Our Team

Our Story

As a family owned and operated business, we know the importance of embarking on this journey together. Our entire team and group of participants come together as one big family for the auditions, education and training, and of course our spectacular talent show. The entertainment industry has its own gray areas and it can be intimidating to find the right way to success.

Although the industry has shifted over the years, our approach and personal touch remain consistent. Kim's audition technique paired with her ability to make participants realize their significance and importance (regardless of talent level, age, background, etc.) is unparalleled.

Rick | ARTS International

Meet Our Team

Applause Talent Team

Kim Myers

Executive Producer, International Scout & Motivational Speaker

Kim’s a motivational speaker first, and a talent scout second; fostering hope, and encouraging everyone she meets to DREAM BIG! Throughout her 25 year career, Kim has launched literally thousands of artists, now appearing on Broadway, in films, TV series, voice-overs, International fashion runways, magazines, billboards, and so much more!

Rick Myers

Executive Director & Development Coach

Rick's been guiding and developing aspiring new artists for over 20 years! With a degree in Music Education, and Vocal Training, he is uniquely able to prepare them for an experience of a lifetime! Working with potential actors, models, singers, and dancers on their overall performance, stage presence, and delivery, he encourages everyone to pursue their dreams with hard work and perseverance.

Christina Ody

Executive Administrator / National Scout / Development Coach

Christina brings a wealth of knowledge and an extensive list of success stories with her years as a talent agent! In addition, she has worked as a fashion stylist, acting coach, talent consultant, and has placed many artists in major fashion and production castings nationally. Christina is very passionate about helping develope talent and teach them how to advance their performance to the next level.

Applause Talent Development and Educational Team

Alex Myers

National Scouting - Showcase Operations

Alex has been a part of Applause Talent for his entire life. Learning from a young age, he has been exposed to the unique roller coaster of this industry, and has had a front-row seat in witnessing the launch of hundreds of stars!! Working in our main office, alongside our team in all of the planning and producing of Applause Talent's big events in Los Angeles & Orlando.

Ashley Myers

National Scout / Talent Advisor

Ashley brings literally a lifetime of experience to the Applause Talent team! The second generation of the Applause Talent organization, she

shares the joy and excitement of guiding and directing artists to their fullest potential. Ashley works in our main office, interacting with all of our Applause Talent families, as she guides each one toward the Applause Talent experience!

Brooke Smith

National Scouting / Talent Advisor / Dance Instructor

Brooke has a lifetime of experience in dance and performance, and as a signed artist with a leading commercial agency, she has been cast for TV commercials, print work, and countless productions on stage! Brooke works in our main office, and has constant interaction with our rising stars, guiding them toward their experience on the Applause Talent stage!

Lawrence Moore

Development Coach / Fashion Specialist

Lawrence has been with the Applause Talent from the moment we held our first audition, and he’s worked with countless international successful runway models and actors! Lawrence brings a unique approach to working with our aspiring artists, making each experience not only educational but a lot of fun!

Linda Motznik

Education Director

Linda’s been an educator and counselor for over 30 years, and has a wealth of experience working with people of all ages. With a Masters Degree in Education Counseling, she has dedicated her life to guiding others in the pursuit of their dreams. Linda also travels with our International Scout, and continues to build our educational platform.

Chris Shields

Development Coach / National Scouting Team

Chris began dancing at the age of 14. At the age of 19, he decided to pursue his dreams of becoming a professional dancer. In February of 2017 he made the move to LA. His heart, love, and passion for life, dance, and people are what drive him to become the best version of himself to have an impact and inspire others to do the same.

Robyn Minnette

National Scouting Team

Robyn Minnette has been involved in the entertainment industry for over 15 years, a Hollywood Mom and a successful LA Talent Agent. Her son, Dylan Minnette, plays Clay Jensen on the popular Netflix 13 Reasons Why, along with many television/film credits since he was 7 years old. Robyn has aligned herself with Applause Talent, offering her knowledge and expertise in scouting new talent; with a unique understanding as an industry expert, but most importantly the heart and soul of a mother.

Ruby Santiago

Talent Advisor / National Scouting Team

Ruby holds degree in Arts Administration. She is a local Cleveland artist that has experience in songwriting, acting, and live performance in a multitude of genres; Pop, Latin, Hip-hop, R&B, New Orleans Style Jazz, A Capella, and Soul. As a previous Applause Talent participate, Ruby fell in love with Applause Talent. She found true purpose in motivating artists to follow their dreams,be the best debut of themselves they can be through faith, hard work, talent and heart.

Matthew Lunsford

Development Coach

Matthew's passion is hands down the performing arts! An accomplished singer/songwriter and actor who has performed on stages throughout the United States, including NBC's The Voice, and Applause Talent. With 23 years of experience in directing, performing live theatre, various vocal ensembles, along with a bachelor's degree in music. Matt eagerly helps aspiring artists to unearth and polish their unique gifts and talents; we are thrilled to have him on our Applause Talent Development team!

Karen Workman

National Scouting Team

Karen Workman is the mom of three young actors and the author of Baby Steps to Hollywood. Karen regularly speaks at industry events and her book is an invaluable resource for parents of aspiring child actors. As an Applause Talent mom, she has attended many of our showcases in Orlando and Hollywood, but also now joins our scouting team!

Chrissie Hardie

Talent Advisor

Chrissie has over 30 years of experience in the Model and Talent Industry. Her passion started at age 5, when she participated in her first pageant. From there her passion for the arts blossomed. Chrissie became the lead booker and acting/modeling Development Director at Turnabout Talent. This gave her the opportunity to work with and develop talented Actors and Models who can be seen today in Blockbuster Movies, National Commercials, Sitcoms, Runways and Magazines.

Cameron McNamara

Talent Advisor / National Scouting Team

Cameron holds a degree in Studio Television Production and came to Applause Talent after discovering he loved working in front of the camera as well as behind it. Cameron has worked as an actor on numerous film sets across Florida and is passionate about encouraging others to chase their dreams. Cameron is eager to use his knowledge from his education and hands-on experience to help new talent to pursue their passion in the industry.

Abbie Cobb

Abbie was scouted by Kim Myers in Omaha, Nebraska, and landed her first agent at the showcase in Orlando. She booked her first role on Disney's Starstruck and continued working with Disney Channel on shows like Pair of Kings, Good Luck Charlie: It's Christmas!, Jonas:LA, and Imagination Movers. She eventually moved on to guest star on other networks, in dozens of shows like American Horror Story, Santa Clarita Diet, Henry Danger, NCIS: LA and New Orleans, Grey's Anatomy, The Mentalist, and Trueblood.

Reach out to her at www.theAFAstudio.com if you would like to coach and train via FaceTime or Skype AFTER attending Applause Talent and before you make your move to Los Angeles! You can follow @theAFAstudio or @abbeicobb on Instagram to connect with Abbie.

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