SA Stars Rock New York

Gareth Meijsen, IMTA New York Actor of Year 2016, photographed by Naomi Estment, OV&P

Heartfelt CONGRATS to our young South African stars who have just returned from a highly successful trip to the IMTA (International Modeling and Talent Association) convention in New York! Well done also to Figures Models South Africa and Merlene Spies, owner of Figures Models Randburg, who took our talented SA team to the Big Apple, and guided them every step of the way in the lead up to their journey.

This is all particularly special to us at OV&P, since we had the privilege and pleasure of photographing Gareth Meijsen, Logan de Villiers and Khanyi Ntshingila, for their portfolios. On a personal level, I could not be more proud of Gareth, who is my son, for his exceptional achievement in winning the IMTA Adult Male Actor of the Year award, as well as best Monologue, Screen Test, Cold Read and Theatrical Headshot. It has been amazing to witness and participate in the process that began so many years ago when Gareth was a young child, already passionately committed to following a career in acting. If you or someone you love has a similar passion, we absolutely encourage you to Go For Your Dreams!

Beautiful Logan de Villiers, just 15 years old, received an honourable mention in the Junior Model of the Year category, as well as being a TV Beauty Winner, along with Khanyi. Gareth and Jade (our national singing winner) also won the Team Singing Award with their duet. As Gareth’s Mom, I was included in the team’s WhatsApp group, and noticed the importance and impact of their rehearsing, preparation and planning. They also each took along a pack of Z Cards and Photo Books, to have at hand when faced with the chance of being noticed by an agent or talent scout at any given time.

As the saying goes “a picture is worth a thousand words” and this is one example of the invaluable way that photographs can help you to promote your company or career. Contact us if you need a photo shoot or video shoot to contribute to your success. Congrats again to the entire IMTA 2016 group, especially all of those who received awards and scholarships. This generation of game changers are making us folks very proud as we progressively experience their dreams unfolding. Thank you all for your collective inspiration in showing the rest of us what is possible!

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