Thursday, November 20, 2014

IMTA Insider - Isabella Jiang in the Spotlight!

IMTA Alum Isabella Jiang competed at IMTA in New York in July with Pro-Model & Talent Management.  She is our IMTA Insider and shares her experiences in an exclusive interview!

What are you up to right now: Living my dream? yes!... I moved to NYC right after IMTA 2014 NY, and right now really still adventuring the wonderful NYC while working hard. I want to say that I feel really happy and lucky because I'm enjoying my life right now as a performer both in modeling and acting, and it all happened right after I attended IMTA this year.

What have you been doing: Constant testing, training and casting... I took part of this past 2014 Mercedes Benz Fashion Week here in New York a couple of weeks right after IMTA, and among the runway shows that I walked, I felt so lucky to be able to walk a Lincoln Center show for my first season as a new model. And then after the fashion week, I have just been featured on more than one of the most famous websites and magazines in China, I have just walked for United Color of Fashion 2014 and many other fashions shows here in NYC since, and its been busy but great for me...

What was IMTA like for you: It was "overwhelming", haha... Yes it was "overwhelming" in a good way, there were beautiful young performers and big agencies from all over the world, it was such a busy week that I literally felt like I was running in heels all the time... There were these meetings and seminars and competitions... I got chances to meet and speak to so many agencies from all over the world in one day on the call back day. IMTA was a great experience for me, it sure opened up doors for me towards my career and my dream, and I made so many friends from all around the world and I think that's really amazing, I learned so much both in my career and my life...

What did coming to IMTA do for your career: I felt like IMTA was the express train that took me from just-a-dreamer to a-dream-maker, nonstop... IMTA definitely plays a very important role in  my career and it has led me to my dream come true...

How did PMTM helped you: PMTM helped me like a "mother"... the people who work in PMTM are so nice and welcoming, not "nice" like always just tell you what you want to hear but they let you know what you need to to know, to improve on in order to start and build your own career. I've seen and met many many actors and actresses and models from PMTM living their life and living their dream really just because they worked so hard and they are so talented but also because they were with PMTM... PMTM also has a very strong network among us which Mary and Katie call  "our own support group", all of the old and new IMTA alums are connected with each other to help each other out and to share experiences.

Thank you Isabella for a wonderful look into your life as a model 
and your experiences with IMTA!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

IMTA Alum Riley Smith in HBO's True Detective!

Congratulations to IMTA Alum Riley Smith who is joining the cast of HBO's outstanding hit show True Detective.  Riley will play recurring character Steve Mercier, a boyish Sheriff's deputy.
From Deadline Hollywood,  "The second installment in the crime franchise revolves around three police officers, played by Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch and Rachel McAdams, and a career criminal (Vince Vaughn) who must navigate a web of conspiracy in the aftermath of a murder. Smith will play McAdams’ boyfriend, Steve Mercier, a boyish Sheriff’s deputy."

This is an amazing year for Riley! Riley was on the final season of HBO's True Blood, in the Nicholas Sparks' television movie Deliverance Creek and will appear in the CW's The Messengers and in the upcoming horror film The Circle.   Riley competed at IMTA in New York in 1997 where he won Junior Male Model of the Year.  Riley is an accomplished musician and actor.

Congratulations Riley!  We are so happy for you!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

IMTA Alum Derek Yates is Ellen's New Gardener!!!

IMTA Alum Derek Yates is Ellen's New Gardener! He just posted the great news on facebook!  Here is his announcement:

I'M ELLEN'S NEW GARDENER!!! Be sure to watch The Ellen DeGeneres Show today (check your local listings for air times in your area) to see me and the other two finalists strut our stuff, and then see me officially announced as the winner! Thank you for your support and encouragement! Without you, this would've never been possible #EllensNewGardener

Congratulations Derek!  We are so proud of you!  

Monday, November 17, 2014

IMTA Insider - Emilie Waters In the Spotlight!

IMTA Alum Emilie Waters competed at IMTA in New York in July with Pro-Model & Talent Management.  She is our IMTA Insider and shares her experiences in an exclusive interview!

What are you up to right now?  I've been in LA since the end of August and I went to IMTA NYC in July.  I am loving all of the opportunities in LA, and Pro-Model and Talent is still helping me along through all of the many decisions that my mom and I have to make.  Although I am loving LA, I just have to go home to Ohio for the holidays.  Since I arrived in LA, I have signed with LA Models, LA Talent, and Dreamscope Entertainment.  I just love all of them to death and we will be together for the long run.

What have you been doing?  As far as acting goes, I have been on Theatrical and Commercial auditions.  I have gotten callbacks and avails.  Avails are just the stage before you book the commercial, film, or TV show.  I am actually on avail for a commercial right now.  I can’t say what it is, but I am super pumped to see if casting wants to book me!  I have studied Improv at the Groundlings, Scene Study with Simply Acting, and commercial techniques with Jan and Jon.  With modeling, I have done numerous test shoots and castings.  I have booked Teen Prom Magazine, ATV Halloween, Industry Magazine, and an internal marketing job for Spoke and Weal.  I have had a ton of awesome times in LA, and I hope the contestants for future IMTAs will have the same experience.

