That IMTA Blog

The ultimate modeling, acting, dancing and singing event of the year. Many of the celebrities you know and love were discovered right here at IMTA. Here at That IMTA Blog, we'll give you all the news and inside scoops on our alumni's success as they continue to work hard at pursuing their dreams.

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Monday, October 24, 2016

IMTA alum Mika Boorem appears as Caylie in the anthology horror film Minutes Past Midnight! She stars in the segment “Awake,” in which a young couple struggles to cope when their son's mysterious illness takes a turn for the worse. Robb Rineer and Cory Shuttle also star in the segment, which was written by Collin George and directed by Francisco Sonic Kim. Boorem also acted as a producer on “Awake,” which has been screened at numerous film festivals.

Mika competed at IMTA in New York in 1994 and has starred in Sleepover, Blue Crush, The Patriot, Along Came a Spider, Hearts in Atlantis, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights and many other films. She has also appeared on Dawson's Creek, House, Touched by an Angel, and Ghost Whisperer. She starred in ABC Family's The Initiation of Sarah and the Lifetime Movie drama, Augusta, Gone, for which she won a Prism Award. Mika was also nominated for a Teen Choice Award and four Young Artist Awards.

Congratulations Mika! We are so proud of you!

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Check out these gorgeous shots of IMTA Alum Taylor Greene for! It's all over Facebook advertising their Fall sale. Taylor competed at IMTA in L.A. in 2012 with Diane Dick Legends. IMTA was pleased to welcome Taylor back to recently as a VIP Presenter on stage for IMTA New York 2016 Awards Night.

Congratulations Taylor! We love seeing your accomplishments!
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Friday, October 21, 2016

IMTA's new Facebook page is the perfect place for IMTA Alumni to share accomplishments, bookings and projects.  All models, actors, singers, dancers, and songwriters who competed at IMTA are invited to post. You can share photos, videos, updates and links to social media and projects you are promoting.  We would love to hear about your IMTA experience as well.
Above is the link to "like" the page and we can't wait to see you start sharing!  Thank you so much! We are so proud of you!

If you are going to compete at IMTA in the future, please be sure to "like" the page too so you can see what our alumni are accomplishing.

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Mell Bowser, the LA 2012 IMTA Young Adult Actor of the Year, is one of the stars of the Indiegogo-funded original web series Bellman Chronicles: Hollywood, a workplace comedy that follows bell staff at a boutique Hollywood hotel.  Bowser has a recurring role on the OWN series The Have and the Have Nots and will return in his role of Thug in the Tyler Perry drama when season 4 begins in January. In 2017, he is scheduled to film the feature thriller A Family’s Fury with Tom Sizemore.
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IMTA Alum Sunny Suljic is a major character in the upcoming, highly anticipated PS4 game God of War! The trailer for the game already has over 13 million views on YouTube. God of War could quite possibly become the biggest video game of all time. As you can see in the trailer, Sunny's acting skills are amazing.
Sunny just finished shooting the movie, Killing of the Sacred Deer, in Ohio playing the son of Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell which will be released in 2017. Sunny attended IMTA in Los Angeles 2014 with MTM International and was the Child Actor of the Year 1st Runner-up.

Congratulations Sunny! We are so proud of you!
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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

IMTA Alum Riley Smith is amazing as Frank Sullivan in the CW's new series Frequency! Tonight's episode is called "The Near Far Problem" and we have a preview that was just released!

Be sure to tune in tonight to catch the latest episode!
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IMTA Alum Aaron Paul has signed on to star in the sci-fi thriller Android! According to, "Android is set on a lonely spaceship orbiting Neptune as Paul’s character fulfills his dream to rebuild his dead wife ... and their son as androids. But when the androids begin demanding a life of their own, his life is suddenly in danger and a battle of wits and strength ensues."
Aaron Paul got his start at IMTA in 1997.  Here is an excerpt from The Idaho Statesman about Aaron Paul's experience at IMTA:
"Paul arrived in Los Angeles at 17 in 1997, along with thousands of kids from across the country, for the International Model and Talent Association competition. He prepared a monologue for the big showcase that draws managers and agents looking for the next big thing, but that’s not the one he delivered.

'Here I am this kid from Boise, Idaho, and I’m sitting there watching and realize that there’s no way my monologue is going to stand out,' he says. 'I knew this was my shot, and I had to do something bold, something dangerous.'

Paul went to his room and wrote his own monologue about a boy who wakes up inside a padded cell in an insane asylum. His character talks to his mother (the audience) through the hole in the door, pleading for his release. Paul knew he nailed it when hotel security showed up at his door.

The risk paid off. Paul won runner-up and signed with his first manager that day."

Android begins filming in early 2017.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

IMTA Alum Julia Meneghetti de Souza modeled for Hering Brazil! Julia competed at IMTA New York 2016 with Projeto Passarela of Guarapuava, Brazil.  She was awarded Female Teen Model of the Year!

