As a kid, Angelo Antonio De Vos was told he would never succeed in life, but today he is bracing himself for one of the biggest catwalk stages in the world.The Trafalgar High School learner is now ready to compete at the International Modelling and Talent Association convention (IMTA), taking place next year July in New YorkThe convention will see aspiring artists from across the globe competing in the different genres including modelling, acting, singing, songwriting and dancing. However, his dream hangs in the balance. He needs to raise a staggering R100 000 for travelling, catering and accommodation expenses. In an interview with People’s Post, Angelo said despite growing up in a gang-ridden community he always had a dream of being in the entertainment industry. At the age of 12, he took part in church competitions, but he did not succeed.It was only when he enrolled at Trafalgar High School, in District Six, in 2017, that his potential began to blossom. This was, after he met Thelren Masimila, a mentor and a teacher at the school. With the assistance of other teachers, the school exposed him to a range of competitive platforms. “I have grown confident and I am determined to work towards my passion,” said Angelo, adding that he was inspired by everyone who doubted his potential.The Grade 10 learner said the opportunity to enter the contest came after he excelled at the Applause Rising Talent Showcase auditions held at Hyde Hotel in Sea Point earlier this year. He was then invited to attend the National Arts Showcase at Silver Star Casino in Krugersdorp on Saturday 28 September where he impressed local and international guests, paving his way to the IMTA.Thelren says: “We as the staff of Trafalgar believe in Angelo. “He has the potential to do great things and be successful in any project he puts his mind to.”The 16-year-old is looking forward to gaining the experience needed to work as an actor and a model, and be able to provide an income to his family. He also plans to “educate the next aspiring actors and models in my community”. However, Angelo admits that the industry “itself is very overwhelming, tough, tiring, fast-paced and extremely competitive”.He has already started preparing for the competition, with regular rehearsals with his church-based drama club, and will attend a bootcamp and formal training at the New York Film Academy to be run by the IMTA in Sandton in Johannesburg.He said in the beginning, he was inspired by legends including the late Paul Walker. V To find out more about how to help Angelo, contact 011 039 2481 or 084 759 0677 or send and email to firstname.lastname@example.org.