Ican Models and Talent director Tracy Cameron hopes some
talent will be revealed in Oamaru this weekend. Photo by
Miz Watanabe/Aqua Studio Queenstown.
Oamaru's got talent - and Ican Models and Talent wants to
The Queenstown-based agency has expanded into Oamaru and will
hold an open day in the town on Saturday for anyone
interested in being an extra in films, commercials,
television, other media, or modelling.
Ican director Tracy Cameron was excited about the expansion
of the agency, saying it ''opened up all sorts of
possibilities'' for people in a wider area.
Angela Prosser started the Oamaru extras network in 2006 as
an informal list of people and, in early 2011, she asked
Maddy Maxwell if she would help.
For those two years it was a voluntary role, supplemented
with occasional work as a casting assistant, Ms Maxwell said.
But it had been a busy year this year, with local films and a
few commercials and the time seemed right to take the next
step and become a real talent agency, so Ican was approached,
A busy mother-of-two, Mrs Cameron (nee Neave) founded Ican
Models and Talent in Queenstown in 2000, having previously
worked for more than 10 years for Margaret Farry-Williams at
Vanity Walk inDunedin.
Originally from Stewart Island, she completed the modelling
course at Vanity Walk when she was 17 and in her last year
boarding at St Hilda's Collegiate, winning Model of the Year.
''Up to that point, I was the ugly duckling, seriously. Ask
anyone who went to school with me; ask my twin sister,'' she
In 1998, she was a finalist in the last live broadcasted show
of Miss Universe New Zealand, alongside eventual winner Lana
Coc-Kroft and Jude Dobson, who both went on to become
After modelling in Sydney and Auckland and after four years
based in London, Mrs Cameron returned to Dunedin to co-direct
the Vanity Walk Talent Agency with Mrs Farry-Williams.
The timing was perfect, as both Lord of the Rings and
the mountaineering action thriller Vertical Limit were
being filmed in the South Island.
Vanity Walk was supplying background extras and it proved to
be the inspiration to head to Queenstown and venture into
business on her own, a move that was spurred on by ''blind
She focused initially on the modelling school, before
branching out into a modelling agency.
Last year, Ican expanded into Dunedin and it was special to
venture back to the city where she had spent so much time.
Asked how she successfully combined motherhood with a career,
Mrs Cameron said she was an organised person.
Earlier this week, a family of six from Oamaru were being
filmed for a Westfield commercial and she was excited about
the potential in North Otago.
''We offer so many varied opportunities to everyone,'' she
From children and grandparents to those involved in sport -
from snowboarders and skiers to kayakers and rock climbers -
''everyone can potentially be vital''.
She hoped there would be ''lots of beautiful ethnic people''
at the open day, particularly African Americans and Asians,
saying there was always demand for those.
The open day will be held at the Brydone Hotel between 10am