JULES “LADY JULES” URICH
“Dancing is all of me, every single part of me. It’s my life force.”
Julie “Lady Jules” Urich, was born in St. Paul, Minnesota and raised in Boulder, Colorado. She can’t remember a time when she didn’t dance, though she started her formal dance training at a relatively late age taking jazz and ballet classes when she was 16. She quickly mastered the art of breaking and made a name for herself in the dance community. With an amazing career as a professional dancer under her belt, as well as being one of the most decorated female break-dancers in the world, Lady Jules is now setting her sights on the acting world. She has a number of projects in the works as well as promoting her feature debut, B-GIRL, around the globe.
Outside of her dance and acting careers, Jules loves to spend time with her two cats Alaska and Boulder. She works closely with the charity The Cat House on the Kings and is a strong supporter of PETA. She is also a writer and enjoys creating new projects to film in her spare time.
Some of Jules' highlights include appearing on the Oprah Winfrey show, as well as performing alongside Madonna and Sarah Jessica Parker in consecutive Gap campaigns. She has also been featured in several other commercial campaigns such as Coke, iPod, Wal-Mart, Nike and Jolly Rancher. Along with ad campaigns, Jules has performed on several live stages around the world The Victory Theatre on Broadway, The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and the Spoleto festival in Spoleto, Italy, are just a few of the prestigious stages she has been able to perform on. Some of her other highlights include competing on MTV’s “Americas Best Dance Crew” with the BEAT FREAKS, working with legendary hip-hop performing group, The Groovaloos, as well as several other television and movie credits (including STEP UP 2, YOU GOT SERVED, and “So You Think You Can Dance”). She has also performed alongside such artists as Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera, Pink, Missy Elliot, Run-DMC and LL Cool J.
WESLEY JONATHAN (Carlos)
Mr. Wesley Jonathan has been gracing the screens for well over 2 decades, starring in countless movies, television shows and commercials. He was the handsome young co-star of WB's top-rated sitcom, "What I Like About You" (Amanda Bynes & Jennie Garth), and star of the syndicated Teen NBC series "City Guys." He made his debut at the tender age of 8 appearing on the long running Fox series "21 Jump Street" alongside Johnny Depp. Since then, Jonathan has Guest starred/recurred on some of the most popular shows on television including Emmy nominated hit series "Boston Public," "The Practice," "NYPD Blue," “Cold Case,” “CSI Miami,” "Felicity," “Judging Amy," "News Radio," "The Parent Hood," "Smart Guy," "Moesha," Boy Meets World," "Sister Sister" and the list goes on.
Wesley has also had a successful career in film. To date, his growing list of screen credits include his recent completions of THE EFFECT (written, directed and starring Charles S. Dutton), SPEED DATING, PINKVILLE, B-GIRL, NATIONAL LAMPOON'S BAG BOY, BEAUTIFUL ORDINARY, CUTTIN DA MUSTARD and DIVINE INTERVENTION only to add to his already successful films such as CROSSOVER, ROLL BOUNCE, THE UNITED STATES OF LELAND, PANTHER and STORM WATCH.
Moving seamlessly between comedic and dramatic roles on both television and film, Wesley has an impressive range of acting talent as well as being a gifted dancer and athlete. But his talent is not limited to being in front of the screens and in the direct spotlight. Wesley Jonathan has ventured into the world of producing. His first of many ventures to come was a successful Top X Calendar created to help raise money for The City of Hope Cancer Center. With several offers on the table and in creative state, Jonathan will slowly but surely move into producing shorts, films, television shows and commercials.
Although Jonathan is an extremely busy and driven young man, he always manages to find time to give back to the community, especially to causes which benefit children. Among the many charity events, Wesley has participated in: NSYNC's Annual Challenge For The Children (several consecutive years), Magic Johnson's Midsummer Night Magic Youth Mardi Gras, Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation, Joe Torry's Celebrity Basketball Challenge, the National Urban League's Youth Summit, Team Kool Green and the 100 Black Men of Cleveland's computer literacy campaign, and KTLA's Kids Day LA to name a few.
