It appears that many people would like to add the glamour of a modeling or acting career to their Alaskan lifestyle, judging by the crowd that turned out for the talent screening at the Peninsula Center Mall last week.
Kim Myers, national scouting director for the Millie Lewis American Modeling & Talent Convention, came for the event that was coordinated by Nona Diaz of Kenai. Diaz's daughter was selected to compete at the national convention last year.
"We're here looking for local potential, marketability in kids starting from age 5 all the way up to adults, we're looking for talent in dancing, acting, and modeling, those with a passion to pursue a career in the entertainment industry in different areas," said Myers as she prepared to show the crowd a video about the coming talent convention in Orlando, Florida this summer.
"The industry right now is starving for talent with a passion. The excitement in coming to remote areas like Alaska is that we might find a new face that no one else has found, that certain something special that might come even from the heritage of Alaska alone, and will allow us to open up some doors," added Myers, who had just arrived from South Carolina and was on her way to Montana in pursuit of that special talent from untouched areas of the country.
Myers has a long list of discoveries to her credit which include Academy award winner Mina Sevari, in the movie American Beauty, and a 6 year old girl she found in the mountain area of Huntington West Virginia who just finished a television commercial for Hallmark cards. Myers was hoping to find someone with the potential to attend the American Modeling and Talent Convention this July in Orlando, Florida, which she describes as, "Hollywood on Wheels."
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