Apex Talent Group


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Brendle Canda

Junior Talent Manager - Beverly Hills

Brendle Canda is a New Jersey native who, after high school, moved to California in pursuit of his career in entertainment. Initially involved in production, as well as graduating with a degree in Film Production, Brendle realized his true passion was working with talent. Having previously worked with both talent agencies and management companies, as well as establishing a great relationship with casting offices, Brendle is ready to take his career to the next level. Bringing with him his tenacious mindset and resources, Brendle is well equipped to work closely with his prospective clients to ensure the proper advancements of their careers.

Driven by a burning desire and passion for the entertainment industry, Richard Makarewicz founded Apex Talent Group in 2011. Apex Talent Group is one of America's most respected and diversified bi-coastal full service talent management companies. With offices in Beverly Hills and New York, we pride ourselves on giving our clients the personal attention they deserve. Our team has a reputation of excellence in providing smart, sensible, innovative talent management. We’re committed to offering top notch career advice and counseling, while also securing meetings with prestigious talent agencies and record labels. Submitting and pitching our clients to casting directors, producers, promoters, venues, industry executives, and promoting our clients on our social media platforms are all part of what we do on a daily basis. In addition, we brand and expand our clients' fan base by reaching out to our contacts at popular magazines, radio and news stations to help market their careers across the country. Apex Talent Group is also licensed and bonded, so we can legally negotiate and close out deals. We approach every client with a focus on integrity, advocacy, and understanding for the direction our clients want to pursue in their careers.  At Apex Talent Group, our clients come first. We pride ourselves in helping our clients achieve their goals and pave their individual path in the entertainment industry.  

Meet the team

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Richard Makarewicz

CEO & President, Beverly Hills

Richard Makarewicz has booked actors on television as series regulars, guest stars, recurring roles, commercials, and leads in feature films. Some of his clients' recent success stories include: booking his client, Amarr M. Wooten, as a Series Regular in Nickelodeon's live-action comedy KNIGHT SQUAD; and Nev Scharrel voicing Agnes in DESPICABLE ME 3. With his previous experience booking talent at two agencies, Richard founded Apex Talent Group in 2011.  Richard oversees the day-to-day operations of the acting and music departments, and is responsible for the future direction of Apex Talent Group. Mr. Makarewicz has the experience to manage artists through all aspects of their career. Richard is excited to make his clients' dreams become a reality.

Alex Budzinski

Talent Manager - Youth & Adult Department, Beverly Hills

Alex Budzinski has over a decade of experience in the entertainment industry working in talent management, casting and production. Some of Alex's clients' success stories include booking a Series Regular role for Direct TV, recurring role on REBEL, lead in a MTV pilot presentation, and nice roles on RISE, SEVEN SECONDS, and FEUD. Recent client commercial bookings include BOJANGLES, CHEERIOS, and ARM & HAMMER. He first discovered his passion and expertise for representing talent while previously working at Main Title Entertainment, and at Stagecoach Entertainment. Mr. Budzinski shifted gears into casting working as an Associate at BROAD-CAST and LISA FIELDS Casting. Alex had the opportunity to further his connections by working with directors such as Jon Favreau, Joe Carnahan, Shawn Levy, Traktor production team and many other high-end directors. Alex’s multifaceted experience in the entertainment field gives his clients an edge on the competition!


Kacie Velie

Talent Manager - Youth & Adult Department, Beverly Hills/NY

Kacie Velie has over a decade of varied experience on the business side of the entertainment industry.  In addition to holding a BFA in Motion Pictures & Television, Ms. Velie is an active Talent Manager and was previously a Producer and Assistant Director on many productions.  Ms. Velie currently splits her time between the Beverly Hills and New York offices, managing both youth and adult actors for the screen and stage.  Ms. Velie has a burning desire to help her clients pursue their dreams.  Some of her clients’ recent television bookings include SCANDAL, SWAT, FRESH OFF THE BOAT, CRIMINAL MINDS, LA TO VEGAS, TRANSPARENT, HENRY DANGER, YOUNG SHELDON, COUSINS FOR LIFE, FUTURE MAN, SPLITTING UP TOGETHER, JESSICA JONES, THIS IS US, GLOW and MODERN FAMILY.  Recent commercial bookings include a campaign for COMCAST and National Network commercials for WALMART, CITIBANK, LEXUS, HONDA, and FORD.  Recent Musical Theatre bookings include cruise line contracts for Royal Caribbean and Disney, and regional theatre bookings include NEWSIES and A CHRISTMAS CAROL.

About Us

L.B. Reich

Talent Manager - Youth & Adult Department (Specializing in Musical Theatre for kids & adults), NY

L. B. Reich has two decades of experience in the arts and entertainment industry. Ms. Reich’s clients benefit from her broad business knowledge, as a talent manager, casting director, stage director and producer. L.B. has booked actors and artists on various projects throughout the US ranging from the stage, TV, Film, commercials, live musical performances and more. L.B. is proud to be managing Apex youth and adult clients with a focus on musical theatre. Some of L.B's recent client bookings include a recurring role on GAME OF SILENCE and GREENLEAF, lead role in the mini-series ROOTS, nice role in LAW & ORDER SVU, National Broadway tours for FINDING NEVERLAND, ELF THE MUSICAL, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, PIPPIN, and ONCE, in addition to many cruise line contracts for NORWEGIAN (ROCK OF AGES), DISNEY, CELEBRITY, and AIDA.