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Runway and Commercial, International Openings for New Faces, Sports Profiles and Multi-Media Presentation 

All Sizes, All Sexes, All Capabilities 

MAAI Supports Diversity 


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 MAAI finds the Models and Talent - 

You bring the Expertise of Discovery! 

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 Work smart. 

Build your brand by rubbing elbows with an international, 60-year-young, membership of peer building friends. 

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MAAI has been copied, but NEVER equaled. 

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Meet Our President

Modeling Association of America International President’s Welcome

Modeling Association of America International President’s Welcome

Modeling Association of America International President’s Welcome

  

It is a great honor to serve as the 2020 president of MAAI. We will put on the Ritz in the “Big Apple” MAAI’s 60th Anniversary Convention. We want you to join the MAAI family to make this celebration a time to remember. Come with MAAI to visit Times Square, Broadway, and the Apollo Theater. If you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere.

We thank past president Belta Perez for her dedication and professional leadership in making the 2019 Miami Convention a total success.  

After a decade in Miami, MAAI is excited to be back in New York City. Top New York and international agents, scouts, reps, and casing directors join MAAI to sign new commercial faces, hire runway models, and judge unique talents. 

  

HELLO NEW YORK CITY! MAAI is BACK!

MAAI 60thAnniversary Celebration! Be there and be seen.

Wiley Morton
Elite Fashions Unlimited, Chattanooga, TN
Regional Director Hal Jackson's Talented Teen

Wiley Morton

Modeling Association of America International President’s Welcome

Modeling Association of America International President’s Welcome

Elite Fashions Unlimited, Chattanooga, TN

Regional Director Hal Jackson’s Talented Teens International 2004-2010

In The Spotlight!

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Spotlight Model

Amber P.

"I participated in MAAI 2019 and I had such a great time. I gained confidence and made new friends. The MAAI staff were all kind and welcoming. MAAI was an awesome experience, and I hope to come out in 2020."

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Spotlight Agency

Renée Lacy 

Cameo Models Internationale 



The annual MAAI Convention draws models and talented people, and then puts them in front of International Agents, Casting Directors, A&R, Agents, and Media Scouts.


Would your school like to be a member of MAAI?


50+ Years Strong, Member Supported 


Complete the MAAI Membership request form.


Our people will contact your people!  

MAAI Celebrities!

 

Here is a glimpse of stars who have appeared at MAAI Conventions.

MAAI Actor of the Year model holding trophy, beach/ocean in background

Scholarships and Prizes

Scholarship Opportunities:

  • NY Conservatory for Dramatic Arts  
  • New York Film Academy
  • Albert Perez Models International Guam Scholarship
  • Models Mart
  • Modeling Association of America International
  • Pageantry Magazine 



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Do you think you have what it takes to compete with MAAI? Get in touch!


Are You Next?

Manish Dayal

John Spainhour

Manish Dayal

Manish looking straight at the camera wearing black leather jacket and black tshirt.

 Photo by Colin Stark 

 Manish Dayal attended several MAAI Conventions as a student and guest of Betty Lane Models and Talent from Orangeburg, South Carolina. 

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John Spainhour

Manish Dayal

 Kharlybia walking the runway wearing an emerald green dress white white shoes.

 Kharlybia walked the runway in New York City for Designer Luis Machicao and for Paris Fashion Week. She attended the MAAI Convention and Showcase with Funny Faces Empowerment Zone, 

Peggie Roane, Agent 

John Spainhour

John Spainhour

John Spainhour

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A top working model in Asia and around the world, John took the award for Overall Male in the MAAI International event. He was discovered by The Smawley Agency, Ethel Smawley, Agent. 

John Spainhour

 

Competitions by Grouped Ages, Sex, and Qualifications*

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  • Photography
  • Runway
  • Television
  • Spanish Commercial
  • Kidzz Quizz
  • Group Runway

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  • 2019 Miss Teen Hemisphere Pageant
  • 2019 Cutest Kids Pageant
  • 2019 Mr. Hemisphere Pageant
  • 2019 Miss North America Hemisphere Pageant
  • Creative Runway
  • MAAI Has Talent

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  • Jeans
  • Legs
  • Monologue
  • SoapStar
  • Cold Reading
  • SwimSuit
  • Family Funway

 

 

 

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MAAI Returns To NYC In 2021!

Join Us In New York City for the 2021 MAAI Convention & Showcase

After 10 years of hosting the MAAI Convention & Showcase in Miami, FL, MAAI is returning to its roots in New York City! 


Come join us to compete, scout, and network! 


Stay tuned for more details

Join Us In NYC!

Are you a Modeling School and interested in bringing your talent to compete at the 2020 MAAI Convention & Showcase in NYC? Fill out the inquiry form and we'll be in touch ASAP!

Success Stories

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Winners

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F.A.Q.

Is Everyone Accepted?

Do You Need Experience?

Is Everyone Accepted?

A: No, everyone is not. In order to keep our standards high and our reputation of excellence with the modeling agents and casting directors a selection process is used. It may be in the form of an audition or interview with a member school or agency of MAAI.
 

How Can I Attend?

Do You Need Experience?

Is Everyone Accepted?

