On 23 February 2019, the International ARTS Talent Showcase (IATS) will host auditions for Actors, Singers, Dancers and Models at the National Theatre of Namibia (NTN).
Every year the IATS helps entertainers realise their dreams by providing them a platform to showcase their talent and this year, for the first time, Namibian entertainers are also afforded the opportunity to showcase their talent on home ground come this February.
In Windhoek, performers will audition for talent scouts, Elsubie Verlinden and Elouise Janse van Rensburg. Successful performers will then be invited to the second round of auditions in Johannesburg in October 2019. Director of the Applause Rising Talent Showcase from the United States of America, Kim Myers personally attends the Johannesburg auditions and then invites successful performers to Orlando, Florida where they will represent Africa at the ARTS Convention in July 2020.
Participants of the IATS are studying at the New York Film Academy, walking the runways of New York and LA Fashion weeks with some models booked for brand like Ralph Lauren, Hugo Boss, NBA Fan Clothing Range. Some actors have also been booked for Broadway productions in New York while singers performed at New York’s Bitter End Rock Club and Apollo Theatre, where amongst others Neil Diamond, Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift kick-started their careers.
Similarly, artists who has been on IATS’s platform had great success within the industry in the USA, such as Namibia’s Abraham Pieters who had the opportunity to audition for Tyler Perry Studios.
Pieters advises entertainers to do their best work when going in for the auditions in February, urging them not to rush their audition.
“It’s your Audition, you lead they follow. Actors, if you fumble your lines ad-lip/ improvise, the judges will never know you made a mistake, because they don’t have a script only you know what you prepared. Singers; Its not just about your vocals and your vocal gymnastic capabilities – it’s about stage presence, confidence. Make love to the stage and perform – make eye contact with the judges and most importantly have fun in the process. Models: Your cute face will not always get you in the door, use your body, it is your main instrument. For if you don’t know how to use your body, especially the men, it will come across as awkward. Wear comfortable clothes. Ladies, please where heels that you can walk in and if it happens that you fall, stand up and continue walking as if nothing happened. It’s all about confidence. Body language speaks volumes. To the dancers, please have energy when you perform, if you mess up your choreography just continue, you alone know the choreography if you make a mistake know one will know… The stage is yours, have fun,” Pieters says.
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