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

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The International Modeling and Talent Association (IMTA) event concluded July 24th at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York City. Models, actors, singers, songwriters and dancers from the United States, Canada, China, Columbia, Japan, Finland, Australia and South Africa competed in modeling and talent events.

Stephanie Hoffman, Neal Hamil Centre Houston, TX

IMTA Female Model of the Year Stephanie Hoffman, Neal Hamil Centre Houston, TX

IMTA has led me to do things like movies, TV Shows, commercials, Broadway and my most recognized project, the Sam & Cat show.

IMTA recently celebrated the 57th IMTA Convention with an amazing modeling and talent event with many fantastic modeling and talent industry highlights in New York City. 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 came in force to find actors, singers, songwriters and dancers to represent.

IMTA Alum and Nickelodeon star Cameron Ocasio spoke at the Contestant Orientation saying, "I'm 16 years old and I did the IMTA when I was 8 years old. It was a wonderful experience. Without the IMTA, I would not be where I am today. The IMTA has led me to do things like movies, TV Shows, Commercials, Broadway and my most recognized project, the Sam & Cat show on Nickelodeon."

IMTA was pleased to have five YouTube beauty stars join participants at various events as they shot video for their YouTube channels. Together, the YouTube stars have more than 12 million views on their videos per month.

Curtis Davis, international fashion show producer, staged a gorgeous Designer Fashion Show with IMTA Contestants featuring designer Nicole Miller. Nicole Miller herself appeared at the Fashion Show to welcome the Contestants and introduce her Fall collection which looked amazing on the IMTA Alumni models, special guest models and current Contestants who walked. Gorgeous fashions were also shown from designers Heike Jarick, Julius LaCour, and Adrian Alicea.

At the IMTA New York Dance Party, recording artist Tatiana Owens performed great songs that got the whole ballroom rocking! IMTA Alum singer Aidan Doran played piano and sang a show tune.

IMTA scholarship winners were awarded thousands of dollars in scholarships from New York Film Academy, New York Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, DebraLynn Findon and Patrick Baca on behalf of Beverly Long Casting, Clair Sinnett - Actors Working, Adam Hill - Promenade Theater and Pageantry Magazine.

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 was an elegant event hosted by Mark Reynolds and Chris Johnson and featured the announcement of the Models of the Year, Actors of the Year and more.

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 1997), Elijah Wood (IMTA 1989), Riley Smith (IMTA 1997), Jessica Biel (IMTA 1994), Josh Duhamel (IMTA 1997), Garrett Hedlund (IMTA 2000), 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) Kate Spade model Mariah Strongin (IMTA 2008) and Elite's Heather Isaacson (IMTA 2008). For more IMTA Alumni, please see IMTA.com.

The IMTA New York 2015 Winners are:

Child Actor of the Year - Avery Lookadoo, Seattle Talent, Seattle, WA
Child Model of the Year - Passion Williams, Industry Direct Model & Talent Mgmt., Charleston, SC

Female Young Adult Actor of the Year - A'Laisha Evans, Barbizon-Chique, Philadelphia, PA
Male Young Adult Actor of the Year - Garrett Nesselrode, Pro-Model & Talent Mgmt., Akron, OH

Female Actor of the Year - Keeya Langford, Pro-Model & Talent Mgmt., Akron, OH
Male Actor of the Year - Sacco Sarkis, Open Call Model and Talent, Boston, MA

Female Pre-Teen Model of the Year - Victoria Vann, Neal Hamil Centre, Houston, TX
Male Pre-Teen Model of the Year - Adrian Ciscato, Model Act Studios Inc., Schaumburg, IL

Female Teen Actor - Makayla Tovey, MAT Entertainment, USA/Canada
Female Teen Model of the Year- Lizzie Jane, Barbizon-Chique, Philadelphia, PA

Female Commercial Model of the Year - Marine Michaels, Social New York, New York, NY
Male Commercial Model of the Year - Andrew Etzel, Seattle Talent, Seattle, WA

Female Junior Actor of the Year - Caitlyn McCoy, The Peak Agency, Des Moines, IA
Male Junior Actor of the Year - Ryan Zweers, Seattle Talent, Seattle, WA

Female Pre-Teen Actor of the Year - Ava Sharp, Katherine John Entertainment, Perth, Australia
Male Pre-Teen Actor of the Year - Everson King, Main Line Models, King of Prussia, PA

Female Lifestyle Model - Keely Gelineau, Caryn International, Minneapolis, MN

Most Sought Female Talent - Ava Sharp, Katherine John Entertainment, Perth, Australia
Most Sought Male Talent- Ryan Zweers, Seattle Talent, Seattle, WA
Most Sought Male Model - Maverick McConnell, Fogg Management, Denver, CO
Most Sought Female Model - Paula Nieto, JC-Connecticut, Hartford, CT

Male Junior Model of the Year - Paul Yakovlev, Seattle Talent, Seattle, WA
Female Junior Model of the Year - Allison Mason, Barbizon-Southwest, Phoenix, AZ

Male Model of the Year - Jake Filling, Social New York, New York, NY
Female Model of the Year - Stephanie Hoffman, Neal Hamil Centre, Houston, TX

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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