Taking full advantage of his talents and abilities, Jonathan juggles between his busy work schedule and being charitable and he definitely understands that success is as much the result of hard work as it is of natural ability. A man of many talents, a great personality, 20 years of amazing range in work, and a charitable heart, This is Definitely more than a star on the rise; this is a Great man in the making.
MISSY YAGER (Gabby)
Missy Yager is an extremely accomplished actress in television, film and theater, moving easily and tirelessly between the three mediums. Missy is well known for her television work, including major roles on “My Own Worst Enemy,” “Mad Men,” and “Boston Public.” She has starred on numerous other television shows, including “Eli Stone,” “Without a Trace,” “Boston Legal,” “Las Vegas,” “Ally McBeal” and many others. Her film credits include major roles in LITTLE BIG MEN, TAKING CHANCE, B-GIRL, DEAD MAN WALKING and OUT OF TOWNERS among many others. On stage, she was Margot in The Diary of Anne Frank and originated the role of Jessica in This is Our Youth (written by Kenneth Longergan). She also starred as Izzy in the West Coast premiere of the Tony award winning play Rabbit Hole at the Geffen Playhouse.
DREW SIDORA (Righteous)
Drew Sidora has been pinned by Hollywood as the new "it" girl. Drew is a Chicago-born singer/songwriter, dancer, actress and community leader. She provides outreach programs and resources for young people interested in careers in the entertainment industry and is the spokesperson for The Sickle Cell Disease Association of Illinois. Drew is also one of the spokeswomen for Liz Claiborne's LOVE IS NOT ABUSE campaign and curriculum, which addresses teen dating abuse. The LOVE IS NOT ABUSE Curriculum is a step-by step guide to teaching high school students about the issues of dating violence. Using literature and poetry, this program provides teachers with the tools to teach about this sensitive subject.
Sidora began studying music and theatre at the age of two, trained in the Suzuki Method of classical piano for six years, and trained for the stage at the Organic Theater in Chicago. Dancing since she was four, she studied modern dance with Tony Dyer and before she was even a teenager, she had done national voice-overs, television commercials and print ads, and her television career was well established. She made her motion picture debut at the age of nine in Thomas Carter's DIVAS.
At 13, as lead singer for the Chicago R&B group Mo'Tempo, she was spotted by a scout and encouraged to go solo. She maintained honor roll status throughout high school, graduated early and moved to Los Angeles, where she was signed to Babyface Entertainment, and started writing music for Edmonds Publishing. Recently, she had the number one single on Chicago radio, Bermuda and Hawaii and fifteen additional states, which earned her the nickname "Chi-Town Princess" and the opportunity to open for national recording artists performing all over the country. She is currently working on her debut solo album.
A series regular on The WB's “The Okeefe's,” Sidora also had a recurring role on ”That’s So Raven” and guest-starred on “Without a Trace,” “What I Like About You” and “Girlfriends.” Her earlier film credits include NEVER DIE ALONE, WHITE CHICKS, WILD HOGS, starring Tim Allen, John Travolta, William H. Macy and Martin Lawrence and a starring role in Screen Gems' MOTIVES II with Vivica A. Fox. In addition, Drew received rave reviews for her performance in last year's hit Disney feature STEP UP playing a talented, soulful R&B singer, with two placements on the movie's soundtrack.
In addition to B-GIRL, Sidora recently wrapped FRANKENHOOD with Charlie Murphy and FARMHOUSE with Kelly Hu from X-MEN. Sidora is currently in Johannesburg, Africa filming a wonderful movie with an incredible ensemble cast entitled; THE KILLING OF WENDY WILLIAMS. She has also brought with her a high definition digital camcorder to film a docudrama of her travel there, what she will learn and what she hopes to bring back home about the history and of the women of South Africa today. Sidora has had an extremely successful year landing a lead role in the FBC series “Nurses” opposite Eliza Dushku and Sara Rue as well as filming three independent features while also recurring as herself on the hit comedy “The Game,” which airs Monday nights at 8:30 Central on The CW Network.
Sidora is set next to film B BOY BLUES, which she is co-producing and 305 OUTLAWS, a motorcycle film where she plays the lead, both projects to film in New York this year.
AIMEE GARCIA (Rosie)
Whether she’s playing the quirky secretary, spoiled niece, urban youth, underground operative or funny best friend, Aimee Garcia leaves her signature on each of her characters.
