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 read. 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.
- The only talent development business in the world to be transformed from a mainstream company (our first 24 years) to a non-profit Christians ministry, in order toÂ offer God's performers the preparation and connections to go into 5 types of talent (acting, modeling, singing, dance and stand-up) into 4 genres of entertainment (film, fashion, music and theater) forÂ three different branches of media (mainstream, faith-based, and Christian)
- Open AuditionsÂ and information sessions in 30+ cities every year
- eApplications for those who can't get to an audition or don't want to wait
- The Bridge Prep Program (if accepted)
- SHINE International Talent Conference (if accepted)
- SignatureÂ PhotoÂ Shoot and Branding Consult (scroll down)
- Grad Programs, Open MicsÂ and CastingÂ Notices
- AMTC Music (a singer/songwriter promotion)
- Industry InsightÂ (select performers not ready for SHINE)
- CommunityÂ of Christian Performers
- Connections with Industry Professionals who are part of the AMTC Network (Agents, Managers, Casting Directors, Music Executives, andÂ Performance Schools and Universities Offering Scholarships) (scroll down)
- Daily Devotions and Video Messages geared to God's perfomers
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.
Whatâ€™s the cost for the Bridge Prep Program and the SHINE Conference? Whatâ€™s the cost for the Bridge Prep Program and the SHINE Conference?
Actors, Models and Talent for Christ offers various events, courses and programs, ranging from no cost toÂ $5245 for our flagship event: The SHINE Conference, which includes the Bridge Prep Program, Signature PhotoÂ Session and Branding Consult.
â€“ Performers must audition for acceptance. If accepted, various payment plans,Â discounts (up to $1500) and fund-raising programsÂ are available.
â€“ In addition, AMTC offers aÂ unique Faith/Works Program as funding assistance for those in need. (See next Q)
â€“ To see more details now, click on the SHINE Conference Package PDF.
â€“ For those not ready for SHINE, Industry InsightÂ is also available at $49 per month or $495Â per year.
The faith/works program is aÂ new AMTC initiative. It allows qualified* performers who audition and receive a callback to offset a portion of their SHINE Package costs (up to $2245) two ways:
1. By providing volunteer work hours to their local place of worship, community, or any non-profit organization.
2. By referring performers and/or industry leaders to an AMTC audition. Hereâ€™s how it works:
â€“ Applicant must audition or complete an eApplication and receive a callback before applying for the Faith/Works Program.
â€“ $25 will be credited for every hour of volunteer work completed. (Applicant must turn in sign-off sheet to AMTC Performer Care.)
â€“ $50 will be credited for any performer, church or industry leader who comes to an AMTC information session/audition. (To receive credit, those referred must print applicant's name in the â€śHow did you hear about usâ€ť section of the AMTC application).
â€“ In order for AMTC to cover basic program costs, $3000 is the minimum amount to be pay by an applicant for the AMTC SHINE Package.
â€“ The Faith/Works program may be used in conjunction with sponsorship and fundraising. Therein, hard-working performers have come to SHINE with no personal expense.
â€“ Your Admissions Director will provide more details if you receive a callback from your audition.
* The faith/works program may be limited to a certain number of performers at each audition. It is based on performer need, scout recommendation and AMTCâ€™s outreach/program cost analysis for each particular audition.
Success In The Industry
A missionary sent to a far-off country mustÂ understand that culture, customsÂ and laws. Learning the language is critical. Cultural immersion, while maintaining an identity in God, is the balanced life of a missionary.Â Entertainment is no different. It demandsÂ talent, passion, patience and polish. To enter any national playing field, you must be as goodâ€”or betterâ€”than its current stars.
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 standardÂ while excellingÂ in the standards of men.Â In addition, you must love this industryâ€™s people regardless of their views or behaviors. And above all, you must recognize your gifts are not merely for your own benefit. They are Godâ€™s benefits, which can be seen in our love of others.
AMTC provides the preparation, consultants, contacts, community and launching pad (The SHINE Conference), as well as ongoing support to help make the dream of success a practical and spiritual reality.
AMTCÂ defines success differently. We believe industry creditsÂ should not be a performerâ€™s primary goal. As followers of Jesus, our #1 priority isÂ His Great Commission.
Most likely, our biggest success stories keepÂ it quiet. They excel off-stage, even more than on it. They're prayer warriors, servants, andÂ actors in a waiting room who express an interest in others. They're business, ministry and family leaders. They're the performers humble enough to be thankful for every stage, no matter how large or small.
Even so, God has placed manyÂ AMTCÂ gradsÂ on high platforms, both in mainstream, faith-based and Christian 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 giveÂ God's performers todayÂ theÂ majorÂ advantage of connections. Check out some of AMTC'sÂ Featured Grads.
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?
In national markets, most reputable agents do not charge an up-front fee, but their performers still have costs, suchÂ asÂ photography, marketing, travel, printed materialsÂ and continued education. One AMTC grad, Mark Daugherty (a signed, working actor in L.A.), said he averages $10,000 a year in industry-related expenses.
AMTCÂ is not an agency. It'sÂ a talent development ministry that provides preparation, national-level pictures, marketing materials, an online curriculum, VIP seminars, professional consultants, industry connections and spiritual depth, along withÂ theÂ flagship conference called SHINE.
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.
Were Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Moses, Caleb, Zechariah and Elizabeth too old? 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.