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Today's your day to pursue your creative passion in the arts. We are casting experienced actors, models, dancers, comedians, musicians, and poets/spoken word artists, for upcoming virtual productions. Contact us for more details and how to apply. Be sure to include your name, age, city, state and your talent. Seeking artists age 18 and up in the United States. Apply with excellence! Your initial contact with us is part one of your audition! Complete the contact form above.
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and continue providing free programs for the youth. Your generous donation will fund our mission. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, our live events are greatly restricted. However, we are still providing stellar programs virtually. We are also making plans to host the 4th Annual Just Be You Performing Arts Youth Film Festival. Your donation can help us help other artists! Thank you kindly!
To all filmmakers who submitted to the 3rd Annual Just Be You Performing Arts Youth Film Festival 2020. A film festival created for the youth, by the youth, and about the youth.
Due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic, all public libraries were closed to the public, for several months in 2020, in the cities we intended on holding the festival in 2020. That being said, we made the difficult decision to postpone the festival until 2021.
While we could have opted to transfer the festival to an online event we believe that is not a worthy representation of this dynamic youth driven event. The gathering of family, friends, and the community is the cornerstone of the Just Be You Festival. As such, we will produce the festival live in 2021. Our top priority is to produce the event in a safe environment.
Filmmakers from season 3 were notified of being an official selection of the festival on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2020. What a wonderful Christmas gift to receive! See the list of official selections on our Film Selection page.
Films selected; from season 3, to be a finalist will be notified in the spring of 2021.
Season 4 of this dynamic youth-driven film festival is now OPEN! Plans are underway to host the festival in 2021. Follow us on social media to keep up to date on all things JBY Film Festival www.facebook.com/justbeyoufestival
Thank you to all the amazing filmmakers and photographers from all over the world who submitted to our film festival!
We send you positive thoughts. Please be well and stay safe.
Just Be You Performing Arts Youth Film Festival
During these unprecedented times, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, performing artists, are out of work and struggling to make ends meet. We at Just Be You Performing Arts have a strong reputation of creating positive platforms for emerging artists. Please help us help them. Make a donation of any amount you can afford, to our JBY's "Tip The Talent" Fundraiser. Tips are donated to our upcoming youth film festival in the fall of 2021. Thank you kindly.
Be well, Ms. Mahogany, Founder/Executive Director.
Due to the COVID-19 health crisis, Just Be You Performing Arts is offering discounted online private coaching, for aspiring actors, singers, and models. Our online private coaching is available Monday through Friday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. All skill levels are welcome. Contact us via our website or email to arrange a session. We are making plans for the 3rd Annual Just Be You Performing Arts Youth Film Festival. Once we receive information on rather or not we can host the festival in public we will update our website accordingly. Just Be You Performing Arts and its founder/executive director, Mahogany Reynolds, is committed to continuing providing stellar services to the youth. We are "champions for children" our trademark mantra; and we are here for the youth, to help them stay creative during the crisis. Plus, for the adults who love our shows, we have successfully moved our productions online. In the spring of 2020 we debuted a new late night talk show, Just Be You After Dark, and it's a huge hit online! As such, until this health crisis is healed, we will continue to be creative during the crisis. To contact us to arrange an online private coaching session, or to learn more about the events we have scheduled in 2021, click the link below!
New Jersey's premier film festival completely for the youth! FREE for kids and teens was absolutely EPIC! GROUND BREAKING! AND HISTORICAL! Great press coverage and a wonderful turn out! Thank you to all our sponsors and those who participated in season 2 of the festival
Season 3 will be a TWO day event!!! Held in historic Rahway, New Jersey. But, we need your support. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, the festival is in jeopardy. Please make a donation, of any amount, to help us keep the festival alive.
SEASON 3 OF THE FESTIVAL NOW OPEN!!!
We are thrilled to open season 3 of the JBY Youth Film Festival. We are seeking sponsors and vendors.
Your support will help us keep this festival FREE FOR KIDS & TEENS - contact us for more details - or visit the sponsor page on our website.
THE 2018 & 2019 FESTIVAL WAS A HUGE SUCCESS!
