Our Team

Model & Talent Management

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Jennifer Isom

Jennifer has worked in the industry for 25 years. She started modeling at the age of 12. Jennifer was born and raised in San Diego, California. At the age of 14 she signed with Elite Los Angeles and continued modeling in LA for 8 years. Jennifer started working for the John Casablancas center in San Diego 15 years ago and now currently is part owner of the Raleigh John Casablancas center. Jennifer has carried out one of the highest placement rates of all the JC centers for over 12 years consistently. Jennifer loves to help those who are serious, and have a passion for modeling or acting. She believes that anyone can be successful in this industry as long as you work hard and are willing to do what it takes to show you have talent.

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Gray O'Neal

Gray started as a photographer 20 years ago. Having entered into a very competitive profession of photography, through his hard work and dedication he is now recognized as one of the best commercial photographers in the industry. His patience to learn and be creative has allowed him to expand his career as a photographer to many new areas such as web design. Gray has helped hundreds of models and actors have the best tools to market themselves as well as provide his clients with a polished and professional product. His work can be seen all over the US with some of the top modeling and acting agencies in the world. Click here to view the "Imagery by Gray" website.


Bridget O'Brien

Bridget was born and raised in New York. She came to North Carolina 15 years ago. Bridget has worked in the modeling and acting industry for the past 12 years. She has had years of experience scouting and placing talent. Her work has been recognized across the nation and has spoken in front of hundreds of people on what it takes to be successful in this industry. Bridget's great communication skills helps the talent clearly understand all of the steps that the talent needs to ensure they are prepared for their journey into this industry.

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Janet Roach

Janet is a licensed esthetician/makeup artist and has been a part of the Avanti team since 2007. Her passion consistently remains teaching clients, actors and models how to take care of their skin by performing facials, microdermabrasion, peels, waxing and professional makeup application. She enjoys seeing the transformations and improved self confidence after performing these services. She also has a facial salon, Fab faces, in Cary, NC where she is happy to see clients on a regular basis. Contact info is janet.roach@yahoo.com or (919) 619-5125


John Stevens

After spending 20 years in the United States Army, and jobs as a bouncer, security guard, body guard, Group home manager, and Counselor John set his sites on Acting. Making 2 appearances on the TV show The Six on A&E, an appearance in the movie a Fitting Finale and a lead Role in the upcoming WEb-SERIES Circles he devoted more of his time to teaching at the John Casablancas Center in Raleigh, NC and is now currently the head instructor at that location.


Max Brown

Hi my name is Max Browne. My journey with modeling and acting started just like yours at Avanti. I went through Avanti when I was 17 and signed with directions USA, a high fashion agency. After I went through my first showcase and worked with directions, I came to Avanti and began to develop talent behind the scenes, and am now pursuing cinematography at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Lisa Creel

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Steve Creel

Steve Creel is a Freelance Video Professional located in North Carolina. Over the past twenty years Steve has shot, directed and edited hundreds of videos which include television programming, sports, events, corporate videos, model showcases and acting talent. Steve loves his work and is a true professional with a passion for his craft.

Andre Boards

Andre has been walking the runways for over 25 years for some of the top designers nationwide. Andre has been working with Avanti talent since the opening of Avanti over 20 years ago.

Avanti Model & Talent Management

Over 26 Years of Experience in the Modeling/Acting Industry