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ANGELIQUE ADCOCK

ANGELIQUE ADCOCK

I AM Angelique Adcock and my journey began in May 2017.

My daughter Skye Adcock and I decided to audition together early in 2017 in Port Elizabeth. What a dream come true if we could both have this incredible experience together. And if you dream hard enough, dreams sure do come true! We both received Call Backs and were selected to perform in Krugersdorp at the magnificent Silver Star Casino in October 2017 in front of International Talent Scouts.

We both rehearsed feverishly. I even approached a top acting coach – Dr Alison Hofer to assist me with my monologue preparation. October 2017 – Silver Star Casino was abuzz with incredible talent and of course the international talent scouts had just flown in from America; it was showtime! Lights, camera, and…. action! All our hard work and efforts paid off! We were selected from hundreds of singers, dancers, models, and actors across South Africa, we would also be the first mother and daughter team to represent South Africa at the International Convention in Orlando in July 2018.

The hard work was not over yet; we then signed up for the training “boot-camp” - this is where serious modelling, acting, singing, and dancing training with the 33 & Me Model & Artist Management agency in a remote location would start. The agency is the only agency in the world that prepares their artists in this manner.

It is important to be completely prepared, not just professionally, that being mentally and emotionally but physically as well. I trained in the gym every morning before work and continued my vocal and monologue training over whatsapp and Skype with my acting trainer – Dr Alison Hofer for hours.

Doing this with my daughter was a double-dream and of course the memories will last forever. Side by side we supported each other throughout the process. I have always wanted to be an actress; I guess I let life get in the way of my dreams and in 2017 at 45 years of age I decided to give it another shot! I embraced the opportunity I was given with my whole heart and it certainly paid off.

In July 2018; we arrived in the USA. After an 15-hour flight we went straight into our first workshop at the New York Film Academy. I cannot explain the exhilaration and the absolute privilege it was to be in that studio. The tour of NYC was delightful and interesting. We had beautiful professional photoshoot of the New York famous skyline and of course the Brooklyn Bridge.

We then travelled to Orlando for our week of auditions and workshops. The Swan Hotel was abuzz with activity and incredible talent. The workshops were intense, and the knowledge gained priceless. The stage was set; and it was time to present ourselves in front of casting agents across America. The nerves and excitement were thrilling! I received 2 Call backs, my daughter was offered a Scholarship and in the Open interview sessions; 7 agents were thoroughly interested in us!

The experience; looking back was surreal. It was one of the most memorable experiences of my life. It certainly presented opportunities on an international level that neither I nor my daughter could ever have imagined.

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AMARON BORCHARDS

AMARON BORCHARDS

Passion and Determination led me on my Journey to the International Convention in Orlando, Florida. My Journey with The International ARTS Talent Showcase started in June 2018 in Port Elizabeth, where I auditioned and received my invitation to the Showcase at Silverstar Casino. During this time I decided to involve myself more in the Industry and started Recording, Writing and Producing a new EP (extended playlist) with a band (Afrotronixx) whom I met in Port Elizabeth. I was also preparing for the Johannesburg auditions which took place in front of Tyler Perry Studios' Independent Casting Director, Rhavynn Drummer, Nate Bulter- A & R for America’s Got Talent and Blaze Johnson form “The Voice - America”. I was then invited to represent South Africa at The International Convention in Orlando, Florida. After receiving a call-back I had managed to get myself featured in a local newspaper and I released my EP, titled “New Glow” along with its music video. On the 1st of December 2018 I was asked to perform at The Sybil Live Show in Port Elizabeth, where I performed an opening Act for International Legends, Judy Boucher and Sybil.

In January, I attended the International Bootcamp where I gained a vast amount of knowledge and experience. At Bootcamp, we were given information and insight as to what the Industry required, and was expected of us as Artists in the Industry. We even had the greatest pleasure of sitting in Media training classes held by The Expresso Show’s TV Presenter, Tsholo Phiri. In those sessions we learned so much about the different types of Media and how to get into Media in order to build and empower our Individual Brands. After bootcamp, I implemented my knowledge gained and applied this to my career and daily life. I was even more determined at this point and got into contact with a couple of Media Houses where I managed to land a couple of Radio and Newspaper Interviews, ranging all the way from the Western to the Eastern Cape.