What was IMTA like for you?  IMTA was the best experience of my life.  I was entered in 13 competitions, both modeling and acting.  As for callback day, I got 41 callbacks.  I was so uber ecstatic that I got interest from that many agents, managers, photographers, and casting directors!  I went to the fashion show casting and made it into the callback!  Also, on awards night I placed third in the Jeans competition, placed in Junior Model of the year, placed in Junior Actress of the year, placed top ten in nine out of thirteen of my competitions, and I won the dance competition!  After IMTA, I was asked to stay in NYC an extra day by multiple modeling agencies to meet with them at their offices.  I met with IMG Worldwide, Wilhelmina, and Elite.  I signed with IMG Worldwide!!!!! They are the BIGGEST fashion modeling agency in the world in all markets!!!  It is such an honor being signed with them, I love them to death.  To sum IMTA up in words is not possible.  It is the best experience that you will have in your entire life time.

What did coming to IMTA do for your career?  Going to IMTA, I felt like I had one step up from my competition that didn’t go to IMTA.  It really is the opportunity of a lifetime. After a ton of hard work and dedication, IMTA was life changing for me and it can be for you too!  Even if I had happened to get no callbacks, I would’ve still cherished that week of life changing memories.  I am where I am now because of IMTA, and I would still be in Ohio doing nothing if it wasn’t for PMTM and IMTA.  I had and have so much support regarding my acting and modeling careers.  Again for the hundredth time, I LOVED IMTA!!!

Thank you so much Emilie for being the IMTA Insider!  
We loved reading your thoughts and experiences and can't wait to see what you accomplish in LA!

Friday, November 14, 2014

IMTA Alum Edin Gali in Fury!

IMTA Alum Edin Gali is in the feature film Fury! Edin plays Sgt. Wolfe.  The cast of the film also includes Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf.  Edin competed at IMTA in L.A. in 2006 and his manager is Debralynn Findon of DISCOVER MANAGEMENT.  Edin has also had a recurring role on Mad Men as Kurt Smith.

Fury is in theaters now! 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

IMTA Alum Christopher Gorham and Covert Affairs!

IMTA Alum Christopher Gorham stars as Auggie on USA's Covert Affairs which airs tonight!  He also directed tonight's episode.  Christopher competed at IMTA in New York in 1990.   To hear more about what Christopher is up to, please watch the clip below.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

IMTA Alum Elias Harger in A Christmas Carol!

IMTA Alum Elias Harger will be starring as Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol.  The production by Denver Center for the Performing Arts is the 22nd (nearly) annual production of the Dickens' classic. Elias competed at IMTA in L.A. in 2014 with Fogg Management.  He was awarded IMTA Child Actor of the Year and Most Sought Male Talent and signed with Discover Management.  Elias also just booked a pilot, White City, and will play the role of Theo.

 Elias began practice for the play this week. For more about the production, please see Denver Center's great article! They mention Elias and have photos from the rehearsal.

Monday, November 10, 2014

IMTA Alum Drake Light in The Walking Dead!

IMTA Alum Drake Light was in The Walking Dead last night!  Drake played A.J., the son of Abraham, in the flashback scenes where viewers found out Abraham's history.   Drake was outstanding and very memorable in his scenes!  Drake competed at IMTA L.A. 2014 with Gage Talent Agency and received 14 callbacks.  He and his sister both competed at IMTA and signed with MMG.  Drake was featured in BCK Magazine where he highlighted the IMTA experience as being one of the most memorable moments of his modeling/acting career. To find our more about Drake and his sister Reagen, please follow their official facebook page.

Congratulations Drake on a pivotal role in The Walking Dead!  
We are so proud of you!  

Saturday, November 08, 2014

IMTA Alum Brandon Routh in Nine Lives of Christmas!

IMTA Alum Brandon Routh stars in Nine Lives of Christmas, a Hallmark movie that airs tonight at 8pm ET.  He plays a commitment-shy fireman who connects with a veterinarian student after adopting a stray cat!

Brandon Routh competed at IMTA during the New York, New York 1999 Convention. He was on the IMTA stage for Swimwear, Team Fashion, Runway and in acting competitions. IMTA insider scoop...he was known as BJ Routh then!

He had been scouted by Patrick Baca, who encouraged him to compete at IMTA. Brandon got lots of face time with the agents, managers and casting directors and ended up moving to Los Angeles. He signed with Mara Santino and Ryan Daly who both were at Kazarian/Spencer & Associates at that time. Routh was chosen for the role of Superman following an exhaustive search that spanned the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia. Thousands of candidates were interviewed before the final selection was made.

Friday, November 07, 2014

IMTA Alum Eva Longoria on Brooklyn Nine-Nine!

IMTA Alum Eva Longoria begins a three episode guest-starring role on Fox's Brooklyn Nine-Nine!
Tune in Sunday to see Eva play a defense attorney named Sophia.

Eva competed at the 1998 IMTA Convention!  She had 38 agencies and managers interested in representing her.  She signed with a manager she met at the convention. Eva told Pageantry Magazine, “It was intense. So much competition. It just feels great. You kind of thrive on it and so does  everybody else.”