The 2021 WNY Young Performers Showcase

The goal is to give local talent – beginners to advanced - the opportunity to show off their skills and win a chance to be seen by WNY and national industry professionals.

The WNY Young Performers Showcase is an annual competition for singers, dancers, actors and models. Ages of contestants vary from 6 to 25 years old, depending on the category chosen.

Important Showcase Information

What's The Showcase?

  • The Young Performers Showcase has been an annual event for 15 years.  
  • It is sponsored by Personal Best Talent which was established in 1989 in Buffalo, NY. Our mission is to recognize local talent by providing over $1,000 in cash awards and $10,000 worth of partial scholarships to the International Model and Talent Competition held in Orlando, Los Angeles and New York City (dates vary).
  • Winners can use their IMTA scholarship to attend only one of these events.
  • There is no entry fee to perform the ONE talent of choice.*

*If a participant wants to be considered in more than one talent (which is not a requirement) there will be a $35 fee for the second entry. Contestant, however, can only win cash or scholarship money for one of those talents.

Who Can Enter

  • This annual competition is for singers, dancers, actors and models. Ages of contestants vary from 6 to 25 years old, depending on the category chosen. 
  • We realize the age range is quite wide for the talent categories, however, each Contestant is judged individually, not against each other.
  • Please refer to the specific category information for talent requirements.

How To Enter

  • Preliminaries submissions will be accepted March 5, 2021 – April 10, 2021. 
  • Each participant will submit a video no longer than 90 seconds in length.
  • Video submissions should be sent via email or WeTransfer to personalbesttalent@gmail.com no later than 5pm EST on April 10th.
  • Finalists will be notified by e-mail by April 23, 2021.

Where is the Showcase Held?

  • Preliminaries will be held virtually and submissions will be judged by industry professionals whose names and scores will not be shared.
  • Highest scored contestants will be invited to our in-person Young Performers Finalist Showcase to be held the first week in May 2021. COVID-19 restrictions will be in effect.
  • A separate panel of judges will be at the in-person performances.
  • Winners for the cash and partial scholarships will be chosen from this group of participants.
  • Names of judges will not be shared.

Other Important Information

  • If you have won the Young Performer Showcase in the past and have collected a cash award, you are not eligible to receive one again. 
  • This requirement has been put in place by the cash award donor’s trust.
  • However, you can compete for the IMTA scholarships available for one of the three upcoming events mentioned in the earlier section.
  • A cash winner cannot receive the monetary award unless they meet in- person with Susan Makai within 30 days of Final Young Performer Showcase performances.
  • Do not wait until the last minute to submit your preliminary entry. If there is an issue, the time spent resolving it will be factored in a Contestant’s final score.

BROWSE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR:

REQUIREMENTS FOR ACTING SUBMISSION

This competition category is open to ages 6 – 25 years.

SUBMISSIONS:

Contestants will submit a video and headshot to the link below. Please read the information below before submitting.

  • Contestants will prepare a monologue (one person performing) that is 60-90 seconds in length.
  • Contestants can wear something that works with his/her performance.
  • Monologue and commercial selection must be age appropriate and in good taste. Comedy is always best for young people.
  • Contestants should submit a headshot and resume (only if you have them) along with your performance.
  • Don’t worry about the resume if you have no experience.
  • If you don’t have a headshot or resume, please take a full-length (head-to-toe) photo indoors and against a solid colored background. 
  • Contestants SHOULD wear something that works with his/her performance.
  • The performance should be seen clearly and steadily enough to be judged by a preliminary panel. 
  • We will not be helping contestants on their performances in any way. This is the responsibility of the participant.
  • Helpful websites:

Additional information for contestants aged 6 – 9 years old: 

  • Boys and girls ages 6 to 9 years can perform a 30 to 60 second television commercial instead of a monologue, if they prefer.
  • Boys and girls ages 6 to 9 years can write their own, take it from TV or find one online.

The above requirements should be your guide for submission.

All video submissions must be sent using email or WeTransfer to personalbesttalent@gmail.com no later than 5pm EST on April 10th.

JUDGING:

Judging will be based on:

  • Performance ability
  • Personality

REQUIREMENTS FOR DANCE SUBMISSION

This competition category is open to ages 8-18 years.

