Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Barbizon of Akron Graduate Marissa Irwin Models For The Elizabeth Taylor Auction

Barbizon of Akron graduate, Marissa Irwin, is making our headlines once again. Marissa had the unique opportunity to model for The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor Auction, which was held at the famed Christie’s Auction House in New York City.

Marissa wore a simple black dress while she stood next to and showcased some of actress Elizabeth Taylor’s most exquisite jewelry, memorabilia and haute couture fashions. “It was amazing being a part of history and being privileged to come so close to her jewelry,” Marissa said of the experience. To get to be so close to such amazing jewelry is like something right out of the movies…or a dream!

Although no cameras were allowed inside the exclusive event, you can go to the Christies website and see all of the glamorous items from the Elizabeth Taylor collection that were auctioned off, including jewelry from Bvlgari and Cartier, and haute couture from Chanel and Valentino. Taylor’s famed 33 carat diamond ring (pictured right) was auctioned off for a staggering 7 million dollars!

All of us at Barbizon of Akron and Pro-Model & Talent are so excited for Marissa that she was chosen to be a part of something so incredibly spectacular! We’re so envious that she was able to see such beautiful pieces up-close, as Marissa said, “It was a night I will never forget” and we’re sure she won’t forget this experience of a lifetime.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Perfect New Years Eve Ensembles!

The biggest party of the year is just around the corner. Ladies, for us this is the night where almost anything goes. New Years Eve soirées let you really show off your personal sense of style, accessorize to the max and take things to edge (if not over the top). Instead of staring at your closet for hours on end, trying to decide what to wear, personalize your ensemble by building off the following basic pieces.

Option #1: The Little Black Dress
This classic is a classic for a reason. The Little Black Dress is so universal that it’s perfect for any shape: curvy, athletic, thin etc. You can go strapless, off the shoulder, empire waist or even something full of ruffles for a dramatic flare. If you do go with the Little Black Dress; accessorize bold colored shoes and match your accessories to that bright hue as well. That way they really pop against the black silhouette.

Option #2: Sparkles & Sequins
Think the ‘ball drop’ in Times Square. If you want to be really flashy this NYE - this is the way to go. No accessories needed with this outfit choice. A dress covered in sequins is bold enough that a simple pair of dangly earrings will suffice. Really, this is the only time you’re going to get away with wearing dresses this flashy so I say: go for it!

Option #3: GOLD!
Gold tones are really big this year. If a dress isn’t your scene; try a pair of shiny gold leggings! This is another piece that, if it weren’t for NYE, it wouldn’t really be something you could sport on a regular day. Not to mention the wow factor. You’ll surely stand out in a crowd with these knock-outs. Keep in mind; the gold leggings are your base piece of the outfit so pair them up with a black (or brown) flirty top. Then polish off the look by layering on various length gold necklaces; add some gold bangles for some extra flare.

Keep these ideas in mind when you’re planning your New Years Eve ensemble and you can save yourself the stress of wondering: “what am I going to wear?!”

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Keep The Heat In And The Style On!

It’s cold outside and here’s a physics lesson for you, if you already didn’t know; body heat escapes through your head! Keep your dome covered this winter season with a fun & fashionable hat. We’re not talking baseball caps people. There are so many types of hats trending right now that it’s hard to go wrong. Here are some ideas for covering your dome, trapping warmth and maintaining style at the same time:

Ladies, pair up some skinny jeans with a men’s style blazer and a classic fedora. You can find fedoras in all colors and fabrics, so there’s a lot to choose from. Or, choose a messenger type hat in a knit like wool or fleece. Match this up with leggings of the same color and a willowy tunic. These are warmer fabrics, so this is an excellent choice on those super blustery days. Berets are also huge right now! Pull this one off by wearing your hair down and full of curls for a polished look. Berets are great whether you want to dress it up or down, choose a black beret for a more dressy/classic look.

