Friday, August 30, 2013

Freedom School of the Arts September Newsletter & Class Info

"Thankfully, perseverance is a good substitute for talent."

~ Steve Martin
I was talking with my friend, who is a casting agent, about the business and how to be successful and one thing that he said really struck me, "Success in this business is not about agents, looks, timing or even talent. It's about your ability to stay committed and persevere through all the rejection."

I've been in the business for a very long time and this really hit home. My advice, stay creative because you love it, or because you find the people around you are interesting or you find it wonderfully challenging... but stick with it, it does pay off.
We've created our own blog where you can go and look for castings. We get calls almost everyday, so subscribe and check in often to

If you have a casting you'd like to post send all the details to
*all acting, improv and modeling classes will resume October. Please refer to our website for info on those classes.

Sept. 22

Sept. 22

Bring a friend and 30% off both students
Multiple Class Discount and 20% off 2nd class taken in same term
Returning Student and 10% off to a different class
*Please call 905-997-6100 for details*

You have committed to classes and workshops both artistically and financially. Please see our NEW cancelation and refund policy as it is strictly enforced.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Fall Lipstick Trends

Fall is fast approaching, the leaves are already starting to turn colour! That means fall beauty and fashion trends are here! One of the biggest season's for trends and fashion, so get ready!

Lipstick is always a fun trend to follow and it's easy to switch up and add to your collection if you're on a budget for beauty trends. Being in the entertainment industry it's good to know what is trending so you can know what you are promoting or potential jobs you can have etc.

Plums and purple's are HOT! Anyone can rock it, just find your perfect shade and you're all set for fall. You don't have to spend a fortune on lipstick either, there are many brands that sell great colours in trend for affordable costs like the Maybelline one featured to the right. There are many purple hue's to choose from!

*Correction MAC lipstick is $18 not $12 (some prices may be American and prices may vary depending on the store).

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Two Ingredient Pumpkin Spice Cookies

This is an easy and delicious recipe for a fall treat to take with you to casting's or go-see's or a day on set. These cookies are the absolute easiest to make in the world! All you need are two ingredients:

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Mix the two ingredients together until the pumpkin and cake mix are sufficiently combined.

The cookie dough will be really thick and completely irresistible. There are no raw eggs in this mix, so feel free to sample some of the dough, it's so yummy!

Place spoonfuls of the dough on a cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray and bake at 350 degrees for 10 – 12 minutes.

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Creamy Peanut Butter Dip and Fruit Slices

Apples and peanut butter is a classic healthy snack, but since one tablespoon of peanut butter contains 95 calories, those calories can add up, especially when you're spooning it out without measuring. Being a model or actress it's good to have yummy tasting food but to have food that tastes delicious without all the calories and fat is even better! Here's a way to enjoy that creamy, nutty taste without all the calories.

This fruit dip is made with nonfat Greek yogurt, so it's sweet, low in fat, full of protein, and tastes like peanut butter ice cream! Keep reading to see this simple 63-calorie recipe.


6 ounces nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon natural peanut butter
1/2 tablespoon maple syrup
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Serve with sliced apples, pears, bananas, strawberries, or grapes.
  2. Store unused portion in the fridge.

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

How-To: Ombre Lips

Here is a really cool trick you can do with your lipstick in your next photo shoot - ombre glossed lips!

This trick gives amazing dimension to your lips and and the gloss adds great shine - really making you pop and stand out in your photos.


Step 1: Choose your coloured lip liner of choice, any colour you'd like, so as natural and subtle as you want with a nude or a bright pink like in the photo to the right.

Step 2: Line your lips with your lipliner and then fill in about half of your lips from your lip line but leave a small amount untouched.

Step 3: Take a light coloured eyeshadow in the same colour family as the coloured lip liner you chose. (Light pink or a pale nude/beige etc). Push the light shadow onto the inner naked portion of your lips and blend into the liner.

Step 4: Add a clear gloss on top to blend together and add shine! Add some shimmer for a night out or more dramatic look!

VOILA! You're done and have great 3-D looking lips that pop! This can be done with literally any shade so don't be afraid to try it out. It looks amazing with neutral colours and is more subtle that way so you can even wear it to a casting or go-see.


How to Style Bangs

Fall is fast approaching and that means bangs are back in season! Bangs are super sexy and in style for autumn seasons and I highly encourage you guys give them a try. I always go back to my straight across bangs in September. As a model of actress it's great to freshen up your look and update your photos every 6 months to a year and if you're due for new one's now is the time to try a bit of a new look without being too drastic in changing your hair! 

