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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

We’ve put together some commonly asked questions to give you more information about Gold Talent and what you can expect at one of our Talent Evaluation venues. If you have any other queries or concerns (not mentioned below), please feel free to contact us on our WhatsApp number : +27(0)76 379 8555 (ZA)

Is iPOP! a scam?

 

There are only a few posts found on the internet that claim that iPOP! is a scam. The majority of these posts may be from people who never actually attended the convention or were not able to pass the initial audition process and therefore may have no actual idea or experience of what iPOP actually offers, or were not sufficiently prepared for the week at iPOP!.

 

We suggest that if you have the same question then you look far deeper into the iPOP! experience and visit our facebook pages and feel free to send messages or questions to anyone who has been a part of the amazing iPOP! Journey.

 

We also suggest that you do not allow negative people to affect your own potential! This industry is only for people who are driven, desire success and will not give up at a moments notice. It is imperative that each performer/ model who is attending iPOP! with us experience our training and educational modules, so that they are fully prepared and understand the industry and it’s requirements. Do NOT allow naysayers to influence your opinions. Our contact details are shown on all online media and we are available to discuss any matters or concerns you may have in this regard. Our Success stories speak for themselves. 

 

We are official Regional Director Members for iPOP! Los Angeles, and our website carries the iPOP! Authorisation LOGO which means that anyone is more than welcome to contact the iPOP! offices directly to verify our representation.

 

How can you participate in our talent evaluation?

 

Visit the “Register in your Region” page and choose your desired region. Complete the Enrolment Form and Submit.

 

What can you expect?

 

Gold Talent is at the forefront of the ARTS & Entertainment Industry as a Global Talent Management platform. It has always been our desire to instill a high level of training in the Performing Arts industry and to allow those that have an incredible gift of talent, to be offered a solid, safe launch into this world of the Arts & Entertainment Industry Rising Star potential.

 

You can expect to be treated fairly at our EVALUATION AND REGISTRATION events and to receive assistance and guidance as you navigate your way towards entering the industry.

 

What ages are accepted?

 

We ignite passion in young actors, singers, dancers and models, substantiate their deepest dreams, bring focus and direction, encourage, educate, inspire, excite, and explore potential, while instilling good work ethics and teach the importance of honourable conduct.

 

We work in with the following age groups:

1. Ages 4-12 | Division 3M/ 3F

2. Ages 13-17 | Division 2M/ 2F

3. Ages 18 or over | Division 1M/ 1F

 

Anyone can choose up to FOUR categories to compete in! The Industry prefers performers and models who are multi-talented so we will always encourage participation in triple or quadruple threat categories.

 

What performance genres can you choose from?

 

Gold Talent offers a great variety of performance opportunities, all designed to ensure that you are able to present yourself to our international talent agents in the best way possible. After you enrol online, venue and performance requirements will be emailed to you in easy-read format.

 

We accept entrants from as young as 4 years of age right up to the mature performer. Bring your Family along for a fascinating and exciting day of performance & fun, and receive open, honest feedback from Industry professionals who have your best-interests at heart.

 

Sing – IN ANY of the following genres: Pop: Pop or Rock Broadway: Jazz/Musical Theater Contemporary: Ballad/Folk

Dance – IN ANY of the following genres: Tap /Ballet Contemporary: Freestyle/Hip Hop Broadway: Jazz/Musical Theater

Act– IN ANY of the following genres: Monologue: Dramatic/ Creative or Theatrical Scene Monologue from Film/Stage/Theater

Model – IN ANY of the following ways: For both Female & Male: Creative Runway/High Fashion Runway Curvaceous/Plus Size

What are Triple-Threat performers?

 

Why do I need to be able to perform in more than one genre or category of performance?

 

We need to ensure that every potential is achieved during the iPOP! experience. Triple Threat Performers achieve far more than those who have entered just one category of performance. We will always encourage growth, and can see the potential in every performer/model we choose to work with.

 

Also, we honor you and your family (and everyone else) that it takes to get you to iPOP! Why would we only allow anyone to travel all the way to iPOP! just to participate in one category of performance? Go the WHOLE WAY! DO NOT MISS A BEAT!

 

You may only see yourself as a Model or a Singer, but you can learn how to deliver a short dramatic monologue too, or you could learn to pull some great dance moves!  Be a PERFORMER AND AN ARTISTE and take full benefit from being in front of all those agents, who come from all sections of the industry and do NOT limit yourself in any way!

 

Furthermore, our iPOP! travel package will allow any one person the opportunity to get on stage up to 14 times during the iPOP! convention. DO NOT WASTE any single opportunity:  let’s get the attention of every single industry agent that we can – more opportunity, more potential, more success. Get INTO the industry and grow from that point is our vision! This is why our talent evaluation process is so stringent – we want YOU to succeed!

 

Your Directors will guide you, and assist you in this process, as they know what needs to be done in order to achieve success – they are your doorway to success and can take you to where you DREAM to be. Are YOU ready to live your Dream and turn it into a reality? International SUCCESS is possible!

 

What are the performance requirements?

