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.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016


IMTA Alum Garrett Wareing will be in the feature film Independence Day: Resurgence! It's the sequel to the blockbuster 1994 film. Garrett will play Bobby, a boy who seeks refuge with the First Family when the aliens attack. Garrett competed at IMTA in L.A. 2013 where he was awarded Male Pre-Teen Model of the Year!

Independence Day: Resurgence opens June 24th in wide release!
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Friday, May 27, 2016


IMTA Alum Skylar Stecker's new music video 'Bring Me To Life' debuted recently and it has over 300,000 views! Skylar just released a great new Geek Session remix of the song too! It's available on iTunes and Spotify!
Skylar competed at IMTA with The Rock Agency from Madison, WI in 2012 where she was awarded Singing Winner and Most Sought Female Talent of the Year! Skylar is signed with the Interscope/Cherrytree label. Skylar also returned to IMTA in 2014 to perform and sang Bruno Mars' 'Treasure' which was a highlight of the week!

Congratulations Skylar!  
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Thursday, May 26, 2016





Amazing shots of IMTA Alum Christian Hogue for GUESS by Rayan Ayash! Christian competed at IMTA New York 2009 with IMD.  He was the IMTA New York 2009 1st Runner Up Junior Male Model of the Year, 1st Runner Up Most Sought After Male Model and 3rd Runner Up Most Sought After Male Talent!


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Wednesday, May 25, 2016


IMTA Alum Alissa Sugawara has signed with NY Model Management after competing at IMTA LA 2016. She also recently attended NY Model Management's New Face Summer Camp in New York! Alissa was awarded Most Sought Female Model of the Year which means she had the most agent and manager callbacks of any female model at IMTA in January. Alissa came to IMTA with Neal Hamil Centre, Houston, TX.

Congratulations Alissa!  We are so proud of you!
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Tuesday, May 24, 2016


Alexandra Burch competed at IMTA in LA 2016 with MTM International. Alexandra was the winner of TV Beauty M3. She received 32 call backs from agents and managers who were interested in meeting with her. She signed with LA Models and NY Models and is currently doing photoshoots in LA and will travel this summer to shoot in New York.

Congratulations Alexandra!  We are so proud of you!




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Monday, May 23, 2016


Angie Campbell competed at IMTA L.A. 2016 with Markson Dawe Talent. Angie was awarded 2nd Runner Up for IMTA Female Actor of the Year. She signed with All American Rascals Talent Agency.

Congratulations Angie! We are so proud of you!
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Friday, May 20, 2016


Spencer Tomich, IMTA Alumni LA 2014 with Markson Dawe Talent, just finished filming his second guest-starring role in Nickelodeon's Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn. They liked him so much, they brought him back! Spencer also has a guest-starring role in the new ABC Family/ Freeform network's Gorgeous Morons.

Congratulations Spencer!
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Thursday, May 19, 2016


IMTA Alum Jesse James Baldwin participated in IMTA LA in January with Models Melange, Tucson, AZ.  He is the lead (the boy in car) in an eerie new music video released this week by Thrice for their song 'Black Honey.' Jesse was an Honorable Mention for IMTA Male Pre-Teen Model of the Year!

Congratulations Jesse! We are so proud of you!
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Wednesday, May 18, 2016


IMTA Alum Kimberli McKee has signed with LA Models and Wilhelmina (Chicago, Miami and New York) following attending IMTA LA 2016. She is going to be spending the later portion of May and June in LA then moving on to Miami and Chicago for the rest of the summer. Kimberli McKee also signed with Scout (San Francisco).
Kimberli competed at IMTA with Neal Hamil Centre for Modeling, Acting & Development.

Congratulations Kimberli!  We are so proud of you!
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Tuesday, May 17, 2016


IMTA was pleased to have Mellie White as one of our IMTA LA 2016 Contestants.  She came to IMTA with A List Models and Talent of Raleigh, NC.
From Make-A-Wish: Mellie, 16, was diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition which prevents her from eating, where all nutrition is fed through a tube. In spite of her condition, Mellie wished to attend IMTA LA 2016 to learn more about modeling. "The wish just wasn't for a week, it was a wish for a lifetime." Since her wish, Mellie has signed a multi-year contract with a New York-based modeling agency.

Congratulations Mellie!  We are so proud of you!
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Monday, May 16, 2016


IMTA Alum Americus Abesamis will be in the upcoming season 3 of TNT's Murder in the First. He will be appearing in 2 episodes. Here Americus is pictured with Lead actor Taye Diggs. Murder in the First's Season 3 will start on Sunday, June 19th.

Congratulations Americus!  We can't wait to see your episodes!
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Friday, May 13, 2016


IMTA Alum Burt Grinstead co-stars with Susan Blakely and Mary Wilson in the short film SPEAK, with casting by IMTA VIPs Patrick Baca, CSA and Shana Landsburg, CSA. SPEAK will have its world premiere in Mumbai, India in a couple of weeks at the Kashish Festival. SPEAK was also selected for the California Independent Film Festival in September, and on June 25, it will make its U.S. premiere in OUT HERE NOW, the Kansas City LGBT Film Festival where it is nominated for Best Short Film.

Burt competed at IMTA in New York in 2010 where he was awarded Male Actor of the Year and Male Fitness Model of the Year.  He trained with Joan Stephens and placed for management with Rachel Rothman of Rothman / Andres Entertainment by Patrick Baca. He is represented theatrically by Craig Holzberg, Avalon Artists, Los Angeles.



Please like SPEAK's facebook page to keep up with all latest about this powerful film. The cast includes Susan Blakely (Golden Globe Winner and Emmy nominee), Brian Norris, Wade Wilson and Mary Wilson (Motown legend and founding member of "The Supremes").

