MAX Taents Great Opportunity

December 19th, 2014

With the holidays approaching things are a little bit nutty. Bring on the new year! A new year and a new start for auditions. If you have some free time maybe check out the work shop from Sara Kay and award winning film maker Babak Payami. 

AUDITION TECHNIQUE w/ Casting Director Sara Kay and award winning filmmaker Babak Payami

This two-day course will focus on audition technique for Film and Television with emphasis on the cold-read and the preliminary audition. Participants will be guided on how they can use the audition as an opportunity to best demonstrate their range and talent. During the first audition and how an actor can increase their chances of being considered for a role will be covered.

ACTRA & CAEA members receive a 20% discount!

Here is a recap video of our previous workshops!

How to Nail your next audition!

December 16th, 2014

MAX Agency Talents and Models find out how to nail your next audition!!!

General advice

  • Research the company in advance, so you know what they’re about and the kind of person they’re looking for. You’ll come across as both professional and organised.
  • Ask your agent as many questions as you can. It’s their job to make sure you head to your audition prepared. If you aren’t sure about something (from the address to lines to memorize) ASK!! You’re agent shuold give you all the information but if they don’t and you aren’t sure ask!
  • Smile! You’ll make a good first impression.
  • Get a good night’s sleep. Your eyes will be brighter and you’ll be more alert for your audition.
  • Be on time (or early) for everything. It sounds obvious, but some people find this a real challenge.
  • Avoid stripy or boldly-patterned clothing – it’ll be distracting on camera.
  • You’re likely to feel nervous if you’re not used to auditioning, or if it’s a part you really want – but try to relax in front of the camera (or, if appropriate, use your nerves for dramatic effect!).
  • Believe in yourself. Your confidence will come through in your audition.
  • You probably won’t get every part you audition for, but you’re gaining valuable experience along the way.


  • Learn your lines back to front, and inside out. Practise with a friend, so you feel confident on the day and don’t freeze up! Practive in front of friends or family, or even the mirror if you have to. This allows you to see the reaction from others before going into the audition.
  • Listen carefully and follow any instructions you’re given, but also try and have an original take on the part so they remember your performance.
  • Asking questions shows you’re engaged and have initiative, but don’t ask too many questions – casting directors don’t have all day to chat.
  • You don’t need to be in character for the entire audition – the casting director needs to see the ‘real you’, as well.


  • Be co-operative: follow any instructions, ask for direction if you need it, and avoid any conflict or dramas.
  • When attending meetings or castings, go for a fresh, natural look. Don’t overdo the make-up or hair styling.
  • Dress comfortably – don’t be sloppy, but slim-fit jeans, boots, and a tailored jacket should work fine.
  • Carry your portfolio with you (and your comp card, if you have one) in case anyone needs to see it.

“I Woke Up Like This”: 10 Model Beauty Secrets

December 15th, 2014

“I woke up like this,” or at least, I look like it. Here are a few tips and tricks that every model should know to look and feel their best at all times.

1 – Look Less Tired

Open up your tired, late-night eyes the next morning with a touch of gold shadow on the center of your eyelids from lash line to crease. Just a hint of shimmer in the daytime make your eyes shine.

2. De-Frizz Your Tresses

Believe it or not, a pea-sized amount of hand cream can easily de-frizz your unruly locks when you’re caught without your favourite hair products. Smooth a little dab onto your ends and you’re gold.

3. Fake Fuller Lips

Use a lipliner that matches your lip colour. Gently trace just outside your natural lip line with the utmost precision and apply a clear gloss or sheer lipstick on top.

4. Nix Nail Stains

Models get their manis and pedis redone at most shows and this can wreak havoc on precious nails. If dark polish has left it’s mark and can’t be removed easilty with nail polish remover, use the juice of a lemon as an instant brightener. Another very sneaky tip is to always leave a tiny border on the sides of your nails polish-free for a very clean effect.

5. Camouflage Skin Flaws

Do you use only one conclear colour to camouflage your skin? Try two. One lighter and one darker since our skin is not all the same colour all over. Using one for lighter and another for darker areas such as under-eyes will look more natural. This is what the pros do.

6. Detox Your Hair

Beat buildup by adding just a teaspoon of vinegar to your shampoo routine. It’s homemade clarifying shampoo and can be used once per week to give your scalp and hair a fresh clean start.

7. Bronze That Body

One glorious word: “Bronzer.” Whether light or dark-skinned, a little bronzer never hurt no one. A sprinkling on the cheekbones, the décolletage and the cheeks goes a long way. In fact, it will make you look like you came all the way from Ibiza!

8. Mix It Up

Mixing a little moisturizer with your foundation makes you positively glow. No expensive highlighter or extra products to buy. Just mix ‘n go.

9. Simplicity

One of the most important tips that models live by is sheer simplicity. The most beautiful models are not heavily made up. They are confident in their skin, eat well and get enough sleep.

10. Perfect Posture

When taking photos, always pretend you are squeezing an orange in between your shoulder blades to instantly improve slumping shoulders. Or just remember what your Mama taught you. She was right.

