In July, Jackson won Honorable Mention (top ten) for Actress of the Year and Monologue. In addition, she won Second Runner up in TV Host and TV Real People. Monologue is when a contestant performs a one minute monologue, either serious or comedy, for a panel of judges. TV Host is when a contestant reads a teleprompter for a potential live show for a panel of judges. TV Real People is when a contestant performs a non beauty commercial on a closed set for a panel of judges.
Her 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.
Before going to New York, Jackson was trained at Caryn International and was chosen to attend IMTA. IMTA is a modeling and talent event where over 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 of industry professionals who can get their career started. Some winners include: Seann William Scott, Katie Holmes and Ashton Kutcher.
Jackson is the daughter of Martha and Harry R. Jackson who are both deceased. She has ten siblings. Those living in the twin Cities include Peter Jackson, Esther Jackson Riley, Joseph Jackson and Daniel Jackson.
Jackson graduated from North Community High School in 1987, Lincoln University, Jefferson City, MO,, in 1992, Minnesota’s St. Mary’s University in Winona, in 1998, Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, 2004, and Le Cordon Blue, Mendota Heights, Minnesota, in 2000.
In addition, Jackson wrote and published God Called Her Josiah, an autobiography, and wrote four children’s short stories on MP3. She is a public speaker in her business Josiah Limited, LLC. She has also taught elementary and middle school grades.
“The IMTA experience meant getting to the next place in the entertainment industry,” Jackson said. “I learned how to focus on my craft and am working on advancements and contracts for the future.”
Caryn International has received over 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. For more information, phone (763) 746-3695.