Convention FAQ

We understand that you probably have many questions about CMTC. We have compiled a list of our most frequently asked questions to help you get answers faster! Feel free to click on the questions below to reveal the answers.

What is CMTC?

CMTC is affiliated with and endorsed by the world’s top modelling and talent agents, scouts, managers, and casting directors. Our mandate is to educate and provide the best venue to launch the national and international careers of potential models and talent from regional centers all across Canada.

CMTC produces a four-day convention in Toronto which consists of modelling, acting, singing, and dancing competitions, educational workshops and seminars, an awards ceremony, and callback/interview opportunities with modelling and talent agents, scouts, managers, casting directors, and record labels, who judge CMTC competitions and conduct seminars while also searching for new models and talent to work in the modelling and entertainment industries.

What is the purpose of CMTC?

CMTC’s purpose is to provide education, experience, and exposure for aspiring models and talent.

How long has CMTC been in existence?

CMTC was formed as a response to the growing demand from regional Canadian training centers outside of the major modelling and talent markets for a means to promote their aspiring models and talent to agents beyond a local level. For over twenty-five years CMTC has been a recognized and respected opportunity for modelling and talent agents, managers, casting directors, network representatives, and music producers to network with Canadian models and talent.

Can anyone attend CMTC?

CMTC holds auditions to scout aspiring models, actors, singers, and dancers who are ready to take the next step in their pursuit of a career as a model or performer. Anyone, regardless of experience, may attend an audition, but not everyone will be invited to attend the convention.

What ages attend CMTC?

To compete at CMTC, the minimum age is four years old for models, actors, singers, and dancers. There is no upper age limit for models, actors, singers, and dancers.

How does CMTC work?

Models, actors, singers, and dancers compete in various competitions over the course of several days. The invited agents, scouts, managers, casting directors, and other industry experts watch and judge the competitions, evaluating the skills and potential of contestants. During the competitions, workshops, and seminars, the agents keep track of contestants that they are interested in by noting contestants’ numbers on the “callback” page of the CMTC program book. On the final day of the convention, also known as “callback day,” contestants meet with agents, managers, and casting directors who have requested to interview them. Callbacks are a chance for agents and aspiring models or talent to get to know each other and discuss possible representation; this is a major step in beginning a career in the modelling or entertainment industries.

What competitions are available at CMTC?

Modelling competitions include Photography Go-See, Runway, Swimsuit, and Cover. Acting competitions include TV Commercial, Monologue, Cold Reading – Scene, Improv, and Kids Casting. Entertainer competitions include Singing and Dance. For detailed descriptions of these competitions, please visit the Competitions: Rules and Regulations page of CMTC’s website.

Can a contestant participate in both modelling and talent competitions?

Yes. Competing in modelling and talent competitions increases a contestant’s exposure to more agents, casting directors, and scouts, potentially resulting in more callbacks and opportunities.

What categories are contestants divided into?

Contestants are able to enter one of seven categories based on their age, gender, and personal interests: Child 4-7, Child 8-11, Ingénue (females ages 12-15) Female Teen (ages 16-19), Female Adult (ages 20+), Male (ages 12+), and Talent/Actor (ages 12+). The Talent/Actor division is intended for contestants who want to market themselves to agents exclusively as actors, singers, and/or dancers. That being said, contestants in the Talent/Actor division are still able to compete in modelling competitions and win awards within the modelling division corresponding to their gender and age.

What agents or scouts come to CMTC?

The agents, scouts, managers, casting directors, and industry experts invited to attend CMTC are among the best in the modelling and talent industries around the world. These industry experts come from markets such as New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Milan, London, Tokyo, Osaka, Taipei, Seoul, Miami, Montreal, Toronto and many more!

CMTC is a “closed” convention. Therefore, only a select list of industry professionals receive an invitation to scout, judge, and present seminars at the event. The closed nature of CMTC ensures that contestants are being seen by respected agents, managers, and casting directors who have an established reputation in the modelling and talent industries for finding and promoting new faces in various markets.

What “look” or qualities are agents searching for in a model?

If you open up any magazine, you will be struck by the variety of looks that are “in style.” You will undoubtedly see many hairstyles, different facial structures, and body shapes; everything from the girl- or guy-next-door look to edgy and exotic looks. This observed variation demonstrates an important point: all types of looks are in demand at all times to fulfill the needs of designers and other clients.

Regardless of look or style, you must take care of your body. As an aspiring model, your body is your business; it is the product being marketed, so it is your job to keep your body at its best at all times. You must be healthy and well-groomed. However, it is important to keep in mind that a healthy life is one of balance – not extremes. CMTC discourages extreme dieting and exercise to meet sample sizes set by the high fashion modelling industry because these behaviours oppose the value we place on a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Instead of trying to drastically change their body type, we encourage aspiring models to consider the different avenues available to them within the fashion industry such as commercial modelling, which includes commercial print, advertising campaigns, and TV commercials.

