International Modeling and Talent Association (IMTA) Announces Models of the Year

The International Modeling and Talent Association (IMTA) concluded Saturday, January 11th at the Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles. Models, actors, singers, songwriters and dancers from the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, China, London and Ethiopia competed in modeling and talent events.

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Sydney Graus (left) and Allie Davis (right) share the honors of being awarded IMTA 2014 Model of the Year.

Sydney Graus and Allie Davis - IMTA Models of the Year L.A. 2014

IMTA has truly changed my life.

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) January 30, 2014

IMTA began 2014 with some amazing modeling and talent industry highlights. Fashion and commercial agents from around the world were at IMTA to network, scout, interview and most importantly to discover new faces. Talent agents, managers and casting directors were also in attendance to find actors, singers, songwriters and dancers to represent.

IMTA Alum Nicholas Williams welcomed the Contestants to Overview saying, "IMTA has truly changed my life. It's given me the confidence and self-esteem that I thought I could never have. And it put me on the path I was meant to be on. I know it is going to do the same thing for each and every one of you. Let it happen." Susan Koziak of Koziak Productions staged a gorgeous L.A. style Fashion Show sponsored by Macy's and makeup by Stila Cosmetics with Dani Davis' team hair stylists. IMTA debuted Improvisation, a brand-new talent competition that was a tremendous hit with the Contestants and judges alike. The new Agent and Director Brunch saw the announcement of the IMTA scholarship winners with thousands of dollars in scholarships presented from the New York Film Academy, Clair Sinnett from Actors Working, The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, Debra-Lynn Findon of Discover, Inc. and Adam Hill. 11 year old singing sensation Skylar Stecker, another IMTA Alum, performed her outstanding cover of Bruno Mars' hit "Treasure" during the IMTA Awards Dance Party.

Callbacks were a major success for the models, actors, singers, songwriters, and dancers who met with the agents, managers, casting directors and industry VIP’s who were interested in representing them. Awards Night featured the announcement of the Models of the Year, Actors of the Year and more. Marty Shannon and Chase Butters of @Moorpark Studios will fully produce a single for the Songwriter's Scholarship Winner Julia Lelis from Seattle Talent, Seattle, WA. Eve Matheson (on behalf of Carl Dunn and Pageantry Magazine) selected Reiley Jones from Nikki Pederson Talent, The Woodlands/College Station/Bryan, TX as Miss IMTA. She will participate in a special photoshoot for Pageantry Magazine.

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), Aaron Paul (IMTA 1996), Elijah Wood (IMTA 1989), Riley Smith (IMTA 1997), Jessica Biel (IMTA 1994), Josh Duhamel (IMTA 1997), Rachel Boston (IMTA 1994), Cameron Ocasio (IMTA 2008), 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) and Elite's Heather Isaacson (IMTA 2008). For more IMTA Alumni, please see IMTA.com.

The IMTA L.A. 2014 Winners are:

Child Actor of the Year - Elias Harger, Fogg Management, Denver, CO
Child Model of the Year - Ziling Zhou, Team China, Beijing/Shanghai, China

Female Young Adult Actor of the Year - Kendall Vittrup, Nikki Pederson Talent, The Woodlands/College Station/Bryan
Male Young Adult Actor of the Year - Luke Millington-Drake, The Peak Agency, Des Moines, IA

Female Actor of the Year - Heather Aberle, IMD, Medford, OR
Male Actor of the Year - Mike Ramsey, Images Model Agency, Lexington, KY

Female Pre-Teen Model of the Year - Zihan Yao, Fortune Team China, Beijing/Shanghai, China
Male Pre-Teen Model of the Year - Michael Scahffhauser, Images Model Agency, Lexington, KY

Female Commercial Model of the Year - Brianna Hildebrand, Nikki Pederson Talent, The Woodlands/College Station/Bryan, TX
Male Commercial Model of the Year - Jeff Szpylman, Personal Best, Buffalo, NY

Female Junior Actor of the Year - Brianna Hildebrand, Nikki Pederson Talent, The Woodlands/College Station/Bryan, TX
Male Junior Actor of the Year - Michael Shacket, Nikki Pederson Talent, The Woodlands/College Station/Bryan, TX

Female Pre-Teen Actor of the Year - Tori Johnston, W Studio, Brandon, MS
Male Pre-Teen Actor of the Year - Spencer Tomich, Markson Dawe Talent, Milwaukee, WI

Female Junior Model of the Year - Arden Vidal, Fogg Management, Denver, CO
Male Junior Model of the Year - Dylan Hall, Neal Hamil Centre, Houston, TX

Male Model of the Year - Colin Bowman, Fogg Management, Denver, CO
Female Model of the Year - Tie for Winner with Sydney Graus, Fogg Management, Denver, CO and Allie Davis, IMD, Medford, OR sharing the honors.

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.