On the silver screen, Garcia starred in Millennium Films’ MAJOR MOVIE STAR opposite Jessica Simpson, Paramount’s GRADUATION and Magic Johnson’s 7EVENTY 5IVE. She appeared in Younggu-Art’s 60-million-dollar budget D-WAR. Other film credits include Sony’s LIES & ALIBIS starring Rebecca Romijn and John Leguizamo, DIRTY, an urban tragedy, opposite Cuba Gooding Jr., James L Brooks’ SPANGLISH, and the lead in the Tribeca Film Festival award-winning film BORICUA. Upcoming film projects she is slated to shoot include the title role in LOLA GOES TO ROMA with Victoria Abril and Raoul Bova.
On the small screen, Garcia is a lead in NBC’s upcoming drama “Trauma.” She also shot a lead in “The More Things Change,” a comedy pilot created and directed by Todd Phillips for 20th Century Fox/ABC. She starred as “Veronica Palmero” on ABC’s “The George Lopez Show,” for which she was nominated for “Outstanding Supporting Actress – Television Series, Mini-Series or Television Movie” by the NCLR Alma Awards as well as “Best Supporting Actress – Television” by the Imagen Awards. Prior to, she was recognized by The New York Times for her portrayal as young “Nina” in the PBS award-winning series “American Family.” Additionally, she is often remembered for her comedic roles in the WB’s “Greetings from Tucson” and “All About the Andersons.”
A Chicago native, Garcia began her career at age seven as a dancer in Paul Mejia’s Cinderella at The Auditorium Theatre. By age 12, she was dancing 20 shows a month as “Clara” in The Nutcracker. In high school, Baz Luhrmann flew her to New York to screen test for the lead role in ROMEO & JULIET opposite Leonardo DiCaprio. Then, while attending Northwestern University, director Gregory Nava screen-tested her for the title role in Warner Brother’s SELENA. While in L.A., Norman Lear put her under 2-year contract with Paramount TV (which paid for her last two years of college).
A Journalism and Economics major (and French minor), Garcia built her own Summer Theatre curriculum at Northwestern and combined her singing and dancing talents to nab the lead role of “Diana Morales” in A Chorus Line for Broadway choreographer/director Mitzi Hamilton.
Before leaving Chicago, Garcia left her mark by winning Chicago Tribune’s “Best Actress” award for her portrayal of “Maria” in the immigrant saga Journey of the Sparrows and starred in Island of the Blue Dolphins, which was nominated for 7 Joseph Jefferson Awards (Chicago’s version of the Tony Awards).
In addition to acting, Aimee enjoys camping, traveling to countries including Israel, Tibet, China, Cambodia and Cuba, cheering on Chicago sports teams and playing Frisbee Golf and music with her friends.
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JENNY GAGO (Crescencia)
Jenny Gago is one of Hollywood’s most versatile and respected Latina actresses. Her powerful portrayal of the matriarch Maria Sanchez in Gregory Nava's hit film MI FAMILIA was a critically acclaimed contribution to what Jenny describes as “an honorable and poignant script.”
Jenny has starred in feature films including COACH CARTER with Samuel L. Jackson, MY GARDENER, TIES THAT BIND, BOUND BY HONOR, UNDER FIRE, NURSE BETTY with Renee Zellweger, and most recently in GALLOWWALKER with Wesley Snipes. She was honored with the Golden Eagle Award for her performance as “Garduna” in the film OLD GRINGO, in which she starred with Gregory Peck and Jane Fonda. Her television films include GRAND AVENUE, NOWHERE TO HIDE, the ALIEN NATION series, and SWEET FIFTEEN. Her series regular roles include “Freddie,” “DEA,” “Dangerous Minds” and “Alien Nation.” Jenny was also an esteemed member of the cast in the recent Golden Globe nominated series “American Family” on PBS. Some of her more recent guest starring roles have been on “Crossing Jordan,” “24,” “West Wing,” “The Agency,” “Alias,” “Jack & Bobby,” “Without a Trace,” “The Closer” and “Lost.”
