Bahamians make their presence felt
Published: Sep 06, 2013
It was tough, but of the eight Bahamians participating in the annual International Talent Show (ITS), a number of them were able to walk away with awards from the annual International Talent Showcase.
For the third time, singer and model Christy Lightbourn captured the title of Top Overall Female Fashion Model; Dana Kemp took the Overall Child Model Award; and Barry Williams was able to take winning spots in the photography competitions, which included overall wins in photography for children and teens (fashion and commercial). The PTG Bahamas group also returned with top spots in the sitcom and spokesperson divisions.
The competitors participated in the showcase for aspiring models, actors, singers and dancers in Boca Raton, Florida, through the PTG Marketing & Modeling Agency (PTG) which is run by Pia Rolle who serves as director for ITS in The Bahamas.
“Though most of these young people come to PTG through an open audition, a small number of them have previously been trained by other agencies,” said Rolle of the group’s showing. “PTG retrains them according to international industry standards and prepares them for the opportunity to perform abroad. Over the years, our success stories have been documented and most of the top, Bahamian models have trained with PTG Modeling Agency.”
According to Rolle, PTG will begin negotiations with agents and managers regarding potential contracts for Bahamian talent as the showcase is an organization whose primary objective is to promote and increase the standards of training and education in the modelling and performing arts industry.
ITS was founded in 1985, and is a talent organization that brings together top professionals from around the world representing the modelling and performing arts industry. Annually, aspiring singers, models, dancers and actors are given an opportunity to showcase their talent to and network with top industry professionals, including agents, casting and film directors and producers.
"Competing in an event similar to ITS years ago afforded me the opportunity to work and travel the world as a professional model,” said Rolle. “This is why I act as the mother agent for my country in taking our talent to this event and assisting them with their careers. It’s about providing opportunities for young people, helping them realize their dreams and feeling that pride when they are successful,” she said.
PTG is already preparing for ITS 2014, as local auditions were held in June and another audition for talented in The Bahamas is scheduled for October 2013 in Nassau.
Rolle is seeking corporate sponsorship to begin to prepare for the ITS 2014 event and hopes that corporate Bahamas will realize the value in assisting young talent in pursuing their dreams. She said that there were a number of young people who were unable to attend this year due to lack of sponsorship.
“It has been discouraging for some bright, talented, young Bahamian talent who had to drop out of the program after months of training and preparation due to lack of finances to get to Florida,” she said. “Months of training and preparation is offered free of charge by PTG, but there is a cost to get to Florida and perform. Though it costs our agency to offer the six-month development training and preparation, our belief in the talent and the love of what we do keeps us doing this year after year. The rewards are gained when we are able to successfully impact young lives and help them make their dreams in the industry a reality. PTG brings in the best in the industry to work with our talent, because we want them to be the best when they travel to Florida for the showcase,” she said.
Since 1999, PTG has trained, groomed and managed local talent for the industry. However, for four consecutive years, PTG has helped young talent launch their careers internationally and follow their dreams through development workshops, training, career guidance and management in preparation for the annual International Talent Showcase.