Workshops (Thursday & Friday)

Discovery Spotlight is more than just a talent show. We offer exclusive workshops that are taught by industry professionals and scouts. These unique opportunities allow new talent to learn about the entertainment business.

We are currently planning the workshops for our 2019 event.  Please check back for an updated list in the coming months.

By example, the following workshops were offered at our most recent expo:

  • "Model and Talent Audition Techniques" with Michael Good, The Good Acting Studio
  • "Modeling & Print Runway" with Allison Millar, International Model
  • "Fashion Modeling" with Jenni Lubozynski, Click Models Atlanta
  • "Broadway Bound" with Jeremy Sickles, Daniel Hoff Agency
  • "Musical Theatre/Jazz" with with Matthew Prescott, Joffrey Ballet/The Institute for American Musical Theatre NYC
  • "Finding Your Greatness in Showbiz" with Producer Freddie Hendricks

Showcases (Friday & Saturday)

Discovery Spotlight™ is open to models, actors and performers ages 2 and older. Our talent show is divided into three divisions: Modeling, Performance, and Acting.

  • Models may compete in: Fashion Runway, Swimsuit/Fitness Runway and Jeans Runway competitions.
  • Performers may compete in: Dance and Vocals competitions.
  • Actors may compete in: TV Commercial, Dramatic Monologue and Comedic Monologue competitions.

Models, actors and performers may showcase their best two headshots, portfolio, and/or performance photographs in our photography review. Contestants will submit two digital photos in advance (via contestant portal upload or email), to be shared with the scouts.  Contestants will also display two printed photos while interacting with each scout during the scout meet and greet.

Learn more...

Dance, Singing, Modeling & Acting Showcases

Awards Ceremony (Saturday Evening)

Throughout the expo weekend, our scouts score our participants in each showcase on a scale of 1 to 10 in two areas – Marketability and Skill. The top two contestants in each division are recognized as our Discovery Elite finalists, with the highest-scoring finalist in each division being named a Discovery Elite winner.

A contestant can be a finalist in only one category. Should a participant earn the top score in multiple categories, he or she will be recognized as a finalist in the category in which they received their highest marks.

Finalists receive a Discovery Elite Finalist medallion and scholarship, while Elite Winners additionally receive our coveted 24k gold plated "Elie" statuette, a cash prize and other gifts.


VIP After Party (Saturday Evening)

In the entertainment industry, when production of a film or stage performance ends, the cast and crew celebrate with a wrap party. Discovery Spotlight is no exception.

This is the chance for our contestants, their families and friends to let loose, have some fun, and meet with some of the VIP Agents and Scouts.


Wrap Party

Callback and Open Interviews
(Sunday Morning)

This is an opportunity for selected contestants to be seen up-close and to leave scouts with a photograph, headshot, composite card, resume, demo, or reel and preferred contact information.

This interaction will provide scouts with a better sense of contestants' personalities and overall marketability.  Collected materials will be used for agent and scout follow-up.

* Takes place at host hotel.