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Planned auditions in Rockford have been rescheduled for next month

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Upcoming auditions planned in Rockford have been pushed back to next month, due to the recent COVID-19 numbers in the city.

Shanika Mason is the owner of Makin’ Magic Production Network. She said there’s an abundance of talent in Rockford.

“And I want them to know to come out,” she said. ‘So, I can give you this opportunity because I am filming a short film in Rockford.’ And I'm doing a TV show. And it's basically a showcase TV show. It's called ‘Born to Stand Out.’ Because these people were born to stand out.”

She said the winner of “Born to Stand Out” will receive a cash prize and will receive other rewards that will help them flourish.

“If it's an artist that wins, they're going to have the opportunity to get a possible record label,” she explained. “If it's a dancer that wins the competition, they'll have the opportunity to do some great choreographing for some artists.”

Mason said if a comedian wins, they’ll get their own one-hour special.

Doors open at 8 a.m. and auditions are from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 19. The try-outs take place at the Midwest Pop Up Shop, 624 St. Louis Ave. Ages 10 and up are welcomed.

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