Congratulations Julia! We are so proud of you!
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IMTA Alum model Embrey for Designer Tom Ford! Embrey is gorgeous in Tom Ford's Off-Shoulder Asymmetrical Cashmere Knit Top,The Clint Sunglasses for Her and The Jennifer Bag. Embrey competed at IMTA in New York in July, 2015 with IMD Medford. She is with Wilhelmina Models!

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Monday, October 17, 2016

IMTA Alum Jill Wagner stars in the Hallmark original movie Autumn Dreams! An encore presentation of the film that was released in 2015 will air on the Hallmark channel on October 22nd. IMTA alum Jill Wagner stars alongside Colin Egglesfield, Rachael Hayward, Ken Tremblett, Bill Dow and Matty Finochio. In the film, a young and madly in love Annie (Wagner) and Ben (Egglesfield) run away from Annie’s family farm and elope, but the marriage ends before it can begin when her parents have it immediately annulled. Years later they discover a paperwork glitch that means they’re still husband and wife — a big problem since they’re both about to marry other people! While the clock ticks away toward their respective weddings, sparks begin to fly as they’re forced to re-unite to make their divorce legal.  Jill competed at IMTA in L.A. in 2001 with Barbizon A-List of Raleigh, NC and was awarded IMTA Model of the Year.

Be sure to tune in Saturday for Autumn Dreams!

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IMTA Alum Kiersten Walked in Minneapolis Fashion Week! She walked for House of Nguyen Designs. Kiersten competed at IMTA New York 2016 with Caryn International, Minneapolis, MN.

Congratulations Kiersten! We are so proud of you!

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Friday, October 14, 2016

IMTA Alum James Markowitz has booked his first gig! He will play a cool, hot, edgy Hero Teen in the music video entitled "Hyukoh". James competed at IMTA LA 2015 with Barbizon O.C.  James signed with The Firm Los Angeles Model and Talent.

Congratulations James! We are so proud of you!
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Thursday, October 13, 2016

IMTA Alum Sara Cummings for Diesel! It's the Diesel Fall Winter 16 campaign "Your rules your way." Sara competed at IMTA in LA in 2015 with IMD Medford and was awarded IMTA Female Commercial Model of the Year.

Congratulations Sara! We are so proud of you!

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IMTA Alum Ramsay Philips signed on to star in the mystery thriller feature film The Reunion! Ramsay competed at IMTA in January of 2010 and was awarded 1st RU Male Actor of the Year.  He competed at IMTA with Images Model & Talent Agency of Lexington, KY. has a great article about Ramsay's role in the upcoming film, describing the plot as, "The Reunion follows three friends from high school who reunite ten years later for a weekend getaway. The good times take a mysterious turn when something from their high schools years comes to light. Philips steps into the storyline as twin brothers, Nathan and Cole Weaver, who along with the rest of the buddies, must deal with the past in order to move forward with their lives."

Congratulations Ramsay!  We are so proud of you!

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

IMTA Alum Olivia Jansing is in the October Issue of W Magazine! She's the look of the month "Orange Crush". Olivia competed at IMTA in New York in July of 2015 with Social New York.

Congratulations Olivia! We are so proud of you!
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IMTA Alum Aria Sirvaitis is featured in the Night1 Pets catalogue! Aria competed at IMTA in New York in 2013 with Pro-Model & Talent Management. Aria signed with Unified Mgmt. LA, The Savage Agency LA, and Wilhelmina LA!

Here's what Aria said about IMTA in an interview :
What was IMTA like for you?
It was an AMAZING experience for me. I would not even be close to living my dream if it wasn’t for IMTA. I went to IMTA, New York City 2013, where I won a Talent of the Year award, received a $10,000 scholarship to the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, and placed in the top ten for Sitcom, TV Beauty, TV Real People, and Screen Test. I also signed with Bellissima Model Management in NY and that is how I got to model in Thailand. I would be lying if I said IMTA wasn’t overwhelming, but it really opened my eyes and helped me grasp a better understanding of the industry and how it works.
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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

IMTA Alum Jill Wagner is returning as the host of Handcrafted America! It's the second season for the show which celebrates artisans and their time-honored crafts. Jill Wagner travels the country to seek out talented artisans who continue to make products the traditional way with their own two hands.  Jill competed at IMTA in L.A. in 2001 with Barbizon A-List of Raleigh, NC and was awarded IMTA Model of the Year.

Handcrafted America is back with all-new episodes starting October 21st at 9:30p ET!
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IMTA Alum America Calloway is in her very first editorial for Bisous Magazine! She competed at IMTA New York 2016 with Diane Dick International Modeling and Talent Agency. She won many awards and closed the IMTA fashion show. America's mother Liberty Calloway wrote a very nice update to us and said," IMTA has opened so many doors for my daughter."

Congratulations America! We are so proud of you! 
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