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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Christian Kramme's Starring Role!

Christian Kramme
Barbizon Midwest graduate Christian Kramme stars as Elliot Vreeland in Alongside Night, releasing July 12, 2013! Christian attended Barbizon Midwest and IMTA with his older brother Connor.

Jeff Braine, Michael Viruet, Connor Kramme,
Christian Kramme at IMTA

Braeburn Entertainment, Ltd., and executive producer Richard B. Lott, joined Alongside Night, LLC/Jesulu Productions, in the production of the feature film Alongside Night, based on the popular and award-winning 1979 novel, adapted and directed by the novel's author J. Neil Schulman, starring international film/TV star, Kevin Sorbo, and featuring an appearance by Dr. Ron Paul.

From photo left: Said Faraj (FEMA Agent Sam Shalhoub), Gary Graham (Fema Director Lawrence Powers), Reid Cox (Lorimer), Valence Thomas (The Tzigan), Christian Kramme (Elliot Vreeland), Kevin Sorbo (Dr. Martin Vreeland), Charlie Morgan Patton (Denis Vreeland)

Alongside Night is a futuristic thriller surrounding the final economic collapse of the United States as seen through the eyes of 16-year-old Elliot Vreeland (Christian Kramme), searching for his missing Nobel-laureate-economist father Dr. Martin Vreeland, and the mysterious teenage "Lorimer" whom Elliot meets in a black-market underground, whose own father might be the reason Elliot's father is missing.

Elliot Vreeland (Christian Kramme) gets a shooting lesson from his dad, Dr. Martin Vreeland (Kevin Sorbo) on a Front Sight Training firing range, in Alongside Night.

Check out this clip of Christian as Elliot Vreeland!

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Monday, April 22, 2013

Miss Nebraska USA 2012's Volunteering & Modeling Advice!

Amy Spilker
Miss Nebraska USA 2012
Barbizon Midwest graduate Amy Spilker, Miss Malcom USA, was crowned Miss Nebraska USA 2012. This 5'8 model also won the People's Choice Award! Not only is Amy studying hard at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, majoring in advertising and public relations, with a minor in marketing, she has done commendable volunteer work.

Amy was born and raised in the small town of Malcolm, Nebraska, which consisted of only 400 people. She was thrilled to go back to her old elementary and middle schools to speak to the students.

"I loved getting to talk to the students about dreaming big and working hard to accomplish their goals. All of the kids were so excited and couldn't believe it when I told them I went to the same school and had all of the same teachers. I love being from a very small community and being a role model to them!"

As Special Olympic sponsors we are so proud of Amy for attending the 7th annual Polar Plunge for the Special Olympics of Nebraska, which raised $56,890!

Amy Spilker at the Polar Plunge for the Special Olympics of Nebraska

"This event was definitely one I will not forget. I am a big supporter of the Special Olympics so this event was very meaningful to me. All of the proceeds from the Polar Plunge event went to support more than 4,000 intellectually disabled athletes who are a part of the Special Olympics of Nebraska. Helping to raise money for such a worthy cause made the freezing plunge definitely worth it and I would recommend giving it a try!"

Amy also emceed the American Girl Fashion Show for the Junior League of Omaha. The fashion show is a fundraiser for the Junior League and helps to benefit their children's project.

Amy Spilker at The American Girl Fashion Show for the Junior League of Omaha

"American Girl promotes celebrating a girl's inner star and I think that is such a great message. The girls did such a great job modeling the dolls and it was a great afternoon. I enjoyed getting to talk to the girls and sign autographs for them."

Amy contacted us in September to thank us for "An incredible, life-changing experience!" She stated, "I was so shy and quiet when I attended my first class and with each class gained the confidence to pursue my dreams."

Amy's Advice for Barbizon Midwest Students/Graduates

"I hope I can inspire others and especially Barbizon Midwest students since many seem to think that unless you move across the country you can't pursue modeling and acting, which is simply untrue. There are several rewarding midwest markets and pageants and Barbizon Midwest can open those doors."

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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Ford Model Samantha Drew

Samantha Drew
Samantha Drew's modeling career began at Barbizon Midwest Michigan location, when she was 15 years old. At age 16 Samantha competed at IMTA and received over 30 callbacks! However, tragedy struck Samantha the day she returned from IMTA with the tragic loss of her younger sister in a snowmobile accident.

You may recall her empowering story:
From Grief to Grace

Samantha's inner strength and beauty is shining brighter than ever!

Samantha is currently represented by Ford Models. Ford Models Inc., founded in 1946 by legendary fashion-industry pioneers Eileen and Jerry Ford, is the leading global management company for fashion talent within the model, photography, stylist, and hair and make up artist communities. 

Check out Samantha's portfolio with Ford Models:

Here are a few of Samantha's recent photos we felt inspired to share!

