World Championships of Performing Arts - Team Australia
Singers, musicians, dancers, variety artists, actors and models are invited to compete before judges from the entertainment industry at the Annual World Championships of Performing Arts® (WCOPA), in Long Beach, California.
This one-and-only, Olympic-style international meet for aspiring performers and entertainers is held annually in the “Hollywood” area, entertainment capital of the world. “A most invaluable experience of a lifetime” is the frequent universal praise given by attendees to this prestigious event.
Selections for contestants are held in the U.S., Canada, Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. “Contestants from over 60 countries are expected to participate,” says Griff O’Neil, Founder, CEO and a former executive of the Miss Universe Pageant, “vying for ‘the gold’ PLUS treasured prizes.” In 2017, awards included a recording contract from Indasoul Entertainment, and a total of over a half-million dollars in scholarships ($30,000.00 USD from the Millennium Dance Complex, $50,000.00 USD from CSM Music, $150,000.00 USD from the New York Film Academy and $280,000.00 USD from the New York Conservatory for Film and Television”).
Before the Opening Ceremonies and competition begins, contestants look forward to the much-anticipated WORLDSTARS Boot Camp, an unmatched full-day of the most comprehensive performing arts seminars and workshops given exclusively by top industry experts.
Audition for WCOPA 2019
WCOPA NATIONAL DIRECTOR - LIZETTE HUNT
Lizette won the coveted WCOPA ‘Outstanding National Director’ award in 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017.
Lizette is a lifetime member of International Worldstars Association (IWA), a USA based organization helping talented Performing artists to launch their international careers with access to coaching, mentoring and instruction in Acting, Dancing, Modelling, Vocals, Instrumentalists and Variety Acts – with a network through media, live video and blogs with producers, directors and talent scouts. Lizette has a close working relationship with the WCOPA executive team.
Lizette says: “We have taken hundreds of aspiring and accomplished Australian Performing Artists and their supporters to the World Championships of Performing Arts over the past nine years, and we are proud of many outstanding achievements; contestants have received Industry Awards, scholarships and sponsorships in the USA as well as bringing home fond memories of this experience’. She goes on to say, ‘the standard of Australian Performing Artists is exceptional – we are a Nation proud to stand up in front of a crowd and perform, whether it be singing, dancing, modelling, playing musical instruments, and we are never afraid to compete with the best; we see this competitive culture in all our sporting teams too – it boils down to our National pride.".
About WCOPA Australia Pty Ltd.
WCOPA Australia Pty Ltd has developed a sound reputation amongst aspiring Performing artists in Australia as the exclusive channel to the World Championships of Performing Arts. Lizette Hunt is the Principal of WCOPA Australia Pty Ltd and the Licensed National Director for WCOPA in Australia. She is experienced in the Performing Arts sector as a catwalk and photographic model, as well as spending a decade in dance and ballet. Lizette has judged in various Performing Arts competitions in Africa, New Zealand, Asia and Australia and is passionate about the Performing Arts industry in Australia.
Team Australia spends two weeks in Los Angeles for WCOPA – arriving one week before the competition for orientation, team building and to overcome jetlag. The WCOPA competition spans a full week but on the free-days and before the competition begins, contestants and supporters typically visit the Los Angeles/Hollywood tourist attractions such as day trips to Disneyland, Universal Studios, Walk of Fame, NY Film Academy, visits to St Monica and Venice beaches to take some time out from the competitions, relax and soak up the Californian hospitality.
WCOPA Australia Pty Ltd is the sole and exclusive channel in Australia to WCOPA and via audition processes – successful contestants are invited to represent Team Australia at WCOPA, and all invitations and agreements are at the final discretion of the National Director. WCOPA Australia has a team of focused, professional national scouts in major centres around Australia and these scouts are all involved in the Performing Arts sector – either Performing artists themselves or owners of Performing Arts Academies, Colleges, Schools. Our scouts are all dedicated to the development of Performing Artists, providing them with the opportunity to attend the World stage and experience International competition.
WCOPA Australia Mission
Our mission is to provide specialized, unique service and expert knowledge of the World Championships of Performing Arts through professionally trained and passionate Staff and Scouts who will provide leadership, assistance, inspiration, coaching, mentoring and an understanding of the Performing Arts industry, to our Performing Arts contestants.
WCOPA Australia Vision
Our vision is to be the best Performing Arts talent scouting enterprise in Australia – in the eyes of all stakeholders and communities. We demand and will deliver the best, always keeping WCOPA Australia’s values top of mind and by fostering close, lasting relationships with stakeholders through honest, ethical, transparent conduct.