Burt just wrapped ROGER CORMAN'S DEATH RACE 2050. Look out for Burt in NCIS: Los Angeles, The Mentalist, NCIS, Hallmark's "Looking for Mr. Right" and Hallmark's "Hometown Hero." Burt starred in the independent movies SEBASTIAN and EAT WITH ME (also cast by Patrick Baca, CSA & Shana Landsburg, CSA). SEBASTIAN is currently traveling in a worldwide film festival circuit. EAT WITH ME is available for streaming on Netflix.

Burt next stars in "Fool for Love," directed by Will Bradley and Cecilia Fairchild as part of the 2016 Hollywood Fringe Festival, June 3 - June 26 at the LGBT Center's Davidson./Valentini Theatre in Hollywood. Tickets available via Hollywood Fringe. In 2014, Burt was nominated for the LA Weekly's 2 Person Performance Theatre Award for his work in the stage production of "Dying City" at the Rogue Machine Theatre.


Congratulations to Burt Grinstead, Patrick Baca, Shana Landsburg and all involved in this remarkable film!


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Thursday, May 12, 2016


IMTA Alum Elias Harger is amazing as Max Fuller on Netflix's Fuller House.  He is so amazing that fans are advocating for him to get a Teen Choice breakout star nomination!  Please tweet the following message to show your support for Elias!

Our vote for #TeenChoice is breakout star @EliasHarger #ChoiceTVBreakoutStar

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.

Congratulations Elias!  We hope you get an official nomination!!

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016


IMTA Alum Skylar Stecker premiered her amazing new video for 'Cherry on Top' featuring Silento! The song was also the official song of the Radio Disney Music Awards. Skylar competed at IMTA with The Rock Agency from Madison, WI in 2012 where she was awarded Singing Winner and Most Sought Female Talent of the Year.

Congratulations Skylar! We love your new video!
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Tuesday, May 10, 2016



IMTA Alum Matthew Luret has been busy with some great projects! He played Marquis De Lafayette on Sleepy Hollow on Fox! He was also on Rizzoli & Isles on TNT. He played the lead in the indie feature All Earthly Constraints.  Matthew has also been in commercials for Jack in the Box, Plan B and Sharpie (France).

Matthew competed at IMTA in New York in 2013 with Caryn International, Minneapolis, MN where he was awarded Male Young Adult Actor of the Year.  He is represented by Trusik Talent Management.

Congratulations Matthew!  We are so proud of you!
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Monday, May 09, 2016


IMTA Alum Aire Sirvaitis will be on Wednesday's episode of Rosewood on Fox! Aire will play Kelly Downs.
Aire competed at IMTA in New York in 2013 with Pro-Model & Talent Management. She is signed with Unified Mgmt. LA, The Savage Agency LA, and Wilhelmina LA!  Aire said, "IMTA opened new doors for endless possibilities in my career."

Congratulations Aire!  We are so proud of you!


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Friday, May 06, 2016

Photo credit: SCOTT WHEELER/THE LEDGER
Great news about IMTA Alum Madison Jones! She is signing with 7 Sails Talent Management in Los Angeles, with talent manager Jody Orellana. Madison competed at IMTA NY 2015 with Craig Janice Performing Arts Institute! Congratulations Madison! We are so proud of you!
The Ledger.com has a wonderful article about Madison that details her experiences at IMTA and her accomplishments in singing, gymnastics, modeling and acting!

Congratulations Madison!  We are so proud of you!
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Thursday, May 05, 2016

(Mature viewers only please)
IMTA Alum Ashley Greene's new movie Urge will be in theaters and on demand June 3rd! Yahoo Movies describes the plot of the film:
"Former 007 Pierce Brosnan ...is The Man, he is a slick-haired, tinted-sunglasses-sporting club owner who deals a designer drug whose users lose the ability to control their urges.

Tempted by this super drug are a crew of young New Yorkers on vacation (including Justin Chatwin, Danny Masterson, Ashley Greene, and Alexis Knapp) in tropical paradise. They’re warned they can only take Urge once — but after a night of pure inhibition-shedding ecstasy, they want seconds.

They score a second round, and, suffice to say, they all lose...it. All except their friend Jason (Shameless’s Chatwin), who remains dead sober and is left to witness the horror and pick up the pieces."

Ashley competed at IMTA in 2004, when she said,"I'm so thankful I got the opportunity to be here at IMTA because there are so many people and so many opportunities. I want to come back to IMTA even if do I make something big of it. I definitely want to come back, it was a lot of fun!"


Be sure to look for Urge in theaters and on demand June 3rd! 

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Wednesday, May 04, 2016


Great news from Hulu!  They have renewed IMTA Alum Aaron Paul's new series The Path for a second season.  Aaron plays Eddie Lane in the critically acclaimed drama.  Aaron and some of his cast mates were at the Upfront presentation in Madison Square Garden Theater where Hulu announced the second season renewal. Seven of the ten episodes of first season are streaming now on Hulu.

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."

Congratulations to Aaron Paul!  We can't wait to see Season 2 of The Path!




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Tuesday, May 03, 2016


IMTA Alum Sara Niemietz is featured in a great article by Huffington Post! Sara is interviewed about touring with Postmodern Jukebox and starring on Broadway with Carol Burnett in Hollywood Arms. She also discusses appearing on the The Ellen Show, Glee, and performing at the Grand Ole Opry.

Sara competed at IMTA in 2000 when she was just seven years old. She has recorded many great videos and songs. Be sure to check out the article to find out more about Sara's career!


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Monday, May 02, 2016




IMTA Alum Skylar Stecker looked amazing on the red carpet of the Radio Disney Music Awards! She also teamed up with Silento to record the official song of the show "Cherry on Top!"
Just Jared featured her arrival with Miranda May and Megan Nicole with a great article and lots of nice photos!
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