Throughout this time I gained experience and performance confidence by hosting my own Shows with the help of my family and friends. All the Shows were a wonderful success and it was preparing me for my performances in America. At the International Convention, I managed to make top 40 in Singing and Dancing. At the Awards Ceremony on the last day of the Convention, I was awarded Overall Performer 2019, I remember being so incredibly grateful.

I have gained some useful advice through this experience and continue to use the knowledge that was granted to me. I am currently working on a new Creative Project. For more information on that, you can follow me @bubblegumtown on Instagram.

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BUHLE MOHLONGO

BUHLE MOHLONGO

When Buhle joined the agency , I never imagined the world of possibilities that could come her way - from booking 3 TV commercials, film plus call back to perform in Orlando Florida in the USA.

As an active and involved mom, that made me realized that I made the best decision for my daughter. It’s amazing how I’ve seen her grow throughout this journey. Her confidence levels are sky high. She learned a lot of discipline through the bootcamp and she applied that in the Florida - I must say watching her perform in front of the international judges like Sony Music and Tyler Perry Studios was the greatest experience that we will both treasure for the rest of our lives, again being recognized by the New York Film Academy goes to show that dreams do come true. What an amazing experience ... Thank you for making my daughters dreams a reality. Keep up the great work, it doesn’t go unnoticed. I pray that God continue to bless you and to also give you more strength, patience and humbleness that you’ve displayed throughout the years .... To more successful years together as a family ! - Xoliswa Mohlongo

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BYRON GINDRA

BYRON GINDRA

My dream always seemed unbelievable to people, what I wanted and had always dreamed of, couldn’t be done, so I was told. I needed to be ‘realistic’, they said. “There are too many people who want the same as you Byron,” they would say. But, at 16 years old, I auditioned for The International ARTS Talent Showcase, received a callback which took me to The International ARTS Talent Showcase at the Silverstar Casino where I performed as well as received a callback to attend the International Talent Convention in Orlando, Florida, to showcase my talent on an International Stage for the first time. At the convention In August 2017, I received callbacks from Industry Professionals and placed 2nd in the Singing category. While I was at the Convention, I was also scouted to audition for American Idols where I made it through to the Final Auditions, 1st Television Broadcast in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.

From this point on, things only started to get bigger for me. One of the callbacks I received was from Watersound Entertainment and through working with them, I was able to get in contact with an incredible Producer and Songwriter who assisted me with creating my latest single, “The One” which is available on all music platforms, as well as two other tracks I recorded in New York in 2018. These will be released later in 2019. Watersound also got me in contact with a great A&R Company who handles my publicity for which I am extremely grateful.

Watersound has played a huge role in making my dreams possible and preparing me as an International Artist.

It is also important to know, the International Convention is not just about the placing or how many callbacks you receive, it is about the massive opportunity to network and the endless information given to you at workshops held by Industry Professionals. This International platform is a chance to become more knowledgeable and wiser when it comes to your craft and know what you want as an Artist. I went to Orlando extremely focused and more ready than ever, it was an amazing experience.

My dream is to travel all over the world, performing my songs and writing more albums, eventually being signed by labels such as Continental, Universal, Atlantic and Interscope. I want to be remembered as a kid from South Africa who had one dream and has turned that dream to a reality, when so many people told me it couldn’t be done, I did it and I’m going to do so much more.

I aspire to inspire Artists to realise that they can achieve what feels impossible and that mind set is everything, this is one of the reasons I’m so close to reaching my ultimate goal. Of course, none of this would have been possible without the guidance and love from Elsubie, Elouise and The International ARTS Talent Showcase Team!

“Born to do, what can’t be done.”

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CALEB BRUINERS

CALEB BRUINERS

I did my first official audition in Port Elizabeth in front of Elsubie and Elouise. Whilst Elsubie was conveying a workshop, I was making jokes with my friends in the crowd - this is when she called me out in front of everyone. I thought she was going to ask me to leave, but instead she asked me to come up to stage. She used me as an example and started speaking about how I was going to do great things telling everyone how marketable I was. She just gave me so many compliments and valuable advice. From this day forth I told myself that I would live up to her expectations. From that day forth, I started taking my career seriously and worked hard daily on pursuing my dream. I went to Krugersdorp to perform at Silverstar Casino, before I went up to dance, Blaze Johnson gave me a word of advice saying, "Dance like you dance when no one is watching".

My song started playing, but it didn't start where it was supposed to, so I had to freestyle and I just danced like no one was watching. The crowd loved me and everyone was cheering for me, even the Artists watching me perform backstage. I met many talented Artists at the IATS showcase which I still speak to.

