Friday, October 31, 2014

IMTA Alum Lyndsy Fonseca Joins the Cast of Agent Carter!

IMTA Alum Lyndsy Fonseca will appear on ABC and Marvel's Agent Carter in a recurring role! Variety has a great article about Lyndsy and the significance of her character in the show, which is scheduled to premiere in January, 2015.

Lyndsy competed at IMTA in 2003 where she won Honorable Mention for Young Miss Talent of the Year and 2nd Runner up for Young Miss Dancer of the Year. At the Convention, she signed with an agent and manager and moved to Los Angeles for her first pilot season at age 13. The following year, at 14, Lyndsy booked a three year contract for the role of Colleen on The Young and the Restless.

In an interview with IMTA, Lyndsy said, "IMTA was a lot of fun. It's how I imagine college might be - where you room with a bunch of other girls and then go off to classes together. Only one year after IMTA, I was offered a contract with Y&R!"

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Watch IMTA Alum Ashton Kutcher tonight in Two and a Half Men!

IMTA Alum Ashton Kutcher returns as Walden for the 12th and final season premiere of Two and a Half Men tonight on CBS!  Ashton competed at IMTA in New York 1997 where he won Most Sought After Male Model.   "If you want to be a model, actor, singer or dancer, IMTA is the place to be! I'm on the top of my world right now!"-Ashton Kutcher, in an interview with the IMTA Video Crew.

Please tune in tonight to see Ashton star in Two and Half Men!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

IMTA Alum Raini Rodriguez Speaks Out Against Bullying

IMTA Alum Raini Rodriguez wrote an outstanding article about her experiences of being bullied and the Austin & Ally special episode about cyber-bullying Disney produced for Bullying Prevention Month. Raini says, "One night I talked to my parents and they told me something very important, as long as you're happy with who you are, it shouldn't matter what anyone else thinks. You control your own destiny."  Raini is active in Friends for Change, Free the Children and other girls leadership organizations.

Raini competed at IMTA in 2005 and won first place in Monologue and Commercial Print Competitions and placed in the top ten for Top Actress of the Year!

Thank you Raini for an insightful article with excellent advice
 and for being central to such a powerful important episode. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

IMTA Alum Darin Wilkens!

IMTA Alum Darin Wilkens signed with Wilhelmina and HRI and he is already in L.A. and booked his first job! Darin competed at IMTA NY 2014 with Seattle Talent and won Male Junior Model of the Year, Most Sought Male Model and Most Sought Male Talent!

Congratulations Darin!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

IMTA Insider- Mariah Strongin In the Spotlight!

IMTA is pleased to introduce a new feature- IMTA Insider guest posts! Model Mariah Strongin is the first of our IMTA alumni to write one so here is Mariah's post in her own words!

What are you up to right now?
I am currently working in New York city for brands such as Kate Spade Saturday, Aeropostale, Macys, Elie Tahari, Halston and more, including walking Fashion Week.  I have also filmed an episode of “GOTHAM," which airs Monday Oct. 27th on FOX.  Business friends were not joking when they said the competition out here is tough—and getting here is only part of it.

What have you been you been doing?
Besides the daily castings and shoots, I have been finding ways to better my talents. Since coming to New York I have become my own personal trainer and have been taking "on camera classes" with multiple coaches, and meeting as many people as I can. It's similar to how one prepares for IMTA. The more you do, the more prepared you are, and the more it will pay off. 

What did coming to IMTA do for your career?
IMTA was the best experience! It really gave me a taste of what to expect every day in this industry. I still have so many friends and business partners through that competition. Thank you IMTA staff for being so supportive through the years. Keep changing lives. 


Thank you Mariah for a wonderful start to the IMTA Insider series!  Mariah attended IMTA 2008 with IMD and won Model and Actor of the Year!  We loved reading your update and learning about your experiences.  We can't wait to see your role on "GOTHAM!"

Friday, October 24, 2014

IMTA Alum Micah Fidler for Benefit Cosmetics!

IMTA Alum Micah Fidler for Benefit Cosmetics!  Micah competed at IMTA in L.A. in 2012 with IMD Models where she won Model of the Year for her division.  Micah's campaign for Benefit is for a new international product launch November 1st!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

IMTA Alum Elijah Wood in the most epic safety video ever made!

Air New Zealand just made the most epic safety video ever and IMTA Alum Elijah Wood stars in it! The video celebrates the final release of the film for The Lord of the Rings and you have got to see Elijah's role, especially at the end!

Elijah got his start at IMTA in 1989 and has gone on to star in over 40 feature films.  At IMTA, Elijah met and signed with the legendary Al Onorato, who got Elijah's career started.

Bravo to Elijah and all of the cast of the video for making the best air safety video ever!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

IMTA Alum Sean Harju for Oscar de la Renta

All of us at IMTA were saddened about the legendary designer Oscar De La Renta's passing. As a tribute, we would like to share a beautiful shot of one of our IMTA and IMD Modeling Alums Sean Harju for Oscar.

Praise for IMTA Alum Brandon Routh on Arrow!

E! News has a glowing review of IMTA Alum Brandon Routh on Arrow! "Raise your hand if you're absolutely loving Brandon Routh on Arrow! Yeah, everyone's hands should be up right now. The former Superman has completely stolen our hearts as Ray Palmer, the smart, witty, competent and completely adorable new head of Queen Consolidated."

Brandon Routh competed at IMTA during the New York, New York 1999 Convention.  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.  

Catch Brandon tonight on Arrow on the CW!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

IMTA Alum Olivia Stuck in Kirby Buckets!

IMTA Alum Olivia Stuck stars as Dawn in Disney XD's newest series Kirby Buckets!  The show premiered yesterday and will air again several times this week!   Olivia competed at IMTA in Los Angeles in 2008 with Starbound Entertainment Group.  Olivia also plays Missy Bradford in Girl Meets World!

Monday, October 20, 2014

IMTA Alum Adrianne Palicki on Agents of SHIELD!

Be sure to tune in Tuesday night to Agents of SHIELD.  IMTA Alum Adrianne Palicki is going to have prominent role as Bobbi Morse and Mockingbird! Adrianne first made news when she competed at IMTA in 2001 with Starbound Entertainment Group! She attracted lots of agency and manager attention from her outstanding performances in her IMTA modeling and acting competitions. In an interview with the IMTA Video Crew, she said, "It was amazing. I love IMTA! I'm so sad it's over."

Adrianne Palicki, IMTA 2001 Runway Competition