Budding musicians in the west will get tips on how to get the “X-Factor” from a professional.
Singer “Tee” Ofisa Toleafoa, who was a finalist on the 2014 season of the X-Factor, will harness his talents to mentor young performers at Ravenhall’s JDC Studios this year.
Toleafoa tailored the music performance program to meet the musical interests and skills of those wanting to pursue a career in the arts.
“I’ve taught in the past and I’ve trained in this field. For me, I believe it’s about not what you do on earth, but what you leave behind. Teaching a legacy that I really love,” Toleafoa said.
“Being a Pacific Islander I know that in the west there are a lot of talented Pacific young people out there and to be able to give back to our own people is something that means a lot to me.
“I see a lot of myself in these kids and the ability to be able to share my experiences with them is great.”
Lessons focus on how to get ready for a musical performance, auditions, preparing songs and stage presence as well as honing practical skills such as breathing and microphone technique.
Studio director Jason Di Cicco said experience speaks volumes in the entertainment industry.
“It’s very important that the kids will be trained by someone who has experienced it,” Mr Di Cicco said.
“All our mentors are qualified within the industry so the kids get quality advice from people who have been through the fields.”
JDC Performing Arts Studios specialises in dancing, singing, acting, cheerleading and aerial classes.