Friday, August 28, 2015

IMTA Alum Shaquille Hemmans in "Thriller Live!"

IMTA Alum Shaquille Hemmans just booked Lead Male Vocalist for "Thriller Live!"  "Thriller Live" was created by Adrian Grant, a writer and producer who was a longtime associate of Michael Jackson.  "Thriller Live" with be a 10 month tour all over Europe, including England and Germany, and Egypt.  Shaquille attended IMTA LA 2008 with Barbizon Orange County.  Lena Johnson, Shaquille's mother said, "We want to thank IMTA for his career and success."

Congratulations Shaquille! We are so proud of you!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

IMTA Alum Haley Bennett in The Girl on the Train!

According to, IMTA Alum Haley Bennett is in negotiations to join Emily Blunt in the feature film adaptation of the best-seller The Girl on the Train. Haley will play one of three main female characters.
Haley competed at IMTA in 2001 with Pro-Model and Talent Management of Akron, OH.  In an interview with IMTA, she said, “I definitely would have not been at this point and had this much background and confidence. If it were not for my IMTA experience years ago. The training and interest was essential for the beginning stages of the construction for the backbone of my career and future.”

Haley will also be seen in the remake of The Magnificent Seven with Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, and Chris Pratt.

Monday, August 24, 2015

IMTA Alum Katie Leclerc on Switched at Birth!

Be sure to tune in tonight to ABC Family to see IMTA Alum Katie Leclerc in the summer season premiere of Switched at Birth! Katie plays Daphne, a hearing-impaired young woman who was switched at birth.
Katie competed at IMTA when she was fifteen where her talent, gorgeous face and appealing personality impressed many of the casting directors, agents and managers who were at IMTA scouting for new talent. Katie's mother Vicki Leclerc shared the following with us:
"It's all because of IMTA. Katie has been able to launch her career because of IMTA."

Friday, August 21, 2015

IMTA - A Parent's Perspective

IMTA was pleased to receive the following message from the parent of one of our IMTA New York 2015 Contestants:

"My son was in NYC last week for IMTA. To be honest, we had no idea what to expect. We are from Iowa and have a very limited knowledge of the industry so we really had no expectations other than to learn about what IMTA was and learn more about the talent and singing business. Because of the cost, I had done a lot of research and was very nervous from what I had read on the internet. However, this was by far the best money we have ever spent on our son. It gave him so much information (the workshops) and allowed him to compete with other talent from all over the world. He would have never had that opportunity where we live. It was amazing and I learned so much as a parent.

Ridg Downs
My son is 18 and I did not want to just send him off to NYC or LA to pursue his dreams and watch him struggle. I appreciated how much I heard from the presenters on the value of education. My son had a wonderful experience and will still attend the university he had planned to this fall but is already in contact with several other people about what may be in his future. To you IMTA, we are thankful for the opportunities that were given to us through this experience."

Special thanks to Ms. Jennifer Downs for graciously allowing us to share her message.  Her son Ridg Downs competed at IMTA with The Peak Agency of Des Moines, IA.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

IMTA NY 15 Alumni Signed!

Lizzie Jane
Congratulations to IMTA Alums Lizzie Jane, Randy McCairen, and Taylor Thornley!  They all competed at IMTA with Barbizon Chique in New York in July, 2015 and they have all signed with great agencies!
Randy McCairen
Lizzie Jane signed with New York Model Management and Factor Chicago. Randy McCairen signed with BMG Models. Taylor Thornley signed with New York Model Management.

Taylor Thornley
Congratulations to Barbizon Chique, Lizzie, Randy and Taylor!  
We are looking forward to seeing your work for these agencies!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

IMTA Alum Jordan Blair Brown on Homicide Hunter Tonight!

IMTA Alum Jordan Blair Brown will appear on "Homicide Hunter" on Investigation Discovery in the fifth season premiere tonight! The episode is called "Bad Blood."  Jordan has a lot of exciting projects in the works.  She will have a recurring role on the upcoming webseries "Asylum 8" which is an improv storytelling series with Blank Stage Productions that will be on the TheatreVOD website.

Jordan is also the Co-Host on a couple of the "Atlanta Film Chat" podcasts.  She has a supporting role in Theshay West Production's  "Dream: The Urban Musical" and the upcoming music video parody "Royal-T." Jordan also has a principal role in the short film "Maggephah."

Congratulations Jordan!  We are so proud of you!
Be sure to tune in tonight to Homicide Hunter to see Jordan!

Monday, August 17, 2015

IMTA Alum Mariah Strongin in Tokyo!

IMTA Alum Mariah Strongin is in Tokyo and IMD Modeling recently shared these amazing tear sheets of Mariah's work! Mariah attended IMTA 2008 with IMD Modeling of Medford, OR and won Model and Actor of the Year! She is signed with Wilhelmina in Tokyo, Japan.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Two IMTA Alumni in First Girl I Loved!!

IMTA Alums Mateo Arias and Brianna Hildebrand will star in the independent feature film First Girl I Loved!  The film also stars Dylan Gelula. According to The Wrap the film is, "a romantic dramedy about a burgeoning romance between two teenage girls."  In the same article, the director Kerem Sanga said, "For me, this movie wouldn’t even be worth making if we couldn’t find an amazing cast. The film revolves around three very different teenagers, and Dylan, Brianna, and Mateo bring them to life in a way I could never have anticipated."

Congratulations to Mateo and Brianna!  

Thursday, August 13, 2015

IMTA Alum Matthew Florida in Kevin From Work! Premieres Tonight!!!

IMTA Alum Matthew Florida stars as Brock in the new ABC Family comedy Kevin From Work which premieres tonight! Matthew competed at IMTA in 2005.  During the IMTA, Florida was signed by Peter Kluge at Impact Artists.

Watch the premiere of Kevin From Work TONIGHT at 8/7c on ABC Family!

Monday, August 10, 2015

IMTA Model and Talent Search in Lexington, KY!

for LA/IMTA 2016
Needing aspiring ACTORS, MODELS,
AGES 4 to mature adult.

WHEN:  Saturday, August 29th, 2015
TIME:    10AM-6PM
WHERE: Images Model and Talent Agency
2401 Regency Rd., Ste. 303
Lexington, KY 40503
Call now for your appointment time.