Arts & Entertainment

Talent Competition Holds Auditions in Albuquerque

By: Jodie Darrell, Staff Reporter

The inaugu­ral University Celebrity talent competition will hold auditions for student to com­pete for scholarships said chief executive officer of the competi­tion and New Mexico Highlands University student body President Christopher Burns.

The auditions will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at the African American Performing Arts Center at 6:30 p.m. There will be four categories: comedy dance, song and poetry. The top three enter­tainers will be awarded scholarships ranging from $125 to $225, said Burns.

“University Celebrity understands the importance of a col­lege education, which is the main reason we provide scholarships to the top three con­testants at each talent competition we host,” said Burns.

The competi­tion gives students the opportunity to give their talent exposure and a chance to become famous, said Burns.

“There is a lot of college talent who grew up with huge dreams of becoming a celebrity or famous,” said Burns.

Burns said the scholarships won at the auditions can be used at any college.

There are more opportunities than just the scholarships for the winners.

He said win­ners will also have the chance to be a part of concerts hosted by University Celebrity in the spring, and that they will have the chance for exposure to entertainment agencies and venues throughout the state.

The winners will also be promoted through Youtube, Twitter, and Facebook, said Burns. “University Celebrity specializes in keeping dreams alive. We take pride in pro­viding opportunities for talented college stu­dents educationally and through creative arts,” said Burns.

The idea behind the competition came from his campaign for student body president at NMHU, where he hosted a rap competi­tion, said Burns.

“In order to win, I knew I had to do some­thing unordinary for my campaign. I decided to host a rap battle fea­turing the best rappers on campus,” said Burns, “the turnout was great and the rappers had a blast. Only one rapper was given the title as the best rapper on campus at New Mexico Highlands University.”

Burns said he then took steps to create University Celebrity as a company during the fall of 2011.

“I knew in my heart that there were many students across the nation who would love to be given a celebrity status on their campus for the talents they have,” said Burns.

Students inter­ested in auditioning for University Celebrity can call 603-9225 or email universityceleb­rity@gmail.com.

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