Friday, February 27, 2015

Another Great Week at Carolyn's

Another Great Week at Carolyn's

Monday February 23rd- Friday February 27th

The weather may be frigid, but our fabulous talent are warming things up!


Congratulations to Jackson K  who just did a cover shoot for a world famous novel, hitting the store shelves soon! Wow! Great work!

Congrats to Liam M. Who worked on a retail print a while back. Great work Liam! 

Take a look at Carolyn's Kids baby Piper C. in yet another Hudson Bay flyer!  She's their baby model, they love her! 

Congrats to Cynthia D. who worked on a retail print ad recently!  Great work Cynthia! 

Take a look at little Carolyn's Kids Talent Mila C. excited to see herself on the cover of this Harlequin novel. Great job Mila, that's so exciting for you and your family, you look adorable!

Take a look at Carolyn's Talent Devin C. in this amazing short film called The Lonely.  He did such a great job and the film was made beautifully and is such a great story! 


Congrats to Ashley Heenan who worked on a promo modeling job recently. Great work Ashley!

Congrats to Tammy Wilson who worked on The Shopping Channel a while back as a dancer. Great work Tammy! ‪

Congrats to Christine Bentley who is working on an on-going project as a Guest Speaker. Great job Christine, keep rocking it!

Congrats to ‪Heidi Hatcher who worked on a print catalogue job recently. Great work Heidi, stunning as always! ‪

Congratulations to Shanna Armogan on landing a Principal Role in a New Media Episodic!

Congrats to ‪Carolyn's Talent‬ Mark Green who worked on a video project. Great work!

Here's to another great week, and the start of a brand new 
month, March!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Congrats to Carolyn's Kids Talent

Congrats to Carolyn's Kids Talent Trinity H. and Ansh R. who worked on a commercial recently. Great work guys! 

8 Tips to Maintain Good Skin for Castings/Auditions

1. Cleanse your skin regularly to avoid buildup of dirt and bacteria. Find a cleanser that suits your skin type, bearing in mind that not every product is ideal for you.
2. Beware of products with harsh chemicals. They can cause breakouts and damage the skin. We recommend products with an all-natural vegan-botanical ingredient base that will not have harmful effects.
3. Keep your skincare regiment simple. After a long photo-shoot or casting call you’re less likely to fall off the bandwagon if your routine is easy and simple.
4. Too much tanning will age your skin, so alternate between spray tans or a reliable brand of sunless tanner to keep a healthy glow without the negative side effects.
5. Drink enough water. It will keep your skin hydrated and keep it looking vibrant and healthy. Adopting good nutritional habits will also have positive impact on the appearance of your skin.
6. Get a good beauty rest. Lack of sleep will lead to tired older looking skin most obviously by casing bags and dark circles under the eyes.
7. Keep your pillowcase clean and your hair away from your face as you sleep. Grease and bacteria from these can build up on your face and cause breakouts.
8. Be consistent. Consistency will ultimately be your best friend; a sporadic routine will only lead to breakouts. With a little planning and some diligence, anyone can maintain healthy beautiful looking skin!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

How To Start A Career In Commercial Modelling & Acting

So you want to be a model or actor, but where do you start?

Get A Headshot- Every actor needs an 8x10 headshot with a resume on the back and even beginner models may start off with a simple headshot before the start building their portfolio.
Build Your Portfolio- A simple headshot will only serve its purpose for a time, then you need to upgrade. Determine what type of roles you might be cast for as a commercial print model. Examples include athletic, young mom and businessperson. You should now work on building your portfolio with these looks. Determine what types of roles you’re most likely to be cast for and build your portfolio around them. Be realistic about it, and take a look at your strengths. For example, If you’ve got an athletic build, you may be a great fit for athletic and fitness campaigns and acting roles. Recognize your strengths and use them to your advantage.
Find An Agent- Do some research about reputable agencies in your area. Give them a call and don’t be afraid to ask questions about the process of applying, the types of campaigns they do and what they’re ultimately looking for. We’ve heard great things at Carolyn’s Model & Talent Agency, not that we’re biased or anything. Some people advocate for a do it yourself approach, but we firmly believe an agent will help you navigate more effectively through the industry and will ultimately give you access to the connections you need.
Take Classes- This is a no brainer for actors; of course you should take classes. But for models, it can strengthen you commercial work by helping you to learn how to pose, learn more about your body movement and what you’re capable of. It’ll also help you to improve your role-playing and help convey emotion better.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Industry Moment with President of Carolyn’s Model & Talent, Carolyn Nikkanen!