Ford Model Samantha Drew
Justin Clynes

Ford Model Samantha Drew
Kevin White

Ford Model Samantha Drew
Landa Designs

Ford Model Samantha Drew
Nuru Kimondo

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Friday Fav!! Oana Gregory Crash Lands Another Season!!

Barbizon Midwest congrats the cast of "Crash & Bernstein!!" 

The series starring Cole Jensen, Oana Gregory, Mary Birdsong, McKenna Grace, and Landry Bender is coming back to Disney XD for a second season and will premiere later this fall.

"Crash & Bernstein" follows Wyatt Bernstein (Cole Jensen), a typical boy who lives in a household full of girls and desperately wishes for a brother to do fun guy stuff with. His family takes Wyatt to a Build-A-Bestie for his birthday, which leads to his dream finally coming true - his Bestie creation, Crash, a wildly unpredictable puppet, comes to life.

Together, the new "brothers" help each other navigate life's adventures. Although they sometimes have their differences, like true brothers, they always have each other's back.

Oana Gregory, age 17, graduated from Barbizon Midwest Illinois location when she was 12 years old. She is also alumni of IMTA LA. Oana portrays Amanda Bernstein, Wyatt's oldest sister. We are so proud of Oana and look forward to next season's "Crash & Bernstein!"

Check out Oana's year on "Crash & Bernstein!"

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Model Calls, Castings, and Auditions!!

Auditions for Barbizon Midwest in Lansing, Michigan!

Barbizon Midwest will be in Lansing, MI this weekend in search of fresh faces!

Here are a FEW of the faces we found in Michigan:

ESPN Commercial
"How I Met Your Mother"

Signed with FORD MODELS
Vogue Italia

Nike Commercial with Blake Griffin
Mattel Loopz Commercial
"Coldwater" film releases 2013

Miss Italia 2008
"True Jackson VP"
"The Secret Life of the American Teenager"
"Cavemen" film releases 2013

Do you think you have what it takes? What are you waiting for? Contact us NOW to schedule an interview with a talent director!

Include the following information:
Full Name:

OR Call 847-241-6630!!

IL & IA Models for Magnum Ice Cream!

Rate: $25/hr
Must be female age 17+
Wardrobe is provided

Magnum Ice Cream
To perform the role effectively, the model should display the following attributes:
  • Personality must be attractive, outgoing & engaging
  • Energetic & enthusiastic
  • Articulate
Please review the information below and email and let her know which location you prefer. Paige will book the models who reply first!

DATE: April 18, 2013

401 River Road
East Peoria, IL

DATE: April 19, 2013

1334 Flammang Drive
Waterloo, IA

3601 29th Avenue S.W.
Cedar Rapids, IA

3101 Floyd Blvd
Sioux City (N), IA

3930 44th Avenue Drive
Moline, IL

300 North Greenbriar Drive
Normal, IL

2760 No. Dirksen Pkwy
Springfield, IL

DATE: April 20, 2013

2801 Commerce Drive
Coralville, IA

1100 Lejune Drive
Springfield, IL

DATE: April 21, 2013

4224 North Prospect
Decatur, IL

3320 Veterans Drive
Pekin, IL

Michigan Beauty Fashion Hair Show Audition!

Sexy Hair/Mount Pleasant MI

Seeking Females
Ages 15+

No weaves/wigs/extensions/braids/relaxed or short hair

(How much styling or cut is done is determined between models and artists. There is no color done)

Audition Date:
Sunday April 21, 2013
Arrive at 4:45 PM Sharp!

Models under 18 years must bring a parent
Models wear a nice black outfit with heels

Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd
Mount Pleasant, MI 48858
No phone calls please, google for directions
Models meed sexy hair rep's in the lobby with sign banner

Show Date:
Monday April 22, 2013 (Morning to late afternoon)

Rate: If you are selected, you will be paid $125.00

*You do NOT need an appointment, just show up
*You do NOT need to bring a photo
*Hair should be worn down - very pretty and natural
*You MUST inform the client you are represented by ROYAL MODEL AGENCY, not Barbizon school. This will ensure you receive you check if you are chosen for the event.
Questions - email
No phone calls, please.

Discover Beauty Fashion Hair Show - St. Louis, MO

Audition Date: Friday May 3, 2013
(See different times & rooms below)

Renaissance St. Louis Grand
800 Washington Ave
St. Louis, Missouri 63101

Seeking ages 14+ / All ethnicities & heights / Model Types
Models under 18 years must bring a parent
Wea a nice black outfit
How much cut, color, styling is done is determined between models and artists. 
NO weaves/wigs/extensions/braids/relaxed hair

Prep Date: Saturday May 4 (morning to late afternoon)
Show Dates: Sunday & Monday May 5 & 6 (morning to late afternoon)

You should attend Casting #1 and if you are not chosen, go to Casting #2.