SUBMISSIONS:

Contestants will submit a video to the link below. Please read the information below before submitting.

  • Contestants will prepare a solo dance that is 60 – 90 seconds in length. 
  • Wardrobe/ costumes must be in good taste and age appropriate.
  • Music must not contain profanity or explicit material. 
  • Performance can be done on a stage, dance studio or space of choice.
  • The video doesn’t have to be perfect, but should clearly show the ability of the dancer.
  • Dancer can choose type of dance they are comfortable doing.
  • The performance should be seen clearly and steadily enough to be judged by a preliminary panel. 
  • We will not be helping contestants on their performances in any way. This is the responsibility of the participant.

The above requirements should be your guide for submission.

All video submissions must be sent using email or WeTransfer to personalbesttalent@gmail.com no later than 5pm EST on April 10th.

JUDGING:

Judging will be based on:

  • Dance ability and technique
  • Audience appeal 
  • Stage presence

REQUIREMENTS FOR MODELING SUBMISSION

This competition category is open to ages 6-25 years.

SUBMISSIONS:

Contestants will submit a video and photo of themselves to the link below. Please read the information below before submitting.

  • Contestant is required to wear an outfit that is in good taste. No ripped or over-sized clothes. Nothing too sheer or too tight.
    • Teen to adult females can wear a figure flattering dress in any color. We recommend not wearing a full-length dress.
    • Males can wear a pair of dress jeans and fitted top. Darker colors preferred.
    • Girls and boys, ages 6-12, can wear a choice of fun casual clothes that reflect their personality. It should be age appropriate. 
  • Each contestant should submit a recent full-length photo of themselves. This should be done indoors standing against a solid background. 
  • Contestant will walk towards the camera in their best runway style. Make sure you have enough space in your room so we can fairly judge your walk. 
  • You can choose any background music for your walk. 
  • At the end of your walk, you will give a brief (less than 60 seconds) introduction of yourself into the camera.
    • You can use some of these questions to frame your introduction or you can also come up with your own information.
  1. What kind of activities are you involved in in or out of school.
  2. How would you describe yourself.
  3. Tell us about any modeling or performing experience you’ve had, if any.
  4. Do you take any classes/training outside of school.
  5. Tell us something unusual about yourself.
  • If you’re not sure how to do a runway walk, watch some YouTube videos. Your walk does not have to be perfect.
  • We want the model to have good posture and to walk with confidence. 
  • The performance should be seen clearly and steadily enough to be judged by a preliminary panel. 
  • We will not be helping contestants on their performances in any way. This is the responsibility of the participant.
  • Some helpful resources:

The above requirements should be your guide for submission.
All video submissions must be sent using email or WeTransfer to personalbesttalent@gmail.com no later than 5pm EST on April 10th.

JUDGING:

Judging will be based on:

  • Posture
  • Runway walk
  • Sense of fashion style
  • Friendly facial expressions
  • Personality (introduction)

If you’re not sure how to do a runway walk, watch some YouTube videos. Your walk does not have to be perfect.

We want the model to have good posture and to walk with confidence. 

Contestant should sound natural and not over rehearsed during the introduction.

REQUIREMENTS FOR SINGER SUBMISSION

This competition category is open to ages 8-18 years.

SUBMISSIONS:

Contestants will submit a video of their performance to the link below.

  • The submission video cannot exceed a maximum time of 90 seconds.
  • Performance must be single acts only.
  • The chosen song should not feature prominent background vocals.  We want to hear and see your performance.
  • Songs should be age appropriate.
  • Songs and/or music containing profanity or explicit adult material are not allowed.
  • Wardrobe/costume worn in video must  be in good taste.
  • Video does not have to be done professionally. You can use your cell phone.
  • The performance should be seen clearly and steadily enough to be judged by a preliminary panel. 
  • The performance should be seen clearly and steadily enough to be judged by a preliminary panel. 
  • We will not be helping contestants on their performances in any way. This is the responsibility of the participant.

The above requirements should be your guide for submission.

All video submissions must be sent using email or WeTransfer to personalbesttalent@gmail.com no later than 5pm EST on April 10th.

JUDGING:

Videos will be judged on

  • Vocal quality
  • Interpretation style
  • Stage presence

The selection of candidates for the finals round will be done by industry professionals who have experience in stage and vocal training.

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