Each year, The Avenue Agency gives away valuable prizes to the talent who have set themselves apart from their peers in some way. There are those who are brave enough to be competitive at the holiday party games, as mentioned in earlier blogs. But more importantly, there are the hand full of talent who go the extra mile to give 100% to their career. These talent are known to submit requested materials without having to be asked. They frequently track details on their opportunities and approach their craft as an organized business professional. They have the initiative to seek out advice and support their skill set with great marketing materials. They do not offer excuses when things don't go their way. These talent not only bring value to our partnership, but they also bring peace of mind to me as an agent when pitching them.
Some have worked for years and finally seen their preparation met with opportunity as they reap the rewards of success. Others came on board ready to go from the start and were quick out of the gate. The annual MVPs may change from year to year as we cannot honor ALL of the special partnerships at one time, but their work ethic and determination are consistent across each year. I'm so thankful to announce the winners and MVPs on The Avenue's roster in 2012:
Emily Landham will receive a free one hour personal training session with Jennifer McCoy, BS ACSM, of One Body. One Life. Health Fitness Specialists & Personal Trainers (to contact Jennifer, email email@example.com)! Emily's earlier year was wrought with challenges when she broke her foot while giving back to her community on set for a non profit, but she still finished strong ending the year with multiple feature films, industrials, and a principal role in BET's The Game!
Joel Diggs will receive a complimentary three look modeling photoshoot with photographer Michael Gomez. Joel came onto The Avenue's roster with a strong presence and has shown commitment and follow-through that put him among the top money earners in his demographic.
Steve Caviness will receive a complimentary space in acting coach Caroline Locorriere's The Actor's Studio in Nashville, TN. Steve started 2012 traveling for an ad campaign that padded pockets and kept him busy in the new year. He showed that he knows how to build relationships, as clients continue to come back to him and ask for him by name.
Rusty Whitener will receive a complimentary two look actor's headshot session from Michael Gomez. Rusty took a hiatus in the first half of the year as his Christy Award winning novel was made into a movie. In the latter part of 2012, he showed his strength and presence by booking principal roles in the hit series "Nashville", and leading roles in several movies to be released in 2013-2014.
Stephanie Gamonet will receive a complimentary 30 minute private coaching via skype with Casting Director and coach Holly Allen (a $60 value). Stephanie's dedication and persistence are proof that hard work does pay off! The past year saw her book the lead female role in a feature film as well as a national commercial spot!
Diana Moseley was 2012's child MVP and will receive a complimentary "Acting in Commercials" workshop with acting coach and working actor, Alan Dysert, of The Actor's School (a $125 value). Diana was quickly welcomed into the market when she started, but this year faced her most challenging role -- playing a tomboy. She'd rather be in pink dresses, but says "it wasn't so bad."
Alice Raver will receive a complimentary 60 minute massage from massage therapist to the country stars, Deanna Porterfield, of Balance Massage. Alice's incredible flexibility and focus has brought her business of acting to a new level in 2012 by booking commercials, print work, and feature film roles.
Jared Carter will receive a free one hour personal training session with Jennifer McCoy, BS ACSM, of One Body. One Life. Health Fitness Specialists & Personal Trainers (to contact Jennifer, email firstname.lastname@example.org)! Jared has maintained an established career for years alongside The Avenue. His most exciting role in 2012 was playing David Byrne in the movie CBGB (set to be released in 2013), alongside legendary actor Alan Rickman. Getting his picture and an interview in the Rolling Stone wasn't so bad, either!
Congratulations to our recipients in 2012. The Avenue is excited about helping invest in your career to continue your success into 2013! Contact Melinda via email for details on how to go about collecting your prize. Were you not one of the celebrated MVPs? Stay focused in 2013 and be sure to schedule your End-of-Year Review so Melinda can give you personalized attention and help you set goals for the new year!