Posts Categorized: Young People Defining Brisbane

Neko DC


Neko DC are a casual dance crew that aim to have fun and share their passion for dance. Off the back of their first performance at the BrisAsia Festival this dynamic group answered a few questions about getting involved in dance, hanging out and following their dreams.
What does Neko DC do and what do you love about it?
We are a casual entertainment group that makes various videos on YouTube and occasionally perform live. We offer dance and reaction videos, vlogs and many more fun videos. We aim to spread our passion for dance and music and hopefully get Brisbane more recognition. We mainly showcase K-Pop but we will be working on some J-Pop and hip hop covers! We really wish to cover a lot.

What are you currently working on project-wise?
We just successfully completed our first performance for BrisAsia Festival, Taste of Asia and started making YouTube videos. We are now focusing on more video projects such as dance covers and hopefully a few more performances in the future!
How did Neko DC hear about Visible Ink?
Our members are a part of various dance groups around Brisbane that has always come to Vis Ink for space. Visible Ink provides a great happy and safe environment that we absolutely love. The meeting room is a great place for us to hold meetings and to record our videos and the rehearsal space is a really great help for our dance covers and performance preparations! Apart from that, Vis Ink has a nice kitchen and living area that we can relax in.

Speaking of relaxing, what does Neko DC get up to in your down time?
Hmm~ does karaoke and eating out count? We love to eat. When we have the chance we will eat and go to karaoke. One of our members, E, loves karaoke so we always go! Everyone loves food, so eating food always make us happy.
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What would you say led you to where you are today?
Having a great number of people supporting us and being surrounded by great friends really makes us work harder to achieve great goals. We hope one day we can travel together and hold dance workshops, meet and greet our amazing supporters. We have so many big dreams that wish to accomplish. We’ve only been together for about 2 months now and we feel like we’ve achieved so much and we’re very thankful.

Is there any advice Neko DC would give young people wanting to get involved?
For those who want to create videos, dance or have something you wish to start but are afraid, don’t be. Just start it straight away, if you want to do it with a friend, then grab a friend. If you made a video or want to do a dance cover, record it and upload it straight away. Getting your work out is one of the best feelings! Of course you won’t be recognised straight away but you will slowly and it’s great. We honestly felt that our channel wouldn’t have done well if it wasn’t for the support from our friends and family. Having support is really helpful. We know you can do it! Be positive and just start.

How would you suggest young people get involved with Neko DC or any group in Brisbane?
Find a group or start searching for opportunities. If you see an opportunity advertised for performance or something that you know you have skills in, take it! Always try so you won’t end up regretting it. VisInk is really helpful when it comes to opportunities but it’s good to search around as well.
If you’ve read this, we hope we’ve inspired you start what you love to do or at least have given a good read. We’re very thankful for having VisInk and we hope you can continue to support them and us! If you would like to get to know us a bit more, then please visit our social media sites below.


Mantist Oryem


Mantist Oryem is an African-Australian producer, hip hop and spoken-word artist who has been utilising the Visible Ink space since 2007. Mantist uses music to express his reality, entertain people and to inspire.
Tell us a little about yourself, what you do and what you love about it?
As an African Australian producer, hip hop and spoken word artist, music started for me as a tool to get what is inside out in a more positive way. I love music in a way that it gives me freedom to express myself. It’s like a therapy for me; a true source of happiness and a feeling that I can only get from listening and doing it. Now I create music to entertain and inspire other people for the best.

What would you say led you to where you are today?
My first dream was to become a doctor. I was always scoring high grade in science and I love every science classes I’ve been at. I used to collect insects and scientifically name them. However my music journey started through a series of workshops with completely no musical background. After a while, I became so attached to it that I’ve decided to abandoned my science career and pursue a career in music.

