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Parent and Talent Barbizon Reviews!

Amy Spilker
Miss Nebraska USA 2012
Council Bluffs Graduate
"I was so shy and quiet when I went to my first Barbizon session and each session gained the confidence to pursue my dreams. I hope I can inspire others, and especially Barbizon Midwest students, since many seem to think unless you move across the country you can't pursue modeling or acting which is simply untrue. There are several rewarding midwest markets and pageants and Barbizon Midwest can open those doors for you."
-Amy Spilker, graduate and Miss Nebraska USA 2012

"When my son, Giovanni graduated from Barbizon we contacted Paige at Royal Model & Talent. Since then, Giovanni has worked on a short film with Sean Winans, an LA director, he has done fashion shows for Sears, and booked a walgreens video. He also just landed his first commercial!
Paige is always very courteous, professional, and always has excellent suggestions. We are very proud to work with her. And we look forward to doing so in the future."
-Carmen Carbonara - Parent of graduate Giovanni Carbonara

Barbizon Midwest Schaumburg Graduate Oana Gregory, currently "Amanda" on Disney XD's "Crash & Bernstein" talks to Aspiring Hollywood about how she got her start through Barbizon.

Katrina Hoernig
"Remix" Australia Sept. 2012 Cover

"Barbizon was such a life changing experience. Even from the first day I met awesome people and was immersed in knowledge of the industry. I always looked forward to classes, it was my favorite time to come and learn about this new industry with other people like me."
-Katrina Hoernig, Graduate and Model signed with FACTOR WOMEN and DNA

"Alexandria is looking forward to class this Saturday. Just after one weekend we have seen her confidence grow. We can't wait to see the final outcome."

-Eric Eberhart, Parent of Alexandria Eberhart 

Martyn Hale
 Nike Commercial
"Barbizon is where it all began. Thanks for getting me my start and your continuous support."
-Martyn Hale, Graduate and Actor

"My daughter Emily enrolled in the Barbizon program when she was 4 years old. This program helped her crack out of her shell and experience something new with modeling. She has been represented by Royal Model and Talent for the past 8 years. During this time Royal has gotten her bookings with American Mattress, LTD, and a number of auditions for various commercials and television shows. We are very pleased with our experience with Royal and enjoy the continue success that they have given to Emily over the years."
-Rae Ollendick, Parent of graduate Emily Ollendick
Rachel Kehl

"Not only did I learn runway walking (which I was in desperate need of), but I learned a lot of things like skin care, make up techniques, interviewing skills and so many other things that apply to the every day working person."
-Rachel Khel, Graduate and Actress/Model

"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 whe I was 6 and it definitely shaped who I am as an actress."
- Dani Jayden, Graduate & Actress

Dani Jayden on "Ricki Lake"11/28/12

Patrick Thompson
"I learned more about the networking part of things. How things REALLY work. I got to witness the power of connections, knowing people, etc. Which can be a great thing in everyday life and also can be a great thing in the business/industry as well."
- Patrick Thompson, Graduate & Model/Actor

"Dear Barbizon:

       Erica was only 14 years old when she first became interested in modeling and was accepted into Barbizon. That was 4 years ago. She learned so much from you, matured with the program and achieved more than we ever expected!!! We're so very proud of what she's accomplished thanks to the support and training she received at Barbizon.
        The Barbizon staff is not only very talented they are also very caring. We truly value your friendship and guidance. Barbizon teaches skills that are not only valuable for this industry but are also meaningful for life.
        We have high hopes that Erica will continue to have opportunites such as her recent modeling assignment in Singapore, where she can not only work at something she loves, but can also see new places, do new things, and make new friends.
Sincerely, Lynne H."
- Lynn Hyuk, Parent of Graduate and Model Erica Hyuk
Nicole Marie Dreger

"Barbizon taught me many things. I learned how to properly do my nails and make up, how to interact with people in an audition, and how to model (Print and Runway). It was a really fun experience!"
- Nicole Marie Dreger, Graduate and Model/Actress/Singer

"Michelle completed her Barbizon classes just prior to entering high school during summer 2006. Your program's positive training helped give her the confidence and mental attitude she needed to accept every challenge as an opportunity. With all parental bias aside (ha!), I think Michelle has become a remarkable, young lady. She works very hard is beautiful inside and out. She feels this will allow her to highlight her accomplishments and possibly take her career to the next level. We have learned that exposure to the right people means everything.

