Partnering with The Voice America Radio Network, ModelScouts.com produced a fun and informative radio show all about modeling and acting!
Hosted by Aaron Marcus, America’s Premier Acting and Commercial Modeling Career Coach, and Author of “How to Become a Successful Commercial Model & Actor”, ModelTalk Radio welcomed industry leaders, models, agents, scouts, photographers, and casting directors who shared their years of experience, tips and guidance to help you succeed in your modeling or acting career.
Guests include Jody Gordon, President of Fusion Model Management New York; celebrity photographer Joe Henson; Emmy® Award Winning Voice Over Actress Melissa Leebaert; Kim Luret, Model Scout Crystal Model Management, Paris, and more.
In addition to the recorded interviews below, be sure to check out the blog recaps for even more great tips and advice.
International Fashion Model Laura LaRue
Aaron Marcus interviews Laura LaRue and her mom Holly on how a simple snapshot sent to ModelScouts turned into modeling contracts with Elite Models, L.A. Models, Diva Singapore, and Zem Osaka.
Laura and her mom Holly talk about their experience with ModelScouts, modeling in Singapore and Japan, working with top clients Chanel, Dior, Orly, Sony, David LaChapelle, Jeremy Scott and more.
With over 25 years experience, Joe Henson is one of the industry’s premiere publicity portrait headshot photographers. His portfolio contains a whopping 15,000 clients, including Annette Bening, Lisa Lampanelli, Tyler Perry and Selma Blair,and his work has appeared in Vogue, O Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times and more.
Joe give his tips for working on set and how to get great photos that will help advance your career.
Emmy® Award Winning Voice Actress Melissa Leebaert
Melissa is a well-respected and sought after Voice-Over Actor, Performer and Coach.
Her work has won her numerous awards including an Emmy® Award for Narration of Discovery’s Series ‘An Inside Look’ and 6 Prestigious Peer Awards for Best Female Narration. Melissa’s clients include: Discovery Channel , Rockstar Games, National Geographic, Verizon, AARP, Democratic National Committee, Sierra Club, Frontline, Washington Post, BBC America, NASA, PBS, Smithsonian, Pfizer, FEMA, CIA, Marriott , Human Rights Campaign, Nextel, Discovery Health, Nature Conservancy, Discovery International, Lockheed Martin, Goodwill, TLC, WGHB, American University, WETA, FOX, Microsoft XBOX, Universal Studios, AOL Time Warner, Northrup Grumman National Park Service, Hallmark, DC Lottery, Abbott Labs, and more!
Melissa give you tips for getting into the unique world of voice-over acting!
Manager, Casting Director and Coach Bob Luke
Personal Manager, Casting Consultant and Acting Coach Bob Luke has been the on-set acting coach for The Cosby Show, several New York soaps, and films with Ron Howard, Mel Gibson, Meryl Streep, Wes Craven, Whoopi Goldberg, Joe Pantaliano, and Mandy Moore.
Bob has discovered and guided many actors, young & old, to stardom including supermodels, professional athletes, and numerous Miss USA’s. His clients have won awards from the Daytime Emmy® to the Oscar® and include: Josh Hutcherson of the Bridge to Teibithia, Little Manhattan, Zathura & RV; Riley Smith of 24, Radio and New York Minute; Keri Lynn Pratt of 7th Heaven; Rachael Boston of American Dreams; model Cherina Scott (The Gap, Revlon, Clinique); Brittany Daniel of Dawson’s Creek and Club Dread; and Sarah Michelle Gellar of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Scooby Doo, and The Grudge.
Bob and Aaron discuss the difference between agents and managers, the role of parents in their child’s career and the best ways to get noticed.
International Scouting Director, Ito Compton from Cinq Deux Un Agency in Tokyo, Japan joins Aaron to talk about what it’s like to work as a model in the exciting Japanese market.
Cinq Deux Un has introduced many new fashion models from the US, Canada, South America, Europe, and other countries to the Japanese market. Ty Pendleton of the TV show “Extreme Makeover/House Edition” is one of CDU’s success stories. Ty worked in Tokyo with Cinq Deux Un many times before he started his TV show.