Guys, pull away from your go-to fitted baseball hat this winter! Please! This is a summer hat and not to mention; way too casual. Fedoras work not only for the ladies, but men as well. Rock a fedora with a wider brim for a more masculine look (think The Godfather or Goodfellas type looks), this is huge right now and you’ll come off looking like you know your stuff when it comes to fashion. For the colder days where you’re looking for more substance than style, go with a beanie. North Face has some great beanies and newsboy hats in wool and fleece right now that look great with a pair of slacks and a scarf in neutral colors.

Hats don’t have to be a cover-up for when you’re not looking your best. They can be one of the best accessories in your closet and really amp up an outfit. The fact that they serve a functional purpose is only an added bonus!

Helpful Holiday Hints!

Santa makes his list and checks it twice, and so should you! It’s easy to let your finances run away with themselves during the holiday season. If you’re a giver like me, the best part of the holiday's is buying gifts for those you love and watching them tear the boxes open! The following are some helpful hints that will allow you to shop worry-free and not have that ‘buyer’s remorse’ feeling as soon as you leave the mall.

First off, make yourself a list before heading out (and check it twice). This way, you have time to think about ‘whom’ you need to buy for and ‘what’ you’d like to get them. It’s too hard to remember everyone and be creative, or thoughtful, with your gift ideas when you’re bogged down with the hustle and bustle inside the busy mall. Making your list before-hand ensures that you go in with a game plan and you stick to it, eliminating unnecessary buying.

Secondly, take a look inside your wallet before leaving the house. Is it full of that plastic money and not the kind that folds? This is a rookie mistake for holiday shopping. It’s just too easy to pull out the credit card if it’s available! If you’ve got the cash why slap it on your credit card when you’ll just have to pay it off later? Do some math before leaving the house, head to the bank, and pull out what you’ve budgeted yourself to spend.

Now you’ve eliminated the piles of credit card bills from rolling in the next month! If you absolutely must use a credit card and you’ve got more than one, know your limit as well as your interest rate! Use the card with the best benefits for you, to avoid any overspending or high interest penalties. Although, keep in mind that if you're one of those people who enjoys their rewards cards, like I do, use the card that has the most rewards points available per dollar amount on your purchases. This way, you can get yourself something nice after the holidays...and maybe even for free!

Last but not least, do your homework. Don’t go around spending your hard earned dough on that expensive gift, without knowing your options first. Use the internet to your advantage and price out some places on that particular product. Things like TV’s, navi-systems, Xbox’s and cell phones are certainly ones you would want to price out on websites like before rushing to your local entertainment store.

The holiday’s don’t have to feel like a ball & chain when it comes to your finances; it’s supposed to be, and can be, a Happy Holiday!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Barbizon of Akron Graduate Takes On The Red Carpet in Hollywood!

Pro-Model & Talent's Shaila Vaidya, originally from Wooster, Ohio, now calls Los Angeles home! Many of you may remember this Barbizon of Akron graduate from reading about the various shows and national commercials Shaila has done including the Amica Insurance commercial that is still airing today.

Now Shaila walks the red carpet at the new media film festival for the world premier of her husband’s video “Down in the Sand”.

If that is not impressive enough her husband, Brandon James, was just nominated for 3 nominations at the Los Angeles Music Awards! Brandon was nominated for: County Album of the Year, Country Artist of the Year, and Country Single of the Year! Wow, is that not impressive?!?

Pro-Model & Talent’s Executive Director has met Brandon and reports back that in addition to being a great performer he is a very nice guy! Everyone here wishes him and Shaila the best!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Look For Gold Tones This Black Friday!

Thanksgiving is here! And while some of us are thinking food, family and friends…most of us are thinking BLACK FRIDAY! Sure Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to share delicious food and friendly company, but it also means the biggest door-busting deals at all of your favorite stores. It’s come to be the part of the holiday season that some of us look forward to most.
Get your holiday shopping done early this year and make sure you snag all of this years hottest trends in fashions for your family and friends. Follow a few of these fashion guidelines and everyone in your family will look straight out of a magazine when they show up for Christmas dinner or that big New Years Eve bash.

