Sisters off to US talent showcase

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Gifted Malusis out to impress judges in Florida

Lilitha Malusi
Lizalise Malusi

BEAUTY with talent is the best way to describe the Malusi sisters who will be travelling to Orlando, Florida in July for the International ARTS Talent Showcase (IATS).

Lizalise, 14 and Lilitha Malusi , 7, auditioned last year when IATS was in East London to scout singers, dancers, actors and models to help them realise their dreams.

Each year the IATS helps local entertainers, both young and old, in various disciplines in a bid to realise their dreams. It gives youngsters an opportunity not only to showcase their talent locally, but the opportunity to travel abroad and the chance at an international education.

Aspiring actress Lizalise said her love for acting started when she was in Grade 2 and has never looked back. “I love acting. It is my passion. When I am behind the stage, I feel excited,” the Clarendon High School pupil said.

She described the IATS competition as a platform for individuals to shine and showcase their talent in front of top industry professionals and agents from around the world.

“I know this is just the beginning of my journey, but I am glad that I am starting at a young age because there is so much to learn,” Lizalise said.

Her little sister, Lilitha does acrobatics; she was also chosen last year when the IATS scouts were in town. “I am very excited to be going to Orlando. I will try my best to get to the third round [of the competition],” she said. Lizalise said she was looking forward to performing in front of the director of the New York Film Academy, Roger Donaldson. “He hands out the $10000 (R138000) scholarships,” Lizalise said.

Both girls went to a “boot camp” in January in Paradeisos outside Pretoria and returned there last weekend. The boot camp is with Just You Artist and Model Management director, Elsubie Verlinden

“In January, we had a schedule full of workshops with Elsubie and drama sessions with Hayely Roberts. We received knowledge and we are ready to make ourselves known as working artists,” Lizalise added.

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