After two years of workshops and being self-taught many aspects of the industry, I was able to write my first EP album which was recorded and distributed by the end of 2009, “Out Of Poverty Into The Glory”. It was very successful and provided me with opportunities to perform consistently throughout Brisbane in clubs, pubs, parties and celebrated festivals in Brisbane such as Brisbane Festival, Zillmere Festival, World Refugee Day Festival, etc. I have also been fortunate enough to receive media and editorial coverage from The Courier Mail, MX, Scene magazine and radio stations as well as 4ZZZ having played my music and conducting interviews with me.
Mantist-BoloWhat are you currently working on project-wise?
Currently I’m promoting dual songs that I have just release title “Hello Mama” which is a dedication to my mum and all the other mothers. The new release song is now live and selling online at the entire major online selling platform such as ITunes, Amazon, CD Baby etc. The goal is to reach 10,000 digital sell of the Hello Mama’s song by the end of July.

How did you hear about Visible Ink?
I have been an active participant in many Visible Ink programs over the years. Visible Ink sponsored my first professional photo shoot with Lightbox Studio. Visible Ink also funded me to participate in the QMusic program call Music Action Planning Project. I was also mentor by local MC and DJ Nick Grace in song writing and recording. Over the past year, I have also been using the Visible Ink space to develop, rehearse and perfect my art.

What do you get up to in your down time?
I enjoy physical activities such as going for a hardcore workout 3 to 4 days a week. I also play street basketball and enjoy taking a long weekend drive as a bit of an adventure in the countryside. And off course all of those activities involve me listening to some form of music.

Is there any advice about getting into the music industry you wish you’d been given beforehand?
Take a serious and conscious look into your life and ask yourself, how do you really want to live? Keep in mind that you’re capable of doing anything you really want to do. At this point do not concern yourself with “how to do it”. The purpose of this question is to identify what you’re really passionate about. Once you identify what you’re passionate about, the how is pretty easy. All you have to do is follow the success system in your field. I follow this formula:

  1. Inspiration to action – which is finding a passion that will fuel you to take action because you want to not because someone is telling you to,
  2. Know how – gain any knowledge you can get in your field (remembering that, the system works if you work the system),
  3. Make it happen – put all your knowledge, skills and techniques together to create your goals.

How would you suggest young people get involved in this opportunity?
There are many opportunities and support in Brisbane. All you have to do is seek and you shall find, ask and it will be given to you. Knock and the door will be open. Remember, you will become what you think about. Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve. I should also point out that, the only limitation you have is the one you set in your own mind or you let other people set for you.

Where can people get in touch with you?
For exclusive videos, albums, downloads and connecting with me on my social media, visit

Audax Industria Ensemble


Audax Industria Ensemble are partnering with Visible Ink throughout 2015 to build their company as well as rehearse for their upcoming show Rumination. After launching in February the ensemble have been working hard to create, develop and devise an innovative space for performance. Hannah and David sat down and gave us a little insight into their vision for Audax Industria Ensemble.

What are you currently working on project-wise?
We are currently working on our inaugural production “Rumination” which is written by Spenser Wallace, directed by David Charmley and choreographed by Hannah Farrelly.

What does Audax Industria Ensemble do and what do you love about it?
The focus of the ensemble is first and foremost with the creation and exploitation of productions in the Brisbane theatre industry. The objective of the ensemble is to collaborate and create innovative, contemporary theatre with a strong focus on multidiscipline art forms. The secondary focus of the ensemble is to share our knowledge and support emerging artists through intensive and weekly training programs, focusing on ensemble collaboration, creative skills and hybrid performance skills.
The reason we have chosen this path is because we are passionate about creating and facilitating theatre, and we have a clear vision for unique and innovative theatre. We are fortunate to have a highly skilled team to work with, who drive us closer to our goal.

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How did you hear about Visible Ink?
We first heard about Visible Ink through Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre, where we have worked as performers and teaching artists. In our experience, we have always been impressed with the facilitators, resources and space provided at Visible Ink.

