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

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The International Modeling and Talent Association event (IMTA) concluded recently at the New York Hilton Midtown. Models, Actors, Singers, Songwriters and Dancers from the United States, Canada, China, Brazil, South Africa, Romania, Jamaica, Australia, Vietnam, and Venezuela competed in modeling and talent events.

IMTA Model of the Year Jaene Bindom, John Robert Powers Philadelphia

This whole week will change your life

IMTA celebrated thirty years in New York with an amazing modeling and talent industry showcase. 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.

The week had so many highlights. Soul Artist Management hosted the Director's Invitational on location at their beautiful agency. At the Contestant Orientation, several IMTA Alumni returned to inspire the current Contestants. One of IMTA's former Contestants, top male model Dillon Westbrock (IMD International), spoke saying, "I did IMTA LA 2015 and it has changed my life immensely. I’ve done Calvin Klein campaigns. I’ve worked for Versace as well. You guys need to be excited. This whole week will change your life truly, absolutely."

Karen Lee of The Karen Lee Group and Susan Liebesman of B2B Management co-produced a gorgeous Designer Fashion Show with IMTA Contestants turned professional models walking in new collections from designers Rebecca Minkoff, Haiping Xie, and CC with jewelry from O'Pearl Brands.

At the IMTA New York Dance Party, the band Undecided Future performed and rocked the entire ballroom. Their band member Cole Fredrick (Barbizon SoCal) was IMTA's Songwriter of the Year from IMTA's January LA 2016 event. The Contestants also danced and received their individual competition awards.

The industry professionals and directors all gathered on callback day for the Scholarship Brunch. At the Scholarship Brunch, a record amount of six hundred and fifty-five thousand dollars in scholarships was awarded! The New York Film Academy awarded scholarships to 14 recipients. New York Conservatory for the Dramatic Arts awarded 14 scholarships. Beverly Long and Patrick Baca gave seven pilot season intensive workshops on behalf of Beverly Long Casting. Scholarships were also awarded from Clair Sinnett Actor's Working, Atlantic Acting School, and Cassiopeia Productions/M.P. Management. Beverly Long Casting/Superfri3nds awarded a song, fully produced, recorded and delivered for one of the IMTA Singing Contestants.

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. Many new careers were started and we are excited to see what the newly discovered stars accomplish in the future. The Most Sought After Female Model received an astonishing 92 callbacks!

Designer Kerry Yu kicked off IMTA's Awards Night by recognizing IMTA CEO and President Nancy Mancuso saying, "Thirty years ago, she started to work for IMTA. She dedicated her life for IMTA. There are no words for me to describe how much I appreciate her and how much I admire her. Her dedication, her passion, her energy, and her talent is something I will remember forever."

IMTA VIP celebrity presenters included Mariah Strongin (IMD International), Josh Berresford (Pro Model & Talent Mgmt.), Taylor Greene (Diane Dick International Modeling), Caprice Cowan (Main Line Models) and many more who were on hand to congratulate this year's winners and award their trophies.

The IMTA New York 2016 Winners are:

Child Actor of the Year - Dana McCreary, Starbound Talent, Toledo, OH
Child Model of the Year - Jennifer Angulo, Glamour Modeling Academy, Phoenix, AZ

Female Teen Actor - Camila Comerlato, Talent Inc., New York, NY
Female Teen Model - Julia de Souza, Team Brazil, Guarapuava, Brazil

Male Young Adult Actor of the Year - Gareth Meijsen, Figures Modeling Agency, Johannesburg, South Africa
Female Young Adult Actor of the Year - Sydney Ruddock, Neal Hamil Centre, Houston, TX

Male Actor of the Year - Justin Sebastyan, New England Models Group, Manchester, NH
Female Actor of the Year - Bridgid Abrams, Seattle Talent, Seattle, WA

Male Pre-Teen Model of the Year - Jasper Appleby, Talent Inc., New York, NY
Female Pre-Teen Model of the Year - Bella Tollefson, IMD International, Medford, OR

Female Lifestyle Model of the Year - Clarissa Waldman, Neal Hamil Centre, Houston, TX

Male Commercial Model of the Year - Dalton Walla, Neal Hamil Centre, Houston, TX
Female Commercial Model of the Year - Faith Lynch, Neal Hamil Centre, Houston, TX

Male Junior Actor of the Year - Chase Pounds, Seattle Talent, Seattle, WA
Female Junior Actor of the Year - Stephanie Boateng, Social New York, New York, NY

Male Pre-Teen Actor of the Year - Keith McLeod, Pro-Model & Talent Mgmt., Akron, OH
Female Pre-Teen Actor of the Year - Catherine Xiao, Talent Inc., New York, NY

Male Junior Model of the Year - Christian Mageau, Neal Hamil Centre, Houston, TX
Female Junior Model of the Year - Allison Brown, Fogg Management, Denver, CO

Songwriting of the Year - Anthony Bieler "People of the World", Tower Talent, Long Island, NY

Most Sought Male Talent of the Year - Keith McLeod, Pro-Model & Talent Mgmt., Akron, OH
Most Sought Female Talent of the Year - Catherine Xiao, Talent Inc., New York, NY
Most Sought Male Model of the Year - Thorn Lyons, IMD International, Medford, OR
Most Sought Female Model of the Year - Faith Lynch, Neal Hamil Centre, Houston, TX

Male Model of the Year - Chris Wilson, Social New York, New York, NY
Female Model of the Year - Jaene Bindom, John Robert Powers, Philadelphia, PA

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.

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), Rachel Boston (IMTA 1994), Cameron Ocasio (IMTA 2008), Fuller House's Elias Harger (IMTA 2014), Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Model Jessica White (IMTA 1999), Graham Rogers (IMTA 2009), Raini Rodriguez (IMTA 2005), Hana Hayes (IMTA 2010), model Christian Hogue (IMTA 2009), Garrett Hedlund (IMTA 2000), Madison Iseman (IMTA 2013) and Elite's Heather Isaacson (IMTA 2008). For more IMTA Alumni, please see IMTA.com.

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