There is one very important quality that all agents, managers, and casting directors value that often gets overlooked: personality. There are a lot of beautiful people in this world, but what separates those who are successful from all the rest is an amazing personality. Everyone prefers to work with someone that exudes positive energy, enthusiasm, motivation, and professionalism. Agents, managers, and casting directors are no exception to this rule.

What is the difference between a fashion model and a commercial model?

Two main forms of modelling exist: commercial and fashion. Commercial models – also known as “real people” models – appear in advertisements for goods and services. They can model for television, magazines, newspapers, billboards, and any other type of advertisement. Commercial models are intended to be people that consumers and target markets can identify with. As a result, body type and overall looks are not as heavily regulated for commercial models.

Indeed, all ages, ethnicities, and sizes of people are represented within the field of commercial modelling. Models may be shorter, curvier or have “generic” looks. Models may be younger or older. In fact, models over the age of 60 are still accepted for print advertisements and campaigns, depending on the product that is being marketed. Although there are no age or body type requirements, commercial models must have an outgoing personality and be able to act; this is because commercial models are often required to adopt various “roles.” For example, the model may be portraying a waiter or waitress in one advertisement and switch to another role – such as a doctor – for a different advertisement.

Fashion modelling, on the other hand, is probably the most publicly recognizable form of modelling. Most fashion models work in international fashion capitals such New York, Paris, Milan, London, and Tokyo. Fashion models work primarily in promoting new designer lines, both in front of the camera and on the runway at national and international fashion shows. Fashion models have to meet certain body type requirements, depending on their age, gender, and the sample sizes set by designers of various brands. Furthermore, body type requirements for this field of modelling are changing all the time and vary from market to market.

What “look” or qualities are agents searching for in an actor?

Unlike the modelling industry, physical attributes are not an issue in the acting and commercial print industries. For example, there no height or other measurement requirements that must be met in order to act. By simply turning on your TV you will see that actors come in all shapes, sizes, and looks. That being said, aspiring actors should always be well-groomed, polished, and presentable when meeting with agents, managers, casting directors or other industry professionals.

That is not to say that aspiring actors do not have to meet any requirements. Quite obviously, for instance, they should be able to act. They should know their craft, practice, and take every opportunity to learn and train. They should attempt to build their resume, even if it is just by participating in school plays or local independent productions. Finally, as with models, actors are encouraged to try and develop or strengthen positive personality traits. Everyone prefers to work with someone that exudes positive energy, enthusiasm, motivation, and professionalism. Agents, managers, and casting directors are no exception to this rule.

What is the cost of CMTC?

For more information about the cost of CMTC and available payment options, payment plans, and sponsorship opportunities, please contact info@cmtc.ca.

Are food and accommodations included in the cost to attend CMTC

Food and accommodations are not included in the cost to attend CMTC. The contestant registration base fee includes access to the convention, all seminars and workshops throughout convention weekend, access to all dance and theme parties, having your photo featured in the CMTC program book (provided it meets the submission requirements and is received by the deadline date), and a certificate of participation. There is also the opportunity for callbacks and trophies for top contestants.

Attendees are advised to book accommodations directly through CMTC’s host venue before the deadline date. Be sure to request accommodations within CMTC’s room block to receive a discounted rate. A limited number of accommodations are available within this discounted room block. Once the room block reaches capacity, the hotel will only have rooms available at the regular rack rate; therefore, CMTC advises contestants and visitors to book their hotel rooms as soon as possible. For more information, please visit the Host Hotel page of CMTC’s website.

How do I get a refund if I cannot attend?

Due to the upfront nature of event costs (e.g., hosting audition and free information seminars, hotel venue commitment, room block reservations, staging, sound and lighting, event security, flying in agents and other dignitaries from international markets, publishing and printing promotional material and program books, and year-round event planning staff costs), we have a uniform policy that registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. This policy stays in effect whether you are injured, have an unexpected business trip, family emergency, illness, pregnancy, etc. We know that plans change and unexpected things come up, but we feel it is most fair to apply a uniform policy to all, instead of an arbitrary line of who merits a refund and who doesn’t. All participants acknowledge and accept this policy during the registration process.

While refunds are not possible, you can request to defer your registration for one (1) calendar year. In order to defer your CMTC 2018 registration, you must notify the CMTC office in writing by March 15, 2018. Once registration opens for CMTC 2019, you must contact the CMTC office and complete the registration process by December 1, 2018.

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Does every contestant get a callback with an agent, scout, manager or casting director?

