- The Washington Times - Friday, February 14, 2003

Yolanda Wilkinson has been rehearsing for her big night: a talent show in which she'll cover Ashanti's "Thank You Song."
She hopes it will be followed by an even bigger career.
The 17-year-old Fort Washington resident and Crossland High School senior will be among the hopefuls performing March 7 in Springfield in the first-ever talent show put on by Lorton-based KZ's Production Inc.
"I really do want to sing. I feel this is a good opportunity," Miss Wilkinson says, noting that she's willing to fall back on a career in business and accounting. "Hopefully, I'll be signed by someone who will like my talent."
Miss Wilkinson's solo is one of about 10 acts featuring performers ranging in age from 10 to 49, says Cathy Wood, president of KZ's Production.
"I want to open the door for the talent," says T.L. Fitz, a comedian and actor hired to be the master of ceremonies.
Ms. Wood hopes the talent show will be a prelude to bigger things. "We want this to be an ongoing business," she says.
The artists, from Maryland, Virginia and the District, will include R&B; singers, rappers, poets, hip-hop dancers, comedians and musicians. Ms. Wood found them via radio ads, fliers and open-mike nights throughout the area.
Scheduled to last about three hours, the show is not a competition. Since the idea originated last fall, organizers have invested about $4,000 in the effort, Ms. Wood says.
Mr. Fitz, a three-time veteran of BET's "Comic View," says he agreed to help out for a reduced fee.
"I've done shows with [Ms. Wood] before. She hired me because she likes my style," Mr. Fitz says, noting that he also has served as a motivational speaker. "It is possible to achieve in this business, and to keep pushing. It's their first big event."
WHAT: KZ's Production Inc. talent show
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. March 7. Space is limited. Deadline for reservations is Tuesday.
American Legion post, 6520 Amherst Ave., Springfield
$20. Call 703-660-0320

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