Bangs are an easy cut and easy fix to grow out and they look fabulous and very high fashion. On the right facial and bone structure bangs can completely change your look for the better and could possibly start booking you jobs! Here are some ways you can style them if you're unsure or don't know how to wear them after you leave the salon. 


Comb out your wet bangs with a wide tooth comb. Easy!
Hold the blow dryer above your head (in your right hand) and focus the nozzle downward. Blow the bangs to the left for 5-10 seconds using a flat paddle brush. Then, switch hands and blow to the right for 5-10 seconds. Your bangs should be slightly damp.
Wrap the center section of your bangs around a medium-sized round brush and hit them with the blow dryer from above. You’re going to be left with some crazy, voluminous bangs. However, by the time you finish your makeup and walk out the door, they will fall into place leaving you with full, sexy bangsNote: I only use a round brush in the center section; not the sides.
4. HIT IT (& QUIT IT).
But for real – one last quick hit with the blow dryer from up above and you’re done.
Are bangs in your future? If you have them, how do you style them?

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

CASTING CALL for Independent TV Pilot

Independent Pilot seeks male actor age 7 - 10 to play: 

Cooper: A sweet red haired boy, who loves trucks and soccer.

Shoot date: Sunday September 8th in Oakville. Please send all inquires to Alana Comeau at Role is unpaid however offers set experience and reel material.  

Tone your Waistline - Core Exercises

Staying active is important for anyone's good health, but you don't necessarily need a gym membership to get that killer workout. Here are a couple great at-home exercise moves that can help you out and are easy to do! The golf squat in particular is a great move to trim and tone your waistline. Try any or all of these three easy at-home workout moves to tone your waist and get rid of or ward off that horrible muffin top we all hate! 

The Pushup Row:
Get into a pushup position with your hands resting on dumbbells and your feet slightly more than hip-width apart (a). Brace your abs, then pull one dumbbell to the side of your chest (b). Lower the dumbbell, then repeat with the other arm. That's one rep.
Count this as two moves. Do it on both sides, resting 30 seconds after each set, then continue to the golf squat.

The Golf Squat: 

Stand with your feet more than hip-width apart, holding a dumbbell with both hands in front of your body. Keeping your chest upright, bend your knees to lower into a squat (a). As you stand, rotate your torso to the left as you raise the dumbbell over your shoulder (like you're swinging a golf club) (b). Return to start; repeat, rotating to the right side. That's one rep!

Rear-Foot Elevated Split Squat with Overhead Press:

Holding a dumbbell in your left hand at your shoulder, stand about two feet in front of a step or bench and place the top of your right foot on it (a). Bend your knees to lower into a lunge until your right knee grazes the floor, keeping your chest upright and hips directly under your body (b). Push through your left heel to stand, pressing the dumbbell directly overhead. That's one rep. Complete as many as you can in 30 seconds, then switch sides and repeat.
Count this as two moves. Do it on both sides, resting 30 seconds after each set, then continue to the golf squat.

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Low Sugar High Protein Lemon Raspberry Muffins

Eating healthy snacks throughout the day is important to keep your metabolism going and to give you energy throughout your busy day's on set and at casting call's and auditions. These yummy lemon raspberry muffins are the perfect treat for just that! Make them at home ahead of time and take with you on-the-go for a healthy low sugar, high protein snack! 


1 lemon
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup plain Greek yogurt (lots of protein!)
1/3 cup canola oil
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups white whole-wheat flour or whole-wheat pastry flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen (not thawed) raspberries
1/2 cup vanilla protein powder (optional)


  1. Step 1: Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat 12 large (1/2-cup) muffin cups with cooking spray or line with paper liners.
  2. Step 2: Use a vegetable peeler to remove the zest from the lemon in long strips. Combine the zest and sugar in a food processor; pulse until the zest is very finely chopped into the sugar.
  3. Step 3: Add yogurt, oil, egg, and vanilla. Pulse until blended
  1. Step 4: Combine whole-wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Add the yogurt mixture and fold until almost blended. Gently fold in raspberries. Divide the batter among the muffin cups.
  1. Step 5: Bake the muffins until the edges and tops are golden, 18 to 25 minutes. Let cool in the pan for five minutes before turning out onto a wire rack. Serve warm.
Makes a dozen muffins.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Toronto Child Actor on Set of 'Played'

Check out #carolynskids #talent Faith A. with her "TV Dad" on the set of 'Played'! Looks like you're having lots of fun Faith! Can't wait to see the show!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

50 Ways to Use Coconut Oil

Scientific research on coconut oil has revealed health benefits that affect your entire body, inside and out. Being in the entertainment industry, having a product that not only benefits you and your beauty regime but also your body in more than one way you've hit jackpot! You've heard good things about it and now you have a tub of it sitting in your pantry. So how do you use coconut oil? Read to find out!

