Thursday, January 26, 2012

John Casablanca (1801 S. Meyers, Oak brook IL) Kid is Off to Los Angeles

When William Leon attended his first pre-screening audition at John Casablancas Oakbrook they immediately knew that this kid was going to go far. After signing with a major talent Agent, Will and his family decided to head to Hollywood.

Since being in Los Angeles William has been able to see his dreams play out. He has already booked five films, a music video and a Travel Channel TV episode. JC Chicago is very proud to have started William’s career as an actor. He is now represented by April Baker from Brass Artists and Associates so keep your eye out for this remarkably talented kid.

April Baker began her career as a commercial actress at a young age, and quickly developed a skill for cultivating the careers of young talent. She spent ten years coaching teens and kids before establishing the Youth Theatrical and Commercial division at Brass Artists & Associates.
April built the Youth division from the ground up, and has since placed clients in major motion pictures, TV shows such as 90210, Wizards of Waverly Place, Victorious, Southland, and Good Luck Charlie, CSI, ICarly, Shake it up, Hannah Montana, Jonas, Heroes, Hard Times, Law and Order, Grey’s Anatomy, Scrubs, Dexter, How I Met Your Mother, and the daytime soaps Passions, Days of Our Lives, General Hospital, and The Young and The Restless. And national commercials such as McDonalds, Wendy’s, Disney, Verizon, T-Mobile, Honda and AT&T.
Her unique approach has allowed her to develop strong relationships throughout the entertainment industry. April has also signed JC Chicago students such as Caleb Hager, Angelica Marcial, and Patrick Mazzarella. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

John Casablancas Chicago - Keenan Cahill - Jennifer Aniston Smart Water

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John Casablancas' Oakbrook client Aislinn Debutch makes it to the big screen!

John Casablancas Oakbrook Client, Caleb Hager Signs with Major Hollywood Agent!

Congrats to Caleb Hager who got signed with major Hollywood Agent Debbie Palmer Beal!

Debbie Palmer Beal has been active in the entertainment industry working with children and young adults for the past 20 years.  Debbie is the owner of  BEAL TALENT & ASSOCIATES.  BEAL TALENT & ASSOCIATES is a full service talent agency representing children and adults for television, film, commercials and print.

Debbie has worked with kids, teens and young adults that have gone on and achieved major success.  Some of the most notable are: Hilary Duff, Haylie Duff, Christiana Milian, Erika Christensen, Brenda Song, Ashley Tisdale, Taylor Lautner, Kaley Cuoco, Camilla Belle, Jimmy Bennett and John Cho.

Debbie has booked her clients on multitudes of national commercials and campaign endorsements. Some of the most high profile campaigns include:   Dell, Old Navy, Hallmark, Got Milk, McDonalds, Oreo and Cheez It.

Some of Debbie’s recent feature film bookings include: 7 year old, Kyara Campos, shooting a lead role playing Danny Trejo’s daughter in the film “Strike One”;  6 year old client, Nehemiah Sutton, booked two (2) films, a supporting role in the film “Middle of NoWhere” and a lead role in the film “Hustle vs Heartache”;  young adult client, Miko Hughes, recently shot the lead role in the action/horror film Steve Niles’ “Remains”;   Recent television show bookings include: “Victorious“, “NCIS: Los Angeles”, “Weeds”,  “Shameless” and a recent pilot “REM”.

Some of Debbie’s distinguished clients currently are MILES HEIZER (“Parenthood”);  ALLISYN ARM  (“Sonny With a Chance aka So Random”);  ISABELLA THOMAS (“Brothers & Sisters”);  MARCUS PAULK (“Take the Lead”);  TYLER PATRICK JONES (“G Force”); CHRISTEL KHALIL (“The Young & the Restless”) and BOBBY CARRADINE.
Debbie is one of the most prominent commercial agents in  the industry and also represents developmental young talent theatrically. With her solid lasting relationships with casting directors, BEAL TALENT & ASSOCIATES functions with the intimacy of a small agency and the command of a powerhouse.

Caleb's mom wrote the following to John Casablancas Oakbrook Terrace:

JC Chicago made all the difference for our son.

Without JC Chicago Caleb would have never had the skill or courage to charge into an acting career. It was exactly what we needed as parents to get him started to know who to trust and where to start.  After a successful week at IMTA New York and 40 callbacks Caleb had the opportunity to choose which agent was best for him. Within a couple of weeks he had an agent in Chicago and Los Angeles.

Since then he has been on the Jonas Brothers, The Middle, The lead in a music video, the lead in a short film that just premiered at the LA shorts film festival and much more. He has really become the person he was meant to be and really grown as an actor. He has a few movie offers on the table now and the sky is the limit for his career! Thanks so much to Carmela and JC Chicago for all you did to start us off with the right foundation.