For the ladies this year it’s all about these two words: ANIMAL PRINT. It’s going to be HUGE this year. Start the year off two steps ahead of your gal pals and rock an animal print sequined tunic with gold leggings and a pair of brown wedges. If an animal print top is too much pattern for you, don a pair of brown wide-leg tweeds with a form fitting blouse of a lighter gold hue and simply accessorize with a cheetah print head piece! The key is to think fall colors like gold’s, tans and browns.

Guys you can rock gold tones as well, this is not a color left to the ladies alone. Choose a pair of khakis and pair them with a cocoa colored argyle sweater. Or for a more laid back look pair your khakis with a long-sleeved ribbed t-shirt with a brown leather jacket to polish off your look. If khakis are too preppy, go ahead and wear jeans, but make sure there a dark wash! Pair the jeans with a caramel colored button-down and a pair of fresh white Chuck’s for a laid-back but classy holiday look.

So while you’re up and at ‘em with the rest of the early birds this Black Friday, pick up some of these hot trends for your friends and family. Although, since you’re out shopping for everyone else, pick up a little something nice for yourself while you’re at it. You and yours will be the best-dressed at any holiday party this year!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Mother-Son Duo From Barbizon of Akron Tackle Hollywood!

Jodie and Matt Coffey are a mother and son team from Uniontown, Ohio who both are Barbizon of Akron graduates that are listed with Pro-Model & Talent. They have a life that many people only dream of; they spend their winters in Ohio and their summers in Hollywood where they both pursue their dreams in the industry. Both, Jodie and Matt, got their starts here at Barbizon of Akron and Pro-Model & Talent so we love to keep everyone up-to-date as to what they are up to.

Both Jodie and Matt have been staying busy taking acting classes and workshops in Los Angeles. Matt had a whole host of auditions and received a ton of callbacks. Here are just a few of the super cool auditions he went on: The Muppet Movie, Modern Family, Ant Farm, a Vin Diesal movie and a John Heder pilot. He also did commercial auditions for Aflac, Hunts, Old Navy, Foot Locker, Hot Wheels, Coke, Bank of America and Xbox.

As for Jodie, she had an audition for a national Geico commercial that had come down to her and one other women; while the part went to the other lady, Jodie was thrilled that she got that far in the process and was excited to follow-up that she and Matt booked an episode on the new Disney show call “Prankstars” which will be airing this fall. We all have to watch for that show so we can see Jodie & Matt in action together.

In addition to “Prankstars” keep your eyes open for the promo for the new Phineas & Ferb movie on Disney XD that will be airing soon as you will be able to catch Matt throughout that promo spot. Jodie said they had a jam packed 2 months and have been really pleased as summer is typically a slower time in Los Angeles – it sure has not slowed for this mother and son! Jodie & Matt’s goal is to start spending more time in Los Angeles as they both love the acting capitol of the world… HOLLYWOOD!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Hot Tips For The Cold Holiday Season!

The holiday season is upon us once again! Sure we're all excited to wrap and unwrap our gifts (who wouldn't be?!) but another and possibly bigger plus is switching our wardrobe by pulling out some of our favorite pieces again. Winter fashions can be just as glamorous and exciting as summer. The following are some tips to keep you warm, yet oh-so fashionable this holiday season:

First off, lets talk about things that keep us warm during these cold months. Big, lumpy coats are warm but not very attractive sometimes, especially if you're going to one of the many holiday parties that are just around the corner. Don't hide your outfit with a bulky jacket, instead pull out your super wide-legged trousers and pair them with a jewel-toned blouse and a fitted shrug. Now the tip to keep warm: wear a pair of thermals under the trousers. The wide-legged pants are super fashionable and also the perfect cover for your thermals!

