Personal Best was started in 1989 with the goal of giving every student the necessary attention to succeed in any aspect of life, not just the entertainment industry. Our students – children and adults – have diverse talents and interests. We meet students at their level, strengthen their skills and prepare them for acting, modeling and life experiences.


Personal Development

Learn practical and simple techniques to improve your confidence, refine your social skills and boost your self-esteem.

Talent Development

Explore the various areas of the entertainment industry making you as versatile, experienced and employable as possible.


Our executive seminars turn potential into performance. Together, we’ll fine-tune your soft-skills – from conversation techniques to body language to creativity – and help you create a more positive and productive work environment.

1 on 1 Training

Whether you’re preparing for an audition, just getting started in modeling or need some one-on-one supplemental training, we offer customizable, private training sessions with Susan Makai.


February 10, 2020 in Manners

Five Manners That Should Never Die

I’m surrounded by a younger generation in the work I do. They keep me young in spirit and having fun. However, they also puzzle me. Yes, it’s the age gap,…
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February 10, 2020 in Food for thought

So, You Wanna be a Star and Make Lots of Money: The Expectations vs. Realities

Have you ever heard someone say “I’m going to be star and make tons of money one day!” Or how about this one… “I really think my child should be…
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January 23, 2020 in Student Spotlight

Student Spotlight: Kellie Thomsen

As part of our new branding, we’re excited to launch our monthly “Student of the Month” Q&A, where we’ll highlight some of our talented students. This month, we’re excited to…
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Stories of Success

We got our sons involved with Personal Best mainly because they liked to perform. We saw their confidence for being on stage and being comfortable speaking in public improve dramatically. And the simple life lessons they learned along the way like proper manners were a bonus.

Alice CalmesMother of 2

I sent my daughter to Personal Best because of all the great reviews I heard. When I learned that they offered classes for adults as well, I got involved. Since then, I’ve been booked for infomercials, fashion shows and some modeling jobs in WNY.

Sheila JustinModel

IMTA is an experience of a lifetime…for both participants and parents. It’s an action-packed week of learning, growing, competing and meeting industry professionals. There are few opportunities like IMTA for aspiring talent.

Lindsay RicksMother of Nya Ricks, age 12

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