A: Competitor:

You have taken the first step by viewing our web site. Next, fill out either the Want to Attend? or the ¿Quiere Asistir? form. Make sure to mark if you are a model, actor, dancer, or singer and fill out the information accordingly. Your information will be given to an MAAI member located you and you will be contacted.
Si usted quisiera usar Español, favor vea la forma numero tres.

Schools / Agencies / Managers:
If you are an owner or director of a modeling school, talent agency, or talent manager fill out theMAAI Membership form. You will be contacted by our membership committee who will be able to answer your questions.

Scouts / Casting Directors / Managers:
If you would like to scout our models and talent by attending the coming MAAI Convention, please complete the Scout Our Talent form. You will be contacted by one of our members to help with your arrangements. 

Do You Need Experience?

Do You Need Experience?

Can I Use My Own Portfolio Photos?

A: No. An MAAI member will prepare you for the competitions.

 

Can I Use My Own Portfolio Photos?

What If I Am Not Called For A Special Interview With An Agent? Will I Still Get To See Them?

Can I Use My Own Portfolio Photos?

 A: Often you can. This is determined by your director or the member who is preparing you. Photos need to be current (not over one year old). If you are over 21, haven't changed your hair style, and still look like your photos, you can usually go two years before a new portfolio is needed. Your director will make that decision. 

How Much Does It Cost?

What If I Am Not Called For A Special Interview With An Agent? Will I Still Get To See Them?

What If I Am Not Called For A Special Interview With An Agent? Will I Still Get To See Them?

A: The cost of competing in the MAAI Convention and Showcase depends on variables. Will you be flying to the convention or driving and sharing expenses? Will you attend with family members, sharing the room cost? Will you attend and share a room with other models and talent from an MAAI Member’s school or agency? How many of the Optional competitions will you enter? Will you work to obtain cash sponsorships from your extended family, friends, and local businesses? (MAAI provides a Sponsorship form in the Directors’ Manual – ask your school or agency for the form.)
Members may provide a package cost for the event with training and updated portfolios (with or without transportation), divided into affordable monthly payment plans. Please contact an MAAI Member for details. 

What If I Am Not Called For A Special Interview With An Agent? Will I Still Get To See Them?

What If I Am Not Called For A Special Interview With An Agent? Will I Still Get To See Them?

What If I Am Not Called For A Special Interview With An Agent? Will I Still Get To See Them?

A: Most Definitely. You may choose to spend time with all the agents on Go See Day. You will receive a list of agents in attendance and what they want. All you have to do is find their table and speak with them. This is your opportunity to show them your portfolio, give them a comp card, and sell yourself by letting that special personality shine through. 

How Many Agents Attend MAAI?

Is There Anything Else I Should Know About The MAAI?

How Many Agents Attend MAAI?

A: Each Convention is arranged and guided by the MAAI Board of Directors. They choose from hundreds of agents, reps, talent scouts, and firms to provide representation across the board for MAAI models and talent. Each year there are domestic and foreign agents scouting for their particular clients. Models and talent will enjoy intensive exposure to influential people in the industry during the competitions and at the Showcase and Call Backs session. 

What Does An Agent Look For?

Is There Anything Else I Should Know About The MAAI?

How Many Agents Attend MAAI?

A: Several things. First, a great smile and personality to match is uber important. Second is attitude. They look for determination and hard workers. Third, you may be chosen for your voice, for 'look', as a hand model, for your talent, or for your hidden potential. 

Is There Anything Else I Should Know About The MAAI?

Is There Anything Else I Should Know About The MAAI?

Is There Anything Else I Should Know About The MAAI?

A: The 2019 Convention and Showcase will be held July 17-19, 2019 at a posh Miami Beach hotel. MAAI supports your efforts by bringing the Miss Hemisphere Pageant to Convention and by providing numerous Scholarships, Prizes, and Awards. 

What Does Not-For-Profit Mean?

Will I Have Time To Sight See Or Will I Be Busy The Whole Time?

Is There Anything Else I Should Know About The MAAI?

A: It means MAAI is not a profit-making business like other conventions. School and agency dues support MAAI. Those elected to the Board and Executive Board are volunteers voted in by the general membership. They devote countless hours throughout the year planning each upcoming Convention. The members of MAAI believe in the ethical treatment of models and talent in the industry and in education. They want to help people, such as yourself, to get started on life goals. MAAI was the first Convention of its kind in 1960. Others have followed, but never equaled MAAI! 

What Makes The MAAI Convention Different From All The Rest?

Will I Have Time To Sight See Or Will I Be Busy The Whole Time?

Will I Have Time To Sight See Or Will I Be Busy The Whole Time?

A:  MAAI is the founder of the modern model and talent convention concept with 58 years of knowledge and expertise. There are several things MAAI offers which make it unique:

  • Not-for-Profit status means we are not a proprietary corporation.  MAAI does not survive to make a profit.
  • MAAI invites celebrities and soap stars so you can have your photo taken and speak with them.
  • Our elegant surroundings.
  • Scholarship awards program.
  • Exclusivity - we are not an overcrowded cattle call. 

Will I Have Time To Sight See Or Will I Be Busy The Whole Time?

Will I Have Time To Sight See Or Will I Be Busy The Whole Time?

Will I Have Time To Sight See Or Will I Be Busy The Whole Time?

A:  Yes, you will have time to sightsee in Miami and the surrounding areas. We encourage your family and your friends to attend with you. Miami is a great place for visiting with many attractions nearby.