1. Cheekbone Highlighter - Apply a small amount on cheekbones over makeup.
2. Shaving Lotion - Close shave and a moisturizer at the same time.
3. Facial Scrub - Combine coconut oil with Himalayan crystal salt and apply to face each night. Washing it off is optional.
4. Body Scrub - Combine coconut oil and sugar. Check out this DIY Sugar Scrub recipe.
5. Makeup Remover - Healthier, stronger and longer eye lashes are just a bonus!
6. Homemade Deodorant - You only need a few ingredients in addition to coconut oil to make this simple deodorant recipe.
7. Homemade Lip Balm or Lip Gloss - Apply directly or create a flavored version with this simple lip balm recipe.

8. Leave-in Overnight Conditioner - Looking for a deep conditioning hair treatment? Rub a small amount of oil into hair (mostly at ends), comb through and put hair in a loose bun before bed, and wash out in the morning.
9. Hair Flyaway Tamer - Use very sparingly on ends or areas with flyaways.
10. Defrizzer of Split Ends - Just put a tiny amount on your hands and run them through the frizzy areas.
11. Static Reducer - Rub your hands together with a little bit of coconut oil on them and run them through your static-y hair.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The Importance of an Organized Fridge

Having an organized fridge not only makes your life easier, but it helps you to eat healthy and eat all your groceries. There's nothing worse than paying money for groceries and then forgetting about them because the get lost in the back of the fridge and then it goes bad. Mom's, this can make your life easier! Everyone else this is still a good tip because if you're trying to regulate your meals and stay healthy and fit (models or actress') than this is some good advice for you!

You can pick up these organizers at Storage Solutions or any place that sells organizational pieces. These one's are great to store your foods, organize them and they're stack-able so you don't lose space in your fridge! Having an organized fridge makes your life a lot easier and will help you plan meals and keep track of your groceries.

Bree xoxo

5 Breakfast Ideas under 400 Calories

Here are some great breakfast suggestions that are filling and low calorie but tastes amazing. We know that eating healthy can be tough, and eating breakfast is a challenge for many but it's the most important meal of the day and for those of us in the entertainment business all of this is essential! Eat healthy, don't lost the great tasting food and have a filling breakfast to jump start your day.


1. PB&B Sandwich

This peanut butter and banana sandwich is a healthier version of "The Elvis," since it was one of the King of Rock's favorite meals when topped with bacon. Leave out the meat and added fresh blueberries on the side.
  • Spread each half of a toasted whole wheat English muffin with 1 Tbsp peanut butter
  • Top each half with 1/4 c sliced banana
  • Eat as an open-faced sandwich with a side of 20 blueberries
Total calories: 406

2. Cheesy Eggs on Toast

Order this omelet at a diner or your favorite weekend breakfast spot. On a budget? Make this combo in your kitchen.
  • Request an omelet made with 1 egg and 2 egg whites
  • Fill it with spinach, tomatoes, and a sprinkle of shredded mozzarella
  • Eat with 2 slices of whole wheat toast (no butter!)
Total calories: 391

3. Peach Parfait

This ready-in-a-minute yogurt dish adds calcium to your diet and helps boost your immune system. Swap peaches for your other favorite fruits for a quick flavor switch.
  • Spoon 1/2 c fat-free artificially sweetened vanilla yogurt into a dish (115)
  • Top with 1/4 c store-bought low-fat granola (226)
  • Top with 1/2 c sliced fresh peaches (66)
  • Sprinkle on ground cinnamon (0)
Total calories: 407

4. Oatmeal Buttermilk and Berry Pancakes

What's better on a leisurely weekend morning than making pancakes with the family? These fluffy hot cakes pack a nutritional punch with oatmeal, whole wheat flour, and blueberries. Yum!
  • Whole wheat flour and oatmeal boosts the fiber
  • This recipe got a 4-out-of-5 star rating from our readers!
  • Keep your serving to 3 pancakes to stay in the 400-calorie range
Total calories: 390

5. Waffle Sundae

This warm waffle and cool yogurt combo is a delicious sit-down meal that’s ready in less than 5 minutes. Too sweet for the morning? Serve it as an after-dinner dessert.
  • Prepare 2 frozen whole grain waffles according to package directions
  • Top each waffle with 1/4 c nonfat plain yogurt
  • Add 1 Tbsp slivered almonds, 1/4 c fresh raspberries, and 1/2 Tbsp pure maple syrup
Total calories: 409

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Toronto Talent on set of American Girl

Congratulations to Carolyn's Kids talent Emily R. who did an amazing job on the set of American Girl. Check out these great behind the scenes photos! Great job Emily! 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

The Best Skincare Tips for Models

As a model having good skin is a MUST. You want to take care of your skin and be sure you're putting healthy products on that allows your skin to breathe.  Here are some great tips on how you can take care of your skin and keep a youthful glow for the rest of your life!

