About Atlanta Models & Talent, Inc.
Atlanta Models & Talent, Inc. is Atlanta’s premiere full-service talent agency. Our mission is to provide outstanding talent for television, film, commercial, industrial, print, and voiceover productions in Atlanta, the Southeast, and nationwide.
Established in 1959, Atlanta Models & Talent, Inc. (AMT Agency) is Atlanta’s first and most prestigious talent agency. The history goes back over fifty-five years, and the strength of the agency, its reputation, and success is largely due to the forward-thinking of a few remarkable women.
In the early 1960’s, Dot Barber had a small part time model agency called Model’s Inc., when she asked Beverly Needle Copen, on maternity leave at the time, to help her out. When Barber decided to change careers and go into real estate, Copen purchased the agency from her for one dollar (legal tender).
Copen was interested in expanding the business beyond fashion and photography jobs, so she began with the name. Atlanta Models & Talent, Inc. was born. At the same time, Edith Ivey and Jerre Enberg were hard at work with the successful Ivey-Enberg Talent Services in Atlanta, having set in place many of the standards of practice still in use today. In the mid 60’s, Edith and Jerre decided to pursue their artistic careers and turned over their roster of 655 clients to Atlanta Models & Talent, Inc.
Meanwhile, Copen expanded her own sales strategies and hit the road. She traveled to New York and Los Angeles, fostering relationships with film producers and motion picture studios. She reasoned that there was no better shoot location than the South during the snow-covered winter months up North. Her innovative sales strategies paid off. Copen became the first film representative from 1972-73 under President Jimmy Carter.
In July 1970, Kathy Hardegree became AMT’s receptionist. A few years later, she purchased the agency from Copen and was the sole owner for almost 40 years. Kathy served to establish the Atlanta chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and served as Chair of the Atlanta Emmy Awards for five years. She was a founding member of the Atlanta chapter of Women in Film, from which she was honored to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004. In September 2010, Kathy was voted the SAG agent of the month, the only agent in Georgia to date to receive this honor.
In 2005, Sarah Carpenter was hired by Kathy after spending years in the entertainment industry. In 2010, Susan Fronsoe, who transitioned from a career in acting and managing talent, moved to Atlanta and began looking for representation herself. Fronsoe became a client of AMT Agency where she met Carpenter. Shortly after, they discovered that Hardegree was looking towards retirement and the timing was ideal. It was then that Carpenter and Fronsoe joined forces to purchase AMT Agency on January 27, 2011. The women opened the doors of the newly purchased agency with only two interns.
Carpenter remains the sole owner of AMT since Fronsoe sold her share in January 2015. Continuing the legacy of the women before her, Carpenter leads her team of agents and associates to maintain AMT as a top agency in Atlanta and beyond, booking clients on productions in the southeast and across the nation.
TV | FILM
With Atlanta at the forefront of the film industry, producing more projects than both Los Angeles and New York City as well as generating over $9.5 Billion economic revenue for Georgia, the TV/Film department hustles around the clock to get AMT actors on set. While always aiming for the sky, we've been successful targeting everything from series regulars to major recurring guests stars, day players, and supporting roles. Recent credits include studio feature films and network/streaming TV series, including Spiderman: Homecoming, Stranger Things, Atlanta, Ant-Man and The Wasp, Venom, The Walking Dead, and many more.
COMMERCIAL | INDUSTRIAL | PRINT
Whether you need a host, spokesperson, or the new face for your product, AMT has you covered. Our talent are thoroughly experienced, extremely professional, and highly sought-after. We work on everything from corporate training videos to SAG national campaigns.
If you are looking for the voice or talent that is an ideal fit for a creative production or application, then you have come to the right place. As our voice talent step up to their microphones, we meet and exceed your expectations with excellence through the spoken word.
Meet The Agency
Owner | Head of Commercial, Industrial, VO Departments
Born and raised in upstate New York and moved to Atlanta in 1983. She attended college in New York and Georgia graduating from The Art Institute with a degree in Music & Video Production. Sarah started in the business working for Ted Borden and Associates as an agent, before gaining direct casting experience with Stilwell Casting. Eventually, Sarah started her own company, Carpenter Consulting, where she consulted and worked in all facets of film and commercial production. She learned the business of not for-profits working for The Winfield Consulting Group before coming back to the business with Arlene Wilson Management. A call from Kathy Hardegree with Atlanta Models & Talent, Inc. brought Sarah back to work as an agent.