I have learned over and over that in this industry it comes down to who you know and JC Chicago knows the right people to connect you with! This is a hard industry to break into so start with every advantage possible!

Jadie Hager

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JC Chicago works with kids, teens and young adults in helping them get started in the Entertainment Industry.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

John Casablancas Chicago Client Lands a TV Show!

Marketing is key to being successful in the acting and modeling industry. The development of your talent is your first step throughout your John Casablancas experience.

If you cannot land the audition, you don't even need to worry about the job. Like any other hobby, to be successful, one must have a network established of influential casting directors, producers of motion pictures and top agents from around the world. It all goes back to "time is money". Yes talent can be innate. An investment in the right marketing is vital in any fields these days.

You will have the opportunity to audition for top casting companies, magazine editors, and agents on a monthly basis.

The JC Centers are unique in that they are affiliated with agencies in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, London, Paris, Milan, Tokyo and throughout the world. Only through consistent networking and marketing of our clients, are we able to produce the thousand of successful people that have attended the John Casablancas Modeling & Career Centers.

If you are a client of John Casablancas Oakbrook Terrace and wish to obtain a list and full Bio of Casting Directors, Agents and Managers who are scheduled to come to the JC Center, please contact our Director of Education/Talent Manager at (630) 396-2340.

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JC Chicago works with kids, teens and young adults in helping them get started in the Entertainment Industry.

Another John Casablancas Oakbrook Terrace Client Signs With Major Hollywood Agency

The Next Hollywood Star… May Be Right Before Your Very Own Eyes! John Casablancas, Founder of Elite, World's Most Prestigious Modeling Agency, Turns Dreams In To Reality.

Chicago, IL (1888PressRelease) May 28, 2010 - John Casablancas…one of the foremost names in the world of glamour, celebrity and style, brings yet another opportunity for one its fresh faces with his John Casablancas Oakbrook Terrace Center (JC Center) located at 1801 South Meyers Road in Oakbrook Terrace (near Oak Brook Mall).

One of the hopefuls at the John Casablancas Oakbrook Terrace Center is an eleven-year-old boy by the name of Caleb Hager, who developed his skills and then through consistent marketing by the JC Center managed to sign with a top talent manager in Los Angeles. Already at eleven years old Caleb has accomplished more than the majority actors and models who are in their twenties and thirties. Caleb is currently working in Los Angeles for the next six months. He has appeared on the television shows, "Jonas" and "The Middle" and worked background on a movie featuring Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake. He was also sent out recently to a lead role audition for a movie opposite Hugh Jackman! In addition to pursuing acting, Caleb has written a book "Sleep Mode". The book is being shopped for a publisher. It's a science fiction space novel for kids. Other recent Chicagoland success stories include Marian Sykes, who was featured in an American Girl print ad and a K-Mart TV commercial; Jeremiah Garcia, Aislinn Debutch and Ana Trujillo all landed a National McDonald's commercial.

John Casablancas began the JC Centers 25 years ago. The founder of Elite Model Management, the most prestigious modeling agency in the world, John developed the world's first supermodels and changed the model industry forever. He is responsible for discovering such greats as Gisele Bundchen, Cameron Diaz, Alyssa Milano, Demi Moore and Claudia Schiffer and has represented such names as Naomi Campbell, Heidi Klum, Iman, and Brooke Shields, to name a few.

John Casablancas Oakbrook Terrace provide the skills to succeed - from modeling, personal image development, professional acting, make-up, nutrition, hair, to exercise and fashion. This information is invaluable to anyone pursuing a career, modeling or otherwise. Students learn how to develop a sense of self, a quality that is admired, recognized and respected among society as well as a competitive industry. The philosophy, as stated by John, is such: "The true test of all of us is to be the best at whatever we choose to pursue."

In addition, the John Casablancas Oakbrook Terrace Center are affiliated with an international network of modeling and talent agencies throughout the world. Top casting directors, agents, producers and magazine photo editors continually visit the Center to scout for new clients. These decision-makers, who will visit the Oakbrook Terrace JC Center in 2010, include various Hollywood agents and Casting Directors.

Prospective talent must meet certain requirements, which includes a personal interview to determine if the necessary qualities are possessed that the JC Center is seeking. The experienced team of professionals at John Casablancas in Oakbrook lives up to the reputation that John Casablancas, professes. "Our training is like going to the best college in the country…," said its founder.

