Can you believe it? It's almost here! You're about to be at the IMTA Convention! We want to wish you the best experience possible. A week of adventure, learning, opportunity and fun! Thank you for being a part of the IMTA Countdown. We hope you found it beneficial as part of your IMTA preparations. We've enjoyed counting down the weeks with you and sharing our best tips for success.
You've probably been preparing for the Convention by doing things like practicing your monologues, commercials or make-up application. Hopefully, you've been exercising to get in great swimwear shape, or maybe you've been training your voice to hit those really high notes. With all the major preparation you've done, we've compiled a list of last-minute hints to help you put your best face forward and wow the judges:
The Most Important Thing
One of the best things you can do for your looks and health is to arrive for the Convention rested. The week can get pretty intense and you'll be ahead of the game if you've been getting your eight hours. Eating healthy foods helps, too. Remember if you feel good on the inside, it shows on the outside!
The way you present yourself is key to making a good impression on the agents, managers and casting directors you'll see during the week. Prevent stooped shoulders by repeating these exercises several times a day:
Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and clasp your hands behind your back. Straighten your arms, raise them as high as you can and hold for 30 seconds.
Pinch your shoulder blades back several times and hold for a count of five each time.
Lie face down on your bed and lift one leg and the opposite arm, holding for a count of 10; then lift the other arm and leg. Repeat this process three times a day.
Fresh Faces Going Places
Since agents like to see minimal makeup on girls (and none on the guys), you'll want to make sure you have radiant skin as your perfect foundation. Here are some tips to give you a healthy, beautiful glow. Prevent dry lips and give yourself a smooth surface for lipstick by super-moisturizing. Starting a day or two before you leave for the Convention, apply moisturizing lip balm several times a day. This will not only soften your lips, but it will also make them appear fuller. Try Kiehl's Lip Balm #1 for amazingly soft lips. This product also gives a great shine when applied over lipstick. Origins Conditioning Lip Balm is another amazing product to check out!
It is very important to stick to your skincare regimen, using a facial cleanser, toner and moisturizer. Make sure you pick products that match your skin type, (i.e. oily, dry or combination). We like Clinique's three-step system. Neutrogena and Cetaphil have some great products, too.
Don't forget to get your hair in great shape, too. Blow-drying can take a lot out of your hair, so put the moisture back in by using a deep-conditioning hair treatment or mask. Try ThermaCare's moisturizing hair wrap or Pantene's Deep Treatment Hair Mask. Girls, a manicure or pedicure can be an essential finishing touch. Stick with neutral colors and short to medium length.
For some great tips on how to apply stylish make-up for all skin tones, check out Bobbi Brown's website.
It's getting to be that time! Here are some items you may want to pack:
-Calling card and/or change for the pay phones or cell phone
-Decorations or ribbon to attach to your IMTA tote bag to identify it (you'll receive your tote bag and IMTA luggage tag after your Director completes final registration. Be sure to fill out the tag immediately.)
-Nutritious snacks for your room (granola bars, cereal bars, crackers, juice boxes, etc.)
-Favorite toy for Toys R Us (if you're entered in that competition)
-Notebook and pen to take notes during the informative IMTA seminars
-A watch so you'll be on time for your competitions!
-Workout clothes for the Rise and Shine Workout or the fitness center
-Remember your comp cards, headshots, and/or portfolios. Dancers and singers, don't forget your music CDs.
-Sunglasses - your future's so bright, you're going to need them!
Afraid you'll forget something? Try this suggested packing list website for every type of trip.
Los Angeles, California
There are lots of fun things to do in Los Angeles. Talk with your Director and fellow Contestants to schedule a time to do something as a group! Maybe you can visit Disneyland one morning or the Fashion District. For a list of tourist attractions in Los Angeles, check out DiscoverLosAngeles.com, with suggestions for restaurants and entertainment during your free time.