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Ryan Johnson

Ryan Johnson

What do you do, why did you choose to go down that path, and what do you love about it?

I am currently working in fast food (not as fun!). But in my spare time I do make-up for friends and family. I am also a Drag Baby (newbie drag queen). I chose to become involved in doing makeup and drag because since I was little I’ve always been fascinated with this kind of thing. Thanks to the many people I have around me I have found the courage to follow what I have always loved. I really love doing people’s makeup. It’s such a rewarding feeling when you have done something good for them. They start to feel good about themselves and the best reward is seeing them enjoying being themselves. I LOVE performing and so doing drag really puts all my passions in one basket.

What are you currently working on project-wise?
I am working on many different performance pieces and also trying to get into a makeup school to reach my goal of being a makeup artist.

What led you to where you are today?
Firstly my mother has always been there beside me every step of the way. My friends have also been really loving and supportive. I think having the Open Doors youth service and their guidance has helped me in the best ways possible too.

What do you get up to in your down time? Do you have any hobbies?
I dance, draw anime, read, hang in the CBD/Southbank with friends and just chill where ever I please. My hobby at the moment would have to be belly-dancing. I love doing it, and it’s an awesome work out.

What’s it like being a young person in Brisbane? What suggestions would you make to improve the city?
It has not been easy in the past but as times are changing people can be themselves in public. For me this means I can feel like ME when I leave the house and don’t have to put on my “mask” to hide who I am. Organisations like Open Doors and other youth services around Brisbane can be really helpful because having a group you belong to is great for being a young person in Brisbane.

What advice or inspiration would you share with other young people?
I really believe you should never give up no matter what. It may be hard now but if you close your eyes and shut out the world how can you see the light coming up? I also think you should be yourself and if your group of friends don’t like it then they are not worth your time or energy. Just put your energy into finding people like yourself and then have fun with your new friends.

Is there anything else you’d like to add? Where can people get in touch with you?
just like to say that being young in this time and age when everything is about to change is amazing and we all need to do is just let time show us the way to whatever life has in store for us and use it as a lesson to learn from as we are always learning. If anyone wants to get in touch with me they can reach me through Facebook or email me at ryan.jay18@hotmail.com.au

Tabz Lee

The Hive

Tabz Lee works at The Hive, an all ages venue at the Fortitude Valley PCYC. Tabz is about to enter into year 12 at Music Industry College. She gives us an insight into her work and what she loves about music and Brisbane.

What do you do, why did you choose to go down that path, and what do you love about it?
I help run an all ages music venue in Fortitude Valley called The Hive.

I chose to go down this path because I have always loved music, and plan to be a venue manger when I’m older. I like this career because I get to combine my two favourite things: business, and music.

I love being able to get a wide range of real life experience working for The Hive, including bookings, sound tech, stage management, and photography and film. As well as being able to see and work with some rad bands.
What are you currently working on project-wise?
Currently we’re working on making The Hive bigger and better next year, by updating equipment and training new staff. As well creating a website and booking both local and national artists.
What would you say led you to where you are today? Eg background, achievements, inspiration?
My parents have influenced me a lot with the business side of things, with both of them running their own business. Also in my early high school years I had a great guitar teacher as well as a great business teacher, both of which always pushed me and encouraged me to achieve my best. In year 11 I begun attending Music Industry College which helped me significatly by giving me a huge head start in my career. The Hive is also run by the school, which is how I began working there.
What do you get up to in your down time? Do you have any hobbies?
My down time is just mostly listening to music. I am really into hardcore, especially Parkway Drive, Northlane, Midnight in Alaska and Prepared Like A Bride. I don’t really have any main hobbies, but I skate, play soccer, and do motocross when I get the chance.
What’s it like being a young person in Brisbane? What suggestions would you make to improve the city?
It’s pretty good being a young person because there is generally a lot to do, especially in the inner city area. All though the music scene isn’t the best, its still great compared to a lot of other places.

The only great down fall is the it isn’t the best city for all ages music.
What advice or inspiration would you share with other young people?
I would encourage other young people to get involved in the music scene. Even though a lot of parents think it’s dangerous to go out to events, it is actually supporting creativity and music in our city. It’s really hard for musicians to make a living, so by us going out and supporting them.