The journey I have walked with the International Showcase has changed me as a person for the good. I have become more goal driven and I put everything in to pursue my dreams. I got a callback to attend the International Convention in Orlando, Florida to showcase my talent in Modelling, Acting and Dancing. This is where I set the stage on fire with my moves and got six callbacks from Agencies and Colleges.

I received a $10 000 scholarship from the New York Film Academy based on my talent. I was very happy with my awards but still not satisfied. I told myself that I would soon go back to New York City to pursue my dream. Catherine Schuller, Casting Agent, whom saw me perform at the International Convention, invited me to dance in the opening production at New York Fashion Week in September 2019. I couldn't believe it and did not know how to react to the opportunity.

I flew back and once again set the stage on fire! I met multiple Models and Designers who want to work with me in the future. I believe that this is still only the beginning and I have still a long way to go with 33 and Me and many more gigs to book. My career has just kicked off and I have BIG THINGS PLANNED!!!

I’ve walked New York Fashion Week for Victor De Souza, auditioned for Kanye West Season 4 and I’ve had the honour to work with Lindsay Adler. I am truly grateful to God, My parents, Kim Myers and my second mother Elsubie Verlinden for believing, motivating me, thank you for encouraging me to never, ever give up on my dreams.

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CARMIA BEETGE

CARMIA BEETGE

My journey with @33_and_me began in 2015 when I was scouted at the Mr and Ms Jacaranda Pageant. Upon joining the Agency, I started training in Dancing and Acting for Film at the Academy and in October 2015, I was selected at the International ARTS Talent Showcase at Silverstar Casino to attend the International Convention in Orlando, Florida in 2016. This was a phenomenal step towards showcasing my talent and on my return to South Africa, I booked 8 TV Commercials, attended 2 castings for International film and was also chosen as a Model for the UberGlam Fashion Show in 2016. My TV Commercials include adverts for Rand Merchant Bank, Standard Bank, Edgars, Cadbury, Halls, Dorito’s, Outsurance and Jacaranda Radio.

In 2016 I was in the Short Film, Transito, which was produced by Waterkloof Hoërskool and nominated in 3 categories at the Kleinkaap Short Film Festival. Main characters were played by Heiki Bergh (Egoli), Arno Greeff (Die Pro) and Albert Maritz (Invictus). The film was Directed by Andre Velts. This was a very successful Short Film dealing with the very real threat of human trafficking.

The training I received as a Model positioned me to continue shooting with photographers, building my Modeling resume. In 2018 I was selected to Model in the SVEDA Fashion Show. (Spero Villioti Design Academy – Future Designers).

I love what I do and dream of making my big break in the Industry. I am a Performer at heart and even though it is hard work and learning to accept rejection, I know I have what it takes to make it!

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GINO LEE

GINO LEE

Sony ATV Singer/Songwriter, Gino Lee is a Multi-talented Performer with a unique voice and an enormous passion for music, who recently returned home to South Africa after spending three successful years in the USA. A Singer, Actor, Pianist, Music Producer and Model, Gino wears many hats, with music being his foremost passion. He started playing piano from the age of 6, creating new melodies on the family’s old piano. By age 12, he began to perform professionally in front of mass audiences and by the time he reached the end of his Primary School career, he knew that music was ultimately what he wanted to pursue. There was no stopping him... In the years to come, Gino Lee would achieve things that many his age could only ever Dream of. While in the USA, Gino spent the first year in New York City, studying Acting for Film at the New York Film Academy. During this time he performed at many different venues around the city, including The Bitter End and the Apollo Theatre. He went on to work as a Musician, Producer and Actor in Hollywood, under the guide and Mentorship of Producer Matt Henry at Skylight Studios in Los Angeles, where he learned to produce Music for Film and Television. Gino has worked with Jessie J, Mary J Blige and David Hudson in their music video’s. Gino has booked numerous International TV Commercials—Google, Luggies, Kohl’s, City Bike NY and Subaway. Gino has been back in South Africa for the past year promoting his single, Back To Me which has had tremendous success, scoring a spot on both the KFM top 40 and Algoa FM top 30 charts. His latest Single, Only Get Better, is out now and available online. In 2019 Gino joined forces with amazing Singer-Songwriter Lexi Riese to form the Pop Supergroup & writing duo “Strangers’. Gino is currently based in NYC and is ready to make waves in the industry http://www.ginolee.net http://www.twitter.com/mrginolee
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IVAN LANGEVELDT

IVAN LANGEVELDT

Two years ago, I was a 12-year-old boy with big dreams on The International ARTS Talent Showcase stage. At the time, that is all that it was…dreams. For me, it all started in 2018 when I entered “The Face of Just You”. It was a competition that was based on Talent, public votes, your personal brand and also how you presented yourself. I received the Public Choice Award and received a Scholarship to The New York Film Academy for a 4-week, Teen Acting for Film Educational Programme.