If pants aren't your thing; pull out your pencil skirt and pair it with a pair of patterned stockings and those bootie heels that are so hot right now! Keep your top more demure with this type of outfit as to showcase the bottom half of your emsamble.

Accessories, accessories, accessories!! They can glam up even the most boring of outfits! If your look is more subtle, add a chunky/blinged-out necklace. Everything's about glitz, glam and grandeur during the holiday season, so don't be afraid to go a little over the top when it comes to your accessories. Sometimes we don't realize that shoes are most often the greatest tool in our closet. They also have the power to amp up your outfit and act as the perfect accessory. If your going for a dressed up look, pick the bootie heels; for a more casual look riding-boots look amazing with skinny jeans or leggings and are a must to add to your shoe collection.

So there you have it. Just because it's cold out does not mean we have to skimp on being fashionable. Its all about mixing and matching. Pair some of your old classics with new trends and you'll surely be be ready for all of the holiday festivities to come!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Fashion Tips For Picking Out The Perfect Jacket For This Fall/Winter Season!

With the Fall/Winter season quickly approaching the most important piece of your wardrobe becomes your jacket and/or coat. The following are some do's and dont's when it comes to picking out the perfect jacket that will keep you warm while still complimenting your figure:

Don't pick a double-breasted jacket. The symmetrical lines of buttons down the front do nothing for your figure except make it appear that you have no figure at all. Instead, pick a jacket with a tailored waist. If its tailored at the waist the jacket will automatically flare out over your hips. Adding a belt or sash to the waist of a tailored jacket like this will show-off your curves rather than hide them, and if you don't have curves at all well, now you do!

The most important thing to remember is not to pick a jacket or coat with a straight-cut to it. Pick something that will accentuate the waist and don't be afraid to add accessories! Just because it's getting colder out doesn't mean you can't remain fashionable throughout the winter season!

Barbizon Of Akron Grads Shoot On Location For Dick's Sporting Goods

Barbizon of Akron graduates, Kevin Coleman & Chad Becka, did a series of basketball shots for Dick’s Sporting Goods. The guys got to shoot on location at the beautiful Sewickley Academy in PA. Sewickley is the oldest private academy in Pittsburg.

You will be able to see both Kevin & Chad in a number of advertisements for Dick’s Sporting Goods.

Both Kevin & Chad booked their assignment due to their skill on a basketball court, in addition to their knowledge about working in front of a camera that they gained here at Barbizon of Akron. Great job guys!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Barbizon of Akron Graduates Become 'AXE Angels' For Promotional Events

For all of you guys and gals who are fans of the very popular “AXE” fragrance line you want to watch for our “AXE Angels” as they are out in Sam’s Clubs throughout Ohio. AXE has our “Angels” out promoting their summer line of AXE products and following that they began kicking off their back to school events.

AXE uses our promotional models (AXE Angels) to pass out thousands of their scent cards to shoppers. Our “Angels” love doing the AXE promotions as everyone at the store shopping enjoys talking to them and getting the scent cards and coupons!

We can’t list all of our models that are at these events as it would take up a whole page, but here are a few of the Angels that are out and about at Sam’s Clubs throughout Ohio: Julia Staab, Marina Taylor, Emily Hauser & Marissa Ward.

Promotional work is a wonderful way for our Barbizon of Akron graduates & now listed models with Pro-Model & Talent, to make some great extra money!

When a client hires Pro-Model & Talents promotional models they know that they are getting someone who is a professional, has a current, fashionable, pulled together image in addition to stellar communication & public speaking skills.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Barbizon Of Akron Graduate Haley Bennett Cast Opposite Christian Bale In New Film!

Barbizon of Akron graduate Haley Bennett, originally from Stow, Ohio has graced the covers of countless international magazines and has been featured in numerous major motion pictures along-side some of the greatest names in Hollywood.