A lot of all ages venues in Brisbane are safe spaces and drug & alcohol free. The Hive is a really good example of this. We have a policy against discrimination, we have security, and we keep prices really cheap so that young people can get involved. We also give kids a good chance to get involved by offering work experience to school students.

If you want to come into The Hive we would show you how to do some of the event management tasks we do at The Hive including basic sound production, security, door sheet and management, and just giving you a feel of what The Hive is about.

Interested in learning more about The Hive? 

Get in touch via their Facebook page:  http://www.facebook.com/livethehive

Or email them now: liveatthehive@live.com.au

Distant Memories

An indie rock band from Brisbane, Distant Memories have encountered problems finding appropriate venues to perform in. While they’ve got friendship, adventure and music on their side, the year 9 students are looking for some support to get a stronger all ages scene happening for bands like themselves.

What do you do, why did you choose to go down that path, and what do you love about it?
We are a band that loves to play indie/rock. We just love playing music together. Being able to chill with friends and play music with them is a great opportunity. We all wanted to go down a musical path somehow so when we all joined together to form this band it was like everything just fit in place both musically and being all friends already it just sank in for us.

What are you currently working on project-wise?
We have just released one of our songs as a demo which you can hear here and are currently working on writing some more songs and trying to put an EP together hopefully soon. We are also working on trying to get some gigs which then we can showcase these songs.

What would you say led you to where you are today? Eg background, achievements, inspiration?
We have all grown up with music somehow whether through getting lessons at school or teaching ourselves. We’ve all learnt some sort of music. But instead of being kids who are learning music and don’t enjoy it, we apply all our knowledge together in this band. This means that our music is both creative and musically fitting.

Distant Memories

What do you get up to in your down time? Do you have any hobbies?
Nat – I usually play some drums and listen to some of my favorite bands which influence me to play – Anberlin. I also like to play piano and some guitar. I also play football (soccer) in my downtime. I also like to chill with my friends.
Jordan D – I like to play my bass in my downtime but I also like to play video games and chill with my friends.
Cam – I enjoy making any type of music from just playing my guitar to playing some piano and just making some demo recording songs. I also enjoy many sports such as soccer, league and AFL. I also like to chill with friends.
Jordan M – I like to play my guitar, play video games and also like to chill with friends.

What’s it like being a young person in Brisbane? What suggestions would you make to improve the city?
It’s adventurous, but it would be really great if there were more places like Visible Ink that support young kids and the arts.

What advice or inspiration would you share with other young people?
Stick to your dreams and pursue them. If you do your best in everything good things will come out of it.

Is there anything else you’d like to add? Where can people get in touch with you?

People can look us up on:

The Leftovers

Name

The Leftovers

Website

The Leftovers

Email

left.overs@live.com.au

How Did You Hear About Visible Ink?

Word of Mouth

What do you do, why did you choose to go down that path, and what do you love about it?

‘The Leftovers’ is a collective of four actors and musicians: Thomas Hutchins, Jordan Kadell, Jessica Smith, and Michael Whittred. The four graduated from an Advanced Diploma of Arts (Acting) at Southbank Institute of Technology between 2011 and 2012. Their time at the course inspired the inception of The Leftovers, something between a theatre company and a band.

What are you currently working on project-wise?

Leftovers (From a Dream), the company’s debut creation, will appear in FAST festival at La Boite, Kelvin Grove this year. This out of tune play with songs explores the addictive nature of lucid dreaming, with funky alarm clocks, stylized movement and live music. There are no microphones, no recorded sound and no projection. Leftovers (From A Dream) relies solely on four performers, a few instruments, eight lights, and a torch.

The show has had two development showings in 2011 and was deemed a success. “Beautiful, keep the violent rawness” – anonymous.

What would you say led you to where you are today? Eg background, achievements, inspiration?

We do it because nothing else makes sense.