Head of TV/Film Department
Jason Lockhart is a Film & Television Agent from Los Angeles and excited to be a fresh face in the Atlanta market. He is also an accomplished filmmaker, having worked with National Lampoon and sold two feature films as an award-winning Writer/Director, one of which The CW picked up as a Movie of the Week. Having grown up as a child actor, Jason has over 20 years of experience & education in the industry, but after bouncing around several seats in Hollywood, he finds it most rewarding behind the talent agent’s desk, helping others pursue their dreams. He is known to love all things comedy, but serious obsessions include family, fantasy football, plain cheese pizza, dogs, and the Joker.
TV/Film Agent | Social Media Guru
Melodi is a recent graduate from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a BS in Journalism & Electronic Media and Cinema Studies (2015). Working at Atlanta Models & Talent as a TV/Film Agent, Melodi oversees communication between talent and casting directors for series and movies that shoot in the southeast and across the nation. In addition, Melodi manages AMT’s social media profiles with news, workshops, and articles relevant to the agency’s followers on each platform. When she’s not at AMT, Melodi drinks excessive amounts of coffee and roots for the Tennessee Vols (especially when they’re playing Georgia).
Commercial, Industrial, and Print Agent
Mason Thurman has been enthusiastically entrenched in the entertainment industry for over a decade. His love for film, television, and everything creative lured him into the industry at an early age. Born into a family of musicians, agents, and actors in Nashville, Tennessee, it's no surprise that he followed suit and entered a similar arena. Mason began his career with top talent agency in Atlanta, Georgia shortly after graduating from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2015. He began as an assistant and quickly developed the skills and knowledge that would launch him forward. Mason has a keen eye for talent and a shares the same affinity and passion for the work as his clients do.
TV/Film Department Associate
Kelly is a TV/Film professional with a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising and Public Relations from The University of Tampa. After graduating in 2016, Kelly moved back to Atlanta, GA to capitalize on the thriving market for film and television production in her hometown. She gained experience working as a set PA, interning with local talent agencies, and training with casting directors in principal and extras casting before taking on her position as TV/Film Associate with AMT in the spring of 2017. Kelly spends her spare time walking with her dog Floppy on trails by the Chattahooche River.
Commercial, Industrial, and Print Department Associate | Intern Program Coordinator
Caila Cordwell graduated from Southeastern University with a BS in Film Production (2016). As the Commercial, Industrial, and Print department associate, she manages audition scheduling for the many SAG-affiliated and non-union commercials and industrials that AMT works on every day, as well as scheduling print shoots. Caila is also the coordinator for AMT's Internship Program. In her spare time, Caila enjoys drinking craft coffee, watching Game of Thrones, and spending too much time browsing the aisles in Target!
Voiceover Department Associate | Commercial, Industrial & Print Department Associate
Tracy earned her Bachelor of Science in Media Studies with a minor in Film at Kennesaw State University and began as a full-time employee at Atlanta Models & Talent shortly after her internship. Agency work within the commercial, industrial, and TV/Film departments combined all her interests within the entertainment industry, setting her sights on becoming a talent agent. Tracy assists within the commercial and voice over departments, overseeing client communication with producers and casting directors on regional and national projects. On evenings and weekends, Tracy enjoys long naps and catching up on her movies & favorite TV shows.
Without even visiting the city first, Jasmine moved to Atlanta, GA in 2007 to try something new. She ended up going to Georgia State University soon after and graduated in 2012 with a B.B.A in Accounting. Jasmine has worked in the Accounting field for 10 years. Within those 10 years, she has been certified and/or trained in different areas of Accounting: Taxation, Quickbooks, Bookkeeping and Budgeting. Her hobbies are sewing, drawing and binge watching Netflix shows. She recently gave birth to a bubbly, dimpled faced little girl named Malia Sydney Johnson. Everyone at AMT is her auntie (except Kevin, he’s her uncle) and she loves them so much!