Well, she is back at it again in an upcoming film by famed contemporary director, Terrence Malick, who directed such films as The Thin Red Line.

Malick is widley known for selecting relitively unknown actresses to star in his films and when he's finished with them they get launched into bright careers in Hollywood. His films and choices for the lead female roles, have catapulted many careers including actress Sissy Spacek in the hit movie Badlands.

Bennett will be starring opposite Christian Bale in Malick's newest film and while as of yet little is known about the project, the internet world is already buzzing.

We can't wait to hear more about the project and are certain that this will undoubtably be one of the most talked about films of 2012. Pretty impressive for a girl from Ohio!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Barbizon Of Akron Grads Get Down To Business With A Shoot For Proforma

ProForma is a top supplier of promotional, print, ecommerce and multimedia needs and is located right in Independence, Ohio.

Barbizon of Akron graduates and now listed models Paul Mowery, Haedin Delarec, Marlin Jones and Dan Turner all did a photoshoot for ProForma that went extremely well.

The guys represented company owners, customers, and business professionals in a business to business setting. Paul, Haedin, Marlin & Dan all did such a great job you will be able to see them in various ProForma literature, written communications and display ads that reflect a great deal of their business offerings.

The models reported back to the Agency that they had a great deal of fun at this shoot as the photographer was so easy to work with. The photographer and client also reported back that the guys were all professional and knew exactly what to do in front of the camera, as a result the entire shoot only took a few hours.

Needless to say that made the client extremely happy! And happy clients are always good as that means that they will utilize Barbizon of Akron graduates that are nowlisted with Pro-Model & Talent in the future when they need additional models!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Barbizon Of Akron Graduates Book Print Work For Invacare

Invacare is a company that has helped people with disabilities live life to the fullest and they utilize Pro-Model & Talent Mgmt. models/talent to showcase that! Many people don’t realize that Invacare’s global headquarters are located in Elyria, Ohio.

Invacare recently hired 3 Barbizon of Akron graduates to promote a variety of their respiratory therapy products as they want consumers to know they can still have a very productive life with having their own oxygen cylinders in their home.

Bill Walko and Alex Singh were paired up interacting together in a home setting working on a puzzle and feeding fish. While Joan Altmeyer spent time in the sun room petting her dog, demonstrating that animals can still be a part of your life with the right breathing equipment.

You will be able to see all 3 of them in a new series of product ads coming out that focuses on showing that with Invacare’s respiratory therapy products you can still do everyday things. The models had a fun, relaxing day while making some nice extra money!! Watch for the ads as you will see how all 3 models put their experience and superior training from Barbizon of Akron to use in order to make the ads appear believable and natural.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Barbizon Of Akron Graduates Dazzle Clients While Promoting Products At Local Stores

Kellogg’s is back in the area and hiring Barbizon of Akron graduates and now listed models with Pro-Model & Talent Management, promotional models to promote their products.

Barbizon of Akron graduates Kristina Murphy, Katelyn Kellar, Stephanie Garner and Kelly Kuhn were out at WalMart stores in Youngstown and Massillon promoting Kellogg’s favorite tiger… Tony the Tiger – Kristina Murphy & Stephanie Garner were dressed in the fun costume, while Katelyn & Kelly were taking photo ops of “Tony” interacting with the customers.

The client was very happy with the results of the promotional job and the models said they were a hit at the stores they visited. Their success is partially thanks to their great personalities and confidence and partly due to the superb training they were given here at Barbizon of Akron!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Barbizon Of Akron Graduates Excel At Racing Event

Barbizon of Akron graduates and now listed models with Pro-Model & Talent Mgmt., Brianna Cantley and Paige Helman, got to spend the day at the Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk for the National Hot Rod Association’s (NHRA) Summit Racing Equipment Nationals at the John Force Racing Team booth. Both models just happened to be big fans of the NHRA so they were thrilled to take part in this event.