Locally, the group are inspired by a number of Brisbane/Australian artists including Lisa O’Neill, Norman Price, Christine Johnson, Peter Nelson, Brian Lucas, Steven Mitchell-Wright (The Danger Ensemble), Dan Evans, The Kransky Sisters, Fleur-Elise Noble, Rosie Dennis, Black Lung Theatre, The Escapists and many more.

What do you get up to in your down time? Do you have any hobbies?

All members have an extensive musical background including weekly singing lessons for three years. Jessica is a classically trained violist and Michael is a prominent force in the Brisbane music scene, performing live gigs with his bands: Papperbok (drummer) http://www.facebook.com/pages/Papperbok/112280188801571?sk=wall and The Worriers (guitarist and vocalist) http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Worriers/353945477965358?sk=wall .

What’s it like being a young person in Brisbane? What suggestions would you make to improve the city?

Places like Visible Ink are an oasis for young artists, but there simply aren’t enough of them. More funding from the Arts, especially in the form of performance and touring grants would greatly benefit Brisbane’s youth.

What advice or inspiration would you share with other young people?

An eye out for oppurtinities, blinking them up, and an eye burning your own into the wall. Leave a mark.

Is there anything else you’d like to add? Where can people get in touch with you?

The Leftovers

Mantist Oryem

Name

Mantist Oryem

Website

http://www.mantistmusic.com

Email

nopainnogaincrew@gmail.com

How Did You Hear About Visible Ink?

Word of Mouth

What do you do, why did you choose to go down that path, and what do you love about it?

I’m a rapper, songwriter, performer and a producer. I took that path because it’s the only thing am passionate about and really good at.

What are you currently working on project-wise?

Me and a member of my crew “Bolo” are dead busy working on an album. We are planning to record more than 30 songs for a 12 songs length album.

We are also busy, busy marketing our music in any ways we can. We currently started going on the city streets every Friday to sell and hand out flyers. We are contacting various radio stations for a air play. The bottom line is, we got the product and we just want the product to reach the people and increase our fans base.

What would you say led you to where you are today? Eg background, achievements, inspiration?

I strongly believe our biggest strength is passion for the game. We work so hard and love every minutes of it that motivation is not a question. We wake up motivated. I also believe that, being used to working hard for everything I am, I’ve learned not to take anything for granted. Therefore, my hellish experiences is like a tasty morsel that motivate me to step up better than the average.

What do you get up to in your down time? Do you have any hobbies?

I am a very active dude. I could be categorize as physical activities fanatic. I remembered being involved in every physically activities that came up back in high school. And now, am a member of gym club, soccer and basketball club. I’m also very much into movies. Especially action movies.

What’s it like being a young person in Brisbane? What suggestions would you make to improve the city?

Brisbane is a city full of activities. You just need to get out and get involved.

What advice or inspiration would you share with other young people?

In whatever you do, also be true to yourself. Also try to inspire to aspire others.

Is there anything else you’d like to add? Where can people get in touch with you?

We just released our official video for one of our song, “Let the Music Play” and we are asking for your support to share the video with your networks of friends and fams. We had a lot of fun and excitement making this video clip and we love to know that many people could get a chance to watch it and appreciate it as much as we do. One love from your local hip hop crew “No Pain No Gain”-Mantist and Bolo.

We also have about 5 songs that we are giving away for a free download www.reverbnation.com/nopainnogaincrew

De-Love-La

Name

De-Love-La

Website

http://www.facebook.com/DeLoveLa

Email

delovela@gmail.com

How Did You Hear About Visible Ink?

Word of Mouth

What do you do, why did you choose to go down that path, and what do you love about it?

Comprising of Brisbane based artists, Jennifer Goulding, Allison Manson and Chiara Lagana De-Love-La is a Brisbane based all-female theatre collective attempting to create new and exciting work. Having graduated from the Advanced Diploma of Arts [Acting] course at Southbank Institute of Technology in 2010 they went on to form De-Love-La in 2011 after previous successful collaborations.

The company aims to showcase the level of discipline and grit now evident in independent theatre being created by young emerging performing arts graduates all around Brisbane.

De-Love-La appeals to an audience who enjoys a playful night at the theatre but never hesitates to embrace the dark.

