"Being a contestant at the IMTA competition was the best decision I ever made. I enjoyed every second of it. I was extremely excited knowing that IMTA was an opportunity of a lifetime. To perform in front of so many different industry professionals in the same room, is not something that you get to experience often. It was such an exhilarating feeling going into competitions and walking out of the room, or off the stage, and feeling truly positive about my performance."
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Sean Harju competed at IMTA in 2006 and won Runner Up for Male Model of the Year. He has been featured in numerous magazines and ad campaigns such as GQ Taiwan, Surface Magazine, Arena Magazine, GQ Germany, and Details. He was in the 2011 Dolce & Gabbana Spring/Summer ad campaign with fellow IMTA alum and supermodel Tyson Ballou. Sean has modeled internationally for Y-3, Calvin Klein, Dior, Diesel, Thom Brown, Numero Hommes and Adam Lippes.
“Have as much fun there as you can because it will be one of the best experiences of your life.”
- Sean Harju
Jessica White attended IMTA in 1999. She has modeled for Gap, Chloe, Tommy Hilfiger, Oscar De La Renta, Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren's Polo, Maybelline and has been featured in numerous Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues and DVDs. As a favorite model for editorial and runway, she has done pictorials for Harper's Bazaar, Teen Vogue, King Magazine and covers for Surface and Trace magazines. Jessica was featured as part of a ten-page editorial in Marie Claire, titled “Fashion Portraits: in black and white.”
Jessica made her acting debut in a small role in Big Momma's House 2 and has appeared in a music video for singer John Legend. Jessica is a spokesmodel for Cover Girl cosmetics and appears in commercials, billboards, point of purchase advertising and print campaigns worldwide.
"Oh wow, you're going to IMTA!? I got my start there. My advice would be pray. And ask God to lead [you] to the right agency! Don't try too hard, just have fun. It goes by fast."
- Jessica White
Grayson Gettys competed at IMTA in New York City in 2009. After signing with agencies in New York, Milan and Paris, Grayson has walked the runways for world-famous designers such as Louis Vuitton, Micheal Kors, Carlo Pignatelli, Richard Chai and Bespoken.
Branden competed at IMTA in 2008 and was a Runner-up for Male Model of the Year. At the Convention, Branden was selected by the Bravo Channel to appear in their modeling reality series, becoming the first male winner of Make Me a Supermodel. Branden has also been featured in a fashion spread in Cosmopolitan.
“Just a year ago, I was sitting in the same chairs you were. I competed at IMTA and caught the attention of the Bravo Network who were scouting for Make Me a Supermodel.”
- Branden Rickman
Tyson attended IMTA in 1996 became one of the most sought after male models in the world. He has appeared on runways and ad campaigns for every top designer, including Jil Sander, Emporio Armani, Moschino, Perry Ellis, Donna Karan, Dolce & Gabbana, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Byblos, BCBG, Valentino Roma and Hugo Boss. He has also appeared internationally on the covers and in editorials of major fashion magazines including L'uomo Vogue, Jalouse, The Face, Harper's Bazaar, Arena Homme Plus, Visionaire, Numero and W. In addition to being the face of the Biotherm Homme fragrance Force, Tyson had national ad campaigns for Calvin Klein, D&G fragrance line, and the MD&G sunglasses with Madonna.
IMTA alum Mariah Watchman attended IMTA in Los Angeles in 2007 where she won Junior Miss Model of the Year and Most Sought After Female. She competed on the 18th cycle of America's Next Top Model, which featured the show’s first international competition, with Mariah vowing to become the first Native American Supermodel.
At IMTA, Madeline won Swimwear and placed as a Runner-Up for Jeans, Runway and Fashion Print. She has appeared in print and on the runways of major designer fashion shows such as Junya Watanabe, Manish Arora, Vivienne Westwood and Duru Olowu, among others and was featured in a nationwide campaign for Express. Appearing in numerous episodes of the on-line series Model.Live, her videos have been viewed over two million times on the social networking site Bebo.
Ashton competed at IMTA in 1997 at our New York Convention where he won Most Sought After Male Model. Immediately following IMTA, he began modeling in men's fashion shows for designers such as Versace, Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein and branched off into acting with the role of Kelso on That 70’s Show.
He started his film career in movies such as Dude, Where's My Car?, Cheaper By The Dozen, The Butterfly Effect, Bobby and No Strings Attached while continuing to model, appearing in fashion spreads and on magazine covers around the globe. Ashton is also known for his starring role on the television show Two and a Half Men and as the spokesperson for Nikon cameras. Ashton will be appearing in the title role as Steve Jobs in Jobs.
“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
Katie competed at IMTA twice; the first time in 1993 and the second time in 1995. Following a feature film debut in Ang Lee’s The Ice Storm, she became known worldwide during a 6-year run as Joey Potter in the television series Dawson's Creek. From Dawson's Creek, Katie’s career expanded to more feature films, including Teaching Mrs. Tingle, Phonebooth, Pieces of April, First Daughter, Batman Begins and Thank You for Smoking, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark and The Romantics. She is currently working on several new films.