I also participated in the 2018 International ARTS Talent Showcase and received a call-back to showcase my talents in America.

I prepared for months and received training from the best Industry professionals and with the guidance, love, support and education I received from Elsubie Verlinden and 33 and Me Model & Artist Management, I was ready to take on America and show them who I am.

In America I received 2 call-backs and also received a meeting request with Chad Broskey from Discover Management which is based in New York and Los Angeles.

The highlight of my entire trip was to receive my Diploma for Acting for Film at New York Film Academy.

This is something that no one can ever take away from me. I now have International Education, 3 Short Films and Multiple Film scenes to add to my resume with huge opportunities that awaits me in my near future. None of this would be possible without Elsubie! She believed in me since the first time we met. She understood my Goals and Dreams. She Encouraged me, Taught me, Inspired me and Pushed me to be the best version of myself.

Thank you Elsubie, My dreams will soon be reality!

Thank you 33 and Me Model and Artist Management for all your support and for always being there for me.

I am now a 15-year-old teenager who had dreams two years ago, but those dreams are not just dreams anymore… I am now living my dreams.

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LANFRANCO

LANFRANCO Mentoor

I have always believed that with every test comes a testimony, entering into IATS (International ARTS Talent Showcase) was the greatest achievement and decision to date I have made.

I was scouted on Instagram by a wonderful lady called Elizabeth Janse van Rensburg who invited me to audition IATS.

Going for the audition almost never happened I was in two minds about it, never the less I made the decision to audition; I thought I would be just a straight forward audition to my surprise it was educational and uplifting to say the least. I received my call back with tears in my eyes to showcase my talent in front of the international panel.

The night of my performance I got home and stayed up all night to hear weather I would be called to showcase again in NEW YORK CITY! I got the call at 2am when I had about give up but I received the call that I had been invited to come to NEW YORK CITY! And showcase my talent at the IMTA (International Model and Talent Convention) in front of over 300 agents, managers, producers, record labels, casting directors and the New York film academy. My heart jumped out of my chest and I just burst into tears, because after years of traumatic events and disappointments in my life I have received the opportunity of a life time and chance to live out my dream internationally.

I am currently and actively preparing myself for IMTA New York City in July 2022.

I live by three mottos daily:

  • “Put God first”
  • “When we remember who we are the game changes”
  • “Never give up no matter how hard the battle becomes”

The whole IATS team has been amazing and helpful throughout my journey I will forever be grateful to them. I am still learning new skills everyday.

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SELENE CHIANG

SELENE CHIANG

Working to become a resourceful Actress and Model, I started in the Agency by doing weekly training in Acting, Modeling and Dancing. I booked as an artist in a KFC TV Commercial, Global Citizen Project and walked in the UberGlam Fashion Show. I auditioned for The International ARTS Talent Showcase and received the Overall Top Actor Award. I received my exclusive callback to attend the Showcase at the Silverstar Casino where I was awarded a invitation to a life changing event in Orlando, Florida.

In preparation for the Convention I increased my skillsets and knowledge in the Industry by attending workshops hosted by New York Film Academy, doing online training courses, seminars and training in extra murals like Linguistics, Fencing and Archery. At the Convention, I performed in 11 categories of Dancing, Modeling, Acting and Singing, where I received 12 call backs with an International Representation opportunity in Asia, working as an Artist and Model.

I just returned from New York where I walked for numerous International Designers at the New York Fashion Week 2019. The best part about my journey through this Convention is that all this, is just the beginning.

