International Modeling and Talent Association (IMTA) Announces Model of the Year at 2012 Los Angeles Convention

The International Modeling and Talent Association (IMTA) concluded this weekend at the Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles, CA. Models, Actors, Singers and Dancers from the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico competed in modeling and talent events with the top Agents, Managers and Casting Directors who were scouting for new faces and judging the competitions. Jolene Shima from Denver, CO is the winner of the prestigious IMTA Model of the Year award.

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Jolene Shima from Fogg Management in Denver, CO Competes in the IMTA Runway Competition.

IMTA gets you in front of casting directors, agents and managers and you are in the same room with them and you have the opportunity to shine. - Katie Leclerc

Los Angeles, California (PRWEB) January 14, 2012

Celebrating the 25th year in Los Angeles, IMTA began 2012 with some great highlights. A Special Appearance by Stephen “Twitch” Boss, from the hit Fox television show SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE was very inspiring. L.A. Music Pop Artist of the Year Sir Castanon performed a rousing four song set during one of the Award shows. Michael Maddox produced a stunning Designer Fashion Show with IMTA Contestants as the models walking in the latest designs from top designers. Katie Leclerc, from the ABC Family hit series SWITCHED AT BIRTH, presented awards and addressed the Contestants, saying "IMTA gets you in front of Casting Directors, Agents and Managers and you are in the same room with them and you have the opportunity to shine... I got an agent and manager out of IMTA." Feature film, television actor and musician Riley Smith (THE PLAYBOY CLUB, THE CLOSER, MOTOCROSS, NEW YORK MINUTE) presented the Most Sought After Award and said, "Thank you IMTA. I’ve known them half my life now and I want you to know they have your best interests at heart. They want you to succeed. They do everything they can to put you in a position so you can succeed."

This IMTA Convention also included the exciting announcement of Nancy Mancuso as the new Owner of the International Modeling and Talent Association. In a position of leadership wiith IMTA since its inception in 1987, the entire modeling and talent industry is excited to see Nancy and her team continue on IMTA’s legacy as the best and most prestigious modeling and talent event.

Agents from around the world were at IMTA to network with each other, discuss upcoming fashion trends and most importantly to scout for new faces for their agencies. Talent Agents, Managers and Casting Directors were also in attendance to find Actors, Singers and Dancers to represent. IMTA is known in the industry for debuting the best new-to-market Talent and Models including Katie Holmes (IMTA 1993 & 1995), Ashton Kutcher (IMTA 1997), Eva Longoria (IMTA 1998), Ashley Greene (IMTA 2004), Elijah Wood (IMTA 1989), Jessica Biel (IMTA 1994), Josh Duhamel (IMTA 1997), Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Model Jessica White (IMTA 1999), Vogue TV's Madeline Kragh (IMTA 2007), The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency's Brian Kehoe (IMTA 2001), Bravo’s Make Me a Supermodel Winner Branden Rickman (IMTA 2008) and Elite's Heather Isaacson (IMTA 2008). For more IMTA Alumni, please see IMTA.com.

This year’s Overall IMTA Winners are:
Child Actor of the Year (Male)    Thomas Kapanowski from MTM, Chicago, IL
Young Miss Model of the Year    Micah Fidler from IMD, Medford, OR
Child Actor of the Year (Female)    Sloane Thompson, Mayo Hill Centre/Neal Hamil Agency, Houston, TX
Pre-Teen Model of the Year (Male)    Grant Fairchild, Nikki Pederson Talent, Houston/McAllen, TX
Child Model of the Year (Male)    Nicos Christou, Fogg Management, Denver, CO
Young Miss Actor of the Year    Maddie Miller, Nikki Pederson Talent, Houston/McAllen, TX
Child Model of the Year (Female)    Natalie Ilana Lizka, John Albert Talent and Models, McAllen, TX
Pre-Teen Actor of the Year (Male)    Thomas Van Genderen, Fogg Management, Denver, CO
Junior Actor of the Year (Male)    Garrett Knettel, D & A Talent, Inver Grove Heights, MN
Fitness Model of the Year (Female)    Mia Hassler, Barbizon - Chique, Philadelphia, PA
Junior Miss Model of the Year     Valerie Wetmore, Fogg Management, Denver, CO
Actor of the Year (Male)        Justin Rodriguez, Fulcher Agency, Toronto, CAN
Junior Model of the Year (Male)    Nathan Hill, Barbizon - Chique, Philadelphia, PA
Junior Miss Actor of the Year        Kennedy Smith, First Models & Talent Agency, The Woodlands, TX
Fitness Model of the Year (Male)    Jesse Wolfe, Mayo Hill Centre/Neal Hamil Agency, Houston, TX
Junior Actor of the Year (Female)    Claire Donald, Excel Models & Talent, Little Rock, AR
Actor of the Year (Female)        Emily Greco, Steele Model and Talent, Concord, CA
Junior Model of the Year (Female)    Jordan Casey, Fogg Management, Denver, CO
Young Adult Actor of the Year (Female)    Jessica Noack, Mayo Hill Centre/Neal Hamil Agency, Houston, TX
Model of the Year (Male)        Trevor Olson, The Rock, Madison, WI
Young Adult Actor of the Year (Male)    Melvin Bowser, Nikki Pederson Talent, Houston/McAllen, TX
Most Sought After Talent (Male)    Garrett Knettel, D & A Talent, Inver Grove Heights, MN
Most Sought After Talent (Female    Skylar Stecker, The Rock Agency, Madison, WI
Most Sought After Model (Male)    Nathan Hill, Barbizon - Chique, Philadelphia, PA
Most Sought After Model (Female)    Jolene Shima, Fogg Management, Denver, CO
Model of the Year (Female)        Jolene Shima, Fogg Management, Denver, CO

About IMTA:

IMTA is the most prestigious Association of Modeling and Talent Training Centers. IMTA produces two Conventions annually where Models, Actors, Singers and Dancers showcase their potential in front of the largest audience of Agents, Managers and Casting Directors ever assembled. Since 1987, IMTA has debuted an extraordinary number of modeling and talent stars who are working in the fashion and entertainment industry.

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IMTA Models walk the runway in the Michael Maddox Designer Fashion Show IMTA Models walk the runway in the Michael Maddox Designer Fashion Show

IMTA Models perform in a professional Fashion Show


L.A. Music Pop Artist of the Year Sir Castanon performs during the IMTA Awards Party. L.A. Music Pop Artist of the Year Sir Castanon performs during the IMTA Awards Party.

IMTA Alum Sir Castanon performs his hit singles for the Contestants.