International Modeling and Talent Association (IMTA) Announces Model of the Year at 2013 New York Convention!

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The International Modeling and Talent Association (IMTA) concluded Thursday, July 25 at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York City. Models, actors, singers, songwriters and dancers from the United States, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Vietnam, China, Greece and Japan competed in modeling and talent events.

IMTA Model of the Year Kelsey Nemeckek from Fogg Management in Denver, Colorado.

Stay positive, be yourself and you'll do great!

Celebrating the 54th IMTA Convention and the 27th year in New York City, IMTA was host to 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.

Cover Girl Christina Makowski (IMTA 2003) made a special appearance and spoke during the IMTA Contestant Orientation. She said, “I was here at IMTA ten years ago. I am so happy to be back... Good luck, stay positive, be yourself and you'll do great!” Curtis Davis, international fashion show producer, staged a Designer Fashion Show with IMTA Contestants turned professional models walking in fashions never before seen in the United States by Beautyberry, X132, Euroangel while IMTA child models wore FF&DD. O’PEARL sponsored the beautiful jewelry worn in the show. At the IMTA Awards Party, Natalie Ellis and Nick Cartell, both stars from this and next year’s Broadway season, amazed the entire ballroom with singing performances. Former IMTA Songwriting Contestant Versy Picone performed her original song which will be recorded very soon. Recording artist and former IMTA Contestant Illmatic Scream got the entire ballroom on their feet and most of them on the stage during his hit performance! Callbacks went very well 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.

On Award’s Night, thousands of dollars in scholarships were presented from New York Film Academy, Actors Working, New York Conservatory for Performing Arts, Adam Hill, Beverly Long and Cassiopeia. Pageantry Magazine and O’Pearl Jewelry awarded top Models.

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), 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.

This year’s Overall IMTA Winners are:
Child Actor of the Year - Julia Yu, Starbound Entertainment Group, Toledo, OH
Child Model of the Year - Brian Frett, Social New York, New York, NY

Actor of the Year (Female) - Erin Grady, Seattle Talent, Seattle, WA
Actor of the Year (Male) - Joshua Neal, SLC Talent Factory, San Francisco, CA

Junior Actor of the Year (Female) - Rianne Gasgonia, Seattle Talent, Seattle, WA
Junior Actor of the Year (Male) - Jake McDermott, Neal Hamil Centre, Houston, TX

Junior Model of the Year (Female)    - Cece Paige, Seattle Talent, Seattle, WA
Junior Model of the Year (Male) - Carson Boatman, The Peak Agency, Des Moines, IA

Model of the Year (Female) - Kelsey Nemeckek, Fogg Management, Denver, CO
Model of the Year (Male)    - Evan Warner, The Peak Agency, Des Moines, IA

Pre-Teen Actor of the Year (Female) - Savannah Jenkins, Barbizon-Chique, Philadelphia, PA
Pre-Teen Actor of the Year (Male)    - Tyler Moran, Karon Shea Model Management, Worcester, MA

Pre-Teen Model of the Year (Female) - Page Koch, Creation, Cedar Rapids, IA
Pre-Teen Model of the Year (Male)    - Lucas Gomez, Social New York, New York, NY

Young Adult Actor of the Year (Female)    - Caroline Portu, New England Models Group, Manchester, NH
Male Young Adult Actor of the Year     - Matthew Luret, Caryn International, Minneapolis, MN

Commercial Model of the Year (Female) - Donnah Moshoadiba, Figures Modeling, Agency, Johannesburg, GT South Africa
Commercial Model of the Year (Male) - Matthew Ortel, MTM International, MO

IMTA is the most prestigious Association of Modeling and Talent Training Centers. IMTA produces two Conventions annually where models, actors, singers 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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