Learn everything about what you need to know from what the agencies and clients are looking for, the various types of work available, guaranteed salaries, international travel and accommodations, Visa documents, and more.
Commercial Talent Agency is one of the most respected agencies in the entertainment business. The agency was formed in 1998 by two of Hollywood’s leading talent agents, Neil Kreppel and Sheila Di Marco. With over 50 years of combined experience they have made Commercial Talent Agency the premier agency that it is today.
Working in the agency’s print division Rebecca Brunson represents clients ages 18+ from all ethnicities, and focuses primarily on print and commercial projects. Rebecca has booked her clients with clients such as Target, Levi’s, Canadian Club, Coca Cola, Crestor, The National Association of Realtors, and Wells Fargo. She has also booked client editorials in GQ, Maxim and Men’s Health.
Aaron and Rebecca give you information on working as a commercial print model or actor, working in Hollywood, and more.
For over 25 years, Kim Luret has been an expert in the modeling industry. Twelve of those years were spent as a renowned high fashion model on the runways of Paris, Milan, Tokyo and New York. Her clients include Christian Dior, Giorgio Armani and Yves Saint Laurent, and she’s been featured in television commercials, magazines and four feature-length movies. Kim now scouts new faces for the prestigious model agency Crystal Models in Paris.
Kim and Aaron discuss what models should expect from the Paris market, including what the market looks for, the types of jobs available and average wages.
Episode 9 What Are Casting Directors Really Looking For?
Director, author and writer John Strawbridge has over 25 years experience in feature films, network TV and theatre. He’s the Creative Director of Campanile Media and the Artistic Director of Actors Company Theatre, in Baltimore. He is the author of The Audition Book: What Casting Directors Are Really Looking For. John has taught acting classes for organizations including The SAG Conservatory, Women in Film and Video, Stevenson University, Film in the City (NY) and many more. He’s received two Best Director nominations and his casting work has received three Emmy® nominations and other industry awards.
John and Aaron discuss what casting directors are really look for when hiring talent.
President and CEO of MSA Models New York, Susan Levine joins Aaron to discuss plus size, fit and showroom modeling. Founded in 1947, MSA Models represents editorial, commercial, plus-size, fit, fitness, lifestyle, print, and showroom models. MSA’s impressive client list includes Ann Taylor, Carolina Herrera, Derek Lam and Victoria’s Secret. MSA Models was honored with the Plus Model Agency of the Year Award during the Full Figured Fashion Week Awards in New York City.
Aaron and Susan discuss what it takes to become a fit, showroom or plus-size model.
Executive Editor for Playboy Special Editions, Stacy Collins joins Aaron to discuss the casting process for Playboy and the numerous divisions and themed issues that Playboy casts for such as Playboy’s College Girls, Playboy’s Natural Beauties, Playboy’s Lingerie, and more. Stacy shares her experiences traveling around the country to provide aspiring models with the opportunity to test their Playboy potential for all types of possibilities within the Playboy universe — from Playmate, to Special Editions models to Cyber Girls and Coeds.
Famous for their on-set professionalism when working with models, many of the fashion industry’s superstars and celebrities have appeared in Playboy, including Kate Moss, Cindy Crawford, Stefanie Seymour, Kylie Bax, Melanie Griffith, Bo Derek and more.
International model scout and founder of ModelScouts.com, Vanessa Helmer has 35 years experience scouting, developing, managing and placing models with the world’s top international model agencies including Elite Models, IMG Models, Ford Models, Wilhelmina, New York Models, L.A. Models, Next Management, Q Model Management, Fashion Management, Joy Models, Marilyn Agency, Models 1, Metropolitan Models, Louisa Models and more. Her discoveries have appeared in all the major magazines including Vogue, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, W, Numero, GQ, Details, Cosmopolitan, Elle, InStyle, and Seventeen, and have worked for the most prestigious clients including Armani, Gucci, Valentino, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Coach, Prada Chanel, Burberry, YSL, Abercrombie & Fitch, Victoria’s Secret, Cover Girl, Clairol, Disney, CBS, Bravo, and Project Runway.