We made history during our 2nd Annual Just Be You Performing Arts Youth Film Festival, on August 29, 2019. We are proud to be the premier all youth driven, all youth made, all youth focused, exclusively for youth, film festival of New Jersey.
We were interviewed by the press the day of the festival - how exciting!!!
We were so thrilled to honor all the AWARD WINNING filmmakers, photographer. We screened over 33 films live at the festival. The audience was excited to see films from ALL OVER THE WORLD! As well as, homegrown films made in New Jersey!
Our first festival, held in September 2018; was so unique that it was featured in USA Today Home News Tribune in September 2018. What a huge milestone!
The Just Be You Festival is a celebration of all things Just Be You Performing Arts; film, theater, music, dance, fashion, comedy, and a live performances. This one of a kind festival; with a youth driven focus, featured engaging entertainment, education, and tons of fun, all by KIDS!!!!
The 2019 season is now over, but the energy is still very much alive!! We are already making plans for the 2020 season!
A SEASON OF PERFECT VISION - THAT IS WHAT 2020 MEANS - PERFECT VISION!!!
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Thank you to all of the participants, sponsors, donors, and volunteers, for helping us make the festival a fabulous experience! We will award scholarships to kids for the 2019/2020 school-year!
We invite you to make a donation to help us continue creating events and programs for youth in the arts - click on our SPONSOR page and help us support the dreams of young performing artist and filmmakers! Any donation big or small makes a difference and we sincerely THANK YOU!
Just Be You Performing Arts was founded and created by accomplished actress, writer, director and producer, Mahogany Reynolds-Clarke; a champion for children, who wanted to develop an organization for kids, to inspire and mentor them to dream big. We were born in Rahway, New Jersey in 2014 and since then have grown up to be a strong platform for youth in the performing arts; as well as, emerging artists of all ages.
Over recent years, Just Be You Performing Arts have produced several innovative shows and events in New Jersey. Ranging from comedy, fashion, talent showcases, free workshops for kids, original plays and musicals. We are a diverse organization that strives to produce events with a spirit of excellence. We are excited about the new endeavors we're planning for 2019. The best is yet to come!
"Thank you so much for having Anna in the fashion show portion of the festival. She had a wonderful time and the information you provided about auditioning was very helpful. It was a great experience."
Christine Grasso, parent
"It was an honor to be a part of."
Festival Production Ambassador
"Love it! Thank you!!!"
Festival Production Ambassador
"The event yesterday looked to be awesome and encouraging to the youth. Big congratulations from all of us on a big success in only your first year. A big hug from here."
Tom Curak, festival official finalist, "Rails to the Beat" - Barcelona Spain
"Thank you very much for selecting my film as an award winner. I am greatly honored and humbled."
Jessica Robles, festival official Award Winner, Best Short Documentary Adult Division "Of a 6-Year-Old Girl" - Rahway, New Jersey
"Thank you so much. That is great news. Had a good time and there was a lot of talented students."
Chris Cullen, teacher of festival official Award Winner, Alex Lehotsky of "Double C" - Middletown, New Jersey
"We sure did make history!!!! It was a blessing to be a part of this!!!! Much love and thanks so much for entrusting me with the role of Host!!!"
"I am soooo very proud and happy for you. I will be reaching out soon to set up a new interview."
Live with Kaydee Barnett Radio Show
"Nothing but love. Let’s make it happen and thank you for all that you do for our young people."
Dupre "DoItAll" Kelly
Festival VIP Guest of Honor
Festival Emmy Award Worthy Sponsor
"I enjoyed the event. So many talented youngsters."
Photographer at the festival
"I think the festival was really good. The kids were really good too."
Festival Photographer in Training
Dupre "DoItAll" Kelly is a platinum selling recording artist of the legendary hip-hop group, Lords of the Underground, and was a key sponsor of the Just Be You Performing Arts Youth Film Festival in 2018 and he made an appearance at the festival with an uplifting speech to the kids.
Bella "BellaStar" Cruz is an award-winning artists. She travels and performs live at various competitions and events. BellaStar was the VIP Special Guest Performer at the Just Be You Performing Arts Youth Film Festival in 2018 and served as an inspiration to the children.
Check out our profile on FilmFreeway. The festival's partner and sponsor.