About  the Agency

For over 30 years, Michael Turney Agency has been the leading source for the development and training of actors and models. We combine an artistic eye with real industry experience, while always keeping the safety and standards of our talent above all else. Preparation is the key to success in this business, as it is in any profession.

We have the ability and have placed models and talent around the world in major fashion and entertainment markets.

Auditions are by invitation only. We invite you to register to attend and explore your potential in this fascinating business.

Agency Staff

Michael Turney


Michael Turney is a name synonymous with beauty, fashion and modeling, having worked in the business for over fifty years.

Michael was a print and runway model with Elite Agency in his youth, working with designers, Calvin Klein, Gianni Versace and Halston. His career took him to the fashion capitals of the world. Returning to his native “Ark-La-Tex” in the late 80’s, Michael opened Michael Turney Agency. The agency soon thrived and Mr. Turney scouts, trains and places models from all over the south.

While many small agencies have closed, Michael Turney Agency continues to flourish and keep up with the ever changing world of fashion and entertainment.

Barbara Beaird

Barbara Beaird

Executive Assistant

Ms. B is a native New Englander who has lived in Louisiana since the 70’s. She has an extensive background in retail and wholesale work, lives with a houseful of rescue dogs and cats and is a gifted photographer. Her resume includes 10 years with the College Division of Barnes & Noble Bookstores and another 10 with Dee’s Photo Supply. She and Michael have worked together on and off for over 20

Carol Collins-Miles


Carol Collins-Miles was an international top model and is a performing classical & jazz singer, composer and pop music recording artist.

She started her modeling career as Carol Miles, in Houston and Dallas, Texas with the Jeri Halpin and Kim Dawson Agencies, respectively. Later with Ellen Harth Agency in New York, she was invited to Paris to work in the Givenchy cabine. After working with Mary Webb Agency in Los Angeles and meeting Parisians, Chantal Thomass and the great Hubert de Givenchy, she accepted invitations from both to work in Paris. She worked with Elite, Glamour, Zoli and the Agence de Marilyn Gauthier during her nearly two decades stay in Paris. Carol now gives back to our world of fashion by working to groom upcoming talent, while still active from her hometown of Texarkana as a model, singer and philanthropist.

Lizz Bashore

Lizz Bashore


Ashlee Elizabeth Bashore, better known to most everyone as Lizz, is an actor, director, and educator currently based in Dallas, TX. Her passion is to explore the depths of the human condition in the classroom with her students as well as on stage and film. On stage, Ashlee has performed in over 40 regional theaters from the Philadelphia Tri-State area, Michigan, and across the Dallas-Fort Worth theater community.

Before moving to Dallas to work on her MFA in Acting at Southern Methodist University, she founded 23 Piece Productions, a production company focusing on bringing all mediums of art together to explore the human spirit. In her spare time she is typically found teaching Hip-Hop and Shakespeare to America’s Youth. In her other, copious amounts of spare time she enjoys writing and working with some of the fine folks of Dallas improv.

Become a Model or Actor

To be considered for Michael Turney Agency, register on the website and submit a current photo. If there is agency interest, you'll be invited to a closed audition.