What D&A Talent Does
Scouting: D&A is always looking for new and seasoned actors and models. We are very selective on who we bring on board to work with D&A. We believe the talent we select are marketable and will have the opportunity to be seen by the best Agents, Managers and Casting Directors in the Twin Cities and Los Angeles Area.
Development: D&A employs award winning coaches that teach the fundamentals of Acting and Modeling along with audition techniques, industry do's and don'ts and advanced session. These can make the difference between not booking or booking a job. THe more seasoned an actoe/model is the better chance they have of nailing theor audition and booking that job.
This industry is very competitive. Casting Directors are always looking for actors/models that can bring to the table skills and knowledge of the industry. Coaching and developing is where many acting careers start.
Marketing: Because owner Connie Steckling, has been in the industry for over 40 years she has made many contacts in Minneapolis, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Miami. D&A Talent markets their talent to Agents, Manager and Casting Directors thorough In-House Audition's right here in Minnesota.
The modeling, acting, and singing industries have always been fast paced. There are so many different agencies, agents, fashion shows, television shows, music videos, producers, casting directors, auditions; the list just goes on and on and on. How are you ever to be certain how to get started or which direction you need to go to get your big break?
D&A Talent has helped hundreds of past talent and we are here to guide you as well. We are constantly networking with industry professionals, we always have a beat on the pulse of what is and what is next and will provide you with industyr advice, contacts, opportunists and coaching that you will need to get your career started or to take it to the next level.
What is D&A Talent:
D&A talent is an Award winning premiere on-screen development center and a talent marketing group for actors, models, and singers. We incorporate the best of being a development center with the opportunity of working in "the industry"!
D&A begins working with children as young as 3 years of age with no age limit to stop us working with older talent (our current oldest talent is 83). From brand new talent asking "How can I get my big break?" to up and coming to industry seasoned talent, D&A is like no other development and marketing center out there.
If you are accepted to work with D&A Talent this is what you will be looking at:
Official National Acting & Modeling Agency Auditions
Next Model Management- Susan Osser Management - Abrams Artist - Coast to Coast - CLEAR TALENT GROUP - Luber Roklin - SNOW ENTERTAINMENT - NEXT - And More...
Modeling & Acting Local Auditions
Only The Top Minneapolis/St. Paul Local Agencies
Industry Knowledge and Professional Advice
Award Winning Industry Professional Coaching and Development
Film - Television - Commercial - On Camera Direction - Improv - Cold Read - Scenes
Convention training - Scene Study - Audition Technique - Voice Over - Character Building
High Fashion - Commercial Print - Catalogs - Magazines - Pageant Training
Industry Professional Recording Studio - Songwriting - Music Business - Marketing -
Production & Recording
D&A Talent Group was created based on our company founder Connie Steckling’s vision of turning the dreams of aspiring talent into reality.
Connie's career started in the fashion and entertainment industry over 30 years ago as a full figure model. During her career, Connie has achieved success in many markets across the Nation including Miami, Chicago, and Minneapolis. She worked for some of the Industry’s most sought after agencies and companies including Elite Model Management, Daytons, Macys, and Nordstrom’s until 2003. This is when she decided to make the transition from a talent to an industry professional in order to help other aspiring talent achieve as much success as she had. Connie’s vision became reality in 2007 when she established what is now known TODAY as one of the best marketing and development powerhouses in the industry; offering exclusive access to local and national agent and projects, along with top-rated coaching and development.
"I founded D&A Talent to provide you with the best opportunity to begin or advance your professional acting, modeling, or singing career." - Connie Steckling - Heideman, Founder
"Being able to hear from parents that what we do here has changed their child's life is in itself the most rewarding part of our jobs." - Connie & Heather
Connie Steckling-Heideman, founder of D&A Talent worked as a full figure model throughout her teens, twenties, and thirties. See some of her work below.
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HEATHER'S love for children and theirs for her has always kept her in the business of helping others. Heather earned an associates degree in elementary education and holds a certificate in child development. After earning her degree she worked at several daycare's but soon realized this was not what she wanted as a career.
In 2001 Heather met Connie and was quickly groomed to become a district manager for a major portrait company. For several years Heather worked in the portrait business moving through the ranks from studio manager to regional training manager.
In 2007 Connie contacted Heather about helping her start an acting/ modeling training and marketing facility which has now become one of the best marketing and development powerhouses in the industry who have been turning out top rated talent for over 10 years.
Some of the Working Talent Heather has Scouted and have booked TV Commercials, TV Shows & Series and Feature Films
Heather has Helped D&A Talent scout and coach several actors that have received awards for Actor of the year, Singer of the year, Star of the year, and Academy of the year. Heather has Also Coached talent who Have been placed on Disney, Network Television, Film, National & Local Print Ads, Commercials and Billboards.
"It's truly amazing to hear that you have made someones dreams come true. That is why I love my job." - Heather McCracken-Iverson
Kevin’s passion for photography and the entertainment business lead him to work for Lifetouch in his early years. After realizing he had an eye for photography Kevin opened up his own photography company, Black & White is Right Photography, where they specialize in fashion, portrait and wedding photography. For the last 20 years, Kevin has had his work shown in many galleries on the West Coast. Recently Kevin has stepped out from behind the camera to dabbling as a voice over actor, here in the Minneapolis Area. This is where he realized that he wanted to scout and help new talent find success in a business that he absolutely loves.
Kevin has been scouting for D&A for over 3 years and has brought many talent to D&A Talent. His most recent successes are The Beckstrand boys, Julian and Carlos, who were scouted in 2018 by Kevin and just headed out to LA for Pilot Season and will be signing with their agent this week.