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 over 16 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 up to $1000.00 in cash awards and $10,000 worth of partial scholarships to the International Model and Talent Competition (IMTA).
  • Winners can use their IMTA scholarship to attend one IMTA
  • 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. Contestants, 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.
  • Please refer to the specific category information for talent requirements.

How To Enter

  • Review requirement page for the specific talent category you’re interested in.
  • Fill out a brief application online.
  • Personal Best Talent will contact you with additional information related to the talent category and competition once the application is received.

Competing

  • Participants can compete in the preliminary competition virtually or in-person, HOWEVER, the finals will be held in-person.
    • In-person prelims will be held on Saturday, November 20 at the Harlem Road Community Center.
    • Those that chose to compete via virtual prelims MUST send all required materials and videos to smpersonalbest@yahoo.com no later than 5pm on November 15. **See below for more info.
  • A panel of judges will decide the participants that will compete in the finals.
  • Finalists will be notified by e-mail or within 48 hours.
  • If you are chosen as a finalist, you must compete in-person on Sunday, November 21 at The Park School.

**Video submissions MUST be submitted via a link. Videos attached to an e-mail will not be accepted. We recommend hosting videos on YouTube, in a Google Drive folder or sending via WeTransfer.

** If you need technical support, please e-mail, personalbesttalent@gmail.com

Where is the Showcase Held?

  • Those who score the highest in each individual category will be invited to the Finalist Showcase to be held Sunday, November 21 at The Park School.
  • A different panel of judges will be at the Finalist Showcase.
  • 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 60 days of Final Young Performer Showcase performances.

Contact

  • If there are any questions after carefully reviewing all the information above and the rules in the category section of each talent, then please contact Susan Makai (by e-mail only) at smpersonalbest@yahoo.com.

Tips from Susan

  • Do not wait until the last minute to submit your virtual prelim entry. If there is an issue, the time spent resolving it will be factored in a Contestant’s final score.
  • If you can make the in-person prelim on Saturday, it would be to your advantage. However, it is not a requirement as your point of view and safety are most important.

BROWSE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR:

REQUIREMENTS FOR ACTING SUBMISSION

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

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Participants will prepare and perform a monologue that is 60-90 seconds long.
  • Participants 6 to 9 years old can present a TV commercial that is 30-60 second long, if they prefer. 
  • Monologue and/or commercial selection should be age appropriate and in good taste. 

Participants can submit a video of their monologue* by November 15 or perform it in-person on November 20.

*Video submissions MUST be submitted via a link. Videos attached to an email will not be accepted. We recommend hosting videos on YouTube, in a Google Drive folder or sending via WeTransfer.

JUDGING CRITERIA:

  • Performance ability
  • Personality

REQUIREMENTS FOR DANCE SUBMISSION 

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

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Participants will prepare a solo dance performance that is 60 – 90 seconds long.
  • The performance, including wardrobe/costume should be in good taste and age appropriate.
  • Dancers can choose any type of dance they are comfortable performing.

Participants can submit a video of their dance by November 15 or perform it in-person on November 20.

*Video submissions MUST be submitted via a link. Videos attached to an email will not be accepted. We recommend hosting videos on YouTube, in a Google Drive folder or sending via WeTransfer.

** If you need technical support, please e-mail, personalbesttalent@gmail.com

JUDGING CRITERIA:

  • Dance ability and technique
  • Audience appeal 
  • Stage presence

REQUIREMENTS FOR MODELING SUBMISSION

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

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Participants will submit a recent full-length photo of themselves. 
  • Participants will present their best runway walk to upbeat background music. 
  • Participants will speak on-camera about themselves for 1 minute. 

Participants can submit a video of their runway and on-camera speech by November 15 or perform it in-person on November 20. Send full-length photos to smpersonalbest@yahoo.com by November 20 as well.

*Video submissions MUST be submitted via a link. Videos attached to an email will not be accepted. We recommend hosting videos on YouTube, in a Google Drive folder or sending via WeTransfer.

** If you need technical support, please e-mail, personalbesttalent@gmail.com

JUDGING CRITERIA:

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

REQUIREMENTS FOR SINGER SUBMISSION

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

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Participants will perform a song no longer than 90 seconds.
  • Song choice should be age appropriate and in good taste.
  • Song should be performed by one person and can be sung to taped background music or acapella

Participants can submit a video of their song performance by November 15 or perform it in-person on November 20.

*Video submissions MUST be submitted via a link. Videos attached to an email will not be accepted. We recommend hosting videos on YouTube, in a Google Drive folder or sending via WeTransfer.

** If you need technical support, please e-mail, personalbesttalent@gmail.com

JUDGING CRITERIA:

  • Interpretation Style 
  • Stage Presence

APPLY TODAY TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT