WHAT IS AAMTC?
America’s Amateur Model & Talent Competition is dedicated to the advancement of the modeling and talent fields through competitive events, the establishment of professional ethics and the standardization of training. The competition is open to all amateur models and/or those engaged in the performing arts, regardless of their affiliation with any other modeling or talent association or pageant.
WHO MAY COMPETE IN AAMTC?
Any amateur may enter AAMTC (anyone who has not made more than $6,000 in a calendar year through either a modeling or talent contract). The North East competition is open to girls residing in the states of VT, ME, MA, CT, RI, NH, PA, NY, NJ, DE & MD.
A $35 Registration Fee is required to participate in the AAMTC New England Regional Event. Each modeling or talent category entered is $15. Cameo is $75. Also see packages outlined on the entry form.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Events have been scheduled so that contestants may participate in every category, especially those who are trying for the overall awards.
MODELING & TALENT SOLO AGE DIVISIONS
Competitive modeling and talent events will be broken into the following age divisions: 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-17, 18 & up -married or single.
Official AAMTC awards will be given to 1st place in each modeling and talent category. In the event that there are less than two (2) participants in a category, the judges (at their discretion) may withhold giving a 1st place award if they feel the participant is not qualified for such an award.
OVERALL “AAMTC MODEL OF THE YEAR” AWARDS
To qualify for the overall modeling awards, a participant must have entered the Party wear category and any other four modeling categories of their choice (minimum: 5 modeling categories). Points from the required category and the four highest points from other categories entered (you may enter as many categories as you desire) will be tabulated in the following manner: Each 1st place - 3 pts; each 2nd place - 2 pts; each 3rd place - 1 pt. The participant accumulating the highest number of points in each age division will be awarded the official New England “AAMTC MODEL OF THE YEAR” regional title, banner, trophy, crown, $100 certificate to the New England Cinderella Scholarship Pageant and a CASH AWARD*.
OVERALL “AAMTC TALENT OF THE YEAR” AWARDS
To qualify for the overall talent awards, a participant must enter a minimum of three (3) solo talent categories. The highest points from 3 talent categories entered (you may enter as many categories as you desire) will be tabulated as follows: Each 1st place - 3 pts; each 2nd place - 2 pts; each 3rd place - 1 pt. The participant with the highest number of points in each age division will be awarded the official New England “AAMTC TALENT OF THE YEAR” title, banner, trophy, crown, $100 certificate to the New England Cinderella Scholarship Pageant and a CASH AWARD*. (In the event of a tie, those making the tie will perform again in order to break the tie).
ULTIMATE NORTH EAST AAMTC AWARD
To qualify for the ULTIMATE NEW ENGLAND AAMTC AWARD, a participant must have entered the Party wear category and any other four modeling categories of their choice (minimum: 5 modeling categories) and must enter a minimum of three (3) solo talent categories. The highest points from 5 modeling categories and 3 talent categories entered (you may enter as many categories as you desire) will be tabulated as follows: Each 1st place - 3 pts; each 2nd place - 2 pts; each 3rd place - 1 pt. The participant with the highest number of points in the entire competition will be awarded the official ULTIMATE NEW ENGLAND AAMTC title, banner, trophy, crown, free entry fee to the New England Cinderella Scholarship Pageant and a CASH AWARD*. (In the event of a tie, those making the tie will perform again in their choice of one modeling category and one talent category order to break the tie).
METHOD OF ADJUDICATION
AAMTC modeling and talent competitions are NOT BEAUTY CONTESTS; however, good grooming and overall appearance will be taken into consideration. Modeling will be judged on: 1) Posture & Body Alignment; 2) Walk & Movements; 3) Interpretation of Garment; 4) Presentation; 5) Composition of Routine. Talent will be judged on: 1) Appearance; 2) Composition of Routine; 3) Variety & Difficulty; 4) Execution; 5) Presentation. Only in the “Cameo Girl Pageant” competition will physical beauty and appearance be taken into consideration.
