Direk Mac on members of the LGBT community joining Artista Academy: “…Si Vice ay hindi sumali sa ganitong klaseng reality show. Very legitimate naman ang pamamaraan din ng pagsali niya,” he said when someone pointed out that one of today's biggest star is gay.

“We will always welcome a talent like Vice Ganda, may mga ibang platforms para sa kanila. Pero malinaw ang target ng Artista Academy. Kung makalusot at magampanan ang requirements, well and good. Kung hindi, huhugutin namin ang mga talents katulad ni Vice Ganda sa ibang pamamaraan.”

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“And we are very excited and very confident also that after they go through the workshop and all of the methodical…talagang may curriculum as Ms. Wilma said, at the end, not just the winners, but all 16 of them are ready for stardom,” he added.

MENTORS. Students of Artista Academy will have veterans from the industry as their mentors.

“Ang Artista Academy has not just one, but two box-office directors behind the project. The first is Direk Mac Alejandre working as head of TV5 Talent Center and the head of acting for the Artista Academy is going to be Direk Joel Lamangan.

“The head of music is going to be Mr. Louie Ocampo and the Head of Dance is going to be Ms. Georcelle Dapat of G-Force.”

Apart from the aforementioned, the Asian Academy of Television Arts will also have its own roster of instructors.

Wilma shared, “The Faculty sa Asian Academy of Television Arts will also be people from the industry, professionals ‘to na not necessarily the big name star pero eto yung talagang marunong magturo ng acting, marunong magturo ng sayaw.

“If it's dance, we can start with basic ballet and then move on to more contemporary dances, dance moves. If it’s singing, it’s going to be handled by a professional team.

“Marami e, marami. But they will not be the stars of the show. Hindi sila naka-front dyan, nagtuturo lang yan.”

LGBT. One of the biggest stars today is Vice Ganda. Will Artista Academy be open to gays?

As much as the show is open to members of the LGBT (lesbian gay, bisexual, and transgender) community, the end goal is to find a leading man and a leading lady.

Perci clarified, “We don’t want to discriminate pero ang malinaw dito, they have to be able to deliver what is expected of a star.

“Ang maganda, like, kunyari, in the States now, and that is really happening. You've got actors like Neil Patrick Harris, d ba? He’s openly gay but is able to portray a very, very straight role on How I Met Your Mother.

“At ganun din si…who’s that guy from White Collar? Si Matt Bomer na ganun rin, he’s openly gay but when he goes on camera… You get the point…You get the picture.

(Harris portrays a womanizing bachelor in a highly rated comedy series, while Bomer plays a playboy, con artist in another TV series.)

“Hindi, pero yun yung bottom line. Pero at the end of it all, there is a teleserye that’s waiting for them e…and we’re casting [based on] that casting requirement.