You don’t have to go on TV to win a TV talent competition. NBC has its Stand Up for Diversity contest. And ABC has Discovers.
The ABC Discovers digital talent contest is open from Sept. 10-24, 2018, and click over there to find comedian Akaash Singh lead you through a video explaining how to enter for your chance at a $25,000 talent deal with the broadcast network.
You’ll need to create a video that’s five minutes or less, choosing a comedy or drama scene to perform from the site’s selection, and introducing yourself.
The competition aims to discover and champion actors who may not have had the opportunity to be seen yet by a team of professional casting executives. In the U.S., actors 18 and older are encouraged to visit ABCDiscovers.com to enter the contest for the chance to receive a one-year $25,000 talent deal with ABC. The 2018 winner will be announced Wednesday, Nov. 14, when their videos will be featured on the ABC Discovers website. Based on the success of prior U.S. competitions, ABC launched a U.K. version of the competition at ABCDiscoversUK.com last year. This separate U.K. talent contest is also live now. The winner of the separate U.K. competition will also receive a one-year $25,000 talent deal with ABC.
Ayo Davis, senior vice president, Talent and Casting, ABC Entertainment, said, “Identifying fresh faces and unique voices for our programming has always been a priority for us at ABC. We are delighted that our Digital Talent Competition continues to deliver and provide access to new, diverse, up-and-coming talent. The ability to expand our search internationally further deepens our unique reach, and we cannot wait to see this year’s submissions.”
This year’s ABCDiscovers.com competition site features commentary from Davis, as well as respected ABC Studios executive producer Michael Seitzman (“Quantico,” “Code Black”), along with “Quantico” stars Priyanka Chopra, Blair Underwood and Marlee Matlin, discussing the process and journey of being an actor. Also showcased are last year’s 2017 U.S. competition winner, Sabrina Texidor, 2017 U.K. winner, Jemma Moore, and comedian Akaash Singh (“Difficult People” and “The Leftovers”) offering information about the competition, as well as rules and instructions on how to submit an entry.
To enter the ABC Discovers: Digital Talent Competition, actors are asked to create a video performing one of the comedy or drama scenes posted on ABCDiscovers.com. Actors will be judged on the quality of performance, potential star power and technical skill set. The deadline to submit an entry is Sept. 24, 2018. For full details on eligibility, how to enter and for official rules, interested actors can visit ABCDiscovers.com.
Submissions will be judged by a panel that includes casting directors Jennifer Treadwell and Monica Kelly.