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Barnsley Woman 'Star Struck' By Talent

Wednesday December 14 2011


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A BARNSLEY woman has set up her own business to find local acting and singing talent - by offering auditions online.

Julie Medlam launched StarStruck UK after carving a career for herself in the entertainment industry - starting out as a Butlins' redcoat, performing at the London Palladium and eventually running the Dearne Playhouse Theatre.

She says it meets a gap in the market because it will allow booking agencies to find fresh talent without having to run expensive audition processes and sorting through hundreds of show reels.

She added: "I still remember well how difficult it could be trying to convince venues, bookers and agents to give me a break in my early days; every job seemed to be a struggle to get and took huge amount of time and energy.

"Now, as a venue manager myself, I am frequently faced by the opposite problem: where to find the right fresh up and coming talent. It occurred to me that what was really needed was a way of connecting the right talent, with the right opportunities."

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Reply Posted by Amanda Owen on Wednesday December 14 2011 at 11:27
What a great idea!!! I started singing a few years ago, I am 49 now, so missed the boat so to speak, but i think this would be a great way for the younger generation to get a head start..... Not sure if i can sing well, but some people seem to like my voice, if you want to listen go to You tube and search for Warwick Avenue Amanda Beevers Owen... Good luck Julie :)

Reply Posted by Alexandra Crellin1 on Wednesday December 14 2011 at 16:30
How do you get in touch with her? I'd like to audition xx

Reply Posted by Julie on Tuesday January 10 2012 at 09:20
Thanks for your comments, if you go to www.starstruckuk.com and register, that will give you all the info. Many thanks, Julie

Reply Posted by WOAPA on Tuesday January 10 2012 at 13:04
Well done Julie!
best of luck from Brian Conroy and all at West Oxfordshire Academy of Performing Arts. I'm sure it will be a massive success. www.woapa.co.uk