Bay performers’ talent showcased abroad

2018-01-24 06:01
Layla Domingo will be showcasing her drama talent in the USA at the 2018 Applause Rising Talent Showcase. Photos:SUPPLIED

Layla Domingo will be showcasing her drama talent in the USA at the 2018 Applause Rising Talent Showcase. Photos:SUPPLIED

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PORT Elizabeth-based learners Layla Domingo (18) and Marcuss February (16) have been given a once in a lifetime opportunity to showcase their acting talent in Orlando Florida, USA at the 2018 Applause Rising Talent Showcase, due to take place in July.

The pair were selected following their one- minute monologue auditions in front of South African talent scout and director of Just You Models Elsubie Verlinden at the Port Elizabeth Opera House last year.

They then subsequently attended the International Arts Talent Showcase in Johannesburg.

The weekend was spent honing in on their artist skills in preparation for the USA.

Proud mother Edith Domingo said Layla had always had a love for acting since the age of 11.

“She has a burning passion for acting and every moment she acts she is having the time of her life. I believe that there is nothing in this world that makes her happier than being on stage. I always have and always will support her dreams.”

Describing her daughter as a multitalented young lady with a sound academic record, Edith said Layla set about all her assignments with the necessary vigour and fervour with a purpose to succeed.

Sharing the same sentiments for their son, Maxwell and Lucretia February said, “This is a blessing and a great achievement for Marcuss and our family. We support him with everything and we are extremely proud.”

Layla, who is a former pupil at Westering High School, will be pursuing her studies at African Film and Drama Academy (AFDA) this year where she will be studying a BA Performing Arts degree.

“At the moment I just want to focus on my studies and also join the Just You Models casting agency in Johannesburg to gain more experience in acting and to audition for anything that comes my way, but if an opportunity arises in the US, I will take it wholeheartedly,” the ecstatic 18-year-old artist said.

Responding to what he wishes to gain from the experience, Marcuss, whose acting career began in 2015 at the Helen O’ Grady Drama Academy, said, “I just want to learn more about the industry because that is where my future lies. I want to grasp this opportunity that has come my way with both hands.”

During their time abroad they will be exposed to scouting agents and casting directors from all over the USA and the world.

They will also be attending various workshops in Florida and at the New York Film Academy which will assist them with gaining more knowledge and education in the film industry and in their crafts as actors. The event will also grant them the opportunity to audition in front of scouting agents for possible scholarship to the New York Film Academy.

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