Doors open for international fame

08 February 2019 | Art and Entertainment

Annually, the International ARTS Talent Showcase is hosted in South Africa at Tsogo Sun, the Silverstar Casino, where actors, models, singers and dancers from all nine provinces in the country get together to showcase their incredible talent.

This year, Namibian talent will have the opportunity to take part without having to fork out for travel to South Africa. Auditions will be held at the National Theatre of Namibia on 23 February.

The showcase flies in high-end international talent scouts such as the independent casting director for Tyler Perry Studios, Rhyvann Drummer, Blaze Johnson from The Voice America, junior casting director for the Steve Harvey Show and The Four on FOX, as well as Kim Myers from the ARTS Convention in Orlando, Florida. Artists who have been on this platform have had great success within the industry in the United States, such as Abraham Pieters from Namibia who had the great privilege to audition for Tyler Perry Studios. The showcase's artists and models are studying at the New York Film Academy, walking the runways of the New York and Los Angeles Fashion Weeks. There are models who have booked brands such as Ralph Lauren, Hugo Boss, the NBA Fan Clothing Range, and others who booked Broadway productions in New York such as Spring Awakening, and singers who performed at the Bitterend and Apollo Theatre venues in the States where Neil Diamond, Lady Gaga and Taylar Swift once started their careers. With the showcase platform, they have secured US$620 000 in partial scholarships with the New York Film Academy and have had 62 artists who completed their studies successfully within the institute and the youngest was only 12! The showcase has never scouted within Namibia but has had a huge demand to come to Namibia to host auditions. Artists travel to South Africa to attend auditions but unfortunately not everyone can achieve that. The showcase offers artists national and international opportunities in the film and fashion industry. The International Talent Showcase adds value to the community, building artists' and models' dreams and making these a reality for African artist and models.

“We would like to also explore the possibility of maybe bringing the New York Film Academy from New York to Namibia to open international education opportunities for Namibian artists,” the showcase said.

Their social media is extremely powerful with 24 428 followers on Instagram and over 25 000 followers on Facebook for the International Talent Showcase Platform and all venues receive media exposure throughout.



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