Jenny earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater Arts from UCLA. She was then personally awarded a scholarship by Lee Strassberg to attend his Institute. Her care in selecting roles requires sacrifice and periodic “gut checking.” “My choices are guided by a desire to work through characters that will stand up and be accountable," she says. “Hollywood is a powerful medium, and I am a huge advocate for us being responsible.”
Jenny has been honored by many prestigious organizations, including the Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans, the Imagen Awards, the National Council of La Raza, the TELACU Education Foundation, The Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas, the BRAVO Awards, and the Alma Awards. She has also received awards from the County of Los Angeles and El Centro. The US House of Representatives also recently acknowledged her for “her talents and portrayal of Latino characters in the film and television industry as well as her dedication and drive to pursue nontraditional roles to pave the way for other Latinos.”
Jenny's passion is her son, Sean. She loves music and dancing. Jenny volunteers regularly in schools to support the importance of education.
RICHARD YNIGUEZ (Father Rivera)
Richard Yñiguez is a well-known veteran actor of film, television and stage. He has also written, produced and directed for the big and small screen in both English and Spanish. He currently stars in the soon to be released romantic comedy, MEET ME IN MIAMI, as the hotel magnate father of a love sick son played by Carlos Ponce. Yñiguez just completed a starring role in B-GIRL, playing a barrio priest fighting to keep kids out of gangs thru dance. He also is the Host/Narrator of the PBS acclaimed documentary, “Valentía: Mexican Americans in World War II”.
Some of his other credits include the classics BOULEVARD NIGHTS, THE DEADLY TOWER, and the very popular POLICE STORY EPISODE: “A RIVER OF PROMISES.” Some of his television credits include “CSI: Miami,” “Medical Investigations,” “Babylon 5,” “The Shield,” “Mysterious Ways,” etc. He has worked with some of the best known performers of our time, such as Anthony Quinn, Robert Mitchum, Glen Ford, Robert Wagner, Angela Landsbury, Ricardo Montalban, Ben Gazarra, James Earl Jones to name just a few.
Yñiguez was a board member of the Screen Actors Guild and served as the National Chair of the EEOC, National Executive Committee and Chair of the Latino Sub-Committee. As a writer, he was Chair of the Latino Hispanic Writers Committee of the Writers Guild of America West. He was instrumental in moving forward opportunities for Latino Writers in the motion picture and television industry.
His feature film project, LA NEGRITA: THE MIRACLE OF OUR LADY OF LOS ANGELES, was awarded a prize, for best theatrical poster, at the Chicago Latino International Film Festival. The film was shot entirely in the jungles of Costa Rica, Central America. He enjoyed the process of writing, producing, directing and starring in the independent Spanish language film. On the community front, he was a founding member of the Latino organization, Nosotros and served as its President for two years. Yñiguez also developed training, self-esteem and confidence building workshops for Head Start (Los Angeles). He currently has in development both film and television projects through his company Yñiguez & Associates.
Yñiguez lives in Hemet California with his girlfriend of seven years, actress Lidia Pires and their two cats Sunny and Day.
IVAN “FLIPZ” VELEZ (Trece & Choreographer)
Ivan “Flipz” Velez is a multi-talented choreographer, actor and dancer. He was the choreographer for B-GIRL, as well as playing the role “Trece”. Flipz appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and has performed for the Queen of England twice, at the Queen’s 50th Golden Jubilee and at Wembley Stadium with the Spice Girls.
Ivan "Flipz" Velez was born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico in 1979. He began tumbling at age seven, and was hugely inspired by the Olympics. Soon there after, he began flipping off everything he found in his path. In 1984, he saw the movie BEAT STREET, which ignited his desire for a new art form.
Flipz’s film and television credits include the upcoming STEP UP 3D, as well as STOMP THE YARD, IDLE WILD, YOU GOT SERVED, SPIDERMAN 3, BRING IT ON 3, STICK IT, CHICKEN LITTLE, BE COOL, HONEY, “MAD TV,” “So You Think You Can Dance” and others. He has been featured in commercial campaigns for Reebok, Nike, Coca Cola, Burger King, Cingular, Jack in the Box and The Gap. He has performed alongside artists such as Janet Jackson, Madonna, Gwen Stefani, Pink, G-Unit, Lil Romeo, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Missy Elliot, Queen Latifah and the Spice Girls.