 

Here are the performance requirements for each genre:

Singers: Must have 2 song options ready for our professionals in either Pop, Rock or Broadway genres. Each song should be cut to 1 minute. You must have instrumental versions of your songs to sing to.  Performance skills, vocal range  and stage presence are evaluated. Singers should also have a headshot and resume.

 

Actors: Must prepare a 60 second monologue that is age-appropriate. Our team of professionals will help guide you in finding the perfect monologue. Facial expressions, voice diction and overall acting  ability are evaluated during these auditions. Actors will need to bring a professional headshot and resume for the agents and scouts.

Dancers: Must prepare a one minute original dance piece. Dancers should be professionally trained in Tap, Jazz, Ballet or Hip Hop. Each Dancer will need a one minute version of their song to give to our professionals. Performance skills, stage presence, technique and commercial appeal are evaluated. Dancers should also have a headshot and resume.

 

Models: Will have runway rehearsals as well as posing practice for the showcase.  Models will need a composite card featuring 4-5 great shots of the model. The shots should show diversity and at least 3 different looks. The pictures should vary from close up to full body shots. Our professionals will help pick outfits for your photo shoot.

How are iPOP! Invitations given out?

 

Please refer to our Talent Evaluation questions.

 

What is Gold Talent’s main purpose in hosting our talent evaluations?

 

Our goal is always to offer the ultimate level of exposure of Rising Star Talent to not only participate in our global talent evaluation platforms but always to offer them the opportunity of traveling to LOS ANGELES (LAX) with our Regional Directors and support team to participate and compete at iPOP! – the world’s premier, superior model and talent convention! This convention requires that only those who have received some training and who wish to build a career in the arts & entertainment industry participate at iPOP!

 

Each of our Talent Evaluation programmes are hosted by our regional Directors who have many years of industry experience between them and are well-networked. The performance ability and evaluation process require that each participant pass our stringent tests which include not only one’s skill level: it will also require one to be able to have fun, to enjoy performing, and this also includes one’s confidence levels, ambition, drive, interaction ability, etc.

 

Unfortunately, we are not able to accept every performer as our evaluation events are run to strict guidelines. This is in place to ensure that the participant has the best chance to succeed and be given call-backs, be able to interact properly with industry professionals and are ready to move into the exciting, yet difficult, industry.

 

Mediocrity in the world of arts and entertainment is not acceptable, simply because it will not succeed – and we expect one to be able to always deliver the very best.

 

This is why we use the #dontmessitup hashtag as one of our basic tools!

What happens AFTER the talent evaluation?

 

CONGRATULATIONS if you made it and were selected! We are only able to accept some of the performers who attend these events which are run to stringent standards and requirements.

 

If you are accepted and depending on the event location, you will be requested to remain behind afterwards or you will be handed a letter giving you a call-back with the Regional Directors! This will provide you with one-on-one meeting time with them, and you could possibly be offered a personal invitation to attend iPOP! with them.

 

Should you accept that invitation then a travel package is made available to you, and this contains all the details and registration links you will require, including costs of attending iPOP as a convention and including your hotel accommodation details. All Q&A’s are answered during the call-back period, which is held openly and in a transparent manner – a good chance to discuss your on-going dreams, ambitions and desires of how you would like to get into the industry!

 

Do you need a VISA to enter USA?

 

All travelers entering the United States from all other countries need a passport upon arrival (regardless of their country of citizenship). Permanent residents and foreign nationals may also need a U.S. visa. You must apply for a visa before you start your trip.

 

Check here on this link for information if you require to apply for a USA Entry VISA:  https://www.usa.gov/visas#item-213289 

Are flight costs to Los Angeles (LAX) included in the Travel Package?

 

Whilst we would love to provide you with a comprehensive package including the cost of the flights to/from Los Angeles, logistics simply do not always allow us to travel as a group. Flight Costs vary widely depending on origin of flight, dates of flights, and booking dates.

 

NB: The cheapest flights are often hidden problems and we highly recommend certain airlines which are known for their service, reliability and competitive pricing.

 

During your pre-iPOP! training modules, we will provide you with a list of several reliable websites that will give you great pricing on your flights and at the same time, we will share with you our personal experiences of certain airlines that you should avoid taking, if you wish to get the iPOP! convention on time.

 

If you experience any airline delays during the course of your travels to Los Angeles, DO NOT WORRY!, our travel package that we will present to you includes additional days before and after iPOP! which will act as a safety net and ensure you arrive on time.

 

Again speak to your directors who have only your best interest at heart!

 

 

Why do we need to stay in certain hotels in LA?

 

iPOP! is a International Convention that brings in talented individuals and their families from many countries around the world.

 

First of all, each participant needs to be close to their Regional Director who will be staying at the convention hotel. There are daily morning meetings held with your director, and it is imperative that each participant be fully represented.

 

Secondly, Los Angeles is a massive city and for first timers there may be a lot to learn, so safety and security is of utmost importance. We ensure that being in the same environment allows us to stay together as a performing arts family for the duration of the convention.

 

Lastly, the big question is, do you recognize the enormity of the industry and the red carpet experience that iPOP! provides for every participant? We do NOT believe in lowering our standards nor provide anything less than the very best for our chosen models and performers, and we expect our family of performers to rise to the occasion and live in their highest potential at all times. They are simply worthy of it!

 

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