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

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

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From IMD INTERNATIONAL, Medford, OR

IMTA Model of the Year Madison Paige From IMD International, Medford, OR

You are going to be the next star.

New York, NY (PRWEB) August 01, 2014

IMTA recently celebrated the 55th IMTA Convention with an amazing modeling and talent event featuring 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 international top model Mariah Strongin spoke at Contestant Orientation saying, "IMTA is amazing for so many different reasons. I am from a small town and I came here to IMTA and have had the most amazing life ever since." Actor and commercial model IMTA Alum Moises Nieves said, "You are going to be the next star. All of you are talented. IMTA gave me all the tools I needed for success. My dream started with IMTA."

Curtis Davis, international fashion show producer, staged a gorgeous Designer Fashion Show with IMTA Contestants turned professional models walking in fashions by Legend and Fabritoria, Jenna Colina swimwear and and jewelry by O'Pearl Brand.

At the IMTA New York Dance Party, recording artists Paytra and B. Howard both performed great songs that got the whole ballroom rocking! Our Contestants also celebrated National Dance Day with the Dizzy Feet Foundation! They rehearsed a dance and performed it for the entire Convention during our New York Awards and Dance Party! The Dizzy Feet Foundation is co-founded by IMTA Alum Katie Holmes so it was extra special to do something to help raise awareness for her charity.

IMTA scholarship winners were awarded thousands of dollars in scholarships from the School For Film and Television, New York Conservatory for the Dramatic Arts, Actors Working, Beverly Long Casting, Pageantry Magazine, O'Pearl Brand, and IMTA - 3 Scholarships for IMTA LA or NY 2015.

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. Celebrity Drew Kenney, from The Bachelorette, co-hosted Awards Night with well-known actress Debra Rosenthal which 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), 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 New York 2014 Winners are:

Child Actor of the Year - Miles Bishop, Seattle Talent, Seattle, WA
Child Model of the Year - Guanqiao Shu, Team China 2, Beijing/Shanghai, China

Female Young Adult Actor of the Year - Lisa Kintner, D&D Talent & Model Management, Wilkes-Barre, PA
Male Young Adult Actor of the Year - Trevor Stines, Seattle Talent, Seattle, WA

Female Actor of the Year - Alexandra Izzo, IMD International, Medford, OR
Male Actor of the Year - Jordan Spark, Network International, Beverly Hills, CA

Female Pre-Teen Model of the Year - Jody Askren, Models Melange, Tucson, AZ
Male Pre-Teen Model of the Year - Hong bo Zhang, Team China 1, Beijing/Shanghai, China

Female Teen Actor - Sarah Campbell, Caryn International, Minneapolis, MN
Female Teen Model of the Year- Sarah Gordon, Social New York, New York, NY

Female Commercial Model of the Year - Saskia Wagner, Figures Modeling Agency, Johannesburg, South Africa
Male Commercial Model of the Year - Misagh Daraei, IMD International, Medford, OR

Female Junior Actor of the Year - Anna Claire Elliott, W Studio, Brandon, MS
Male Junior Actor of the Year - Brock Kjelden, Caryn International, Minneapolis, MN

Female Pre-Teen Actor of the Year - Brianna Lanzen, Starbound Entertainment Group, Toledo, OH
Male Pre-Teen Actor of the Year - Josiah Alpher, SLC Talent Factory, San Francisco, CA

Female Lifestyle Model - Jessenia Harris-Aponte, Karon Shea Model Management, Worcester, MA

Most Sought Female Talent - Eden Barrington, Seattle Talent, Seattle, WA
Most Sought Male Talent- Darin Blaine Wilkens, Seattle Talent, Seattle, WA
Most Sought Male Model - Darin Blaine Wilkens, Seattle Talent, Seattle, WA
Most Sought Female Model - Alisa Forslund, Pariss, Finland

Male Junior Model of the Year - Darin Blaine Wilkens, Seattle Talent, Seattle, WA
Female Junior Model of the Year - Alisa Forslund, Pariss, Finland

Male Model of the Year - Bryan Harris, Fogg Management, Denver, CO
Female Model of the Year - Madison Paige, IMD International, Medford, OR

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.