Legends Talented young actors and
models captured the spotlight
at the 53rd annual MAAI
convention as they looked to
take their next giant career steps
T he beautiful and historic Deauville Beach Resort
on the white sands of the Atlantic Ocean hosted
the 53rd Model and Talent Showcase for the
Modeling Association of America International.
Aspiring actors and models from across the
country gathered to display their talents before industry ex-
perts and professionals.
In pursuit of their dreams, ambitious stars of the future
participated in informative seminars and workshops, run-
way modeling, TV Commercial, Photo Print, Soap Star,
Cold Read, Quiz Kids, Legs, Swimsuit, and Monologue.
Top agents, casting directors, acting coaches, and represen-
tatives from highly-acclaimed New York acting schools
shared information designed to help these talented individ-
uals prepare for success. The Entertainment Forum offered
insight into the ever-changing world of the working actor
or model. And entertaining it was as “MAAI Has Talent”
came to life on stage.
These performers followed the footsteps of many leg-
ends. Can you imagine displaying your talent on the same
stage as the Beatles’ British Invasion, Frank Sinatra and the
Rat Pack, Liza Minelli, Diana Ross, Sonny and Cher, Pres-
ident John F. Kennedy, Joan Rivers, Tom Jones, Eleanor
Roosevelt, Tony Bennett, Bobby Darin and more? Inspira-
tion from these superstars permeated the entire setting.
The past blended into the present, as modern popular
music blared above the sounds of the pounding ocean waves
as the swimsuit competition began. Each contestant de-
scended from a white staircase onto the runway while the
massive, energetic crowd roared with enthusiasm. The op-
ulent environment was picture-perfect with a brilliant sun-
set providing the backdrop for the rollicking, fun-ﬁlled
pool party. Contestants, family members, agents and guests
mingled while enjoying delicious hors d’oeuvres. This was
certainly the favorite event for many.
OVERALL ACTOR OF THE YEAR: Elizabeth Harrison (The Smawley Agency)
Once the competitions were complete, the dreams and
aspirations of those in attendance were in the hands of the
agents. Showcase call-backs were posted and talented con-
testants with portfolios and comp cards in hand met with
renowned agents who could help fulﬁll their dreams.
The MAAI Showcase culminated with the Awards
Banquet, and this was truly the highlight of the week for
the families and friends on hand to celebrate while many
were honored with awards reﬂecting their hard work and
dedication. A variety of scholarships were awarded by The
New York Film Academy and The New York Conservato-
ry for Dramatic Arts.
The most poignant was a $500 scholarship from former
MAAI attendees from Guam. Scholarship money was do-
nated by the Sponsoring Merchants of JRP Guam and
Fresko Guahan on behalf of past MAAI winners: Leila