Lisa Maile Image Modeling & Acting
In Central Florida longer than any other modeling/acting school, Lisa Maile Professional Image, Modeling & Acting was founded in August 1982 by husband and wife team, Art and Lisa. The school offers three main subjects of study: Image Development, TV & Commercial Acting, and Professional Modeling, with the real educational foundation being the school's staff of instructors. Each teacher at the school is a professional who instructs only in his area of expertise, and each has a minimum of 10 years experience. Most have over 20 years.
Another outstanding feature of Lisa Maile's is the Board of Advisors guiding the school. Lisa and Art feel that for their graduates to be supported and welcomed to our area's professional arena, the school must be intimately tied into our community, reflecting the input of a very effective support system. All of the legitimate modeling/talent agents, including Azuree,Sandi Bell Talent, Central Florida Talent, the Christensen Group, Dimensions III, Florida Stars,The Hurt Agency, and Suzanne Haley work with the school's graduates. Lisa Maile Image, Modeling & Acting is also recommended by the local fashion coordinators, who hire graduating runway and print talent. No other school in our area receives the unanimous support of Central Florida's professionals who hire modeling talent.
Lisa and Art have both chaired the Better Business Committee of the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce. The school serves as a free information center for new professional models moving into our area. The school owners can be seen regularly in Orange and Seminole County public schools volunteering their time for career fairs, as well as lectures on professional image, and for several years, Lisa Maile Image, Modeling & Acting has received awards for being the Top Business donating time and speakers to schools in these counties.
The school works closely with several local Miss America preliminaries. In 1996, grad Tara Holland of Longwood was crowned Miss America. Graduates have earned over $150,000 in cash and scholarships through this system. Lisa, a former "Star Search" judge, is eager to develop successful contestants, as this offers great exposure for up-and-coming TV/modeling talent, while providing young students with college scholarships. "The main benefits," says Lisa, "are the confidence an individual gains each time she performs before an audience, along with the ability to learn as much from losing as winning."
Lisa and Art believe the school should be "home away from home" for all students and a positive support system for the values presented at home. "For that reason and the desire for quality control at all times, we have turned down numerous franchise requests," says Art. "We enjoy getting to know students individually and are happy to be personally responsible for their education. Unlike most franchised schools where directors and teachers come and go, our goal as directors/owners is to create a stable environment for our students, while they're learning here and when they return."
"Most people outside our industry are unaware that just about anyone can buy and own a franchised modeling school," says Lisa. "A national name is not a guarantee of quality as the owner and director of a school in question may have no knowledge of the way the legitimate modeling community works in that particular market. I could never defend a school which enrolled everyone in a modeling course, sold pictures, portfolios and composites (usually to aid in cash flow), called itself an agency to encourage people to sign on the dotted line or taught the exact same "modeling" course all across the U.S. Anyone in our industry knows each market area is different; Art and I know this and have geared our curriculum to allow our students to become successful here first. This is why you can see our graduates featured on commercials, TV shows, in the newspaper and magazines any day of the week This is the true test of the effectiveness of our training.
" ART D'ALESSANDRO, a native New Yorker, became a central Floridian in 1961 and attended Robert E. Lee Junior High and Edgewater High School. With a 4.0 GPA, he participated in Torch Society, Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, and Russian Language club. Because of this hard work and scholastic achievement, Art became the recipient of the American Fire and Casualty scholarship from Orlando Junior College.
Being from a large, but supportive family, Art realized that to finance a good education, he'd have to begin working early. From ninth grade on, he held various jobs to continue toward his goal of being the first member of his family to graduate from college, which was realized when he received his Bachelor of Science degree in humanities from Rollins College with a 3.87 GPA.
Though a humanities major, Art's area of concentration in school was literature and writing. In his junior year, he was given the award for poetry, and as a senior, Art was the recipient of the prestigious Rollins College Prose Award for his short story "In a Small Station." He parlayed his interest in writing into a freelance career in ghostwriting, advertising and copywriting while in college, and now also works as a screenwriter with agents in Los Angeles and Chicago. In 1997, Art's feature film, "All Shook Up" was produced by White Hair Pictures and shot throughout Central Florida with Lisa Maile grads in numerous roles. Art's modeling career began in the early 70's when, as an aspiring professional surfer, he was requested for photography for an article on surfing. His career, now spanning three decades, has included several hundred fashion shows for Robinson's, Jordan Marsh, Jacobson's, Ivey's, Burdine's, J.C. Penney, Mitchell's, Sacino's, etc. In 1980, Art's headshot was selected as the lead photo for a nationally syndicated article on male modeling. He was the featured male model in The Orlando Sentinel for several years, appearing in the seasonal spring and fall fashion magazines. Art's print jobs have carried him throughout Florida, the Caribbean, Central America, and Mexico for clients including General Motors, the Wyndham Hotels, Robinson's, Inc., Home-Lite, Sea World, The Tampa Tribune, Ivey's, Rutland's, and numerous real estate developments. A veteran of local and regional TV commercials and industrial films, including Pizza Hut, Sheraton, Ivey's, Florida Festival, and Cardinal Homes, Art now particularly enjoys working with his students in preparation for their television commercial experiences. He emphasizes the importance of determination and practice - practice that he found so vital in his own studies of acting, in both TV commercials and theatre, as evidenced by his nomination for the Best Featured Actor award in his first performance at the Central Florida Civic Theatre.
"Encouraging others to set and attain their goals," says Art, "gives me greater satisfaction that anything else I have ever done. I'll never forget any of the students I've had the pleasure to help."