From Olivedale, next stop Orlando

Claudia Borland and her supportive mother, Belinda, discuss the talent showcase.


OLIVEDALE – Claudia Borland (11) not only has her hands full with academics and sport but she is now preparing for her trip to the International Applause Rising Talent Showcase (Iarts) in Orlando, Florida in July.

Claudia was scouted last year by Just You Model and Artist Management in Johannesburg and Kim Myers (executive director Iarts), to showcase her talent in Orlando.

Other than modelling, Claudia is a talented singer, actor and dancer and sees this experience as her highest achievement in her journey thus far.

The Iarts platform will give her experience, exposure and learning perspective.

At the showcase, which starts at the end of July, Claudia will have the opportunity to perform for an international panel of agents, record labels, casting directors, managers and producers from Hollywood, Miami, New York City and Atlanta, as well as Europe and Asia.

Claudia is a little girl with big dreams and she hopes that all the hard work she has put in will end with her being scouted and signed with an international agent.

She is mostly excited about being given this opportunity.

“I am excited about being on stage and performing. I will probably only get nervous closer to the time,” Claudia said.

Her journey started when she was five. She began modelling classes, and then widened her field, allowing her to grow into the multi-talented young girl she is today.

At eight she attended the International Modelling Talent Association Competition 2014, in New York.

At 10 she was afforded the opportunity to represent South Africa at Face of the Globe in London and Paris.

Through 2014 and 2015 she competed in a number of local pageants and began to dabble in singing.

Claudia participated in a few local YouTube Activations in 2015 and last year, as well as a student Public Service Announcement and modelling.

One of her most recent achievements was being placed fifth in the public choice category at the Face of the Globe 2016 in London and Paris.

Claudia’s message to other young girls is that international is not impossible and with determination, the right training and a solid support system anything is possible.

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Amy Ingram

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