Founded in 2011, Apex Talent Group is a full-service artist & talent management company representing a diverse roster worldwide in the areas of film, stage, television, new media, musical theatre, print, personal appearances, voice overs, commercials, music festivals, tours, and other fields of entertainment. Apex is committed to advising and counseling our clients on all aspects of their careers. Our primary focus is managing child and young adult actors, musical theatre performers, singer/songwriters, bands and electronic dance music DJ/producers. Each artist is their own brand and we work to establish this early in their careers. Over the years, our clients have booked roles on the following:
Teamwork, focus, dedication, and having a positive mindset are the cornerstones of our business philosophy. Giving back to the community is very important at Apex, and we donate to several charitable causes in addition to encouraging our clients to become active leaders to use their voice to create change in the world. Apex Talent Group is a member of the Association for Electronic Music (AFEM), and Richard Makarewicz is a member of the Talent Managers Association (TMA).
Both Richard & Emily Makarewicz have valid child performer services permits and have been approved to represent child performers under 18 years old in the state of CA by the Department of Industrial Relations Division of Labor Standards Enforcement.
Richard Makarewicz - Child Performer Services Permit Number: CPS-LR-1000548635
Emily Makarewicz - Child Performer Services Permit Number: CPS-LR-1000548630
Richard Makarewicz has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for over a decade. In 2007, Richard took an internship at Michael Donovan Casting to gain vital experience. Realizing he wanted to focus on talent representation, Richard accepted a position as the assistant to the Young People’s Department at Kazarian, Spencer & Associates in 2008. Richard worked under a team of three high profile agents, and he had the opportunity to learn how to develop talent and groom them into huge name stars. Over the next two years, KSA’s youth clients booked Series Regular roles on Nickelodeon, ABC, and TBS. While attending a nationwide youth acting showcase with his boss, Richard handpicked some of the top child actors at the event. He was promoted to Junior Agent as a result of his keen eye for talent. In 2010, Richard transitioned to Avalon Artists Group’s theatrical department as the Senior Associate to the owner. He submitted adult talent on the TV and Film breakdowns, pitched to casting, and closed out offers. After working in casting, and at two agencies, Richard decided to launch Apex Talent Group, a talent management company, with his wife in 2011. With a desire for having a stronger personal bond with each client, Richard felt that management was the right direction for his career. Fighting for his clients every day and helping them succeed, Richard is an extremely passionate and driven manager.
Emily Makarewicz’s experience in both business and the performing arts gives her the knowledge and ability to guide and develop her clients’ careers in the entertainment industry. Emily attended the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy for high school, and then The Juilliard School majoring in music as a flutist. While at Juilliard, Emily worked 7 days a week in multiple positions, including ushering for their theatre department, she was a video editor for ABC News, and she also worked as an assistant for a property sales team at Related – a real estate development firm. Simultaneously, Emily had concert appearances with her trio (ETA3), performed in multiple orchestras, and had solo engagements as a flutist throughout the US, Canada, and Europe. After graduating Juilliard with undergraduate and master’s degrees in five years through their accelerated program, Emily landed an assistant position at the esteemed Sotheby’s International Realty on the Upper Eastside – working under 300 real estate agents and brokers who represented high-net-worth individuals and celebrity clientele. She soon acquired her real estate license – later joining the team as an agent at Douglas Elliman. At this point many of her friends from high school and college were now pursuing their careers in L.A. as actors, singers, and dancers. Emily decided it was time for a change and took a leap of faith by relocating across the country. Once she arrived in Los Angeles, over a dozen of her friends started pushing Emily to become their talent manager due to her magnetic personality and sales experience. All of her previous positions and education were extremely impactful for this career change, inspiring Emily to have a passion for developing and managing talent. Around the same time, Emily met Richard – and they hit it off immediately! Quickly falling in love and getting engaged, Emily realized starting a talent management company for actors and musicians with her then husband would be a perfect fit. Through their mutual expertise, Emily and Richard co-founded Apex Talent Group in the fall of 2011. Emily's personal knowledge from live performances helps her steer the careers of her clients, especially related to musical theatre singers, dancers, and DJs. Adding the EDM DJ/Producer department in 2018, Emily enjoys giving feedback to her clients' tracks - and finding the right record labels for their releases. Discovering fresh and new talent is extremely important to Emily, and you can find her scouting at the theatre or at a music show almost every weekend!
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