Every year the International ARTS Talent Showcase (IATS) helps local entertainers in various faculties (singing, dancing, acting and modelling) realise their dreams. It gives youngsters a platform to showcase their talent locally, as well as the opportunity to travel abroad and the chance at international education.
The IATS are hosting auditions in Durban this Saturday, 9 February at St Mary's Diocesan School for Girls in Kloof, KwaZulu Natal.
This is not a competition. It's a platform - its primary focus is on arts education - which allows longevity in the marketplace.
The Applause Rising Talent Showcase (ARTS) is a family owned and operated organisation, founded by international talent scout, Kim Meyers. IATS is the South African leg of the ARTS, held annually in Orlando, Florida. It is run by Elsubie Verlinden, Founder of Just You Model and Artist Management.
In her capacity as Regional Director for ARTS in Africa, Verlinden has provided countless young South Africans exposure to top educational outlets in the USA.
Last year a Durban ARTS alumnus Byron Gindra, got to audition for American Idol. He was scouted by Elsubie in South African in 2017. His back story was televised on international television. Byron has now secured himself as a performing artist in Dubai and is working full time as a singer and actor.
Additionally, Just You Model and Artist Management opened their international offices in New York City on 1 February 2018, providing additional opportunities to secure international contracts.
Growing up, Verlinden was stunned by the lack of international opportunities for people seeking a career in the arts. So she took matters into her own hands and teamed up with Kim Meyers to bring the showcase to the African continent. Each year the showcase has grown to offer bigger and better opportunities. The past two years afforded participants the opportunity to audition in front of international talent scout Rhavynn Drummer.
But worry not, the New Year brings new opportunities and your chance is NOW!!! Verlinden will once again be travelling from city to city throughout South Africa to scout the best talent the country has to offer to attend the International ARTS Talent Showcase.
Durban Auditions: Date: Saturday 9 February 2019 Time: 08:00 Venue: St Mary's Diocesan School for Girls in Kloof. Bookings: Registration is essential.
To enter contact Director of Admissions, Elouise Janse van Rensburg on 011 - 039 2481 or email.