Alexander Pantoja (United States)
By Sam Campbell and Rico Aguirre
At the age of 3, he started singing to all of his family and friends. He loved to perform and sing for them at every party. At the age of 8, Alexander did his first performance in front of a small crowd. Everyone loved it and people encouraged him to pursue his passion for singing. At the age of 10, Alexander Performed in the 20th Annual World Championships of Performing Arts in Long Beach, California representing the United States National Team and earned 2016 Champion for best Vocalist of the World and the overall competition the 2016 Junior Grand Champion Performer of the World!
After the WCOPA experience in California, Alexander auditioned for an opportunity to perform in Osaka, Japan. He was selected for this Christmas production that ran from October, 2016 to January, 2017. In the sixty shows he performed as one of the Lead performers he demonstrated responsibility, team work, dedication and professionalism in front of thousands of people daily.
The shows were a demonstration of his talents as a singer, actor and model. Alexander learned how to speak Japanese, which was a challenge. He not only conquered these challenges, but he also participated in the culture, learned how to use and calculate the Yen in comparison to USA currency, and experienced the various methods of mass transit. Alexander overcame all of these challenges and completed his contract. Alexander continues to be the same person he was when he left the USA, but this opportunity provided Alexander an undeniable wealth of personal growth socially, professionally in theater and on stage, and academically in relation to his worldly surroundings. His performance, participation and responsibilities toward this event will resonate throughout his future endeavors as a professional performer.
We spent time with Alexander who shared the following thoughts about his WCOPA Experience and success:
1. How was your experience at World Championships of Performing Arts?
My experience at World Championships of Performing Arts was amazing. It was my first time in a competition of this magnitude. I made so many friends from all over the world.
2. Did you ever dream you would win Junior Grand Champion?
Never dreamed I would win Junior Grand Champion of the World. All of the countries brought their very best Performers with so much talent.
3. How did you prepare for the competition?
I prepared for the competition working daily on vocal techniques and running the 60 edits numerous times. As well as vocal classes and took performance classes so that the vocal and performance were both excellent.
4. What went through your mind when they called your name as the winner during Final Show?
I just could not believe that my name was called as the overall winner during the final Show. I was speechless but was excited at the same time.
5. How did your family and friends react to your success when you went back home?
Some of my Family received me at the Airport with lots of balloons and presents. The next day my family and friends were so happy on my Achievement that they surprised me with a Huge party.
6. What advice do you have for future WCOPA performers?
My advice for future WCOPA performers is to make sure that you are 100% prepared for the competition. Stay focused and have fun.
7. Do you think WCOPA helped you as a performer? If so, how?
WCOPA helped me as a performer because it taught me how important one needs to be technically perfect but that performing for the audience is equally as important.
8. What have you been up to since World Championships ended?
After the WCOPA experience in California, I auditioned for an opportunity to perform in Osaka, Japan. I was selected for a Fantastic Christmas Production that ran from October 2016 to January 2017. I performed in over 60 shows as the
lead performer. I have been singing in local venues as soloist. Lately, I have been working on some original songs.
9. What is your dream? What do you hope to be when you grow up?
My dream is to become a professional Singer and Actor. I hope when I grow up, I can fill the stadiums with thousands of people that would love to hear me sing. To be able to be in many movies as an Actor.
- WCOPA is proud of your success Alexander!
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