Reaching for the Stars at IMTA NYC '18: Alissa Sommer

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Meet Pro-Model and Talent Management's (PMTM) Alissa Sommer, a 27-year-old actress and singer from Wooster, Ohio. When she isn't in front of the camera or singing her heart out, you can find Alissa writing fiction, reading, watching her favorite Hallmark movies, and enjoying stand-up comedy. Her ultimate dream is to captivate audiences in feature films, and perform a variety of characters that will showcase her stellar range as an actress. She would also love to be a renown singer and tour the world!

The power of performance has always inspired Alissa, as she appreciates how music and acting can evoke feelings in people. "I love making people laugh in everyday life and moving them to feel strong emotions," Alissa said. "As an actor and songwriter, the ability to do that gives me a surge of happiness that I don't feel with anything else." Teaming up with the Pro-Model and Talent Management staff, Alissa dedicated her time learning the skills to hone her craft. With immense progress and determination, Alissa earned the opportunity to show off all of her fabulous talents at the International Modeling and Talent Association (IMTA) convention in New York City last summer!

When reminiscing about the trip to the Big Apple for the first time, Alissa described it as "surreal". Not only did she get to explore Times Square, but she got to take in New York City with some amazing friends from the agency. As someone who lives in a small town, Alissa felt like landing in NYC was not just a step into a larger world, but also an opportunity to learn and grow.

With all the exciting energy in the air, Alissa was ready to compete with some of the very best models and actors in the country. She recalled just how fast-paced the convention was, and how important all her hard work was in preparing for the excellent talent in the competition. "Everything was very quick and uniform," Alissa said. "It's super easy to want to rush through everything you've perfected, but it's important to remember to focus on why you're there!" Alissa's winning work ethic paid off, receiving several awards for her performances, earning first runner-up in Screen Test, and second runner-up in Cold Reads. Alissa's greatest achievement at the IMTA convention was winning Female Actor of the Year! Outstanding job, Alissa!

Alissa would head back to her family and friends with a lot to be proud of! She remembered feeling an overwhelming sense of motivation to achieve her dreams, and she was more focused than ever before. Her desire to strive forward would grow stronger after receiving many callbacks in the weeks after the IMTA convention, capturing the attention of many industry professionals with her superb performances! Pro-Model and Talent Management is excited to report that Alissa will be represented by two esteemed agencies: Watersound Entertainment and Mankin Model and Talent Agency. Exciting news for our talented young lady!

Gifted as both an actress and singer, Alissa is already making plans to continue to take the next steps in achieving her dreams. During her IMTA trip, Alissa realized how much love she has for singing and songwriting after meeting agents in the music industry at the convention. She will be primarily focused on her music career for the near future. Alissa's advice for people who will be attending the International Modeling and Talent Association convention in the future is to remain confident in your abilities and forward plan. "Have a career plan, listen during seminars and don't get discouraged by anyone," Alissa said. "Focus solely on yourself.  Remember why you're here and do not get thrown off your track. You are worth it and you are good enough." Taking her own advice, Alissa is already on her way pursuing a record label, and hopes to start writing songs as soon as possible! We can't wait to see what Alissa will create!

We at Pro-Model and Talent Management know Alissa will continue to remain focused and make immense progress in both her acting and music career, and we cannot wait to share all her accomplishments in the coming year!

Written by: Michael O'Malley

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