Brianna and Paige encouraged fans to stop at the John Force Racing Team booth where they had fans sign up to win some great prizes from Whirlpool and a large flat screen TV if one of the John Force Racing Team members qualified #1 overall or won the race. In addition, with Brianna and Paige’s assistance fans got a chance to enter the 2011 Brand Source/Ford Racing Sweepstakes where the grand price is a Ford Focus – that is to be given away at the end of the season. Also, while signing up for amazing prizes fans got the opportunity to meet some of the John Force Racing Team and get some autographs.

Both Brianna & Paige had a fun day interacting with the fans and meeting some of the John Force racing team at this promotional assignment. It is a bonus when our promotional models just happen to be booked at an event they would love to go to even if they were not working the event, this way they get to go to the event and earn a great paycheck! Brianna and Paige were actually selected for this event as they both exude self-confidence, have marvelous personalities in addition to stellar communication skills…great job ladies!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Barbizon Of Akron Graduates Shoot For Dick's Sporting Goods On Location

For those of you who live near Pittsburg, PA you’re probably familiar with Moon High School. This high school looks more like a college campus!

Barbizon of Akron graduates and now listed models with ProModel & Talent Mgmt., Kevin Albrecht & Conner Christian did a photoshoot at Moon High for Dick’s Sporting Goods, the guys found it hard to believe they were at an actual high school, as the campus was pretty impressive!

Kevin & Conner did a series of shots for Reebok running gear that you will be able to see in the Dick’s Sporting Goods Magalog.

All of our athletes/models love working for Dick’s Sporting Goods, as they never know where “on location” may be!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Barbizon Of Akron Graduate Suits Up For Dick's Sporting Goods

Barbizon of Akron graduate and now listed model, Blake Burgess from North Canton, did a shoot for Dick’s Sporting Goods a month or so ago for some football shots.

Imagine Blake’s surprise when he walked into the Dick’s Sporting Goods store and saw himself in a life-sized poster! Blake was even more surprised at the extra money he made from being selected for the in-store signage.

His knowledge gained here at Barbizon of Akron helped him produce some amazing shots for the client and also gave him the pretty cool experience of seeing his hard work pay off with own in-store signage. What a great way to earn some extra cash!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Barbizon of Akron Grads Chosen For A Series Of Videos For Avalanche Audio & Video Productions

Avalanche Audio and Video Productions is a local company that does a great deal of local video/T.V production work; they recently did all of the video work for the Cleveland Auto Show. Now they are working on a series of videos for the Greater Cleveland Automotive Dealers Association that will be used by local dealerships for employee training purposes.

Avalanche Audio and Video Production reached out to Pro-Model & Talent Mgmt. for their model/talent needs and utilized Kaitlyn Sandercock, Gary Pezzuolo, Frank Capan, Sheilia Lawrence, Patrica Natali, Annette Ciletti, Terry Simon, Floyd Baum and Marlin Jones for their first run of videos in the series.

The shoot took place on a Sunday at a Cuyahoga Falls dealership, everyone said they had a great time shooting the video and the crew was wonderful to work with.

Not only did the talent’s work pay off financially but they all have a good chance of being called back for the next run of videos, as the production company felt they all did a stellar job!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Barbizon of Akron Grad Daniel Lancy Lands A Huge Job With Prima Health Care

Prima Health Care hired Barbizon of Akron graduate and listed model, Daniel Lancy, for a series of print and production work they were shooting for some local commercials, along with advertisements for their local brochures, magazines, and on their website.

With the help of the make-up artist on set, Daniel took on the role of a very sick patient reaching out to the Prima Express Health Care’s facility for same day service/medical advice from their highly qualified medical team. Daniel said the make-up artist did a fantastic job with his make-up as by the time she got done with him he looked very, very sickly!

We’re pleased to announce that Daniel did a super job thanks to a combination of his talent and training, and the client was very happy… can’t wait to see the final product!