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Guam filmmakers create directory of local talent

Posted: Aug 10, 2018 9:50 AM Updated:
Courtesy: Guam Actors Database Courtesy: Guam Actors Database

There's no shortage of talent here on island. That's why local filmmakers and photographers are making a directory of talents they can use for future projects. With no experience needed, here's how you can get involved.

TV ads, short films, and cultural based content. You've likely seen their work. They're the men and women behind the scenes. And while their community - and skills - are growing, so is the demand for talent in front of the camera.

Just ask filmmakers Cara Flores, Brian Muna, and James Davis. Flores said, "We all come up against the same issue: we're either using the same talent over and over again or we can't find folks in specific demographics to fill a role that we're looking for." Muna added, "If you watch a lot of things on Guam, you see recycled actors. It's not a bad thing, but we know there's more interest and maybe people just didn't know how to get into that little bubble."

That's why they recently teamed up with other local filmmakers and photographers to host an open call for Guam-based aspiring actors.

The event was clearly a hit. Close to 200 signed up. Their names are now included in an actor's directory. Talents ranged in age from 5 to 71 years old.

Muna continued, "We had parents that were thanking us on the sides saying like my daughter or my son was really interested in this, but we didn't know how to approach this because a lot of the thought is that you have to go off island for that."

Davis added, "We also had parents of the kids being auditioned to join the casting, so it was pretty awesome, with Muna saying, "Their kids were pushing them to audition."

And it's more than just making a list of talents they can tap on for future projects. It's about building skills, too. The open call featured a workshop for youth.

"The easiest way to see talent in action is by running a workshop," said Flores, "a callout kind of gives you a list of names to work with, but then a workshop gives you the opportunity to see who's directable, to see what's their talents are."

Muna said, "We hope that it continues to get better - I think we as filmmakers, all of us, we work to try to provide quality productions. At the same time - and this is just for me personally - I always want to try to push actors further."

And don't worry if you missed it. An encore is likely.

"The talent, the open call - if we're ever going to do this in the future - we just want to let everybody know that you don't need experience. And this is the whole purpose, so we can nurture the skill down the line," Davis assured. "We know there's a bigger group out there that's really interested in acting. So come check us out, it's time for you to shine!"

Visit the Guam Actors Database page on Facebook for more information.

If you want to know how to get your child involved in upcoming youth workshops, visit the Nihi Kids' feed on Instagram.

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