Flipz also performs with the legendary hip-hop performing group, the Groovaloos, and is one of the principle characters in the stage show “Groovaloo”, which ran for 13 sold out weeks at Gary Marshall’s Falcon Theatre.
OREN “FLEAROCK” MICHAELI (Tejon)
Born and raised in the challenging neighborhood of Cutler Ridge near Miami, Florida; Oren “Flearock” Michaeli found a positive outlet in dancing (B-Boying) at a very young age. When he was 12, “Flearock” found his true passion in the culture of the hip hop world and connected with the right people who blessed him with a solid foundation in the hip hop style. He started his professional career at 16 performing in local stage shows. Shortly after, “Flearock” met and was influenced by street performers from New York City (United Street Artist and The Original Flow Committee).
“Flearock” moved to Los Angeles and found representation with the dance agency McDonald Selznick Associates. When not performing with his boys Skill Methodz, “Flearock” has been seen on the Latin Grammy’s w/Akwid, the MTV Movie Awards w/Omarion, a Snickers promo w/The Black Eyed Peas and numerous commercials and music videos including Gwen Stefani’s “Luxurious.” He was a featured performer with Rennie Harris Pure Movement and his biggest accomplishment to date is performing with Gwen Stefani both on the 2005 Harajuku Lovers Tour and the 2007 tour.
His quote, “Struggle is the essence of life,” encourages him to find peace, love and happiness.
JONATHAN “LEGACY” PEREZ (Rico)
Jonathan Lee Perez, a.k.a. Legacy, was born in Brooklyn, New York. At the age of four, he moved to Miami, Florida. Mentored by his father as a young teen, Legacy excelled in soccer and received a scholarship. Unfortunately, due to an injury, his dream of pursuing a career in soccer was cut short. At 15, he was exposed to breaking (B-Boying) at a skating rink named Hotwheels, where he learned that breaking came to him naturally and where he acquired his name “Legacy”.
Legacy’s first dance job was in 1998 at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Museum, which led to a contract at Universal Studios Florida. In 2004, Legacy moved to Los Angeles with $240 in his pocket and a dream to show his talent in music videos, commercials and movies.
In the few years Legacy has been in Los Angeles, he has accumulated an impressive resume. His highlights include a featured soloist role in STOMP THE YARD and two tours with Gwen Stefani (2005/2007). He has worked with many top choreographers, including Jamal, Rich and Tone, Tina Landon, Dave Scott and Sho-Tyme. He has appeared on the Vans Warped Tour w/The Black Eyed Peas, the Lady of Soul Awards w/Toni Braxton, The Video Game Awards w/ Method Man, the Latin Grammy’s, the MTV Movie Awards, NRJ awards with Rhianna, performances with Chris Brown, Christina Aguilera’s “Candyman” video and the 2008 Grammys.
Known for his acrobatic movement, distinguished for his individuality and drive, Legacy aspires to become a choreographer and director. He appreciates all the support he has received throughout the years and hopes to return it on a bigger scale.
KEITH “REMEDY” STALLWORTH (Junior)
Keith Stallworth, a.k.a. Remedy, grew up in Alexandria, Virginia, twenty miles south of Washington DC. He started dancing at 17 when a group of friends from another high school invited him to a house party. He saw some kids breaking and he was immediately hooked. He practiced alone at first with a tape of "Beat Street" he borrowed from his neighbor. Six months later, he started training with a local dance crew called Natural Elements and earned his B-boy name.
When Remedy graduated from high school, he moved to New York City to pursue a career in dance. During his first year in the city, Remedy found jobs doing small nightclub shows with hip-hop groups and performing on the street. These early jobs trained him to perform in front of crowds. Being exposed to a wide range of cultural dances while living in New York City taught Remedy to adapt to different styles while continuing to develop as a B-boy. After three years in the city, talent manager Oscar Garnica began to represent him. With Oscar’s help, he appeared in commercials and magazines. Remedy’s break-through job came in the form of a holiday commercial for Target. His career took another big leap when he signed with Bloc New York. In addition to B-GIRL, he appeared in both STEP UP and the upcoming STEP UP 3D. He has also appeared in commercials for Gap, Apple, and AOL as well as print ads for T-mobile and Gear Magazine. Remedy also has enjoyed the experience of working with Gwen Stefani, Mary J Blige, Ashanti, Sarah Jessica Parker, Wyclef and Ja Rule.
