Hollandale student places in modeling, talent contest

Published 8:35 am Thursday, September 3, 2009

Caryn International recently represented Jacob Jensen at International Modeling and Talent Association (IMTA) in New York. Jacob won big.

In July, Jensen won third runner up in monologue (talent) and honorable mention (top 10) for commercial print (modeling), close up (talent) and TV real people (talent). Monologue is when a contestant performs a one minute monologue, either serious or comedy, for a panel of judges. Commercial print is when three photographs are displayed on a large screen in front of a panel of judges. Close up is when a contestant wears a white shirt and khaki pants, receives a one-line script, goes on stage and reads the line and poses before a panel of judges. TV real people is when a contestant performs a non-beauty commercial on a closed set.

His week in New York consisted of days of competitions with hundreds of others, seminars, auditions, callbacks and the awards night. For someone new in the business, the awards night is comparable to the Academy Awards.

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Before going to New York, Jensen was trained at Caryn International and was chosen to attend IMTA.

IMTA is a modeling and talent event where more than 400 major market agents, managers, casting directors, network representatives and music producers come to find new faces. During competitions, models and actors showcase their potential for industry professionals who can get their career started. Some winners include: Seann William Scott, Katie Holmes and Ashton Kutcher.

Jacob, 12, is the son of Kyle and Sara Jensen of Albert Lea. He is a student at Hollandale Christian School.

Jensen’s interests include baseball, ATV riding, biking, outdoor photography, swimming, golfing, music, movies, reading and soccer. He has acted in several plays at Riverland Community College Theatre, Albert Lea High School and Faith Evangelical Free Church. He also has had acting training at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres and the Masque Children’s Theatre. He plays the tenor sax in his school band.

“The IMTA experience was an amazing opportunity to learn and to have fun,” Jensen said. “I have met so many people and friends. I can’t wait to see what comes next. I hope this will open many doors and experiences.”

Caryn International has received more than 1500 local, national and international professional awards and modeling contracts including the prestigious IMTA Lifetime Achievement Award. Caryn International is located at 2600 Fernbrook Lane North, Suite 104, Plymouth, MN 55441.