Want to know how you can audition for Jennifer Lopez's new reality show, Q'Viva: The Chosen? We've got you covered! Yesterday, Latina.com spoke to the show's Casting Director, Natalie Ballesteros to get the inside scoop on the new reality show.
Ballesteros, who's Cuban, told us what she and her team are looking for in terms of casting for the show, the deadline to audition, and what in her opinion makes someone stand out. Check out the interview below!
Tell us about your role on Jennifer Lopez’s new show, Q’Viva: The Chosen?
My role is to organize and review the materials that have been coming in with our production team. We've been reviewing lots of material through our Youtube channel (Youtube.com/QViva) which is great. There's a really cool opportunity for other people to nominate talent from their own countries or from here in the United States—who are Latino. You can either nominate someone who's sort of well known in their own country or someone who's never been heard before that you think is an amazing talent. It's a great opportunity to showcase them to us and then hopefully we can showcase them to the world!
What kind of talent are you looking for?
It's a huge range of different talent that we're looking for. We're looking for singers, dancers, dance troupes, musicians, and even artists who are more acrobatic. We want artists who embrace the traditional aspects of their countries, but also who have the capacity to do something more contemporary and modern. We want the best of the best—incredibly talented people who have an interesting story, great personality, and who want to succeed in the arts. We want people who love what they do and want to show it to the world. Show us what you can do and show us who you are in the true sense of who you are. We want what you have to offer as a Latino living in the U.S or in your own Spanish-speaking or Portugese-speaking country.
Is there a deadline to submit audition videos on Youtube?
I don't have an exact deadline to give you at the moment. I can tell you that the sooner they put their material up on the Youtube page, the better. I would definitely say as soon as possible. We're going to start rolling cameras in the fall.
Is this a competition exclusively for Latinos?
It's a celebration of the diversity of Latin culture, so we're looking for Hispanic artists here in the States whose roots are Hispanic. The show will show the search within 21 countries. We're counting any country that speaks Spanish or Portugese in the Americas and here in the States. The auditions have been in all three languages.
When will the show premiere?
I don’t have exact dates right now, but I can tell you sometime next year.
As everyone knows, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony have parted ways. How will that affect the show?
I can't really comment on their personal lives, but I can tell you that eveyuone is incredibly committed to the show. Everyone is really involved in making sure that the show becomes a success.
Why is it the right time to do a show that celebrates Latino culture?
I think the world loves our music. They love our dancing. There's great admiration and respect for our art. And I think this is a good time for embracing diversity and showing that a culture can come together as as whole and put something together that's really special and really unique.