(Published Nov. 13, PDI-Entertainment)
By Oliver M. Pulumbarit
The Anak TV group, an advocacy organization pushing for child-friendly television in the
has launched activities for aspiring entertainers and entertainment writers.
The foundation hopes to find new talents via an audition today, to , at Mabuhay Restop in
. This week and next, there
will also be acting and writing workshops to be conducted by Inquirer columnist
Nestor U. Torre. Rizal
Anak TV secretary general Mag Cruz Hatol explained the activities: “Many new talents enter the industry with simply fame and fortune as goals. It is essential to nurture fresh talents who will approach media and entertainment with responsibility, prudence and humility. We wish to instill in the fresh batch that being constantly in the eye of the public requires circumspection and mindfulness in their behavior, and lifestyle choices.”
Hatol clarified that while the auditions were not tryouts for specific roles or projects, Anak TV aimed to eventually tap multiple platforms, including TV, film, stage, recording, fashion and advertising, and advocacy crusades.
“Successful aspirants will form the pool of talents we will offer to networks, movie studios and ad agencies. The first step in building that talent pool is training,” he explained.
Actors and hosts, as well as Hatol and his Anak TV team, will screen aspirants: “They will be [evaluated] by a team led by Torre and Boots Anson-Roa. The team will include Nora Aunor, Boy Abunda, Isay Alvarez, Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski, Ricky Davao and Gladys Reyes. Torre, Roa, Reyes and
will also be among the trainors.”
According to Hatol, Anak TV planned to make the auditions inclusive and “a fairly regular” undertaking that would lead to regular workshops and clinics. “Talent should know no age, gender or social background. The auditions are open to all aspiring performers, singers and even print and ramp models. There will be no age restrictions.”
Jaworski, foundation spokesperson, earlier announced via e-mail the “Basic Acting Workshop” (for attendees aged 13 to 50 on Nov. 16 and 17) and the “Basic Writing Workshop” (13 and above, Nov. 23 and 24). Both will be conducted by Torre.
“Few media critics, directors and writers in the country have as much exposure, training background, academic credits and high degree of respectability as Torre has,” Hatol said.
He added that the workshops would be helpful to the fresh batch, whose exposure to current trends and different disciplines would be addressed.
“The workshops will zero in on the existing strengths of the trainees and use theories that can easily find application in contemporary media practice. Nothing outdated… will be included,” Hatol said. The trainors were expected to share generously of themselves, he added. “The [participants] will have solid, grounded and distinguished models to follow.”
(For details, such as venues and fees, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call telephone number 3522190.)