RULES & REGULATIONS
Models choose their own garments. Props and accessories may be used; however, they must be small enough to be carried during the presentation. Modeling will be executed to the Official AAMTC MODELING MUSIC which allows approximately 1 min/15 sec for each presentation. All garment categories will be “runway modeling” only and the participant will be expected to show proper entrance and exit, a basic pivot or other turn and the necessary detailing and interpretation of the garment. Smoothness, flow (fluid motion), showmanship and sales ability are all important attributes for a good model.
AAMTC is “free style” and there is no set modeling pattern. The only requirement is that participants begin their modeling presentations at the first “X” (stage right) and that they reach the final position, the last “X” (stage left) before the end of the final harp sweep. The official AAMTC Runway/Modeling Music is available on CD at a nominal cost for practice at home before competitions. If you are not familiar with the music, DON’T WORRY! During the orientation session participants will have the opportunity to practice their modeling with the official music!
DESCRIPTION OF MODELING CATEGORIES
PARTYWEAR / COCKTAIL
(Required Modeling Category) The correct dress for this division will be short or tea-length dress that would be appropriate for the participant if she were attending a party or social event.
Outfit should be one which would be worn at a casual social function such as church, a personal interview, etc. Suggested styles of clothing would be a casual dress, skirt and blouse, slacks with jacket, etc.
Any type of swimsuit selected by the participant. Swimsuit selection should be in good taste and appropriate for the age division of the participant. In this category a swimsuit “cover-up” may be worn and removed during modeling but is not required.
The participant should select a garment that reflects a casual or very informal mood. Suggested styles are sundress, pant suits, skirts with blouse. An outfit that one might wear while shopping or attending a casual brunch.
Long or tea-length gown which would be worn to a formal evening occasion such as a wedding, formal party, ball, etc.
Pajamas, nightshirt or night gown is appropriate attire for this modeling category. NOTE: In this category the participant may wear and remove a robe during the modeling presentation; however, it is not required. Please keep in mind that this is a family event and risqué attire will not be permitted.
The appropriate wardrobe could be as practical as blue jeans and boots or as whimsical as a “rhinestone cowboy” look. The judges will be looking for any outfit, serious or fun, that evokes a “western wear” look.
Judged on photogenic qualities from a photograph. Bring 8x10 photo on day of competition (DO NOT MAIL). Photo may be black & white or color. Photos will be returned. Judged on photographic beauty, mood or expression and quality of photograph. There are 2 photo categories- headshots and print model. Print model is something that you would see in a fashion magazine and is either waist up or full body.
A Christmas dress, Halloween costume, Easter outfit, St. Patty’s Day outfit etc. Judging will be based on the presentation of the costume, not the costume itself.
ATHLETIC WEAR/GYM WEAR
An outfit you would wear to an aerobics class, to the gym, cycling, or a simple warm up suit.
TEAM SPIRIT WEAR
Honor your favorite sports team by wearing their uniform or a cheerleading outfit!
A dance class outfit or your favorite recital outfit. However, remember, this is modeling. We do not want anyone tapping or tumbling down the runway.
PORTFOLIO (optional competition)
You may submit your portfolio with up to 15 pages of 8x10 (or similar) size photos. Photos can be a combination of headshots and print model shots. The portfolio will be judged on the photos alone including the diversity of the participant in looks and poses. The portfolio or book they are in will NOT be judged at all, however, a neat, organized and well-presented book is highly recommended.
SOLO TALENT COMPETITION
Entrants may enter as many talent categories as desired; however they may NOT enter more than one talent act within a category. Presentations should be about 2-minutes in length but may NOT EXCEED 2:30 minutes. Props are allowed but the participant or chaperone will be responsible for getting it on and off stage. A CD and microphone (lavalier, stand or hand mike) will be provided. Any other equipment is the participant’s own responsibility. No type of fire or knife act or special lighting effects will be allowed.