly and nice to the children as well as to the parents waiting in the holding areas right off the set locations. 

OZ - James Franco
Eva Nore - Rachel Weisz
Theadora - Mila Kunis
Glinda the Good Witch - Michelle Williams

The filming location looked like something plucked straight out of Hollywood. It was an awesome experience. It was also exciting to see the different industry visitors to the set on any given day."

What advice would she, or yourself, give to current Barbizon Midwest students/graduates, and their parents, pursuing a career in the industry?

Brooklyn: "I would just say to the students that when you graduate and start looking for work, don't give up because in this career you can go months without finding work, but when you finally get a job, it's worth it!"

Brooklyn's Mom: "As a mom of an actress/model, I would tell Barbizon Midwest students that 'Attitude is Everything!' 

My advice would be to make sure that you show patience and appreciation towards you parents because before you actually get that 'BIG BREAK,' your parents will more than likely invest a great deal of time and effort into getting you prepared for auditions and interviews, transporting you back and forth, and helping you to rehearse lines and scripts and it may be a while before they see any return on their investment for your career. So out of their love for you and wishes for the best for your future, they will be giving a whole lot of themselves without getting anything in return, of value. Showing your appreciation goes a long way.

I appreciated so much that there was a mandatory class in the Barbizon curriculum for the parents and students to attend together that prepared us all phases of and steps in our kids' career.

I would also tell parents to encourage the children to learn how to manage their time effectively and require that they keep their grades up - there should always be a 'Plan B' to actively fall back on."

Wow! From modeling and acting, to school and volunteering we are beyond impressed by Brooklyn's dedication and selfless contributions to society, as well as the loving support from her mother.

To Brooklyn and her mom, we extend our gratitude for you taking the time to speak with us, especially with all you currently have going on. We want you to know we are behind you 100% and fully believe Brooklyn has found her true calling and so look forward to her continued success! 

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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Behind the Scenes with Carolina Davis!!

Barbizon Midwest gets behind the scenes for Carolina Davis's latest photo shoot!

"I took the photo shoot in Chicago on Belmont on a rooftop... it was pretty chilly outside but the view was beautiful and there was graffiti sprayed on the wall that gave it that urban look. We also did a few shots in an alley next to artwork graffiti... You can't see, but they had a lot of famous pictures up... Kurt Cobain and Elvis... very nice. The day was cloudy and a little rainy but it was nice. I took the photos with Jade Ivy. I wanted to do edgy/urban and change things up."
- Carolina Davis

Carolina Davis photo shoot with Jade Ivy
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Just in case you missed it, here's our interview with Carolina!

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Friday, March 15, 2013

It's only just Beginning for Breanna Sarac!

Breanna Sarac
Blonde beauty Breanna Sarac graduated from Barbizon Midwest of Madison west location in 2011 when she was 16 years old. This 5'10 stunning model has so much to look forward to since returning from IMTA in January. Hear all about it, straight from Breanna herself!

What do you remember most about being a Barbizon Midwest student?

"The thing I remember most about being a student at Barbizon Midwest was our graduation at the end. Inviting family and friends to come and watch us perform what we had learned.

With the help of Barbizon Midwest I gained more self-confidence, and I met amazing people that I now call friends."

What was IMTA like?

Barbizon Midwest IMTA LA2013 Team!

"IMTA was incredible. All of these agents from all over came to IMTA to watch your talent. Competing in different modeling competitions gave me a great outlook of what my future holds. If you have a chance to go, go. It's an amazing opportunity!"

What have you been doing since graduating from Barbizon Midwest?

"Since the Barbizon graduation, I have done a couple promo modeling jobs in the area. I have also attended IMTA in Los Angeles. After IMTA I was offered a contract with FACTOR WOMEN in Chicago and I am currently signed with them. I have also been doing test photo shoots for FACTOR WOMEN with different photographers!"

Bree Sarac

What's next in store for you?

"For upcoming projects, I have more test photo shoots. My hopes in my future is becoming a recognized model in people all over, and become a runway model for fashion week in New York."

Any advice for current Barbizon Midwest students or graduates?

"I would just tell students right now have fun with what you're doing, put your best work into what you're doing. For graduates, I would recommend going to IMTA, because there's so many people to meet and it's an amazing way to get your name out there. Just never give up, believe in yourself!"

