Competition expands to include younger actors
"We are excited to announce the second installment of 'ABC Make Me a Star,' the ABC casting department's digital initiative to identify extraordinary talent across various platforms. After receiving an enormous response from our first 'ABC Make Me a Star' talent competition, we are expanding the search to include actors from age 13 and above," said ABC Executive Vice President of Casting Keli Lee.
"ABC Make Me a Star" launches its second competition beginning Nov. 11 with the three-week submission period ending Nov. 29. Actors may enter the adult or minor competition - adults will be judged privately and minors will be voted on by the public. ABC will announce the winners for both the minor and adult contest Jan. 31, 2014.
Minor competition: ABC will review the entries and select a group of minor finalists whose videos will be posted on both the "ABC Make Me a Star" website and the ABC casting Facebook page for the public to vote on. The winner will receive a six-month, $10,000 talent holding deal with ABC.
Adult competition: ABC will review the entries to select the finalists, and then will review the finalists to select a winner. The winner of the adult competition will receive a one-year, $25,000 talent holding deal with ABC.
The winners of the first "ABC Make Me a Star" competition were Bechir Sylvain from Los Angeles and John Berchtold from Mays Landing, N.J. Bechir won the private competition, receiving a one-year, $25,000 talent holding deal with ABC. He was then selected to be part of the 2013 ABC casting's Los Angeles talent showcase. Berchtold won the public competition. Soon after winning the public competition, he starred in the intro videos for the 2013 ABC casting's New York and Los Angeles talent showcases. Berchtold was also flown to Los Angeles to meet with industry professionals, casting directors and the casting departments of ABC Family, Disney Channel and Walt Disney Studios.