Dakota Lee is a 13 year old dancer, singer and aspiring actress from the Diamond City, Kimberley. Dakota was selected to represent South Africa at the IMTA (International Model and Talent Association in America) in July this year. Due to travel restrictions as a consequence of the current Covid-19 pandemic, she was unable to travel to the States this year. She and other talented artists from South Africa were however afforded the opportunity to show-case their talents to international agents in Orlando, Florida, via a virtual showcase, produced by her talent agency, 33&Me. The young rising star secured four international callbacks from:
- John DeGrazio & Jacqueline Kirkpatrick, Watersound Entertainment, NY
- Patrick Baca Casting by Patrick Baca, CSA, LA
- Debra Lynn Findon, Discover Management, LA
- David Vando, New York Film Academy, NY
Her Johannesburg based agent is set to liaise with these international agents in the coming weeks.
Dakota, with a natural love of all things performing arts, is determined to make her mark in the entertainment industry. She has worked with and taken guidance from leading names in the industry, such as singing sensation Samantha Leonard, singer, songwriter and producer Gino Lee from River Road Records, Port Elizabeth, Tsholo Phiri, presenter of the Expresso Morning Show SABC 3, Cape Town based dancer and choreographer, Nathan Muller and IMTA South Africa acting coach Tsietsi Tsi-vo Morobi, to name a few.
The young entertainer continues to work hard at her craft while she waits for the world to heal so that she can touch down on American soil in 2022. She spends many hours training with her dance studio, Kimberley Dance Academy, as well as her vocal coach at Hannah E Vocal Academy. She is also currently a finalist in the FotoFokus competition where she stands a chance of appearing in South African artist Ray Dylan’s music video. She is also working on an original song and her single debut will be released in the coming weeks.
You can follow her creative journey on instagram @dakotalee_702
Photo credit @johnfilmalter