How would you suggest young people get involved with Audax Industria Ensemble?
We encourage emerging artists to get involved with our ensemble! We are always seeking new and passionate artists to work with – performers, directors, writers, composers, arts administrators, dramaturges, stage managers, designers, and technical artists.

Audax Industria Ensemble’s Top Ten Tips for getting involved:
1. Be bold
2. Have energy
3. Always have fun
4. Explore
5. Work with integrity
6. Keep vitalised
7. Show leadership
8. Be professional
9. Don’t stop learning
10. Network!


Where can people get in touch with you?
Instagram: @audax_industria_ensemble
Twitter: @audax_industria

Aliandra Calabrese


Aliandra Calabrese and the Visible Ink space crossed paths as part of Youth Performing Arts Queensland (YPAQ), a not for profit theatre company which aims to bring young people together to embrace their creativity and help foster creative communities in Brisbane. At the time she was looking for the perfect venue to hold workshops and came across our space.

It was as a member of this vibrant community that Aliandra discovered that the opportunities available to her were not necessarily available to all young people,  “I have been fortunate to have good health, a loving family and supportive friends and not all young people have had the same opportunities as me. I love to sing and hang out with my friends and I think that young people living with a disability in an aged care home miss out on a lot. Hardly any of them go out or have friends visit them.”

As someone who has benefited from the skills and friendships formed as part of an active and creative community, Aliandra has taken great interest in making sure that other young people don’t miss out, and many of these opportunities begin at home,  “I discovered that there is limited appropriate housing for young people living with a disability who need 24/7 care, so many of them must be placed in aged care homes where the average age is 80 yrs. This is so hard for them, young people need to live young lives surrounded by people their own age not people who are near the end of their lives”.

Which is how she came across the work of Youngcare, an organisation which aims to raise awareness of the difficulties many young people with disabilities face, as well as developing strategies to create a more supporting environment into the future. Encouraged by their aim to help meet the long-term housing needs of young people living with a disability, Aliandro set about raising awareness for the organisation in combination with her love of music.

Together with friends, Regan Samuels and AJ Hawkins, the group have created a remix of an old song called California Dreaming to help get the message out:

She says of getting involved with issues you’re passionate about, “If you see an issue and think you can help give it a go. It doesn’t have to be a great thing because even a small thing done with real heart can help to enrich another person’s life”, and she encourages others to have a go… “If you have a brilliant idea to help raise awareness get onto Youngcare and get their advice and support. Hold a dog-wash afternoon, or car-washing morning and donate the proceeds to the organisation to help them build appropriate housing. Or you can make a donation online.”

You can catch Aliandro and her crew perform with YPAQ, and keep an eye out for more of their videos over at their youtube channel.

For more information about the work of both organisations YPAQ and Youngcare, see their respective websites:

Hock Chong Wushu Centre


How did you hear about Visible Ink and why did you want to use our space?
We have always visited Visible Ink as our music training space.

What are you currently working on project-wise?
We are a small group of people interested in Chinese martial arts and cultural performance. We train twice a week usually including fitness, Chinese kungfu and lion dance.

What do you do, why did you choose to go down that path, and what do you love about it?
We are just passionate about being fit and healthy. We love martial arts culture and Chinese traditions.

How would you suggest young people get involved in this opportunity? Or opportunities like this in Brisbane?
We are training at Visible Ink, everyone is welcome to come along and train with us if you are interested in Chinese martial arts.

For general inquiries:
Cathy: 0451 698 885
Check out the Hong Chock Wushu youtube channel:

Terra Nemo Theatre Company

‘Submerge’ (October 2013), photography by Gwilym Temple, featuring Dominic Reid and
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No strangers to Visible Ink, members of Terra Nemo Theatre Company have had an active involvement with the space through past projects. “Visible Ink is not only a central venue for young artists to use but also has such fantastic experienced and friendly staff, plus lots of other creatives coming in and out to network, it’s what made it our first choice to rehearse ‘Witchery.’ There is such a welcoming vibe and you’re always made to feel at home.”

