Posts Categorized: Young People Defining Brisbane

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.

Atienne Bakker-Szumer

Atienne Bakker-Szumer

Atienne Bakker-Szumer

Name
Atienne Bakker-Szumer
Email
atienne01@gmail.com
What do you do, why did you choose to go down that path, and what do you love about it?
I’m currently studying a Bachelor of Jazz at the Jazz Music Institute here in Brisbane, I’m also a Youth Ambassador for 4ZZZ radio. I decided to go down the path of music because I believe music is a great way to foster community and to connect with people you never would have met otherwise. I chose to follow Jazz in particular because it is highly creative and can be applied to almost all genres. Being part of the media side of Music at 4ZZZ is also a fantastic thing. You learn so much about broadcasting and music within the media and also have a fantastic time.The thing I love most about studying music is being surrounded by like minded and creative people. Late night jams are also awesome fun.
What are you currently working on project-wise?
Currently I’m trying to kick off a few musical projects including a Gypsy band and a Jazz duo. (P.S. if anyone plays some rowdy brass and wants in on some crazy gypsy music, contact me!). I’ve also started tutoring high school students which takes up a reasonable portion of my time.
What would you say led you to where you are today? Eg background, achievements, inspiration?
Call me superficial, but the largest aspect that has brought me to where I am today as fun, all the things I decide to follow are activities that give me a great deal of pleasure. I wasn’t always into music but when I began dabbling with it, it sucked me in. I’m yet to find an activity that gives me as much pleasure as music.
What do you get up to in your down time? Do you have any hobbies?
My downtime is pretty much more music although a touch of football (soccer), squash and a couple of computer games often make their way in as well. Busking is always good fun as well.
What’s it like being a young person in Brisbane? What suggestions would you make to improve the city?
Being young in Brisbane has its perks and flaws. When you’re under 18, it’s near impossible to see quality gigs. On the plus side there are a lot of youth organizations and activities around. Personally I think the public transport in Brisbane needs to be improved if we really want to allow youth to interact with what Brisbane has to offer.
What advice or inspiration would you share with other young people?
Follow your passion and always have a project or goal of some sort. Being stagnant can be no fun at all.
Is there anything else you’d like to add? Where can people get in touch with you?
Always love to talk to people so feel free to contact me at atienne01@gmail.com

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.

Eloise Maree: Theatre-Maker, Conversation Artist.

Eloise Maree has had a big year, the Queensland State Representative for National Youth Week in 2012 also winning a grant to study overseas and producing some amazing theatre works set to happen from 10-19 May as part of The Anywhere Festival.

What do you do and why did you choose to go down that path?
I am a theatre-maker and conversation artist. I have chosen to work in the arts because I am:
1. Passionate
2. A lover of metaphor and rhetoric
3. Crazy

What are you working on currently?
‘The Alleyway Project’ – a show that is set in Winn Lane (behind The Zoo). I am working with a team of amazing artists – three fantastic playwrights to create site-specific scripts based on The Valley and an incredible director/designer/acting team that are bringing it to life for the Anywhere Theatre Festival. We’ll have free goon and vomit fights. I’m excited!

How do you think Visible Ink helps young people to work on projects like yours, and what have you used the space for before?
Visible Ink is AWESOME. Coming from Melbourne, where you have to kill, search and destroy in order to find an [expensive] rehearsal space, a free rehearsal space is such a godsend! Also the free printing, photocopying, phones and internet make me feel like I have a Real Job.

What’s your favourite downtime activity/ hobby?
Oh, definitely playing classical piano. Sooo soothing.

Can you go into a little more detail about playing the piano? How long have you played? Why classical style in particular and why do you find it soothing?

I have played piano ever since I was a wee lass in Mt Isa. I had an old, rickety piano teacher named Mrs. Banks and she taught me a love for the smell of old piano music and classical. My two favourite classical composers are Bach and Mozart. Mozart is particularly soothing – if you don’t know about The Mozart Effect, you should look it up! Mozart’s music has been heralded for reducing stress, relieving illness and increasing mental activity. It’s awesome stuff.