The ladies of De-Love-La aspire to reawaken Brisbane’s artistic scene with a deliciously dark banquet of yesterday’s mistakes.

What are you currently working on project-wise?

De-Love-La is currently devising and rehearsing a piece entitiled Well, It Was All Very Hush Hush to be performed as part of the Gold Coast Short n Sweet Festival. The aim of this ten minute tidbit is to act as a teaser trailer for the full length production to be developed after Short n Sweet.

The WELCOME mat is out and gossip is rife, for in this street nothing is ever what it seems. Join the ladies of De-Love-La in a brief encounter of the ‘suburban variety.’

Well, It Was All Very Hush Hush.. friends like vultures gather for the eating to devour what he said she said.

What’s that, a blood curdling scream in the distance?..

What would you say led you to where you are today? Eg background, achievements, inspiration?

The ladies of De-Love-La attended Southbank Institute of Technology and studied the same Advanced Diploma of Arts together. This formed a strong bond but also worked to the advantage of the group with strong cohesion of ideas. Collaboration has always come easy to De-Love-La as the women seem to be on the same wave length in terms of creating and devising theatre.

De-Love-La aims to push the envelope in theatre and showcase the discipline and training they were taught by Norman Price and Lisa O’Neill.

What do you get up to in your down time? Do you have any hobbies?

Currently the women of De-Love-La have hobbies and outside interestes including; writing, adapting novels for stage play, jewelry making, jazz singing, op-shopping, going to the theatre, speech pathology and linguistics, reading, playwrighting, dramaturgy, playing piano, bass, ukulele, guitar… and many more.

What’s it like being a young person in Brisbane? What suggestions would you make to improve the city?

Being a young independent theatre company in Brisbane means De-Love-La faces many struggles. There is a large number of opportunities for smaller companies and in Brisbane we are blessed to be recognized as independent artists more so than larger cities in other states where it is harder to be seen.

However, an increase in free/cheap rehearsal spaces and venues would be highly desirable. Visible Ink and SBIT provide the best quality spaces for free and are extremely supportive of De-Love-La in all their endeavours.

What advice or inspiration would you share with other young people?

Continue to be creative. Don’t ever feel like you can’t do something. Take what others say about ‘not being able to complete it!’ and COMPLETE IT. Do it for yourself and continue to make incredible art that you are proud to say is yours.

Andrea Lam

Name

Andrea Lam

Website

http://bollywoodbrisbane.com.au

Email

andreamarialam@gmail.com

What do you do, why did you choose to go down that path, and what do you love about it?

I am a Bollywood Dancer and Bollywood Dance Trainer. I accidentally fell into this role, after trying a number of Bollywood classes and finding that I have a real passion for it, I started performing and teaching kids; and over have now been teaching for over 3 and a half years.

I love teaching people and sharing Bollywood Dance. It’s so lively, and energetic, it just makes you feel happy when you do it. I especially love my young students and watching them grow, and develop their skills as young dancers.

What are you currently working on project-wise?

We are currently working on a mini-musical with the Intermediate Teen group to present at this year’s Diwali festivities (Festival of Light / Indian New Years).

We are also working on big group performances to present at this year’s Ekka and India Independence Day Fair at the Roma St Parklands.

Choreography-wise, we are dancing to a song called Rangeela Re, an awesome 90s Bollywood Hit and working towards staging that.

What would you say led you to where you are today? Eg background, achievements, inspiration?

Ambition lead me to where I am today. I want to try everything and be the best I can possibly be at it.

What do you get up to in your down time? Do you have any hobbies?

I play in a kewl rock band called STAG. I like dancing (obviously) for fun, I am a karaoke demon and I eat both for fun and competitively.

What’s it like being a young person in Brisbane? What suggestions would you make to improve the city?

It’s okay being a young person in Brisbane. There are a lot of young people who aren’t using their full potential yet, but that is their journey. I feel like the city would be improved if everyone drank less and stopped hating. NO H8.

What advice or inspiration would you share with other young people?

Don’t be scared to try new things. Don’t be scared of failure. Don’t feel like an idiot. Be confident, don’t let your pride get in the way, there is always room to grow.