‘Witchery’ rehearsals (August 2014), photography by Anissa Roberts, featuring Gwilym Temple, Nicholas Prior, Hayley Mcallister, Alex Carlton-Thomas and members of the ensemble.

‘Witchery’ rehearsals (August 2014), photography by Anissa Roberts, featuring Gwilym
Temple, Nicholas Prior, Hayley Mcallister, Alex Carlton-Thomas and members of the

The group have been working hard developing and rehearsing their ambitious new production, their biggest to date, bringing in over twenty artists from around Brisbane including actors, directors, designers and choreographers. “We’ll be converting our venue into a fully functioning nightclub called ‘Pulse’, inviting the audience to not simply watch but involve themselves as a variety of story lines play out.” We’ve been assured that while a full functioning bar will be present in their new production, it’s still an all-ages gig, and it seems they should know a thing or two about nightclubs, Divi, one of the Terra Nemo directors is also a DJ.

The Terra Nemo crew is made up entirely of young, emerging artists, and they take a fresh outlook on theatre production, “our aim it is to create exciting new theatrical works, where everyone can collaborate and experiment with their own ideas, taking on risks and challenges.” The experimental approach doesn’t stop at the creative product, they even take on new models for creative economies, “because artist development is our focus, we don’t put a price on our tickets but offer our audiences the option to donate what they feel their experience ‘was worth, if at all’ after the performance, and use any funds that we do receive to make our future shows even more exciting”. This in itself becomes an important feedback mechanism to reflect and help their members grow professionally.

“We created the company to provide young artists something different to involve themselves with, an independent company where they can not only perform under direction but experiment with others roles, network with like-minded people and create something that they can call their own. We want to encourage young adults from in and around Brisbane who may be new to theatre to come and give it a try, to open a forum for discussion and to see the level of professionalism their peers can achieve when they have the opportunity to do so. Being able to produce a full-scale work from scratch, with minimal funding, that you can call your own is a really rewarding experience. It’s even better when you get to do it with friends, both old and new.”

‘Crystal Blue Sky’ (April 2014), photography by Daniel B. Jauwhannes, featuring Bella Bosscher, Alex Carlton-Thomas and Eleni Pergaris

‘Crystal Blue Sky’ (April 2014), photography by Daniel B. Jauwhannes, featuring Bella
Bosscher, Alex Carlton-Thomas and Eleni Pergaris

Encouraging people from all creative disciplines is an important focus of the group, “we want to try smashing them all together to create performances that was really interesting”, and this multi-disciplinary approach also carries through to their down-time,  “usually if someone isn’t learning lines or designing costumes then you’ll find them doing something like writing music or painting!” And this perpetual activity may be the secret to their enthusiasm and success, keeping things fresh and exciting. On creative pursuits, Terra Nemo offer this advice:

“The best thing you can do is just take the dive. If you have an idea that you really believe is worth pursuing, start researching how to do it. Get the wheels in motion. If you’re unsure, talk to someone. Get your friends involved. Come to somewhere like Visible Ink. There really is no one stopping you but yourself!”

 You can catch Terra Nemo Theatre Company‘s latest production, ‘Witchery‘ at Jugglers Art Space, on Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd September. They will also be announcing their 2015 program towards the end of the year.

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Brittni Thomas

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Brittni Thomas is the creative young woman behind ‘HellaBel’ –  a brand and online shop that sells prints and original and custom alternative style water colour art. Brittni’s work features experimental, surreal watercolour work, portraits, still life and abstract pieces. Her art is vibrant and striking, and has been receiving quite a lot of attention since the opening of her online store.


Working with watercolours since she finished high school, Brittni paints for the relaxation and meditation it affords her, her admiration of and dedication to the style, and because she feels inspire by everything around her. Brittni’s family has fostered her interest in creative pursuits from a young age; Brittni is also a skilled guitarist and drummer, and teaches these skills in her spare time.