Breanna, the world is at your feet right now and we support every step you take. We cannot wait to see your career take off and you stomping that runway at NYC Fashion Week! Thank you so much for the interview and we look forward to seeing more of you!

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

A Small Town Girl with Big City Dreams!

Megan Porter
Megan Porter was raised in the small town of Urbandale, Iowa. From a very young age Megan knew she wanted to be an entertainer. Megan's first love has always been music and as a child she would dance around the living room with a hair-brush singing anything to amuse her family.

At the age of 17, Megan's family enrolled her in Barbizon Midwest. It was then that Megan found a new love, as she trained extensively in commercial and film acting.

Megan Porter competed at IMTA New York 2009 where she took home many awards including "Young Adult Actress of the Year" for both Barbizon AND the entire IMTA competition. She placed top 5 in commercial and theatrical performances, as well as top 10 in swimwear and soap opera divisions. A few months later Megan packed whatever she could fit into her tiny car and made the drive from small town Iowa to the big city of Hollywood to pursue her dream of becoming a successful actress.

Megan has made appearances in several commercials, including: Pizza Hut, Shelter Insurance, Microsoft, a PSA for teen pregnancy, and a new spot for the Teen Nick network. Her film appearances include several shorts, such as 'A Picture to Die For' in the 'Long Live the Dead' anthology, and 'Life Eternal.' Watch out for Megan in her feature film debut, 'Ciaran,' coming out in 2013!

Check out Megan Porter in a commercial for Teen Nick!

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Megan Porter on IMDB

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Support Sara Niemietz for Perez Hilton Competition!

Sara Niemietz
You may remember Barbizon Midwest Graduate and singing sensation Sara Niemietz from 'Glee,' her debut album Push Play, or her Christmas album Christmas Favorites. Now, she has entered the Perez Hilton Can You Sing Cover Competition and she needs our help! Check out Sara's video below. Please support her and like, favorite, and share!

Rihanna - Stay - Sara Niemietz Cover

Available Now on iTunes!

Good Luck, Sara! We're cheering for you!

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Monday, March 11, 2013

Making Her Mark: Kellsey Forest Tells Us How!

Kellsey Forest
Kellsey Forest graduated from Barbizon Midwest of Moline, IL in the summer of 2010. The blond haired, blue-eyed beauty has been keeping quite busy with a successful modeling and acting career and we were beyond excited to have the opportunity to catch up with her!

So Kellsey, what was your Barbizon Midwest experience like?

"Ms. Erin Eagle was my teacher! I learned so much from Barbizon Midwest! In general it taught me how to pose, how to work the runway, and basically everything I needed to know. It really prepared me for the work I do now

But, most of all Barbizon Midwest taught me how to be confident in everything I do. I was fairly outgoing before Barbizon, but I feel Barbizon Midwest really gave me the confidence and courage I needed to pursue everything I'm doing now!"

What have you been doing since graduation from Barbizon Midwest?

"Since graduating Barbizon Midwest I've currently signed with agencies in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Los Angeles. I've been so blessed to be able to sign with some of the greatest agencies! Just this passed summer I was chosen to attend IMTA with The Peak Agency in New York City and had a blast talking to L.A. and N.Y.C. agents! During the summer, I also did a lot of modeling for Chevy, it was such a great experience!"

"Very recently I filmed a Happy Joe's Commercial that is available in six different states including Iowa! Check it out!

In just the next two weeks I'm doing promotional work for Sally Hansen and planning to shoot with seven different photographers for websites and such! Barbizon Midwest has also given me the opportunity to be an AXE Angel in the next month, which I fully plan to take advantage of!"

Wow! You are one busy lady! Any advice you can offer?

"My advice to current Barbizon Midwest students/graduates is to never back down. I'm not extremely tall, I eat carbs, and I'm not perfect. But, if you have the confidence and courage to pursue this career, then you're already succeeding. It's all about how badly you want it, and how much drive you have! You have to keep a positive attitude and never give up!"

Kellsey, you have already achieved so much and are proof that with hard work, confidence, determination, and dedication you can find success in this industry! We appreciate your honesty, especially the carbs part! It's so important for our upcoming talent to remember that every person is unique and it's all about accepting and loving yourself, and others will accept and love you for who you are as well. 

We can't wait to see what's in store for Kellsey next, and will continue to keep you updated on her life adventures and success!

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