CASTING #1 FRAMESI arrive at 4 PM sharp!
Models go to Ballroom Salon 5
If you are selected for this client, you will be paid:
$450.00 (1 Prep Date & 2 Show Dates)
$250.00 (1 Prep Date & 1 Show Date)

CASTING #2 REDKEN & PUREOLOGY arrive at 7 PM sharp!
Models go to room "Lucas Flora" on 21st floor
If you are selected, you will be paid:
$300.00 + Gift of Beauty Products (1 Prep Date & 2 Show Dates)
$150.00 + Gift of Beauty Products (1 Prep Date & 1 Show Date)

*You do NOT need an appointment, just show up
*You do NOT need to bring a photo
*Hair should be worn down - very pretty & natural
*You MUST inform the client you are represented by ROYAL MODEL AGENCY, not Barbizon school. This will ensure you receive your check if you are chosen for the event.
Questions: Email
No phone calls, please.

IL Fashion Show Calling all Models!

"The Ultimate Celebration of Motherhood"
Location: Lincolnwood Town Center
Date: May 9, 2013 
Time: Models arrive at 2 PM, Show will be at 6 PM

Hey models, did you know Thursday May 9th is National Mother's Day Out? Where are you taking your mom?

We have a fabulous opportunity for you to gain exposure and do something nice for mom! The Lincolnwood Town Center is hosting a runway show and looking for models.

*The show will have a guest performance by Barbizon Midwest graduate Carolina Davis!!!

Carson's would like to provide various outfits for the various brands they carry AND will be providing hair and make up services to all the models before the show!
Include a recent photo and your measurements and sizes!

IA & WI Promo Models Needed for Axe Body Products!

Seeking models for promotion for Axe Body products. Please let Paige know if you are available and which location you prefer. If you are available, email
Must be female age 17+
Wisconsin Walmart Locations
Janesville, Baraboo, Manitowoc, Shawano, Marinette
Iowa Walmart Locations
Coralville, Sioux City
Rate: $25/hr
Event Date: Saturday May 11, 2013
Event Time: 12 PM to 4PM (4 hrs)

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Barbizon Midwest's Acting and Modeling Advice Featuring Bianet Diaz!

Bianet Diaz
The beautiful and talented Bianet Diaz graduated from Barbizon Midwest of Minneapolis in November 2012 when she was 16 years old.

Bianet took the time to check in with us so we could hear all about her Barbizon experience, how she has been doing since graduation, and what she hopes for the future!

What is your favorite memory from Barbizon Midwest?

"The thing I remember most about Barbizon Midwest was walking into the classes with an excitement, because I knew I was going to be around great people and learn some pretty incredible things.

What did Barbizon Midwest do for you?

"Barbizon made me more confident in myself. I improved dramatically in my stage presence at school and my theater director noticed it which was great!

What I gained from Barbizon was a different way of thinking about myself and also knowledge about the industry, which was really helpful!"

What are your currently doing?

"For the time being I'm focusing on school, but plan on starting to work in the industry this summer and hopefully see where that takes me.

Right now my projects are my High School theater production of 'Hello Dolly.' Thanks to Barbizon and my new found confidence my audition went great and I got a lead role, which is great and I'm very happy about!"

What are your future plans?

"For the future I plan to pursue acting as much as possible because that has been my passion since I was ten years old; so hopefully I can make that happen."

What advice do you have for current Barbizon Midwest students and graduates?

"My advice would be to always go into the classes with a positive attitude and have fun of course! But, when it gets down to learning, soak up everything you can; it's really helpful!

Follow your dreams! They may seem hard to reach, but never impossible as long as you work really hard and try your best!

Check out Bianet Diaz performing at the Minnesota All State Thespian Show "Mean"

Bianet, we are so proud of you and see such a bright future ahead! Congratulations on all you have achieved thus far and we so look forward to your continued success! Remember we're always here to help and be sure to keep in touch as you embark on life's journey.

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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Photo Posing Tips for Models!

It's easy to stand around and just look pretty. Anyone can do that. But it's hard to find someone that can get in front of a camera and really MOVE.

When you're at a photo shoot and the photographer points his camera at you, it's important not to look like a deer in headlights.

Although it may take some time, try to act comfortable and natural in front of the camera - because if you feel nervous or awkward, it will definitely show in the photos.

It may help to even forget that the photographer is there and just get in your own zone and do your own thing.

And now I'll go a little more in detail about...

How To Pose

Don't get stuck in the same pose for more than three seconds. Three seconds?!? Yeah, and even that might be too much.

Katrina Hunter
Barbizon Midwest Graduate & Model

KEEP MOVING. Slightly tweak your pose by moving your shoulders, angling your face differently, repositioning your arms, legs, etc. It helps to think of modeling as a sort of dance. Keep moving, keep flowing.