We asked Brittni how she heard about Visible Ink and why she wanted to use our space.

“I heard about Visible Ink through my friend Dan Mahler who also uses the Visible Ink space to help out his own business. He suggested it would be useful for me as I can use the services to help promote my art business. I want to use the printing services available so I can print out posters and flyers of my art brand to stick up anywhere and everywhere with contact information so anyone interested in my type of art can get a hold of me. I feel that the people at Visible Ink can help me make connections in the right field and help me out with advice or tips with ways to promote myself as it’s all pretty new to me!”

If you are thinking about getting involved in art, or your own business, Brittni suggests that you know what is that you want and to just go for it. The first step is always the hardest but once you take that step you’ll realize how much support exists out there and how many people will actually be enthused by your idea.

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Brittni offered some advice for young people wanting to get started in creative online businesses.

“To anyone wanting to get involved in the art industry and to be able to sell themselves, my advice is to buy really good equipment and materials to get started. Create something out of your art which represents you and portrays what is uniquely you, that way the brand and shop you create will be distinct from everything else which is out there. Promotion is really important so that people notice you; look into every avenue of ways for people to notice your work. Be prepared to make mistakes as part of the progress, don’t ever let those mistakes bring you down. There is always something which can be learned and you’ll be better off in the end because of it.”

You can check out Brittni’s work at her online store, HellaBel on Etsy, Facebook, or you can chat via email:

Undefined Crew


Undefined are a Brisbane dance crew who love to dance, discover music and have fun. They believe dance is an expressive art form that furthers their exploration of music and their own personalities, “we love it!” Anita says, “our crew dynamic consists of both experienced and developing choreographers, so we’re just exploring different songs, textures, techniques, and styles” and are often inspired by music, other dancers and the amazing people surrounding them.

Currently working on a few choreography projects and videos, Anita says it’s worth keeping an eye out for their upcoming projects. To check out some of their videos, you can head to their youtube channel.

Having heard about Visible Ink’s excellent facilities via word of mouth, Undefined have been using the space regularly to further their dance skills and performance abilities as both individuals and as a cohesive dance crew. The crew also hang out in their down time, their hobbies enthusiastically includes sharing a good meal together – “our crew loves food. It’s a good thing we dance consistently!” Some of the Undefined Crew are also dabbing in editing and video work as well, that is a convenient and complementary hobby for the group.


From diverse backgrounds, fields of study and interests the common thread between all of the Undefined Crew is their enjoyment and love of music and dance. “Some of us study full-time, some of work full-time, some of us are in arts, martial arts, science, engineering, commerce, and some of us have already had some teaching experience in dance where others only really started less than a year ago.”

Anita gave the following advice for others wanting to get involved in dance or the arts, “Just get started! Get out there and get inspired. Stop waiting, and just do it. Some of us wish we started earlier, but never late than never.” She also says, it is just as important to explore your own style as to learn from others and that there are lots of ways to get involved in dance across Brisbane. There are heaps of dance studios in Brisbane, and information is often just a phone call, or click away. There are lots of styles and amazing teachers to suit everyone and all ages. In terms of a dance crew, it’s as easy as finding some friends who share the same passion as you, or join some dance events and/or clubs. There are opportunities in a lot of places, you just have to look around and see what suits you.

“If you’re reading down to here, thank you for taking the time to get to know us! Check us out on youtube channel, leave some feedback and comments, and maybe even subscribe if you want to follow us. We’re a developing crew so we’re always looking to improve and create future projects and just share our love and passion for dance with everyone.”

You can get in touch with Undefined via their youtube channel, leaving them a message there.

Cinderella Renegade Productions


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We heard about Visible Ink after hours of Googling looking for rehearsal and performance space. We’ve been using the space since May 2013, and in January 2014 we performed our first show Can You See Us Now in East Brisbane’s SYC studios.

What are you all currently working on project-wise?
We are currently working on a Steampunk stage show for late July/early August.

