First Things First
No.Â AMTC is much more than an agency.Â In fact, we don't recommend you try for an agent before you're ready. Why? #1. You might get the wrong one. #2. You might make the wrong first impression andÂ hinder your future success... because you weren'tÂ ready.
AMTC is a talent development ministry that finds, prepares and launches Godâ€™s performers into the mission field of media. AMTC exposes you to dozens of the best agencies in the world... but only when you're ready. Please see the Method section of this website to learn more about The Bridge, SHINE and Agents.
You can read AMTC's Core Values by going to Mission -> Vision and Values.
Everything! Especially the new SHINE Tour. Check out our new website, SHINE.us.
Supporting The Movement
Iâ€™m an established industry professional. How can I help? Iâ€™m an established industry professional. How can I help?
If youâ€™re a casting director, talent agent, industry professional or celebrity, we welcome your affiliation. Please email our VIP CoordinatorÂ with your name, affiliation, and ideas.
AMTCÂ is a 501c3 non-profit ministryÂ supported by cost of our programs, servicesÂ and generous donors. For more information,Â see ourÂ financial accountabilityÂ section.
1) Spread the good news about AMTCÂ to your communityÂ and friends. AMTC welcomes affiliation with any church or organization seeking to make good bolder in the entertainment industry. Email AMTC's Director of Outreach.
2) If you know talented performers, referÂ them to AMTC's website and/or to audition.
3) Become a part of AMTC's Prayer Team, and you'll receive weekly emails thatÂ include individual, ministry and industry needs.
4) Support the movement. Become a monthly partner or send an individual donation to help performers who are called to this mission, but may lack the means to prepare and go.
Joining The Movement
Register for an AMTC Audition. Check out your options. Get connected. Come see how you can make good bolder in film, fashion, music and theater
If you'd like to see more positive role models in media, everyone has a role to play. Come to an AMTC audition and information session to find out more about entertainment as a mission field. (Please seeÂ the list.)
Prayerfully consider helping more performers enter this mission field with the right preparation and communityÂ by becoming an AMTC Partner.
You can also joinÂ the AMTC PrayerÂ Team. Weekly emails are sent to our Prayer Warriors, for individual, ministry and industry needs.
Success In The Industry
Talent is important. But itâ€™s not the #1 attribute of success.Â Â To enter any playing field, you must be as good-- or better-- than its current stars.Â The entertainment industry demands intelligence, passion, style, and patience.Â Performers must understand the culture and customs of the entertainment business.Â
For a Christian to be successful in Hollywood, to be in that world but not to become of it, requires double preparation. You must carry God's standard while excelling in the standards of men.Â In addition, you must love this industryâ€™s people regardless of their views or behaviors--without judgment. Above all, you must recognize your gifts are not merely for your own benefit. They are to be used with the love of others in mind.
No one does it alone.Â Talented people need a talented team to guide them and keep them on the right path.Â One of the greatest benefits of AMTC is its strong community of positive and encouraging people in all major entertainment markets.
AMTCÂ defines success differently. We believe industry credits do not define success. Nor should obtaining them be a performerâ€™s primary goal.
EvenÂ so, many AMTC grads are on high platformsÂ in mainstream, faith-based and family-friendly media.Â Some of them, who came from our 24 B.C. (before Christ) years, may or may not be Christians. Either way, they helped set the stage and bring the agents that give today's performers the major advantage of connections that can launch careers.Â Check out some ofÂ AMTC'sÂ Featured Grads.
Most of our performersÂ understand success has more to do with how they live their lives than industry credentials.Â They excel off-stage, even more than on it. They're business, ministry and family leaders. Theyâ€™re the performers thankful for every platform and every set, no matter how large or small.
Iâ€™ve heard if an agency wants you, it shouldn’t cost anything. Is this true? Iâ€™ve heard if an agency wants you, it shouldn’t cost anything. Is this true?
