Meet The Team

Christin Johnson

Owner/Founder

Christin Virden Johnson

Christin grew up and went to school in Prior Lake, MN. After high school, she completed cosmetology school and worked as a licensed esthetician for nearly two years. After deciding it wasn’t her passion and something else was calling, she packed up her life in PL and moved to downtown Minneapolis. Shortly after, she began working as a promotional model for Jägermeister. Her immense amount of drive and great organizational skills were soon noticed, and she was eventually hired as the Minnesota/North Dakota/South Dakota State Supervisor for All-State Promotions, the sister company to Sidney Frank Importing. For eight years she ran all of the promotional talent for Sidney Franks brands until their talent-hiring structure changed in 2012.

In 2013, Modern Talent was born and Jägermeister, Sidney Frank’s largest brand, was her first client. She developed great relationships with distributor reps during her time at All-State Promotions, so Modern Talent hit the ground running. She ran the company as a one-woman show for nearly two years, which meant she did everything from start to finish. Christin worked seven days a week, 365 days a year and even stored the POS in her apartment. Since then, the administrative team has grown and they execute on and off-premise events all over the Midwest and Colorado. They continue to bring on new brands and build their Brand Ambassador teams with qualified, professional individuals who are passionate about the industry. This company has come a long way in the last seven years, and Christin is extremely dedicated to its success. She continues to set big goals and has high hopes for the future of Modern Talent.

Another huge passion in Christin’s life is dog rescue. She volunteers her time on the event committee for Safe Hands Rescue. It’s important for her to feel like she’s making a difference, saving dogs lives, and it motivates her to keep helping more abused and neglected animals. Christin and her husband Jay have two pups of their own who they treat like children, and spoil on a daily basis! They enjoy traveling the world and exploring new places together. They also love trying new restaurants and taking adventurous walks around the city!

Madeline Sivanich

Madeline Sivanich

Operations Manager

Madeline has been the Operations Manager of Modern Talent since February of 2019. As the OM, she works directly with clients and brand managers to work out event details. Madeline also works with the other Talent Managers to finalize staffing and scheduling. In addition, she maintains the inventory list for the storage unit and handles the POS logistics for all Brand Ambassadors. Her role is complex and requires a lot of attention to detail. She is very organized, personable, and an effective problem solver. As Madeline puts it, she is “proud to work for a woman-run company where standards are high and details matter”. The work environment is fast-paced and energizing, and Madeline hopes to continue working on improving processes and building Brand Ambassador teams for a successful future.

Away from work, Madeline enjoys traveling and exploring new places. She grew up in Minnesota and received her Bachelor's Degree in Communications at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She went on to live in Thailand and Spain teaching English for several years and has since lived in multiple cities across the United States. She is rejuvenated by being outdoors – whether it’s hiking, enjoying a Rosé at a winery, or spending an afternoon at the ocean.

Jacie Edman

Jacie Edman

Talent Coordinator

Jacie worked as a Brand Ambassador for Modern Talent starting in 2017. She then joined the other side of the business as a part-time manager in the Spring of 2019, and by Fall she was promoted to the Talent Coordinator position. She is an incredibly hard worker and dedicated to building the Modern Talent team. She assists with the onboarding process, works with the rest of the team to staff events, and always ensures the Brand Ambassadors have all details for an event. She thoroughly enjoys working on both sides of the business and learning about new products before they are launched. The fast-paced work environment keeps things exciting for her!

Jacie grew up in Minnesota and received her associates in Dental Assistance. Away from work, she enjoys spending time with her daughter and fiancé. They love to hang out by the pool, take vacations, and go up to northern Minnesota to visit family. When they have extra time, they also like to attend concerts, go shopping, and watch hockey together.

Amanda Dorff

Amanda Dorff

Recruitment Manager

Amanda started out as a Brand Ambassador with Modern Talent and became the Recruitment Manager in the Fall of 2019. She has over 15 years of Brand Ambassador experience, which has been a great asset in the recruitment process. Amanda believes that finding quality talent starts with a conversation. She has a passion for creating conversations with applicants and fostering a personal relationship throughout the start of their Modern Talent journey.

Amanda was born and raised in and near Milwaukee, WI. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BA in English. Shortly after, she married her Marine and moved to Camp Pendleton, California. They started their family in 2007, and moved back to Minnesota in 2013. Away from work, she loves spending time with her husband, three kids, and two German Shepskies. When she gets time to herself, Amanda takes pleasure in a great Bordeaux while reading a book or enjoying a delicious margarita while binge-watching the latest show.

Modern Talent is a versatile agency that can service our clients with a variety of staffing needs, including:

  • Bar Promotions
  • In-Store Tastings & Product Demos
  • Promotional Models
  • Brand Ambassadors
  • Wine Professionals
  • Tradeshow Models
  • Food and Beverage Demos
  • Corporate Events
  • Strategic Brand Placement
  • Event Street Team
  • Social Media Influencing
  • Mall & Retail Marketing
  • Experiential Marketing
  • Golf Tournaments
  • Charity Events
  • Hosts & Greeters
  • Experiential Marketing
  • New Product Launch