What do you do, why did you choose to go down that path, and what do you love about it?
Cinderella Renegade was born from two acting students realising that despite what everyone said, that they had the potential to create shows that people would really enjoy. Jay is a writer and an aspiring director and novelist. Sharmanee is a dancer and singer who aspires to be a great actress. We were joined soon after by Sam, a saxophonist, singer and aspiring actress, and Mitchell, a nurse, and Joseph, a writer and lighting designer. The show faced many bumps in the road and countless rewrites before finally unveiling a cabaret show called “Can You See Us NOW?”. We are all creatively motivated and we love seeing each other succeed. It gives all of us a huge rush to see something we’ve worked on so hard become a reality.

What do you guys get up to in your down time?
Cinderella Renegade tends to spend a lot of time as robots. We also like cake, Tumblr, biscuits and gravy, drag queens and Crystal Pepsi.

Is there any advice you would give young people wanting to get involved in theatre or any advice you wish you’d been given beforehand?
Give it all you’ve got and never apologise for what makes you happy.

How would you suggest young people get involved with theatre in Brisbane or Cinderella Renegade?
Like theatre companies on Facebook, audition for shows like Short and Sweet etc. Even send us an email at, we’ll be happy to meet up for coffee and head you in the right direction. Maybe you’ll even work with us!

Where can people get in touch with you?
They can email us at or like our Facebook page CR Productions. :)


Dan Mahler


How did you hear about Visible Ink and why did you want to use our space?
I heard about Visible Ink through a friend of mine – Lachlan Giddings – who prints out posters at the space for our band – Baskervillain.

I want to use your space because it is a great opportunity for me to host meetings, work from an office, bring clients, employees and investors into a professional working space, and use the knowledge and connections of the awesome staff at Visible ink to help get a step up in the industry and form mutually beneficial relationships.

What are you currently working on project-wise?
My team at and I are currently working with a few clients on some graphic design work for ‘My Skin Cancer Center’, and building a new website for Westside Dermatology’s ‘Medical Allergy Clinic’.

What do you do, and why did you choose to go down that path?
My business, Eevaneak works in website and graphic design as well as video development and promotion. You can have a look at my website – – which focuses on helping to bring small and medium businesses into the online world, developing an online aesthetic that engages their viewers and maximizes online conversion.

I got into this industry through an online course created by a business in Melbourne – Freedom Business Blog – because I didn’t want to be sucked into the black hole of a nine-five minimum wage job that wouldn’t allow me to grow and improve the skills that I want to develop as a young entrepreneur.

What do you love about your work?
I love helping small businesses reap the real world outcomes that online marketing affords them, and seeing them enjoy those results.

What would you say led you to where you are today?
I have always been unenthusiastic about getting a typical job, and although my passion in music has and always will be my priority, I realized early on that it may take a long time for it to become a viable source of liveable income. I thought that in order to get to where I want to be, I need to do something not many people are prepared to do, so I started a business to fund my life of freedom, music and adventure (until it can pay for itself).


What do you get up to in your down time?
I love playing guitar, performing in and around Brisbane with my band Baskervillain, and reading. Lots of reading including biographies, textbooks, marketing and branding books, how-to guides, stuff like that.

Is there any advice you would give young people wanting to get started in this field?
For people wanting to distance themselves from a lifetime of nine-five jobs, and move towards a lifetime of building your own destiny, my advice is to dream big. Take what people say you can’t do with the smallest grain of salt, and only believe in what you can do. For every pivotal thing that has gone and been or still exists (Facebook, Apple, Ford), there were big-thinkers behind it, taking a risk, to make it happen.

How would you suggest young people get involved in opportunities like this in Brisbane?
Develop your brand. Get creative and get busy. Next, build your website. READ LOTS AND EDUCATE YOURSELF: The internet is huge. Lastly, take action. ACTION is key.

If you want to get in touch with Daniel, check out his website or
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