Actors 18 and older can apply by submitting a video on ABCDiscovers.com of them performing one of the comedy or drama scenes posted on the site. Performers are judged on quality of performance, potential star power and technical skill set. The prize is a one-year $25,000 talent deal with ABC. The top 10 finalists and their entries will be posted to the website July 22 and the winner will be announced July 26.
This year’s competition site features two videos focusing on actors and the process of working with them. The first video (see below) spotlights Wendi McLendon-Covey (The Goldbergs), Randall Park (Fresh Off The Boat) and Ken Jeong (Dr. Ken) discussing their journey as an actor, and the second features executive producers Kenya Barris (black-ish), Nahnatchka Khan (Fresh Off The Boat) and Barbie Kligman (Secrets And Lies) giving a behind-the-scenes look at the process of working with actors and casting a series.
The Digital Talent Competition is part of ABC Discovers, a series of initiatives that includes the annual New York and Los Angeles Talent Showcases, Actor Audition Workshop Week, Latino/Hispanic Outreach, Asian/Pacific Islander Outreach and Global Talent Outreach. The 2014 Digital Talent Competition winner, Cornelius Smith Jr., is a series regular on the hit drama Scandal, and 2015 winner Samuel Adegoke has recurred on series including Criminal Minds Beyond Borders and Switched at Birth.
“We’ve always been committed to finding the very best talent through innovative and imaginative ways,” said Ayo Davis, Senior Vice President Talent and Casting, ABC Entertainment. “As actors continue to cultivate their abilities and create content to showcase themselves using technology, it makes sense for us to engage and connect with them in this space.”