In July, I was selected to attend the International Modeling and Talent Association (IMTA) again as a Director and Talent Coach for the week long conference in none other than the Big Apple--located at the Midtown Hilton (I also served as Director and Talent Coach for IMTA NY last year).
What an incredible experience! This year there were 10 Directors in our group, including 7 Talent Coaches for a group of 225 kids & young adults. All of the kids/young adults we were representing--like all competitors at IMTA--competed in a series of modeling competitions, acting competitions or a combination of both, with the hopes of being signed by one or several of the agencies present at the conference from all over the world.
Below is a group photo with some of my colleagues at the New York Model Management party (costume party theme), exclusive to the directors and agents present at IMTA NY 2015.
And here are some video clips from some of the fashion shows and performances at IMTA gatherings earlier on in the conference.
I was blessed to work with a wonderful group of individuals, primarily in critiquing them and helping them with their tone, expression, shaping and delivery on their monologues, commercials and scripts. My voiceover and on-camera experience was extremely useful in these areas of coaching. I also assisted in giving feedback on the dance and singing acts for competitors. Here is one of our talent kids practicing her dancing routine.
Wasn’t she incredible? This bundle of cuteness and talent also won several awards at the IMTA awards ceremony, including preteen actress of the year.
In fact, of all 225 kids that we brought to IMTA all 100% (yes, ALL 225 in the group) received callbacks from worldwide agents and casting directors, many of them already placed with agencies and beginning their acting and entertainment careers!
Here is me with a group of some of the talent I worked with more closely.
All a wonderful group and I was a proud mama as all of these kids performed wonderfully and additionally were so grateful for my instruction (many of them let me know that my coaching helped them significantly in their competitions and one went so far to even say that without my help, she wouldn’t have earned a significant scholarship that she was offered from a top performing arts program). What a proud mama I am!
Here are more photos with some of the incredible talent I was able to work with, alongside the other directors in our group. Jimmy Galligan (the adorable boy with the shaped fro and the freckles, in 2 of the photos) not only won several awards as well at IMTA, but had already been selected for an Invisalign audition before IMTA was over in which he attended a week after the conference. Way to go Jimmy!
The days were long (12-15 hours) and neither the coaches nor the talent let up, but it was all worth it in the end. Looking forwarding to coaching and working with similar exceptional talent in years to come. Cheers!