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

 We Represent Canada's Greatest Talent
 1965 Britannia Rd. West
Mississauga, ON 
L5M 4Y4
 10 am- 5 pm

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!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014


Models interested in collaborating on the photo shoots should know they are being submitted to one of two Canadian fashion magazines, either 1968 or PRESS the Fashion magazine. There will be full credit if the editorials are selected and published. Anyone interested can contact Amanda with a headshot, measurements and shoe size, at, or

Monday, May 26, 2014

Carolyn's Kids Talent Writes Speech About Acting



Scene 1 take 2

"Is this really santa"?


everyone to thier positions,

oH no not again, retake...

LOOK here comes the robocops , watch out run!!!!

stop you  are under arrest, you must be scannned.....

scanning .......the bombs go off!


Take break!

Lets get started ... Carolyn's kids Toronto, Ontario. Carolyn .... owner and model! Kristin, my agent and manager.

Carolyn has devoted her career, and life, though through her most difficult times dealing with Cancer and as a survivor of breast cancer "WOW! My mom has always told me  'what a lady"!

My first photo shoot....

The hair, the make up, the shoots.... a lot of work and patience

My mom devoted all her time for me from a fast growing industry with many competitors...

long days, long drives, sometimes 5 days week on the road...

I'm very fortunate to have had and still have the opportunity of having to do commercials, behind the scenes in film and acting, and just photo shoots for different magazines. The industry is a tough one ....when audition time comes I get anxious and wait to hear for the callbacks...bookings are different , it's when the client wants you. I've learned that whatever job I get is meant to be.

I've met many famous people such as Jackie Earl Haley, Jessica Biel, Enrico Colantoni, and many more and famous directors, and producers...

The most exciting part I've enjoyed playing was on Flashpoint a tv series, as well as Crash and Burn...

I can tell you this, everyone says your so lucky... but I look at  it in a different way,  I look at it as an experience, I was once really shy... and its helped me to be a better and confident person, and when you make a mistake you learn how to correct it in a positive way.

Its not so easy, you always need to be prepared awake, and always listening to your director..... and agent for your call times.                                                                                                                                  
There have been long days of working hard and then of course I complain, but then I think wow I've really accomplished a great experience of acting or just a plain photo shoot.

My favorite part is when its break time, mmmm all the delicious foods, Desserts not to mention I'm a part of Actra. Actra is a union and its very hard to get into Actra,  how I got into actra was I had a booking for a Walmart commercial when Kristin called me and wanted on set and you need to be with the union. Union means you have to go by their guidelines and they are very strict. Thanks to Kristin for her hard work for landing me the role.

Examples are break times and you cant work past a 9 hour shift and you can ask for food anytime.

The best part of being with Actra is you get paid a certain rate of hour or salary, and you can get full benefits if you choose to do so.

Toronto is a fast growing industry and they are now calling it the 2nd California state in filming.

The most funniest experience is when I was booked for a Harlequin novel  Photo shoot,which is for adults romance novels. The little boy who was to be my little brother was a bit younger then me and we had to pretend to open presents and that there was a pretend Santa Claus behind us but, the little boy kept running back and grabbing all the pretend christmas presents underneath the tree and opening them, it was a long day...

Another experience was filming for it was "The night before christmas" with Jessica Biel and you can see it every Christmas holiday on tv being apart of the cast in order for us to stay up until 3 am I was fed all kinds of candy! WOW THAT WAS THE BEST!!! But my mother didn't think so! we had no choice..... but after the shoot driving home back to London I slept like a baby my mother said....

Yes, being a part of Carolyn's has gave me great experience, obedience, and patience. I want to thank Carolyn the owner of Carolyn's model and talent and Kristen my manager and talent agent that without them both I would have never gained the experiences that I have had!

A word of advice, if your thinking of being a famous actor or actress, Its tough, its a lot of hard work to get recognized and to live the dream, but if you want it as a career go for it ! Live your dreams and you can accomplish anything. Carolyn has given the most great opportunity to being apart of their family business and this is a part of my life now. Thank you Carolyn for giving me the chance in my life you truly make a Difference to me and to be continued!"

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Carolyn's Talent: CMTC WINNERS


Devonyea M. won 2nd for singing in the 4-11 division.

Isaiah Y. won 2nd for dance in the 12 and over division. Monologue 12 and over 2nd. Commercial Print talent/actor 3rd.

Isabella D. won 1st for runway 4-11

Aurelia won 3rd for runway 4-11.

Anthony Timpano won 2nd for male runway. 2nd for for male photography. 1st for male swimsuit.

Sierra P. won 1st in child photography 4-7. Child cover 4-7 1st place! Monologue child 4-11 3rd. Kids casting 4-7 2nd place. Commercial Print child 4-7 1st place! And overall 4-7!!

Emma B. won 3rd in child cover 4-7.

Teegan W. won 2nd in child cover 4-7.

Griffin Lennie won 2nd in cold reading 12+

Stephanie Wong won 1st in tv commercial female. And 2nd commercial print female teen.

Hana Danielle won 2nd in commercial print female teen.

Elizabeth K. won 1st in commercial print ingenue.

Allison Jaworski 1st Runner-up for Commercial Print Talent

Adrianne Brock won 1st in commercial print female adult.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014



Canadian Colour Blast will be having a photo shoot this weekend and need models who would like to volunteer and add some colourful and unique photos to their portfolio. They will be using the photos on their Facebook, promo material and Instagram. 

The shoot will be outside, at 5:00pm this Saturday. 

Arrive dressed prepared - it is for a running/walking event so shorts/workout clothing. They will be blasting models/ talent with coloured powder (corn starch) and will be supplying you with a white colour blast t-shirt. 

They are looking for mainly girls ages 13-28. 


Rachel Cuschieri
Follow us on Twitter: @ColourBlastRun