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Aspiring artists showcase talents during competition

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  • By Senior Airman Amanda Morris
  • 36th Wing Public Affairs
The 36th Force Support Squadron held auditions for Operation Talent Search, an Air Force-wide talent competition, throughout April and May at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam.

Operation Talent Search is one of three Air Force-wide competitions held as part of the Air Force Entertainer of the Year Program.

"This competition is very family friendly," said Keshia Guerrero, 36th FSS special events coordinator. "We chose to hold this event at Andersen AFB to give youth and families the opportunity to showcase their talents in an Air Force-wide contest."

Active-duty, reserve, guard members and dependents were eligible to compete. The categories included solo or group performances from children age six to eight, preteens age nine to 12, teens age 13 to 15 and teens age 16 to 18. Families had the opportunity to participate in categories such as parent and youth, spouses and in a group with three or more members of the same family.

Performances were evaluated for technical excellence, treatment and interpretation of the material and showmanship. Each judge could award 25 points in each category for a total of 75 points.

"Judging Operation Talent Search was a fantastic experience," said Chief Master Sgt. Marvin Parker, 36th Mission Support Group superintendent and judge for the competition. "It is great to see so how much talent there is within the youth community here."

The individuals with the top two scores will be granted the opportunity to compete at the Air Force level. The 36th FSS will send videos of the performances to the Air Force Entertainment office for judging in the overall worldwide competition.

"Operation Talent Search is a good opportunity because it can lead to bigger things," Guerrero said. "Winning at the Air Force level could be a great stepping stone for anyone that wishes to pursue a career in their specific talent or craft."

The winner for Andersen AFB will receive a trophy presented by the 36th FSS. The Air Force level winner in each category will receive a $500 award and second place in each category will receive a $200 award. Best of Show, the overall winner, will receive $1000, a trip to San Antonio, Texas, to produce a professional video of their performance and will get the opportunity to compete for the Air Force Entertainer of the Year.

The Air Force level Best of Show winner will compete online with the overall winners from Mission Audition and #Vocal Upload. The winning act will receive a professional studio recording session or professional training in their craft, a trip for three people to Las Vegas, Nevada; Los Angeles, California; or New York City, New York, and the possibility of representing the Air Force at special events.

"If you have a talent you should share it," Guerrero said. "The best way to embrace your talents is to share it with the public."

The winners for each competition will be announced later this summer.

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