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SIYA MPHONTSHANE

SIYA MPHONTSHANE

I auditioned for Elouise at Kearsney College in 2017 on a cold and rainy day with my nerves playing tricks on me, but excited about what was to come. I auditioned for Dancing, Modeling and Singing. Much to my surprise, I received a callback to attend The International ARTS Talent Showcase later that year in Johannesburg at the Silverstar Casino. This is where the serious choice was to be made, do I really want to pursue my dream and make it a reality? This would require a lot more commitment to my craft. I decided to pursue my dream and attend the Showcase at Silverstar Casino. I met Elsubie - Director of ARTS Africa - unbeknown to me, Elsubie would later become a second Mom to me showing so much love and support! She truly wants the best for you. After performing at the Showcase, I waited for the callbacks and my phone to ring. I got my call.

After all the preparation, I was set to embark on this International Journey that would change my life forever. It truly hit me that I was about to perform for top scouts from all various Companies and Brands when I stepped onto that International stage in Orlando, Florida. That’s when you truly realize that all the sacrifice and work was worth it. The Convention was a memorable experience that will never fade!

At my callback session with International Industry Professionals, I met a Casting Director who informed me that she would like me to attend the New York Fashion Week in September 2019. I not only walked for the designer Dominon at New York Fashion Week, but also performed the opening piece for the show with my fellow South African friends. I have enjoyed this Journey walking the runway at the New York Fashion Showcase taking my Modeling International. I was in the opening production as well. This year is truly a blessing and my Journey to making my dreams a reality has only begun!

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TAMERA KRUGER

TAMERA KRUGER

I am Tamera Kruger, a 23 year old aspiring actress, I auditioned for the IATS showcase in 2019 and unfortunately, I did not get a callback from the Showcase.

The experienced motivated me to work harder on my craft and I was determined to audition again in 2020. So I worked on improving my acting skills until I was confident enough and ready to audition again. I auditioned in September 2020 and received a callback to perform at the Showcase and after a successful performance at the Showcase I received a callback to attend the IMTA convention in New York City. The experience so far has been absolutely incredible I have learned so much from the bootcamp. Being able to receive advice from the Director of Tyler Perry Studio’s Rhavynn Drummer and Blaze Johnson from The Voice America has been surreal. I have learned so much about acting, personal branding, fashion etc. It also pushed me to up my game and learn new skills such as dancing and modelling.

I have already grown as an artist just from all the preparations. I am highly grateful for the opportunity to represent South Africa at one of the largest conventions.

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TIFFANY MAITIN

TIFFANY MAITIN

My name is Tiffany Maitin and I started modelling at the age of 5 months old and I am signed to Just You Model and Artist Management for 8 years. I’ve worked for the SABC doing commercials, I’ve worked for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, Played a role in Nate Butlers music video titled “dance like David”, I’ve been a hair model at the Moroccan oil hair show, commercial for French TV, womenonline-cotton on and to date I am the brand ambassador for Avory Shlain’s fragrance “Issra” and a lead role for French Beer commercial, “Castle”.

I was scouted by Kim Myers in October 2012, and in June 2013 I flew to Orlando, Florida at the age of 17 to take part in the International ARTS convention. I took part in modelling, and acting. I won Overall Female Fashion Model 2013, Swimsuit 2nd place, Fashion Runway 1st place, Photography 1st place, got 8 call backs.

I’ve walked New York Fashion Week for Victor De Souza, auditioned for Kanye West Season 4 and I’ve had the honour to work with Lindsay Adler. I am truly grateful to God, My parents, Kim Myers and my second mother Elsubie Verlinden for believing, motivating me, thank you for encouraging me to never, ever give up on my dreams.

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XOLA-SISIPHO LIMBA

XOLA-SISIPHO LIMBA

My experience in IATS and the International Talent Convention was one filled with so much growth and development. I have learnt a lot about my craft and about the industry. Elsubie, Elouise and their team have gone above and beyond to shape and mould their artists to be a cut above the rest.

From the first Social Media workshop at auditions to the long hours of hard core training at the bootcamps, everyone was highly invested and dedicated to the cause. This was evident when we were competing internationally in Orlando Florida USA, against other artists from around the world.

We were confident, we were prepared, we were absolutely phenomenal and many of us received call backs and awards. We also had the opportunity to attend high profile industry workshops with top industry professionals who equipped us with valuable knowledge and skills that can and will propel us forward as artists.

Beyond showcasing my tlents, one of my highlights was visiting and touring the fabulous city of New York where we visited one of the most prestigious film institutes in the world, New York Film Academy (NYFA).

And to top it all off, I received a Talent Based Scholarship to study at NYFA !!! All of the above would not have been possible if it weren’t for the commitment and efforts of Elsubie, Elouise and their team. I am truly grateful for everything.