Abby Rockendorf
Thank you so much for making opportunities available to young people. I have encouraged many parents to make the investment. It is not so much about becoming rich and famous, but more about doing what it takes to achieve your personal best."
- Sandra Mercier, Parent of Graduate and Model/Actress Michelle Mercier

 "Abby was pretty quiet before Barbizon but learned to be more confident for sure. She has become aware that anything is attainable if you really want it. Although there were people that were skeptical about Barbizon, she still went ahead and gave it her best shot." 
- Kathy Rockendorf, Parent of Graduate and Model Abby Rockendorf

Hailey Mattheisen

"Hailey would always comment on her growing confidence as she progressed through her training. She loved Barbizon and found it to be such a rewarding experience."
- Gina Mattheisen, Parent of Graduate and Model/Actress Hailey Mattheisen

"Hello, my name is Anthony Nieland. I just wanted to thank you for the Barbizon training. About two or three years ago, my sister Samantha and I went through Barbizon's training. It made me even more of a go getter than I ever was. After I got out of high school and I was looking for a job, I used some of the skills I learned from Barbizon. I applied at the Country Inns and Suites of Little Chute Wisconsin. I was hired on the spot. Three months ago I received a promotion to Maintenance. I found that I was extremely good at fixing things. Outside my job I will be going to school for maintenance training. For a new hobby I have been learning the guitar since I am out of high school. Anyway thanks again for the training. It has provided me with some very useful tools."
- Anthony Nieland, Graduate

Marilou Venglarcik
"Before Barbizon Midwest I wasn't completely comfortable with myself. I was scared to get up in front of a crowd and I was also scared to be my true self. Barbizon Midwest taught me so much. It taught me that every girl is beautiful in their own way. Going to Barbizon Midwest made me be able to speak confidently in front of a crowd, it made me feel happy with myself and taught me valuable life lessons."
- Marilou Venglarcik, Graduate and Model
Mackie Atteberry

"What I gained from my Barbizon Midwest experience is confidence. I learned not to be ashamed of who I am or what I want to do with my life even if that is something not a lot of people get the opportunity to do. It was great to have one on one time with a teacher who was able to be patient with me and teach me skills that I would carry for the rest of my life; whether it be how to walk the runway, read a monologue, or just do my make-up, they were all skills I've taken and adapted in years since then."
- Mackie Atteberry, Graduate and Model
Kellsey Forest

"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 Midwest, but I feel Barbizon really gave me the confidence and courage I needed to pursue everything I'm doing now! Barbizon has also given me the opportunity to be an AXE Angel, which I fully plan to take advantage of!"
- Kellsey Forest, Graduate and Model/Actress

"I am a winter 2009 graduate and attended with my younger sister, Caitlin. I would like you to know that the classes did help me a lot. It helped me become more confident in myself not only appearance-wise but also when it comes to speaking, such as public speaking or just speaking to someone for a job interview. Also, before my sister and I attended we did not have a great relationship and we argued a lot, but since then we have grown very close and I fully believe it was due to taking the classes together. So I wanted to really thank you for your help and teaching and for keeping yourself available to be talked to whenever needed."
Breanna Sarac
- Stephanie Waterbury, Graduate

"With the help of Barbizon Midwest I gained more self-confidence, and I met amazing people that I now call friends!"
- Breanna Sarac, Graduate and Factor Women Model

"Before Barbizon Midwest, I wanted to be 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 Alexander, Graduate and Model/Actress

"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 classes 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.
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."
- Charnita Alexander, Mother of Brooklyn Alexander - Graduate and Model/Actress
Bianet Diaz

"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 Midwest was a different way of thinking about myself, and also knowledge about the industry, which was really helpful!"
- Bianet Diaz, Graduate and Model/Actress

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