Unfortunately, no. Not all contestants attending CMTC will receive a callback. The answer for this is not simple. Perhaps a contestant did not perform well because they were unprepared or nervous. Perhaps there were no agents searching for a contestant’s look or skillset at that particular time. However, not receiving a callback does not mean that models/talent should give up their dream of becoming a model, actor, singer or dancer. It may simply mean that they need to focus more on training and preparation. Indeed, many contestants have attended CMTC several times before receiving callbacks and starting their careers.

Does CMTC guarantee a contestant will be signed with an agent, get a job or become a star?

No. CMTC’s function is to provide the opportunity for aspiring models and talent to educate themselves and showcase their potential in front of the best agents and scouts for the modelling and entertainment industries. Who gets signed for representation is entirely at the discretion of the agents, scouts, managers, and casting directors. Given the competitive nature of the modelling and entertainment industries, no one can guarantee jobs or success for models or talent. So, in short, attending CMTC does not guarantee success. CMTC does, however, provide an opportunity to be successful.

CMTC has been described as an “educational experience.” What educational opportunities are available at CMTC?

Throughout convention weekend, a variety of seminars and workshops are offered for attendees during which they receive performance and competition tips, supplemental hands-on coaching, insider industry knowledge, and candid talk about the realities of becoming a professional model or performer. These seminars and workshops are conducted by industry-recognized professionals who want to ensure that attendees are prepared to take the next step toward beginning a career as a model or performer.

How does one justify the cost of attending CMTC?

It is difficult to assign a value to what is really an investment in one’s personal development and future. Indeed, the value of the CMTC experience will be different for each person. Many attendees – including agents, contestants, and parents – have reported that they grew as a person because of attending CMTC. Others have reported that they received valuable feedback and direction from industry professionals, helping them focus on areas for improvement and adjust their behaviour in order to achieve their goals. How does one put a price on that?

Perhaps the most valuable part of attending CMTC is the establishment of professional relationships for aspiring models and talent. For most people trying to break into the business, they go the route of seeking representation by mailing or dropping off a photo, resume or comp card to an agency in the hopes that they will stand out from the hundreds of similar submissions received by that agency on a daily basis. If they do not already know someone in the business that works in a major market, the chances of a face-to-face meeting with a career maker such as an agent, manager or casting director are extremely low. Aspiring models and talent may spend many months, much energy, and a lot of money just trying to get a foot in the door or get noticed. What CMTC provides is that opportunity to meet – and be seen by – not just one agent, but over 50 agents, managers, and casting directors from national and international markets at one time.

I’ve heard that CMTC is a scam. How do I know it is a legitimate event?

It is unfortunately the case that not everyone has a great experience at CMTC. We’re unsure why this happens and our team makes every effort to ensure that every attendee’s convention experience is a positive one.

When someone labels CMTC a rip-off or scam, we rarely know the reason why. It may be because they misunderstood the purpose of the convention, which is to provide aspiring models and talent with the opportunity to showcase their potential and skills in front of agents and scouts – a purpose CMTC has achieved for over twenty-five years and will continue to achieve. It may be because they did not get the callbacks they thought they should have received. It may be because they attended an audition, but upon learning that there are costs associated with attending CMTC, chose to see that as a rip-off rather than an investment.

In other cases, the criticisms come from people who have never even registered for or attended CMTC. These people often have biases or misconceptions about the modelling or entertainment industries that are not grounded in experience. If you want to know what people who have actually experienced CMTC think about our event, we encourage you to check out the Agent and Scout Reviews and Contestant and Parent Reviews sections of our website.

For those who continue to wonder if CMTC is real, or if it is a rip-off or a scam, we can only encourage them to look at the success stories of the models and talent who began their careers at CMTC. We also recommend that models and talent who are curious about CMTC attend one of our audition and information seminars. These audition events provide an excellent opportunity for models, talent or their parents to meet with CMTC representatives and ask questions about the convention. Furthermore, audition and information seminars are free to attend, giving models, talent, and parents a risk-free chance to educate themselves about our event and decide whether they truly want to commit to CMTC.

 

Who are previous attendees who have begun their careers through CMTC?

There are many working models and talent that started their careers through CMTC – and the list is constantly growing.

Performers who got their start at CMTC include Tina Maddigan, Peyton Kennedy, Connor Kalopsis, Brianna Bone, Cole White, Holly Elissa, Emily Klassen, and Natalie Glebova.

Models that were signed at CMTC for runway and print include Supermodel Liisa Winkler, Emily Van Raay, Alysha Collins, Claire Dawe-McCord, Jessica Maneiro, Ashley Hart, Victoria Denofrio, Brenda Mutoni, Ivy Matheson, Renee Mittelstaedt, Tristen Albert, Remy Herrington, Heidi Kean, Jazmin Katz, Matt Pitt, Fatima Thioye, Kayla Szymczuk, and Zhang Zhang.

For more information on this topic, we encourage you to check out the success stories section of CMTC’s website. Updates on the careers of CMTC alumni are also available on our social media feeds.