1. Protect your lips
Get a great lip balm with an SPF in it to protect the skin on your lips

2. Get rid of redness
Any type of redness isn't flattering for anyone never mind rosace. Use an exfoliating wash and brush like the Clarisonic and this will help reduce and get rid of redness

3. Go Natural
Many products on the market contain harsh chemicals that harm your skin that you don't even realize. Use products that are organic and have ingredients that will allow your skin to breathe. Arbonne is amazing! All their products are formulated in Switzerland and are vegan/organic.

4. Use anti-aging NOW
I know many of you many be young now, but we all want to keep that youthful glow to your skin. So start using anti-aging lines now so that your skin will benefit and age a lot better as you start getting older so when you're 40 you look 30!   

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Why You should be taking Biotin

Biotin is a girl's best friend! If you haven't heard of this amazing vitamin supplement yet then you NEED to read this blog post. Biotin is one of the most beneficial vitamins for a girl's beauty regimen, so all you girl's in the entertainment industry modelling or acting MUST read about how this can help your hair, skin and nails. 

Biotin helps with skin, nails and hair. It not only makes your hair and nails grow, but gives them a shine and luster that you've probably spent hundred's of dollars on products for. It can help clear your skin of any imperfections (acne, dark or red spots, scarring etc) and give you a gorgeous glow people will envy.

I have been using this for the past 3 years and have gotten everyone from my friend's and family using it. My Nana has been using it and has never been happier with her skin. nails and hair.

Pick these up anywhere that sells vitamins, a health store or your local Wal-Mart and try them out. I guarantee you'll start to see results in a matter of months.

Bree xoxo

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Great Health Snacks for the Fit Lifestyle

 Here are a couple great snacks for those of you who are trying to lose weight, gain muscle or tone up. These are great food sources that give you the nutrients you need, and they taste great! If you aren't trying to lose weight or living the fit lifestyle, these are still some great things to add to your daily diet. 


Chickpeas should be your anytime carb source of choice. This versatile bean contains 45 grams of slow acting carbs per cup along with 12 grams of fiber.


Nuts are a must for any hardgainer struggling to put on weight. 1 ounce of cashew or almonds contains 150-170 high quality calories. Nuts are the perfect blend of protein, fats, and fiber allowing you to get the extra calories you need without having them pad your waistline. Nuts are also extremely portable making them the perfect thing to snack on during the day if you need to increase your calorie intake.

Full Fat Cottage Cheese

Cottage cheese’s muscle building powers comes from two different components. Cottage cheese contains a high proportion of casein, the slow digesting dairy protein. When you eat casein you blood amino acid levels rise slowly and stay elevated for longer than if you would have eaten whey (the other dairy protein). Cottage cheese also contains live cultures which are good bacteria what will help you breakdown and absorb all the nutrients you need to get bigger and stronger.

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Protein/Carbohydrate Recovery Shake

Working in the entertainment industry, you probably workout just to keep fit and toned or you want to tone up more. Here is a great tip for a shake/smoothie to drink BEFORE your workout and why it can help you to build muscle.

A protein and carbohydrate recovery shake should be the cornerstone of your muscle building program. Drinking a shake consisting of protein and carbohydrates before your workout sets the stage for optimal muscle growth and nutrient usage. Research from several Universities shows that this power nutrition combination puts the breaks on excess muscle breakdown, jacks up protein synthesis, rapidly refills muscle energy stores, increases blood flow to your muscles, up regulates creatine transport, and improves your body’s ability to process and use carbohydrates for hours following your workout.

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

NYC Big City Kids Magazine Shoot

Check out Carolyn's Kids talent Saskia W. in this new shoot for NYC Big City Kids Magazine! Such beautiful photos! Way to go!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Cracked Heel Miracle Soluation

No one likes cracked heels and being a model or actor/actress it's even more of a burden. Here is a great way to get rid of that if you have it and pedicure's aren't helpful enough. Soft, smooth skin is a MUST!

How To:

Grind a handful of rice until u get a fine but coarse flour. Add a few spoons of raw honey to the mixture along with enough apple cider vinegar to obtain a thick paste. If the cracks are very deep, add a spoon of olive oil. Soak feet for 20 minutes & gently massage with this paste.


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