International Modeling and Talent Association (IMTA) Announces Models of the Year at 2012 New York Convention

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The International Modeling and Talent Association (IMTA) concluded at the Hilton New York in New York City. Models, Actors, Singers, Songwriters and Dancers from the United States, Canada, South Africa, Finland 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. Veronica Grebremariam from Denver, CO is the winner of the prestigious IMTA Model of the Year award. Ben Schreen from Cedar Rapids, IA is the winner for IMTA Male Model of the Year.

IMTA Model of the Year Veronica Gebremariam

People come out of IMTA and do great things.

Celebrating the 52nd IMTA Convention and the 26th year in New York City, IMTA was host to some amazing modeling and talent industry highlights. A Special Appearance by recording artist Tatiana Owens garnered a standing ovation. The band 212 Green performed a rousing set during Award’s Night. Curtis Davis produced a gorgeous Designer Fashion Show with IMTA Contestants as the models walking in the latest swimwear designs from Michelle Cole from Colefacts. Kathy Fitzgerald, a Broadway star, hosted the New York 2012 Awards Party.

Actor and musician Riley Smith, from the feature film New York Minute and the new 90210, spoke at Contestant Orientation, presented awards and addressed the Contestants, saying "The IMTA has been like family to me, Nancy and everyone who runs this company is amazing. Many years ago, I sat right there where you guys are right now. We are that much closer to this dream becoming a reality. I have seen a lot of people come out of IMTA and do great things. In this audience right now realistically, it’s going to happen for one or many or all of you!"                    

This IMTA Convention also included the exciting announcement of the IMTA songwriting competition. Songwriters performed original compositions for consideration from industry professionals. This year’s Songwriting Winner Dillon Galanski, from Extraordinaire, Bakersfield, CA is going to Nashville to meet the CEO of Capitol Records and the CEO of RCA Records. They are going to Fast Track in studio and cut a demo within the next 30-60 days. He is going in front of the record labels not only as a Songwriter but also for an Artist deal.

Agents from around the world were at IMTA to network with each other, discuss upcoming fashion trends and most importantly to discover new faces for their agencies. Talent Agents, Managers and Casting Directors were also in attendance to find Actors, Singers, Songwriters 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 http://www.IMTA.com.

This year’s Overall IMTA Winners are:
Child Actor of the Year (Male): Kingston Genot, SB Entertainment Group, Toledo, OH
Young Miss Model of the Year: Haley Pruett, Excel Models & Talent, Little Rock, AR
Child Actor of the Year (Female): Jett Lasiter, Excel Models & Talent, Little Rock, AR
Pre-Teen Model of the Year (Male): Crisean Nolen, D&A Talent, Minneapolis, MN
Child Model of the Year (Male): Kingston Genot, SB Entertainment Group, Toledo, OH
Young Miss Actor of the Year: Alexandra Simpson, Images Model Agency, Lexington, KY
Child Model of the Year (Female): Jett Lasiter, Exel Models & Talent, Little Rock, AR
Pre-Teen Actor of the Year (Male): Crisean Nolen, D&A Talent, Minneapolis, MN
Junior Actor of the Year (Male): Josh Gearhart, The Peak Agency, Des Moines, IA
Fitness Model of the Year (Female): Taryn-Lee Oliphant, Figures Modeling Agency, Johannesburg, GT South Africa
Junior Miss Model of the Year: Brooke Pickel, Ambiance Models & Talent, Chattanooga, TN
Actor of the Year (Male): Tyrone Crawley, Main Line Models, King of Prussia, PA
Junior Model of the Year (Male): Jonathan Arrieta, Model Talent Project, New York, NY
Junior Miss Actor of the Year: Nicole Lawrence, Karon Shea Model Management, Worcester, MA
Fitness Model of the Year (Male): Anthony DiLorenzo, Model Talent Project, New York, NY
Junior Actor of the Year (Female): Ashley Lyles, John Robert Powers, Philadelphia, PA
Actor of the Year (Female): Meghan Deanna Smith, Personal Best, Buffalo, NY
Junior Model of the Year (Female): Jacqui Ebbert, Barbizon-Chique, Philadelphia, PA
Young Adult Actor of the Year (Female): Mia Hassler, Barbizon-Chique, Philadelphia, PA
Model of the Year (Male): Ben Schreen, Creation Mother Management, Cedar Rapids, IA
Young Adult Actor of the Year (Male): Alex Schaeffer, The Peak Agency, Des Moines, IA
Most Sought After Talent (Male): Ben Schreen, Creation Mother Management tied with J.T. Snow, Images Model Agency, Lexington, KY
Most Sought After Talent (Female): Paytra Gessler, SB Entertainment Group, Toledo, OH    
Most Sought After Model (Male): Ben Schreen, Creation Mother Management, Cedar Rapids, IA
Most Sought After Model (Female): Rachel Turner, Creation Mother Management, Cedar Rapids, IA
Model of the Year (Female): Veronica Gebremariam, Fogg Management, Denver, CO

Many scholarships were also awarded during the gala ceremony.    

About IMTA:

IMTA is the most prestigious Association of Modeling and Talent Training Centers. IMTA produces two Conventions annually where Models, Actors, Singers, Songwriters 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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