Talent spotters set up business in the borough
Two business brains have set up a talent searching website to find the best actors, singers and models.
Luke Persaud, 43, and Suzanne Parker, 47, who run Beckenham-based company www.famerush.com made the move after spotting the demand for shows like The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent.
The website was launched three months ago but already has some 600 members who want a shot at the big time.
Users can upload their videos and photographs so scouts and casting directors can spot them more easily.
Mr Persaud said: “It is actually quite hard to get a look in with shows like The X Factor because of the amount of people who audition they can’t all be seen. The benefit of the website is that it is 24 hours per day and people from all over the world can use it.
“It was originally going to be an entertainment website with lots of music videos but then it developed from there. We have been surprised by the number of people who have signed up.
“At first we had a chicken and egg situation because people didn’t want to advertise their auditions if we didn’t have members and vice versa but we are getting out of that phase now.”
Mr Persaud and Ms Parker have another web business together but are now focusing all their attention on Famerush. He said: ”The future is looking very exciting. We are getting about 2,000 people per month looking at the website which is pretty good and we are getting more and more members all the time.”
Entertainment company Endemol, which produces Big Brother, and ITV have both advertised castings on the website.
■ For more information see www.famerush.com.