FROM THE BEGINNING
Talent INC Canada was founded in 2010 and is located in the east end of Toronto, conveniently close to many casting houses. We are proud that our company is 100 percent Canadian, working only with Canadian directors, agents, and producers. We feel that in order for an actor to sign with a legitimate agency, they must continually train. We have a strong Talent INC Canada family with well over 5000 success stories since we opened.
WHERE WE ARE NOW
John and Doug have placed thousands of actors in to the tv/film industry through their programs and their award winning annual Showcase. Talent INC Canada has been in operation for 10 years and some students have been clients since day 1. Our students work in television, films, commercials and voice overs. We share our latest bookings on Instagram and Facebook so feel free to follow us on social media, we'd love to hear from you!
Talent INC Canada's Co-Founders
JOHN F. STEVENS– John first started performing professionally at the age of 7 in various circus venues as a clown and variety entertainer. He learned everything from riding unicycles, walking the tight rope, acrobatics and trapeze. John was introduced to circus life by his late grandfather who was with the Ringling Bros., Barnum and Bailey Circus.
As a child performer, he was spotted all across the Pacific Northwest, until he joined his first National Tour at the age of 17. John was named one of the top 40 most influential people in the arts under the age of 40 while he was still a junior in High School. At the age of 18, John moved to New York City and attended Marymount Manhattan College on a Merit Scholarship, double majoring in Dance and Theatre.
During his studies, John got his first exposure to the business side of acting as a Junior Agent at Eisenberg, Aqua-Hart Talent Agency in Manhattan. He was able to launch the careers of many young performers into the Broadway spotlight. The next stop for John was Carnival Cruise Lines where he was a featured performer in the nightly variety shows. He still places young talented singers and dancers aboard their ships from time to time.
He returned to New York City at the peak of his dance career, choreographing 3 Off Broadway Shows. His musical theatre career highlights include Stephen Sondheim’s, Follies starring Maxine Andrews (of the Andrews Sisters), Denise Darcel, Judy Kaye, Karen Morrow, and Edie Adams. He also toured with John Schuck and JoAnne Worley in the hit musical, Annie. John was later featured in Cathy Rigby Is Peter Pan, and he starred as Peter in the newly revised script of Babes in Arms. John starred opposite, Cheyenne Jackson in the West Coast Premiere.
Since then John has produced, directed, choreographed and collaborated with Ashanti, Wyclef Jean, and numerous other talents for everything from product launches to publicity stunts.
“Working with young performers is not my job, it’s my passion.”
– John F. Stevens
DOUG W. SLOAN – As the head of our admissions and marketing team, Doug grew up in a small town with big dreams. Early in his teens, he modeled for Calvin Klein and quickly gained a keen eye for the business side of the industry. Doug earned his degree in Business Management and opened a successful tanning salon, which quickly grew into a chain.
Using the investments from the sale of those salons, Doug bought 2 of the leading day spas in Yorkville and merged them together. The David and Francis Salon was one of the most prominent Salons under his direction for 8 years.
Doug knew his passion was in the entertainment industry so he sold the salon and embarked on the journey he continues to follow to this day. He has managed the development of some of today’s top talent and has successfully placed 1000’s of working performers of all ages with agencies and managers in the U.S, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
His performers can be seen in projects like Harry Potter, Humans, The Stanley Dynamic, The Royals, Hell On Wheels, Wynona Earp, Home Alone 5, Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, Degrassi, Heroes Reborn, The Detail, Connor Undercover, and national campaigns for Winner’s, IKEA, Rogers, Nike and VW to name a few. He is the co-founder of Talent, INC (Canada) Ltd.
“Engaging with young performers has enriched my life in so many ways. I cannot imagine doing anything better than changing a young person’s life forever.”
-Doug W. Sloan