Monday, June 1, 2015

ABC Holds Digital Nationwide Talent Search - Deadline June 14

Enter for a chance to become a new actor for ABC TV.
The digital talent search, formerly known as ABC Make Me a Star, has just begun and if you have what it takes, you have two weeks to prove it. The 2015 Nationwide Talent Search for ABC Discovers has just started and it couldn't be easier to enter. To win, that's another story.

Basically, actors age 18 or older have until June 14th to send in a submission video which only includes your first name, where your live, an answer to one question and a short scene acted by you and filmed by a friend. The winner of the contest will receive a one-year $25,000 talent deal with ABC and a spot in the New York or Los Angeles ABC Discovers Talent Showcase. And here's the other thing – the winner will be decided by June 20 so you don't have to wait around forever wondering.

Now, with such a simple contest, expect that a lot of people will enter but only one will be chosen. Who knows, maybe you're the next diamond in the rough. This is only the third year for the digital contest, but ABC Discovers has been finding new talent for 14 years. Previous winners include Academy-Award® winning actress Lupita Nyong’o of “12 Years a Slave,” Gina Rodriguez, 2015 Golden Globe Winner for Best Actress in a Comedy, “Jane The Virgin,” Chadwick Boseman of “Black Panther” and “42,” Randall Park of “Fresh Off The Boat,” Jesse Williams, of “Grey’s Anatomy,” and “Dancing with the Stars” judge Carrie Ann Inaba.

The Showcase is a rigorous audition and rehearsal process in which ABC Casting executives work with the actors to put on a one night live performance, industry only event, where more than 400 producers, agents, casting directors and entertainment executives attend. Following the Showcase, ABC Casting continues to champion and work with the actors throughout the next year by providing mentorship and acting opportunities on television. To date, 34 talent showcases in LA and New York have been produced, and ABC Casting has mentored nearly 500 actors.

Keli Lee, Executive Vice President Casting and Talent, ABC Entertainment said, “My team and I are always in the process of discovering and championing new talent, and this competition gives an opportunity to find actors who may not have had the chance to be seen yet by a team of professional casting executives. The digital talent competition has been a game-changer for us, and through it we’ve been able to find and cultivate new talent across the country.”

Actors will be judged on quality of performance, potential star power and technical skill set. Last year’s winners were Khalilah Joi Dubose (Hampton, Virginia) and Cornelius Smith Jr. (Detroit, Michigan). After winning, Smith Jr. went on to land a recurring role on the ABC hit drama “Scandal” as neighborhood activist Marcus Walker. Visit ABCDiscovers.com beginning June 1 for full details on how to enter and for Official Rules.

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