Most reputable agents do not charge an up-front fee, but their performers still have costs, such as photography, marketing, travel, printed materials and continued education.
AMTCâ€™s SHINE Prep Program and SHINE ConferencesÂ areÂ designed to prepare performers physically, mentally and spiritually, so they are readyÂ to meet and work with reputable agents in major markets across the country.Â
AMTCÂ is for any person of good character and intention who wants to have a positive impact on film, fashion, music and theater.Â We believe good can join forces to change this industry for the better.Â Jesus Himself condemned no one except religious hypocrites. Sonia Dara, AMTC's Harvard grad and star fashion model, is Hindu. She found no conflict in AMTC's faith.
You're only too old when you stop moving forward. Check out one ofÂ AMTCâ€™s former overall winners,Â 74-year-old AnnMarie Mercadante.
Children ages 4 and up may audition. However, young children must be exceptionally mature and outgoing to succeed in the entertainment industry. In addition, the dream to perform must be in the child, not just the parent. Some ofÂ AMTCâ€™s most successful childrenÂ began early, likeÂ Mary Charles Jones.
Special needs performers have important roles to fulfill. Some are called to entertainment.Â AMTCÂ grads include performers with paralysis, Downs Syndrome, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, and various movement disorders, as well performers with hearing and sight impairment. Some come toÂ AMTCÂ for self-improvement and education. Others hope to advance their performance potential.
Talent ConsultantsÂ accommodate each individual to their best ability.Â AMTCÂ cannot provide sign interpreters, but performers whoÂ are hearing impaired may bring their own interpreters at no charge to preparation meetingsÂ and theÂ SHINEÂ Conference. Assistants for any performer with special needs may assist them at no fee.
The entertainment industry is a challenging industry for everyone hoping to enter itâ€”including performersÂ with special needs. AMTCÂ does not guarantee placement to any grad. But we do guarantee an excellent opportunityÂ in a loving environmentâ€”one that emphasizes spiritual growthÂ as much as talent preparedness. Consider one's of AMTC's most accomplished grads, Andrew Bambridge.
Is a Visa required for talent from other countries to work in the U.S. and how do I get one? Is a Visa required for talent from other countries to work in the U.S. and how do I get one?
Fashion models from many countries work in the U.S. New York agencies assist in Visa procurement and are familiar with the process from their unique point of view. The talent industry is increasingly international and cross-cultural.
However, AMTCÂ does not assistÂ with citizenship or attaining a work-related visa. It is the responsibility of the performer and/or family to work out this application process independently.Â AMTCÂ fully respects the representing talent agencyâ€™s right to accept or decline a performer on the basis of their citizenship.
In brief, for an individual to accept employment in the United States, he/she must have permission from the Department of Homeland Security (â€śDHSâ€ť): either be in the green card process or have a specific visa available which has been approved. There are several types of visas that are available â€“ and for actors/performers, the most common is the P visa. This process can take awhile, and a performer cannot start employment without the approval of the work visa. The work visa is for a limited amount of time, and is only good for the employer requesting the visa. It can also be challenging and expensive to procure- especially for actors, singers, and dancers.
Where there is God, there is hope. God will open doors no one else can.
AMTCÂ welcomes qualified affiliates and partners who are called to the mission field of actors, models, and talent for Christ.Â If you own or manage a Performing Arts School, Theater, or Agency, or you head aÂ Music or Drama Department, please email ourÂ VIP Coordinator.
Agents, managers, and casting directors who would like to scout an upcomingÂ AMTCÂ SHINEÂ event must have the highest ethical and professional standards, work in a major market, and be referred by anotherÂ AMTCÂ VIP. Please see the list of recent VIP scouts at the bottom of the SHINE ConferenceÂ page.Â If you meet the above criteria, pleaseÂ email AMTC'sÂ VIP Coordinator.
If you are interested in becoming a corporate sponsor, business partner or vendor at SHINE, please contact AMTC's Director of Outreach.
Please contact AMTC's Director of Human Resources.