“Let's just say, a girl from Toledo would never end up in a Hollywood movie if it weren't for the IMTA.”
- Katie Holmes
Jessica competed in 1994 at IMTA in Los Angeles, where she won a scholarship for her talent. Following IMTA, she soon became a household name on television’s long-running hit 7th Heaven. Following a feature film debut in Ulee’s Gold with Peter Fonda, she has since become one of Hollywood’s most sought-after actresses, starring in the remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Cellular, Elizabethtown, The Illusionist, Home of the Brave, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, Devil and the Deep Blue Sea and Hitchcock. In addition to her acting, Jessica has a full career as a model, appearing on the covers and in editorials for Vogue, Elle, Allure, Glamour, Marie Claire, Self and ‘W’. She has also served as spokesperson for L’Oreal.
“At IMTA, you will meet people who can change your life and make your dreams come true!”
- Jessica Biel
Eva competed in 1998 at the Los Angeles IMTA Convention. Shortly thereafter, she moved to L.A. After guest-spots on 90210 and General Hospital, she was cast as a series regular on The Young and the Restless. In 2004, she originated the role of Gabrielle Solis on the smash hit Desperate Housewives. Her feature film career includes starring roles in The Sentinel, Carlita’s Secret, Over Her Dead Body, The Baytown Disco, The Truth and the animated Foodfight!
“It was intense. So much competition, it just feels great; you kind of thrive on it and everybody else. It just feels great.”
- Eva Longoria
Elijah attended IMTA in 1989 when he was eight years old. One of his first successes was landing a small role in Back to the Future Part II. He went on to star in Radio Flyer, Forever Young and Huck Finn, and is best known as Frodo Baggins in the Oscar-winning The Lord of the Rings trilogy. He has become one of Hollywood’s most sought-after actors, starring in some of the biggest critical and box office hits, including Sin City, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Everything Is Illuminated, Bobby, and the animated Happy Feet. Elijah is reprising his role as Frodo Baggins in the much anticipated films The Hobbit film series. He also stars in the FX comedy series Wilfred and in the made-for-British TV movie adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island.
“There's a convention out in LA, and I went to that convention, and it was the first time out of Cedar Rapids. There was a talent manager and he asked me if I wanted to be an actor.”
- Elijah Wood
Lyndsy competed at IMTA in 2003 and was a finalist for Young Miss Dancer of the Year. Shortly after IMTA, she landed a role in the television series Boston Public. Lyndsy soon was the recurring character of Colleen Carlton on The Young and the Restless, and appeared on Malcom in the Middle, Phil of the Future, Waterfront, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, House M.D., Big Love, Desperate Housewives and How I Met Your Mother. Lyndsy’s feature films include Hot Tub Time Machine, The Ward, and the Kick Ass movies. Lyndsy currently stars as Alex on the CW’s Nikita.“IMTA, I would be nowhere without you. Thank you for everything!!”
Seann competed at IMTA in 1995. His career took off with the role of Stiffler in the hilarious American Pie film series. He co-starred with fellow alum Ashton Kutcher in the cult classic Dude, Where is my Car?, voiced the character Crash in all three of Disney's popular animated Ice Age movies, and starred in the hit film The Dukes of Hazzard. His films also include Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Old School, Cop Out, Balls Out: Gary the Tennis Coach and Goon.“One of my favorite IMTA discoveries…Seann William Scott is doing wonderfully. He is a huge movie star now.”
Soon after Adrianne competed at IMTA in 2001, began working in the industry on television sets in the projects Smallville, Quintuplets, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, North Shore, South Beach, Supernatural, Robot Chicken and Friday Night Lights. Adrianne has starred in many feature films including Popstar, Legion, Women in Trouble, Elektra Luxx, and Red Dawn.
“It was amazing. I love IMTA! I'm so sad it's over!”
Kyra attended IMTA in 2008. Following IMTA, she landed a role as a Kidz Bop member. Kyra performed as a part of the Kidz Bop 16 on their summer tour. Kyra has also modeled ever since leaving IMTA for fashion editorials all over the world.
Tiffany competed at IMTA in 2003 where she was 1st runner up for Actress of the Year. Tiffany began acting in television shows such as Quintuplets, 8 Simple Rules, American Dreams, The O.C., Desperate Housewives, and Jericho. She became a Disney favorite when she was cast as Tawni Hart on the Disney Channel's Sonny with a Chance, and its spin-off musical comedy sketch show So Random. She has also appeared on That's So Raven, Wizards of Waverly Place, Hannah Montana and starred in the Disney movie Hatching Pete.
“I went to IMTA… which is where I met my agent. After IMTA I moved to LA, auditioned a lot and now I’m on Disney. It’s so worth it! [IMTA] was a great experience!”
- Tiffany Thornton
Haley competed at IMTA in 2001. She became a star with the feature film Music and Lyrics, acting opposite Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore. Haley has continued to land lead roles in feature films like College, The Haunting, The Hole 3D, Marley and Me, Arcadia Lost and Outlaw Country.“I definitely would not have 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.”