Types of Modeling – Modeling Industry Categories

December 15th, 2014

The current national and international modeling scene is well-established with specific yet unofficial requirements and model categories already in place. Knowing what these are where you fit in will help you better position yourself to pursue your modeling career. As a model, you may fit in to only one or multiple categories. Here they are at a glance:


A Fashion Model’s requirements are the most stringent and specific. This includes “Runway” or “Editorial” modeling. A typical Fashion Model in this category should be young, tall and thin. Specifially, this means the fashion industry size standards as listed below:


  • Height: 5’9” to 6”
  • Measurement: 34-24-34. (There are rare exceptions within one inch, maybe two. Anything beyond is extremely unlikely to be considered)
  • Age: 16-21 years old
  • Size: 0-4


  • Height: At least 6’
  • Weight: 150-180 lbs, directly proportional to height
  • Measurement: Waist between 29” to 32”. Jacket size between 40 and 42
  • Age: 18-25 years old

EDITORIAL FASHION MODEL: These types of models are featured in the editorial spreads of pages like Elle, SHE, Vogue, Flare, etc. They must fit the modeling requirements for a “Fashion Model” (listed above) in order to be considered. Most editorial fashion in Canada is Toronto-based. Other opportunities in editorial fashion can sometimes be found in major cities such as Montreal and Vancouver.

FASHION CATALOG MODEL: The requirements here are slightly less restrictive than fashion modeling in terms of height and measurement requirements. Catalog modeling still has rigid standards nonetheless.. Catalog models found in clothing catalogs online and offline, posing in a variety of outfits. This category is where most models fit and can be very lucrative for a model.

RUNWAY MODEL: Catwalk or Runway Models are hired to wear and display the fashion garments of a clothing designer. They must fit sample size clothing on display. They must be tall (5’9” and up for females, 6’ and up for males), slender and have measurements that fit the standard designer clothing size. And they definitely must know how to work the catwalk.

COMMERCIAL MODEL: Most agency models fit and work in this category. Commercial Models can take on many different and fun projects, including: print advertisements, catalogs, websites, campaigns, television shows, magazines, trade shows and much more. The possibilities here are endless. There is no height or size requirement for Commercial Modeling. If you are dying to be a fashion model but simply do not fit the size requirements for mainstream “Fashion Modeling”, you can find work and book great paying jobs as a “Commercial Fashion Model” doing fashion print and projects, of which there is abundance of demand for. Not interested in being a Commercial Fashion Model? This category of modeling accommodates many types of looks: from the girl-next-door, to middle-aged men, to those with very “unique, interesting, and character” faces.

PRINT MODEL: Print models are used for many different kinds of publications: magazines, print advertisements, billboards, posters, subway ads, wrap adverts (on buildings and buses,) calendars, campaigns, booklets, flyers and banners. Print models must have an attractive face, good skin, a nice figure and of course, a pleasing smile.

PROMOTIONAL MODEL: A Promotional Model, also known as a “Promo Model,” is hired to represent a brand, product, or service. This category of modeling does not have a height or weight requirement. It is easier to get into promo modeling than many other types of modeling. While there are no height or weight requirements, there are other general requirements for booking paid promo work: a great attitude, outgoing nature, a nice smile, and the ability to work with the public. These models may take part in events such as The Food and Wine Show or The Auto Show.

PETITE MODEL: These are models that are on the shorter side who are typically 5’4” and under. While they will not be able to find work as a fashion model, petite models can find work in other categories such as a print, commercial or promotional modeling.

FITNESS MODEL: Fitness Models are in superior shape. They are healthy, proportioned and have good muscle tone. There are no size or height requirements except being in exceptional shape.

PLUS-SIZE MODEL: “Plus-Sized” or “Full Figured Models” are beautiful models that just do not fit the stringent size requirements for mainstream modeling. They have fuller figures, weigh more and have pretty faces. They can be hired as Catalog Models for plus-sized clothing brands and stores, as well as many other job opportunities.

NUDE MODEL: Nude Models typically only find work in photoshoots. They can pose topless, partially or fully nude. There are no height or weight requirements but must have good proportion and good skin tone.

Max Agency represents types of models. To be considered at an Evaluation Meeting by an Agent, please fill out the Application Form here:

MAX Talents are busy this season!!

December 12th, 2014

I would like to wish all our MAX talents and models who have auditions this weekend the best of luck!! I know you will all do great and will be crossing my fingers for you. It is a busy holiday season with many of our talents having auditions for things like  TD Canada, short films, TV show Hannibal, and other promotional opportunities. I am happy you are all able to schedule this in during this busy holiday season. Let’s keep this up into the new year!! Congrats everyone!!!

Helpful Tips for New MAX Talents

December 11th, 2014

With all the hustle and bustle of the season, visions of sugar plums, racing cars and vacations swirling in our heads it’s easy to sometimes forget basic audition etiquette. The most important thing to remember is to always be arrive on time. If anything arrive 15 minutes early! If something happens please call your agency.  We understand that things happen, but  a Casting Director waiting for a talent to arrive is likea small child  waiting for Santa on christmas eve. After that just be confident! You were s elected for an audition for a reason. Have fun and most improtantly you have the agency crossing their fingers for you!!!

Happy Holidays MAX Talents and Models

December 10th, 2014

It’s that time of year again, when our minds are filled with joy, happiness and holidays. Please don’t forget to check in this season. There are still lots of projects happening over the holidays. If you are going to be away for an extended period of time please let the booking department know!!!  Happy Holidays to all!!!!

MAX Talent Books audition for TD Canada

December 9th, 2014

Congrats to MAX Talents Henry L. for booking an audition for
TD Canada’s ‘Chinese New Year’. Good luck this week all MAX Talents and Models who have auditions!!! Our fingers are crossed in the office.

MAX Agency Talents Audition for Short Film

December 5th, 2014

Congrats to our Max talents who have upcoming auditions for the short film WINTER HYMNS. Even though the auditions are not until the end of next week we wish you all the best of luck!!!!

MAX Talents auditons

December 4th, 2014

Congratulations to MAX KIDS NYASJAH B for her audition tomorrow for Multiple Sclerosis
Society of Canada. Good luck and our fingers will be crossed for you!!! Wishing eveyrone who had auditions this week luck!!