Lu­cians Win Big at In­ter­na­tional Au­di­tions

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By Toni Ni­cholas

When we last spoke with Delia Louis and singer/song­writer Cleopa­tra back in June, they were all ex­cited to have been part of a team se­lected to rep­re­sent Saint Lu­cia at tal­ent au­di­tions in the Ba­hamas. The pair par­tic­i­pated in lo­cal au­di­tions here in Fe­bru­ary with Louis as a re­gional di­rec­tor of the event. The au­di­tions were hosted by Mu­sic Model and Tal­ent Show­case - MMTS which se­lected from Saint Lu­cia the largest con­tin­gent out of 23 coun­tries. Alas, try as they may, spon­sor­ship was dif­fi­cult to come by even through the doors of the Min­istry of Cre­ative In­dus­tries. Still, the group per­se­vered, se­cur­ing do­na­tions from small busi­nesses, friends and fam­ily. And even though the orig­i­nal num­ber of six­tyfour from the au­di­tions was re­duced to twelve, then at the last mo­ment to four, the quad of tal­ented Saint Lu­cians and their re­gional di­rec­tor left the is­land on July 11 poised for suc­cess. They were Delia Louis (re­gional di­rec­tor), Cleopa­tra, An­drea An­toine, Anar­cisse Alexan­der and Kazia Aurilien who won a schol­ar­ship to the event. Their aim: to rep­re­sent Saint Lu­cia and make a bid for them­selves on the world stage of the arts and en­ter­tain­ment. The re­sult: a suc­cess­ful show­ing in the Ba­hamas with Saint Lu­cia be­ing awarded best au­di­tions, among other awards.

A beam­ing Delia Louis and Cleopa­tra walked into the of­fices of the STAR on Mon­day with the good news. “The ac­tual au­di­tions were def­i­nitely a once-in-a-life­time ex­pe­ri­ence,” Cleopa­tra gushed. “Not only did I get the op­por­tu­nity to au­di­tion be­fore some note­wor­thy per­sons in the in­dus­try, but just be­ing in the pres­ence of well­known fig­ures from dif­fer­ent agen­cies and par­tic­i­pat­ing in work­shops was a real eye­opener,” she went on.

Cleopa­tra au­di­tioned in the cat­e­gories of song­writ­ing, singing and tele­vi­sion com­mer­cials. She per­formed her orig­i­nal song ‘Con­se­quences’ as well as Etta James’ ‘At Last’. She was se­lected as one of the top ten per­form­ers for her song­writ­ing and re­ceived an award for her singing, plac­ing third over­all. She has also been in con­tact with agen­cies in­ter­ested in utiliz­ing her song­writ­ing skills.

“In all there were more than one hun­dred del­e­gates par­tic­i­pat­ing and we were able to in­ter­act with in­dus­try of­fi­cials, model scouts and per­sons from the mu­sic in­dus­try, tele­vi­sion and film,” Louis said, adding that she was ex­tremely proud of the group. “Their per­for­mances and pre­sen­ta­tions were on point and I think we were all able to en­gage in some ef­fec­tive net­work­ing, en­abling us to share our ex­pe­ri­ences with oth­ers who were not able to at­tend upon our re­turn,” Louis said. She stated that she was also over­whelmed when Saint Lu­cia was awarded best is­land dur­ing the pa­rade of na­tions. “Oh my, I was so over­joyed. We went there and we rep­re­sented for Saint Lu­cia, the flag, Wob Dwiyet, Pitons, our mu­sic, in front of Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials, celebri­ties and in­dus­try per­son­nel,” she proudly said.

Another del­e­gate, Anar­cise Alexan­der placed third in the act­ing cat­e­gory for his TV com­mer­cial mono­logue while Louis’ Blue Ice com­pany ac­cepted the best is­land au­di­tion award over­all.

Kazia Aurelien is also in talks with an agency for a re­make of one of her songs.

De­spite this year’s chal­lenges Louis says she is get­ting pre­pared for next year’s au­di­tions while en­sur­ing that the talks with agents fol­low­ing the au­di­tions in the Ba­hamas con­tinue. “I am also mak­ing sure that all agree­ments are in or­der and fol­lowed through and that our Saint Lu­cians press on and make it out there,” she said.

“I must say it was tough pulling this off and we are in­deed dis­ap­pointed that we got no sup­port from any gov­ern­ment agency, even though up to the last day we were call­ing on the Min­istry of Cre­ative In­dus­tries for sup­port. What was dis­heart­en­ing was that we were never told yes or no, even though we had been in touch with them since Fe­bru­ary. The last word we got from them up to the day be­fore we left was that they were still con­sid­er­ing fund­ing us but up to now noth­ing,” Louis said. “What was even more sur­pris­ing was that when the prime min­is­ter of the Ba­hamas spoke at the open­ing cer­e­mony he made men­tion of is­lands like Saint Lu­cia, Ja­maica, Trinidad and the Ba­hamas as coun­tries who have the ca­pac­ity to in­crease their GDP through the cre­ative in­dus­tries,” Louis ex­plained. “How­ever this will not be re­al­ized if young per­sons like our­selves are not given the op­por­tu­ni­ties or sup­ported in much the same way we sup­port things like the Jazz Fes­ti­val and Car­ni­val,” she stressed.

The group wishes to ex­press thanks to Rod­ney Heights Aquatic Cen­tre, Mod­elle Magnifique, Train School, Sean Leon pho­tog­ra­phy, Stacey McVane, WVENT Ra­dio, Lisa Joahill, Trevlan Dwarikas­ingh, In­ter­net Café and Fire Grill as well as to fam­ily and friends who as­sisted them on this jour­ney.

The group that rep­re­sented Saint Lu­cia and came out vic­to­ri­ous at per­form­ing arts

au­di­tions in the Ba­hamas.

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