RICHARD “STEELO” VAZQUEZ (Silas)
Richard Vasquez, a.k.a. Steelo, originally hails from the Bronx, New York. He lived in Puerto Rico throughout his teens and moved to Los Angeles in 2001. Steelo has been “breaking” for 16 years, dancing professionally for eight years, modeling for six years and is currently pursuing an acting career.
Steelo’s credits are illustrious and long, working with numerous top choreographers. Some film/TV highlights are B-GIRL, COACH CARTER, 2 FAST 2 FURIOUS, the “Billboard Awards,” “The Oprah Winfrey Show” (featuring Madonna), and “MAD TV.” Music video credits include “Luxurious” (Gwen Stefani), “American Life” (Madonna), “Slave For You”(Britney Spears), and “Work It” (Missy Elliot). He has choreographed and danced for Rihanna and Gwen Stefani, as well as working with many other recording artists including Will Smith, Paulina Rubio, Janet Jackson, Wyclef, Blu Cantrell, Macy Gray and Justin Timberlake.
MARCELO TUBERT (Professor Leasing)
An incredibly versatile actor, Marcelo Tubert is known for his ability to change character and dialect, in both comedy and drama, with ease.
On TV, he was seen on "Cane" as the Family Attorney, Moises Greenberg and on Disney's "Cory In The House" as Ambassador Paroom. His diverse recurring and guest-starring appearances include such shows as "Without a Trace," "ER," "The War At Home" "Monk," "Halfway Home" "George Lopez," "The West Wing," "JAG," "Frazier" and "Seinfeld." His extensive voice career finds him in many hits, including, OVER THE HEDGE, SHREK II, SHARK TALE, APOCALYPTO, PASSION OF THE CHRIST, as well as many popular cartoon series, including eight years with "King of the Hill."
In film, Tubert can be seen as Father Pancracio in the fictional town of Falfurrias, New Mexico, in the critically acclaimed feature, TORTILLA HEAVEN. Other film credits include MISS CONGENIALITY II: ARMED AND FABULOUS as the Italian Roberto Funichi, as well as TREMORS II: AFTERSHOCK, LEPRECHAUN 3, VAMPIRE IN BROOKLYN, POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE, and Roger Corman's THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH.
As a Theatre actor, Marcelo has appeared at The Mark Taper, Yale Rep, Milwaukee Rep, New Mexico Rep, Taper, Too, The Old Globe, in San Diego, Ojai Playwrights, and Sundance. He received the 2005 Ovation Award as Best Supporting Actor for his work in San Fran Scapin, an adaptation of Moliere's Scapin.
Born in Argentina, of Russian Jewish heritage, Marcelo moved with his family to Southern California at the age of seven. A devoted family man, Marcelo and his wife, writer/director/producer Lori Tubert, have two daughters, Emily, 15, a nationally ranked Jr. golfer and Sarah, 14, a fluent signer and terrific volleyball and water polo player. Marcelo's passions include fly-fishing and cooking, which he shares with his daughters.
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As a founding member of the world known DJ crew The Trooperz, Quixotic has performed and showcased his talents all over the country. From Miami to Montreal, Cleveland to Chicago, Los Angeles to San Francisco, Quixotic has rocked and entertained the masses. He has competed and won in many nationally respected battles and was crowned the 2004 Los Angeles DMC and Shure Vinyl Kombat Champion. With the DMC title, he then moved on to represent Los Angeles in the United States Championships where he ended up placing 4th in the nation. Quixotic has performed and opened up with a who’s who in the music scene, from underground stars like Supernatural, Pharcyde and Dilated Peoples to Busta Rhymes, Run DMC, and Black Eyed Peas. He was also featured in a feature film THE BEAT performing along side hip-hop star Coolio. In addition to appearing on screen, Quixotic has also created a track for B-GIRL.
Quixotic is not only an accomplished DJ/turntablist, but is in the works producing an album of original material. His work has been heard everywhere from the hit cop drama "CSI: NY" to the UPN's "America's Top Model," in addition to having music on countless TV commercials and surf/skate videos.