MEET THE TALENT AGENTSTalent Agents from the South East Region
Session A — 1:00-2:45 pm • Session B — 3:00-4:45 pm • Session C — 5:00-6:45 pm
Kecia Michelle & Mary Kay Farley, JTA
As Agency Director at JTA, Kecia Michelle has represented what is arguably the deepest, most experienced talent pool in the southeast for over 20 years. She has represented actors who have been cast as principle players in over 200 feature films including Forrest Gump, The Blindside, Iron Man 3, The Color Purple, We Are the Millers, Prisoners, and Hunger Games. Her actors have worked in television just as much obtaining Recurring, Guest Starring and Co-Starring roles in episodic such as (currently) Walking Dead, Homeland, Banshee, Drop Dead Diva, Revolution, Sleepy Hollow, Reckless and Under the Dome. A seasoned agent, she witnessed the industry evolve and fully embraces the digital world required for successful representation. Her accessibility, honesty and Caring manner set her apart in an otherwise insane business. Her advice to young actors is to continue to take classes, get involved in theatre, be yourself and embrace every chance to refine your acting skills.
Mary Kay Farley has been the Sr. Booking Agent at JTA, Inc. for ten years. She received her BA in Communications/PR from UNCC while interning for the nationally syndicated Ace & TJ Show. Over the past decade, she has worked on hit shows like The Walking Dead, Nashville, and Homeland, just to name a few. Her passions are animal awareness and vintage antique malls. On her down time, she likes spending time with her rescue mutt, Punky.
Charlotte and Matt Soper, Carolina Talent, Inc
Carolina Talent is Charlotte’s oldest and most respected modeling agency and with good reason. Established during the 1960’s and incorporated in the 1980’s, Carolina Talent has servedCharlotte’s Fashion industry longer than any other. Our professional staff is dedicated to providing our clients with Charlotte’s most diverse and extensive portfolio of modeling and acting talent, including access to nationally recognized faces from major markets like Miami, Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles. Whether you’re an advertising agency, magazine publisher, newspaper editor, casting agent, marketing firm, or other creative professional responsible for booking models and actors Voice over talent, or promotional Modles, Carolina Talent is devoted to providing you with the right talent for every job.
Jessy Boswell, Screen Artists Talent
Acting is all about essence — the basic nature, quality and substance of an individual. It’s been that way since the dawn of the film industry in the 1930’s and it has remained the same. In order to move past service roles, an actor must brand their essence and learn what they are capable of doing with it. These days, actors don’t know how to find their essence, and their agents don’t take the time to help find it. Screen Artist Talent believes strongly in the process of branding and marketing the personal essence of the actors we represent. As your agent, we will take the time to get to know not only your skills, talents and personality as an actor, as well as the real reason behind it all. We will utilize everything we discover about who you are to ensure that you are thoroughly and realistically represented in the world of professional screen acting. Screen Artists Talent is a boutique agency in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina.
Lu Anne Bernier, Monarch Talent Agency
Lu Anne started working in the talent business in 2001. With support from clients, coaches, and talent she launched Monarch Talent Agency to provide union and non-union talent for feature films, episodics, industrials, infomercials, regional and national commercials. Monarch currently represents talent from North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, California, Louisiana and New York. Monarch’s mission is to provide caring support to our talent and deliver top-notch, professional service to our valued film and print clients.
Karen Boles, East Coast Talent
Check out our IMDb page to see a list of our clients: http://www.imdb.com/company/co0214480/. We’re on Twitter @ECTagency and also on Facebook.
Representing the brightest kids, teens and adults in film, television, commercials, industrials, music videos and print. We represent professional talent in Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Louisiana and the Carolinas. Our staff is hard working and dedicated to helping make sure you find the right talent every time. Whatever it takes, we’ve got what it takes! We also believe in working to help grow the local industry in the southeast and are always willing to help student and indie filmmakers with their casting needs.
Kelsi Chandler, Marilyn’s
For over 45 years, Marilyn’s has built a roster of experienced and professional talent, based all over the world. Located in the Southeast, we provide the best talent to our lineup of national clients. We partner these ideals with excellent customer service from our team of dedicated agents. Before becoming the booking agent in the TV/FILM department, Kelsi Chandler was talent as well as a coach and mentor. She studied at NYCDA and works closely with each of her actors, whose resumes are filled with Co-Star, Guest Star, and Recurring credits from House of Cards, Nashville, The Inspectors, Good Behavior, Halt & Catch Fire, Greenleaf, Sleepy Hollow, Vampire Diaires, and Walking Dead just to name a few. Most recently, Marilyn’s talent can be seen in the feature films Loving andHidden Figures. We pride ourselves on our motto of Forward Thinking. Top Talent. No limits.
About This Session
DONATION: $15/Student & Parent
You can also sign up for One On One with Casting Directors during the same session time.
Students will be given the rare opportunity to meet some of the most influential TALENT AGENTS in the Southeast Region! This is a great opportunity to get signed with an agent if you are looking for representation!
How to Prepare For This Workshop
Students should bring several copies of your Head Shot & Resume. If you don’t have one its okay. If you’d like to get a current headshot, click here to take you to the HEAD SHOT session.
Session A — 1:00-2:45 pm
Session B — 3:00-4:45 pm
Session C — 5:00-6:45 pm