RTÉ's The Model Scouts, RTÉ Two, December 21, 9pm - 12 girls, 8 weeks, 1 winner
POLL MOUSSOULIDES - Voice and Performance Consultant
Poll mentored Ellen Flanagan in the final episode of the series. Despite having a great look and a great book, Ellen was having problems nailing her castings and the scouts worried that she was not making an impact and would therefore not do well in the business. They set up a one-to-one coaching session with Poll and he helped her find her voice and encouraged her to assert herself more at interviews.
Poll is Ireland's leading Voice Coach and one of Europe's most sought after Vocal Communication and Personal Performance Specialists. Over the last 20 years his skills have been employed to help thousands improve and optimise their vocal and physical habits, and feel more confident about how others perceive them.
Born in Dublin, Poll left Ireland to train at the University of Kent at Canterbury and Eastern Michigan University. After receiving his degree he returned in 1986 to become Head of Voice at the Gaiety School of Acting (now the National Theatre School of Ireland). From 1989-1992 he was Assistant Director to the School's Director, Joe Dowling, and later that year he also was appointed Head of Voice at the Samuel Beckett Centre in Trinity College Dublin. He has been Voice Coach in all of the country's major Theatres and several in the UK, and has coached thousands of Actors, from absolute beginners to multi Oscar® award winners on over 52 Feature and TV films ( Mia Farrow, Whoopi Goldberg, Robbie Coltrane, Anna Friel, Jon Voight, Pierce Brosnan, Kim Catrall, Richard Dreyfus, Roger Daltry, Andrea Corr, Joss Stone, Elijah Wood, Diane Wiest, Timothy Dalton, Brendan Gleeson, Cillian Murphy, Sheila Hancock, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Angela Lansbury, Martin Sheen. ) It was a particular honour when, in 1992, Poll was invited as a guest speaker and Voice Coach to the Royal Shakespeare Company's symposium "Theatre Voice".
In 1991, he was appointed Voice and Presentation Coach to the Newsroom in R.T.E., where he continues to work with Journalists, Reporters and Presenters from Current Affairs, News, Sport, Young Peoples and Lifestyle Radio and T.V Programmes. At the Irish Management Institute he regularly delivered vital components to communication and leadership courses from 1992-2008. He is now an Associate Faculty Specialist at Edinburgh Institute of Leadership & Management Practice in Napier University and is part of the team that devised and delivers the world's first experiential Masters Degree in Corporate Leadership. Four times a year he is one of the expert speakers at the world renowned High Performance Leadership program at IMD Business School in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Poll recently established the Irish Voice Association, and is also a founding member of the Irish Film & Television Academy (IFTA). He has appeared on many TV & Radio shows as a Vocal Communications Consultant and was recently described as 'the executive's secret weapon to communication mastery'. Constantly upgrading his skills since his degree, Poll has trained in Tai Chi, Alexander Technique, Broadcast Camera & Editing, Behavioural Patterns in Sales & Marketing, and has a Master qualification in Neuro Linguistic Programming - all vitally combining towards his unrivalled record of helping others achieve excellence whenever they stand to speak. Poll is in the final stages of writing two books (on vocal fitness and vocal creativity in business), and these will be published in 2011.
CELESTINE COONEY - STYLIST
Each week the Scouts watched as professional stylists dressed Aishling and each week she looked great. But they were dismayed to find that she had reverted to her small-town style when they next saw her. over accessorizing, wearing big scarves and fussy clothing etc. They wanted Aishling to understand that a model must have an understated style, even when they are not working.
Celestine took Aishling shopping and showed her how basics such as a leather jacket could change her whole appearance and the scouts were delighted to see her later in her new look.
The scouts arranged for Aishling to have a one-on-one session with a stylist who would spend the time helping Aishling to find a cool style that worked for her and if she liked the look, she might embrace it and continue to dress like that all the time.
Celestine Cooney is originally from Meath and moved to the UK in 2003. She studied fine art film but ended up working in fashion. Celestine used to work for Dazed and Confused and is now the fashion director of the bi-annual Twin Magazine and contributes to many international publications such as Vogue and V Magazine.
Her clients include Jude Law, Daisy Lowe, James McAvoy, M.I.A, Florence and the Machine, Marina and the Diamonds and Irish Designer Simone Rocha.
KATHY McGUINNESS - Choreographer
Tabea's walk had always concerned the scouts, She never seemed to master a confident and assured stance on the runway. Jeni believed that she was '80% there'. The scouts asked dancer and choreographer Kathy McGuinness to work with Tabea individually in her studio. They thought that if Tabea learned more about movement and how to make her body more fluid, it would help her with her walk.
Kathy McGuinness is passionate about dance and started her classical ballet training at a very young age. The dance bug bit and she went on to attend The Billy Barry Stage School.
In her teenage years her interest turned to Latin American dancing and trained in both Dublin and Northern Ireland, before going on to win the prestigious world title 'Champion of Tomorrow' at the Winter Gardens in the world famous home of ballroom dancing, Blackpool.
A professional dance diploma followed from the College of Dance in Dublin and Kathy also trained at the world renowned Pineapple Dance Studios in London and the influential Broadway Dance Centre in New York.
She has performed and choreographed for numerous stage productions at The Helix, Gaeity and Vicar Street as well as on RTE and TV3. Kathy has also danced for Natasha Hamilton from Atomic Kitten as well as ad campaigns for Reebok, Peter Mark and L'Oreal to mention a few.
As a part of her efforts to promote dance in Ireland, Kathy is launching a brand new Dance Magazine later this year. This professional magazine will be distributed nationwide and will feature interviews with major players from the dance industry.