Monday, 20 October 2014

Meet the CONTACT SQUAD 2014 - PRO Training

Melani Chong announced as a Professional Team Leader for The Contact Squad 2014.

CONTACT is an energetic, hands-on workshop where you will gain the tools needed to perform, audition and execute your fine-tuned skills better than ever. The first-ever CONTACT is happening October 26 & 27 at Clancy's Boxing Academy in Toronto (100 Sunrise Avenue #119). The CBA studio is an amazing new boxing studio that offers a ton of space and great amenities. Please check out the CONTACT website for more information about the workshop series.


Performers - You are an actor, host, musician, dancer or model looking to improve your  on-camera skills, physical fitness and build your core strength!

Athletes - You are an athlete looking to transition into hosting, acting, commentating or to simply improve your post-game interviews!

Melani will be discussing on-camera posture, modelling, training & industry, beauty, image, personal care and championing your master plan.  

"I think a multi-disciplinary approach to all professional and personal growth is key to success. Everything comes from your core - your strength, your confidence, your message and your resilience. Success can emerge effortlessly with a well-developed core and CONTACT will allow every participant channel their inner winner.  I think everyone should experience CONTACT just to get in touch with their physical and psychological strengths to enhance their professional and everyday lives"  - Melani

Other PRO Team Leaders & Panelists include key speaker Jacqueline Walters (4x National Kickboxing Champion), Jim Van Horne (Sports Announcer), Martin Reader (Beach Volleyball Olympian), Alex Stines (Athlete/Stunt Coordinator) and Susan Antal (TSN Director) and many other dynamic PRO's. See all PRO's here.

More about the CONTACT SQUAD:
Andre Agate is co-founder of The CONTACT SQUAD.  He is a former NCAA Football player and has been a Certified Training Specialist and International Model for over 15 years.  As a personal stength and lifestyle coach, he has used his industry insight to help prepare others for modelling and performing opportunities.  He is no stranger to the long hours and dedication that goes into getting and maintaining relationships in the entertainment field.  Andre Agate is the co-creator of the of the Sledbarrow and CrossBell.  His training sessions are designed to challenge and inspire you to be a better you.

Mercedes De Castro, co-founder of CONTACT SQUAD, was an actor and gymnastics coach and is now a Casting Director with over 20 years of experience in the Entertainment Industry.  SHe ahs made it her business to match talented performers with intriguing roles for CBC NBC, GLobal, The W Network, Bravo! and beyond.  Mercedes has cast fr NAtioal and International TV shows & development pitches and knows what directors and producers are looking for... she will help you connect with the lens.


Melani Chong has built an extensive career in the fashion and beauty industries as a professional model for Ford Models. For over 20 years, she has appeared on the covers and in the pages of top magazines and walked runways all over the globe. She has also appeared as a guest host and correspondent for FashionTV & ET Canada and has contributed to several Canadian publications as a beauty and health expert. As a model, a certified chemist and the founder of a cosmetics company, MC2Beauty Inc., Melani is now sharing her expertise and knowledge with others through her blog and through one-on-one consulting and mentoring with actors, models, athletes and young women.

Melani loves getting active with her two sons and, in her free time, she enjoys travelling, snowboarding, beach volleyball, running and is an avid rock climber.

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