There are currently nearly 50 John Casablancas Modeling and Career Centers, with locations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Columbia, Peru, the Dominican Republic and Italy. For further information on programs available at the John Casablancas Oakbrook Terrace Center in Oakbrook Terrace, please call (630) 396-2340.

John Casablancas Oakbrook Kid Signs with Major Hollywood Professionals

John Casablancas Oakbrook Kid Signs with Major Hollywood Professionals

Adorable 5 year old Gabrianna, a client of JC Chicago gets her major break by signing with a huge Agent and Manager in Los Angeles! Parent gives a review of John Casablancas Oakbrook Terrace and shares her experience at JC Chicago.

Oakbrook Terrace, IL, December 30, 2011 --( Congrats to John Casablancas Client Gabrianna Alfano! After only being with JC Chicago for less than a year Gabrianna's Career is beginning to take off! She recently got signed with two major industry professionals: Milton Parea representing her as her agent and Fran Blain representing her as her manager.

Milton Perea has been actively involved in the entertainment industry for more than ten years and is one of Amsel, Eisenstadt & Frazier, Inc, leading talent agents. His clients are series regulars on such shows as; NBC’s Parenthood, Steven Spielberg’s and Diablo Cody’s Showtime series United States of Tara, AMC’s Mad Men, NBC's Days of Our Lives, ABC’s Once Upon a Time and General Hospital. Current shows in development that his clients are in - include ABC Family’s Jane by Design and NBC’s Are you there Chelsea?

Many of his clients have guest Starred and have recurring roles on shows like Disney’s Shake it Up, Lab Rats, Ant Farm, Austin and Alley, So Random, Nickelodeon’s Bucket and Skinner's Epic Adventure, Icarly as well as, Fox’s Bones, CW’s 90210, TNT’s Justified, and many, many more. In addition to television, Milton’s clients appear alongside many of today’s top-notch actors. His clients can be seen in the following feature films, Twilight: New Moon (Starring Kirsten Stewart and Robert Patterson), Playing the Field (Starting Gerard Butler), Paranormal Activity 3, Space Buddies, I Can Do Bad All By Myself (starring Tyler Perry), Grown Ups (Starring Adam Sandler, and Salma Hayek), 5inal Destination, Lemonade Mouth, PROM, Super 8 and Columbia Pictures next franchise movie-the Amazing Spider-man.

FRAN BLAIN is a Manager who represents actors of all ages in film, television and theatre in both New York and Los Angeles. Fran has been in show business since she was 15 years old when she booked her first commercial. As a teenager, Fran shot commercials, studied with the legend Lee Strasberg himself and was a performer at the Province town Playhouse on Cape Cod. Fran has also been featured in Time Magazine.

Fran loves show business and loves helping actors go for their dreams. Fran’s clients have booked film and television roles on The Office, Antfarm, Wizards of Waverly Place, Bleep my Dad Says, Torchwood, ICarly, I'm in the Band Outsourced, Harry's Law, CSI: Miami, CSI: NY, Ugly Betty, Cold Case, Without a Trace, 90210, Nip/Tuck, Scrubs, Project X, Priest, Faster, The last Godfather, No Ordinary Family, Ghost Writer, Cirb your Enthusiasm and many more.

Fran is also part of Blain & Associates which represents such wellknown writers and directors whose partial credits include Step up, Save the Last Dance, A League of their own, an Officer and a Gentleman, and numerous other Successful film and television projects. Blain & Associates is executive producing COBU 3D, starring the Asian sensation BoA and Derek Hough (Dancing With The Stars).

Gabrianna’s mom wrote the following review about her experience at John Casablancas:

"In all honesty, I was very skeptical of JC when I first signed my daughter. I knew nothing about this industry and was worried it was a scam. I thought if someone in this industry wanted money from you that it wasn’t legit. That whole statement couldn’t be more wrong, in this case. I quickly learned that JC is a school and not just any school, a highly respected school by this industry. And just like anyone in any career, it is curial to attend classes and seminars to help further and polish your skills. I also quickly learned that JC is an investment in my daughter’s future and this was the best decision I could have made to start my daughter’s career and helping her achiever her dreams. My daughter loves JC and I love watching her grow and polish her acting and modeling skills. The directors, coaches, and instructors are amazing. They show true professionalism and true genuine care towards her. My experience with JC has been nothing but positive. Thanks to JC, my daughter now knows how to present herself at an audition with confidence and poise. Because of JC she now has several offers from highly respected managers and agencies from Chicago, New York, and LA. We are currently looking forward to spending several months in LA this winter. I am internally grateful to JC for everything they have done. Thank you JC!

Sincerely, Dana Alfano" (Mother of Gabrianna Alfano)

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