Young star’s international dream comes true

2017-11-08 06:01
Tamika Karelse (15) is elated about her trip abroad.               Photo:SUPPLIED

Tamika Karelse (15) is elated about her trip abroad. Photo:SUPPLIED

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ONLY 15 years old and already a star in the making, multitalented Tamika Karelse will experience a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity next year when she represents South Africa in the United States of America at the ARTS International Showcase from July 23 to 29.

The platform will afford the Grade 9 learner from Port Elizabeth’s Alexander Road High School an opportunity to perform in front of an international panel of agents, record labels, casting directors, managers and producers from Hollywood, Miami, New York City, Atlanta and as far as Europe and Asia.

“Drama has always been one of my first loves and being granted this opportunity means that I can now showcase the product of my hard work.

“It will also enable me to grow and learn as an artist and develop my character,” the overjoyed teen said. The road to Karelse’s dream come true began when she wowed judge Elsubie Verlinden – the director of Just You Model and Artist Management and Regional Director of the International Applause Rising Talent Showcase with her monologue performance at the Opera House in June.

She then received a callback to participate in the recent International ARTS Talent Showcase in Johannesburg, where she had to leave a mark among a panel of renowned judges such as Kimberly Myers, a talent scout with more than 20 years’ experience, Rhavyann Drummer, the independent casting director of Tyler Perry Studios and Oprah Winfrey Networks who was scouting talent for the New York Film Academy.

She described the experience as overwhelming but said she enjoyed every minute as she was doing what she loves.

“Travelling abroad had been one of my long-term goals but never did it crossed my mind that such a big opportunity would allow me to reach my dream.”

Her proud mother, Elestine Karelse, said she was truly overjoyed and in awe.

“Having received the call just after midnight, it felt quite surreal, but as the news sunk in, I felt extremely proud of Tamika, knowing that she had been passionately working towards her dream.

“She is a true testimony that nothing is impossible.”

Karelse will be attending two boot camp trainings in Johannesburg, hosted by Just You Model and Artist Management in preparation for the event as she will not only be performing a monologue but will also be groomed in acting, modelling, singing and dancing.

She is currently with Dare2Dance Studios, registered as a Latin and ballroom dancer, and has recently received honours in the bronze level.

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