So far for 2012 you’ve been Queensland State Youth Representative for National Youth Week, and have landed a grant for funds to travel overseas, can you tell us about that? Has it been a whirlwind or have you taken it all in your stride?
I would definately go with the whirlwind option. But as I’m learning, juggling many things at once and having multiple projects in one year is a part of working in theatre. I’ll also be touring a show made entirely from writing off toilet walls to Crack Theatre Festival in Newcastle and maybe Cairns as well and there’s been talk of touring a different show to Melbourne. In June, I’m off to Indonesia to meet and discuss social, community and touring art with Indonesian artists. I’m definately the most excited about this amazing opportunity!

Do you have a copy of your CityNews cover story you could share/ an anecdote about the experience of being on a magazine cover?

Well, it was all the doing of my marketer, Athalia Foo who set up the interview with director, Kat Henry and the shoot with three of our actors. I was not allowed to be in the interview or shoot because I had been in the previous week’s CityNews for National Youth Week! I was so excited when I saw we made the front page, it was totally unexpected. I keep seeing people walking around reading the CityNews and feel like running up to them and yelling “That’s my show! That’s my baby!! Come see it!!!”

Do you have any tips to share with young people? A motivational quote perhaps?

Some of the best advice I’ve ever had is “create the job you want”. It doesn’t have to pre-exist. Also, life naturally has its highs and lows. It’s difficult to see a way out when you’re in a low, but before you know it, you’ll be rising to the surface again. Just go with the flow and keep a clear heart.

Any inspirational things to say to other young people reading this?
You are already awesome. Keep digging, showing, pleasing: if not for yourself, then for everyone around you!

Where can people find out more about you or get in touch with you?
For the alleyway project, they can check out the blog: http://alleywayproject.blogspot.com.au/ (and come along to the show!). You can also see the Cradle Productions website which has info on my past shows: http://cradleproductions.yolasite.com/ or just email me @ cradleproductions@live.com.au

Ellie Freeman

I’m Ellie Freeman, I’m organising a cool bicycle event at Teneriffe on May 20 called We Like Bikes. Here’s a photo of me looking at something whimsical on the left:

I do the following things:

  • Audio engineer at4EBFM
  • Event management
  • Sound production student at SAE Institute Brisbane
  • Announcer and volunteer at 4ZZZFM
  • Irregular contributor to Rave Magazine
  • Social media addict on Twitter and tumblr

I like e-mails – contact me on ellie.freeman@gmail.com for questions, ideas, love letters, hate mail, etc.

A Pot of Tea, Under a Tree

 Sustainable Fashion, Clothing Exchange, Workshops

 Louise Falzon, director of A Pot of Tea, Under a Tree, is passionate about sustainable fashion and wants to share her
 knowledge through the Under a Tree Clothing Exchange and school-based workshops that help young people develop a sense of expression through fashion.

A Pot of Tea, Under a Tree is a sustainable fashion label that maintains accessibility for young people to interact and become more aware of minimising the impact of the fashion industry on the planet.

Under a Tree: Clothing Exchange is a quarterly clothes swap event where young women can come along and listen to young performers, drink tea and swap clothes for a cause. A Pot of Tea, Under a Tree chooses to support Project Futures: End Sex Trafficking as a positive way to take steps towards strengthening women’s environments throughout the world. The first Under a Tree: Clothing Exchange was held in March and was a lovely success, with Pot of Tea, Under a Tree able to raise the enough funds to free four young Cambodian girls from brothels.

A Pot of Tea, Under a Tree also offers school-based workshops on how to maintain sustainable fashion. These workshops are interactive as well as informative, providing high school students an opportunity to explore their identity through fashion as well as providing them with tools to create their own sustainable wardrobe.