Carolyn Nikkanen, President of Carolyn’s Model & Talent, has been in the Entertainment Business for over 50 years . Her talent agency, Carolyn’s Model & Talent, remains one of the leading and one of the most successful Model & Talent Agencies in the business for over 30 years.

eBOSS: What Was Your Journey To Becoming An Agent?
Carolyn: My Dad was really involved in the entertainment business, and the industry has always been a passion of mine.  Growing up in a family that was in the modelling industry combined with the challenges faced throughout my life brought me to this amazing path. My varied background, which includes teaching self-esteem through the Peel Board of Education, teaching acting and modelling, and studying Psychology in College and the University of Toronto has given me the ability to know what clients are looking for when casting a project. I myself have casting experience, from years ago, so I pay close attention to the needs of casting directors and their clients when I submit talent. My experience working as an actor in films, documentaries, TV, and commercials has helped me understand the industry from a performer's viewpoint. I love being an agent!  It gives me so much pleasure to see a performer's joy when they land a role. The people I represent are like family to me.   

eBOSS: What Are The Challenges Associated With Running An Agency?Carolyn: Running an agency is like being a single part of a multi-level corporation, as I deal with casting directors, directors, producers, agents and print clients. We have to work well together and establish a mutually beneficial and successful relationship. The challenges are similar to owning and operating any business. There are no drastic differences, as with all businesses there are obstacles and challenges. The obstacles make us wiser! We are fortunate to have a full-time bookkeeper and an all-around amazing staff. We work hard, and our team is at it 7 days a week; our commitment has a huge role to play in our talents' success.

eBOSS: What Do You Look For In Talent When You’re Adding People To Your Roster?
Carolyn: A grounded individual! Excellent personality and a flexible schedule, so that they can attend auditions (‘sometimes’ at a moments notice)! An agency is only as good as their talent. It is our job as an agency to seek out the best talent that are easy to work with. They should be polite, and have a positive attitude. Training is essential to their success, and we play a role in steering them in the right direction. The effort is split 50/50 between the talent and agency.

eBOSS: How Important Is It For Talent To Have A Demo-Reel?
Carolyn: Talent should have a demo reel so that they can show casting directors and clients their abilities and their unique range as a performer. A demo reel is a great asset to have. A demo reel is a compilation of your work. It is something that builds as your experience/resume builds over time.

eBOSS: What's The Biggest Mistake That Performers Make When Auditioning?Carolyn: “Can I do it again?” Biggest mistake! Wearing logos, flashy jewelry, and talking too much? Also big mistakes! Casting Directors and their clients don’t have time. First impressions are everything. Don’t be late!

eBOSS: In Your View, Is It Okay For Performers To Promote Themselves With Their Agent’s Name On Submissions?
Carolyn: If a performer is submitting themselves for something, it is important for the performer to make the agent aware. This way agents can help with decision-making and can oversee the audition and perhaps booking process. A performer must work with their agent, not against. Trust your agent!

eBOSS: What Advice Do You Have For Anyone At The Beginning Of Their Performance Career?
Carolyn: For anyone beginning their performance career, walk with your passion but be able to take rejection as a form of constructive criticism. Don’t take anything personally.

eBOSS: What Can Performers Do To Help Their Agents Help Them?
Carolyn: Performers must always keep their photos and resumes up-to-date, have consistent bodily measurements, etc… Always work on honing your craft! Don’t sit back and wait for phone to ring. Agents love talent who are go-getters and who are proactive. Even if you’re working on a short film, always work on your craft. Never stop training; never stop doing!

eBOSS: What Can Our Industry Do Differently In Order To Grow?

Carolyn: The talent industry is a very stressful industry! It’s important to show respect for your fellow industry colleagues and talent. It takes an entire team to create successful results. We work 7 days a week, around the clock.
It is important for everyone in the industry to remember that it is a TEAM EFFORT between talent, agent, casting director, photographers, clients, etc. to produce a great final product. We’re all in this together! Our success is your success!
In this business, we have the creative advantage of bringing characters and moments to life, that people of all ages can relate to and enjoy across the world!

Motivation and passion is the key to success. There’s always a way!” -- Carolyn Nikkanen

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 1965 Britannia Rd. West
Mississauga, ON 
L5M 4Y4
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Thursday, September 18, 2014


OPEN CASTING CALL: Have you ever wanted to model or act? Wan to be in TV commercials, print ads, feature films and TV shows? Here's your chance! 

Carolyn's is looking for BOYS Ages 8-10 of all sizes and ethnicities as well as MEN ages 30-50 of all ethnicities. 

If you or someone you know is interested in getting into modeling or acting we are looking for new faces in the categories listed above of all different abilities - new and experienced. 

Please attend our OPEN CALL next THURSDAY September 25th, 2014. Walk in, no appointment necessary.

Thursday, July 3, 2014


Interested in Modelling, Acting, Singing or Dance!?
If so, don’t miss your BEST opportunity to BE DISCOVERED! 


* Mississauga *
If you are interested in reserving a spot, please see below!

Sunday August 17th at 12:00 noon
Hilton Garden Inn Toronto/Mississauga

100 Traders Blvd., Mississauga ON

Why Attend the Canadian Model & Talent Convention!?


Nowhere else can you gain this much education about the industry over 4 days! We had 15 Seminars & Workshops scheduled at the 2014 CMTC which were presented by the World’s Top Agents, Scouts, Managers & Casting Directors!

Why do new models/talent have such a hard time breaking into the industry?
Clients & Casting Directors want to book models/talent that have experience!
Only at CMTC can you gain true industry experience
through our numerous competitions & events!
Where else can you meet OVER 50 of the
World’s TOP Modelling & Talent Agents, Scouts, Managers & Casting Directors
all in ONE weekend!?
CMTC makes the connection between new faces & the career makers in the industry!

Click here to check out CMTC’s video & learn more about Canada’s Premier Model & Talent Showcase Event!

If you have what it takes, don’t miss this ONCE A YEAR opportunity
to be showcased and, ultimately, BE DISCOVERED!