ABC Lowers Age Requirement for Digital Talent Search

ABC Make Me a Star returns for its second installment this month

After a first run this summer, ABC is starting up the second installment of its Make Me a Star contest, a digital initiative in which actors submit videos online for the chance to win talent holding deals with the net.

The Alphabet has also expanded the search to include younger actors: The minimum age for contestants is now 13 as opposed to the previous 18.

Competition, run by ABC’s casting department, began its submission period today. Actors will be able to submit their auditions through Nov. 29.

Winners will be announced Jan. 31.

Actors can enter one of two competitions: one for adults, another for minors. The winner of the adult competition is decided privately by the Alphabet and receives a one-year $25,000 talent holding deal.

The winner of the minor competition is chosen by the public after ABC decides upon finalists and releases their videos on the Make Me a Star website and the ABC casting Facebook page. The minor competition winner will nab a six-month, $10,000 talent holding deal.

The winners of the first competition were Bechir Sylvain of the private contest and John Berchtold of the public contest. Hopefuls can submit their videos at or the ABC casting Facebook page.

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