“Before Louise came to speak at our school, I had absolutely no idea about what was going on in the world regarding the impact simply buying clothes has on the environment. She is an amazing person and I think she needs to go around to a lot more schools because I want people to experience what we did today. It was the most incredible lesson I’ve had in all high school and I want to thank her so much for everything.” K.M from Runcorn State

A Pot of Tea, Under a Tree
Louise Falzon
www.underatree.com.au

Dreamwave Entertainment

 Angie and Elerrina are the driving forces behind establishing Dreamwave Entertainment.  With over 40 years experience in the industry between them, they not only bring years of experience but amazing passion for empowering young people with skills in the performing arts.

Dreamwave have an established reputation in Ipswich and the Gold Coast and are working hard to expand intoBrisbane.  They are currently using Visible Ink resources on a regular basis to copy newsletters, create innovative posters and work on a business plan.

Dreamwave offer dance classes in multiple genres as well as singing and acting classes.  They have offered to run FREE classes here at Visible Ink over the next 6 months and will run intensive workshops over the September school holidays.  Dates and times will be put on the website soon.

In term 3 Dreamwave are offering classes at schools to promote an active and healthy approach to starting the school day. 

To find out more about Dreamwave Entertainment, please find them on Facebook (Dreamwave Entertainment) or http://www.dreamwaveentertainment.com/

Daniel and Gen

Visible Ink Valley is delighted to have Daniel and Gen join the space as tenants for the 2011 Inkubator program in the new Visible Ink space.

Daniel and Gen are currently busy preparing for rehearsals inMelbournefor the May 2012 Nextwave Festival which supports young emerging artists.   They are also taking theirBrisbane‘Room 328’ production toMelbournefor the Fringe Festival from late September til early October.

Later this year Daniel and Gen will be supporting secondary school students in Toowoomba, primarily those affected by January’s floods, by facilitating workshops with the assistance from fellow peers and supported by Toowoomba’s  Empire Theatre.

In December they are excited to be performing ‘DJ while you Sleep’ at the Judith Wright Centre.  More information will come closer to the date. You can check out some of their work via their website http://www.danielsantangeli.com/

Daniel and Gen will also be running workshops at the Visible Ink space in November, focussed on auditioning and theatre specific skill development.  Details will be on the Visible Ink website as soon as dates are locked in.

Please feel free to drop and in and say hi to them!

Tashka Urban

Musician.
Tashka’s passion for music is leading her to central Queensland to teach songwriting and instrument making.

 
Tashka recently attended the CONTACT ACADEMY: A multi-arts series of professional development workshops for emerging artists – run by Contact Inc and held at Visible Ink Valley. We asked a few questions about her experience.

Why did you come to the contact academy – what were you hoping to gain?
It was an amalgamation of Art forms.  A mix of great people.  A chance to try different things & meet new people.  Since I also conduct workshops for a living myself I am always interested in seeing how other’s are running & to open my mind to fresh ways of doing things.  This is the first time in my life I’ve spent time & lived in a City, with events & opportunities like these everywhere, so I’m lapping it up like crazy – soaking in as much as I can get!!!
I thought Contact Academy was one of the best run workshop serious I’ve ever been to… it’d be great to have an overview of the whole workshop timetable again & the names of all the facilitators who we worked with so we can look them up!

What is your arts practice interest and what would you like to be doing with it in Brisbane?
My Arts practice in short is music, but I’d say it is more about facilitating others to channel themselves through creative expression.  I teach piano/singing during the week & travel conducting workshops for projects a few times a year.  For example, I have been working in Indigenous communities facilitating story through singing/recording/filmmaking workshops since 2006.  In 2 weeks I am in remote north QLD with the J.A.M crew (Join Australian Music) in a great collective of muso’s facilitating songwriting, instrument making & industry development to remote schools, some of which don’t even have a music teacher!

After moving from Alice Springs to Brisbane, really what I’d like to be doing here is exactly what I’m doing, but more of it!  Immersing myself & immersing others.  I am hoping to step it up a notch & get more work on more projects & events.  I love working with other amazing people & arts collectives towards shared vision.  I have a lot to share & can add many levels to projects.  I am very interested in how we can be doing things differently & actually engage with each other & community in a way that not only makes it sustainable but also puts it into the people’s hands so they themselves become the art. Contact Tashka   tashka@humancanvas.net