Although sometimes concentration enhances a good photograph, obvious concentration can distract and often ruin a good photograph as well. Do NOT hold your breath for a modeling pose; always remember to breathe and appear at ease.

Katrina Hoernig
Barbizon Midwest Graduate & Model


You must have good posture. Modeling is all about positioning your body in flattering angles and interesting shapes, so it's important to have good posture to begin with. I've never seen a successful model who hunched all the time, have you?

Always remember to keep your back straight and your shoulders back. Slouching affects the mood of the photograph and enlarges the appearances of your stomach. In addition to your back and shoulders, always remember to flex your stomach muscles. Despite your weight or state of shape, your abdomen will appear more toned if you flex.


Courtney Goetsch
Barbizon Midwest Graduate & Model

Symmetry is officially out in the modeling world. When posing, make sure to differentiate your arms and legs with asymmetrical poses. If you have one arm long and straight by your side, make sure the other arm is bent. Whether a big or small angle, the bend will make the modeling pose look more real, less artificial. Continue the asymmetry to your legs. If one leg is locked straight, give the other leg a casual bend.

Holly Ridings
Barbizon Midwest Graduate & Model
Be aware of your hands. If you have claw hands, or are making an awkward position with your hands, RELAX.

Keep your hands graceful and soft whether they are on your hips, or hanging loose at your sides. Don't clamp them at your waist or make tight white knuckle fists - your hands should always stay light and smooth.


Patrick Thompson
Barbizon Midwest Graduate & Model

Although the camera is ultimate focal point of a modeling photo shoot, great models do not look directly into the camera. To enhance the quality of your photo shoot look away from the camera with a mix of head and eye poses. Looking off to the right or left side, or tilting your neck to either side can help you avoid direct eye contact with the camera. In many cases, your head and neck can remain stationary in your modeling pose, and your eyes can do all the work. Head and eye positions, coupled with personable facial expressions make for great model poses.


Samantha Drew
Barbizon Midwest Graduate & Model

If you are sitting down during your photo shoot - don't think it's okay to slack off. In fact, sitting photo shoots require a lot of extra work. If you are sitting down or reclining, it's important to put your weight on the back of one thigh, rather than distributing your weight equally on both thighs. If you roll one hip up from the ground surface, shifting your weight will be simple. This pose results in a slimming effect that you don't want to miss out on!


If you have a naturally beautiful smile - show your pearly whites with pride, just not every time. If you smile in each modeling pose, modeling agents will notice your lack of versatility, not your smile. To add variety to your modeling poses, try switching up your smile to a cute frown, a bratty pout, a friendly laugh, or even an edgy scowl. Your facial expressions can make or break your modeling poses. Let your smile show, but make sure to show what else you can do.

Theresa Croft
Barbizon Midwest Graduate & Model

And like I've mentioned before, look through fashion magazines and other model's portfolios for pose inspiration and to see what works and what doesn't.

It's also important to note what type of shoot you're doing - fashion, commercial, or glamour. They call for different kinds of posing. Fashion modeling usually requires more angular and dramatic poses, while commercial modeling tends to expect more everyday, happy and casual poses. 

So pose accordingly.

And of course practice, practice, practice! Just like any other skill, it takes time to learn how to pose well and make it second-nature.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Martyn Hale's "Coldwater" is Boiling Hot!

Martyn Hale
Barbizon Midwest of Michigan graduate Martyn Hale spent a few weeks in the mountains of California filming a new movie, "Coldwater."

"Coldwater" screened at the South By Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival 2013 in Austin, TX and has been receiving amazing reviews.

"Coldwater" follows a teenager, Brad Lunders, who is forcefully abducted from his home in the middle of the night by his mother's consent to a harsh wilderness reform facility. As we learn of the tragic events that led to Brad's arrival, unforeseen circumstances threaten to tear the already eroding reform facility apart, forcing Brad to confront not only his fellow inmates and the personnel in charge, but finally his own sense of what's right and wrong.

For Martyn, "The best thing about it was meeting new people and making new friends."

Martyn Hale on set of "Coldwater"
For more on Martyn check out:

Barbizon Midwest Interviews Martyn Hale

Martyn Hale IMDB

Martyn Hale Facebook

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Must Have Music: Singing Sensation Nicole Dreger!

Nicole Dreger
You may remember Nicole Dreger as our "NYC star to be." After graduating from Barbizon Midwest of Rockford Nicole spent last summer at the New York Conservatory studying acting on scholarship she received from Barbizon.  

Incase you missed it, here is our interview with her:
Triple Threat Nicole Dreger

Nicole Dreger has a very nimble and dexterous voice that allows for incredible vocal runs and for her to be able to jump between the different parts of her range with ease. Also has the stamina to hold notes for extended periods of time. 

Nicole is clearly an extremely talented singer that puts her all into her music.

Check out Nicole:

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