Friday, June 29, 2012

Update on Barbizon of Akron's Rising Photography Star Janaya Smith

Many of you that follow the Barbizon of Akron blog may remember Janaya Smith from a previous feature we did on her. She is now getting ready to graduate from the very highly acclaimed Hallmark Institute of Photography in Massachusetts. This past week her final portfolio was due and we wanted to share with you that Janaya just found out ; “portfolio accepted”!

Janaya said they absolutely loved my work and raved over it! Then she went out and spent a day in May at the very prestigious Hearst Corporation in studio D, a very large New York City photographer’s studio. Janaya was even invited back this fall to do an internship there and she is definitely considering this option as she feels that it could be a great place for her.

Attending a national/international convention is what got Janaya interested in telling stories and creating moments, and it was actually during a photoshoot that she thought of photography becoming an option as a possible career.  

Modeling and acting training can take people in a whole different direction than what they originally thought. We are showcasing some of Janaya’s work here as it is fantastic. We are also showcasing a picture we took and then one Janaya recently took of herself as a self portrait.

Janaya is someone who has had to overcome many obstacles in her young life and she is someone who should be an inspiration to us all. As Janaya puts it: “I have a strong will to do whatever and keep pushing my limits.” A true testament to her dedication to her craft and apirations for the future.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Barbizon of Akron's Briana Lehman Win's $100,000 College Scholorship from Barbizon and is Off to College In the Fall!

Barbizon of Akron graduate, Briana Lehman, won Barbizon's $100,000 college scholorship in 2010. Now that Briana has graduated High School this year, we wanted to give you an update and share her thoughts now on receiving the scholorship and her plans for college. Briana's mother Cheryl also shared with us her thoughts on her daughters endless opportunities and bright future.

Briana applied and was accepted to a very prestigious college in Los Angeles, Loyola Marymount University for which she will be leaving in August. She has recently returned to Ohio after attending her college orientation and said she just loved the school. Here is what Briana had to say about what she thinks about winning the scholorship now; "The scholorship made it possible to go to school and live long-term in one of the greatest cities in the world for modeling and acting. Without the Barbizon scholorship I would never have had the opportunity to even look at schools out here." Briana went on to say she is "so grateful and happy to be living the life I've always dreamed. I am very excited to see where my life takes me, all thanks to the Barbizon scholorship."

Briana's mother Cheryl chimed in and gave us a parents perspective on what the scholorship means to her and what it was like to share this big moment in Briana's life. "While Briana was at her two-day student orientation, I attended the concurrent parent orientation. Parents [at the orientation] were given so much helpful information. It is a very expensive, private university and a great deal of time was spent discussing payments, financial aid, and loans. I couldn't imagine what it would be like to have to try to pay for this school."

Cheryl told us that without the Barbizon scholorship she doesn't think Briana would have even applied to her dream school and would have most likely selected a state school that would fit their budget more comfortably. Cheryl says the scholorship "has really opened up the world to [Briana]."

We at Barbizon of Akron couldn't be more proud that because of the scholorship Briana was awarded, she is now able to chase her dreams out in Los Angeles. We are looking forward to great things from this beautiful and intelligent young lady with a future filled with endless possibilities.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Barbizon of Akron Alumn Kayley Stallings Is Taking Hollywood By Storm!

Kayley Stallings is an actress in Hollywood who is originally from Hebron, Ohio. Kayley is someone who started in Barbizon of Akron's children’s division and then moved onto Los Angeles to pursue the national market.

You may have seen Kayley in movies like, 'The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation' and 'The Dog Who Saved Halloween'.
She also has booked several national commercials for companies like AT&T, McDonalds, and her ever popular Daisy sour cream commerical. 

We love to watch the children who get their start at Barbizon of Akron, move on to bigger markets and do all kinds of fun things.

Kayley originally attended a children’s search just like the one we are having on June 30th. Kayley took our recommendations and the rest, so too speak, is history!!!! We can't wait to see what kinds of projects she'll do next, but we at Barbizon of Akron are sure she'll always be a bright and shining star!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Praise From A Barbizon of Akron Graduate's Mother

Barbizon has been a household name for over 70 years now. People of all ages come to Barbizon of Akron for help with many things; ranging from training on the runway, help with makeup and hair, learning how to audition and acting techniques.

In addition, Barbizon of Akron helps many teens deal with all of the negative things that are out there today; bullying and peer pressure just to name a few. The list, and ways Barbizon can help improve your life for the better, is endless.

Barbizon of Akron graduate Ariel Bodman is doing some truly amazing things in her life and her mother, Amy Barlowe Bodman, wanted to let Barbizon of Akron know just how much we've helped her daughter along the way.

Mrs. Bodman said of her decision to enroll Ariel in classes at Barbizon of Akron: "Now that our daughter has graduated and moved to NYC, I am constantly reminded that enrolling her in casses at the Barbizon of Akron was definately one of the best things we could have done for her."

She also stated that with the training, the knowledge she gained at Barbizon of Akron has "been absolutely invaluable to her career as a soprano in Early Music and her work in the film industry. Not only has the knowledge she gained from the wonderful teachers at Barbizon given her a great advantage in her fields, but it built her self confidence to an extent that has enabled her to pursue her dreams with continued success."

We at Barbizon of Akron could not be more proud of Ariel and her success and we wish her nothing less than triumph over any goal she sets out to achive. We are grateful that we can assist young people in raising their self confidence to a level that allows them to see that anything is possible with belief in yourself and Ariel is a true testament to that.