Romy set for a career in music

Romy on stage at the Fairbridge Festival. Photo courtesy HK Photography.

A talented Ballajura Community College music student has been offered an exciting opportunity which will help further her ultimate goal of a career in music.

Year 10 student Romy Bruinsma recently received a scholarship for the Nanga Music Festival which will help kickstart her career.

Romy applied for the scholarship by sending in two original songs.

“The scholarship includes mentoring in the business side of music,” she said. “I also won a free weekend ticket for myself and a guardian, accommodation, and the chance to perform as a solo artist at the festival in October.

“I am also looking forward to jamming with other artists while I am there.”

Romy writes music, plays guitar and sings and has been busking at the Fairbridge Festival in Pinjarra since she was seven years old. She said 2018 had been an amazing year for her music.

“Back in March I won ‘The Quest’ a songwriting competition at the Fairbridge Festival,” she said.

“I love the vibe there so I wrote a song about the Fairbridge environment and it won!

“There were 12 finalists and I was one of four winners.

“The prizes included meeting and speaking to John Butler and recording a song in his studio.

“I felt really lucky to meet John Butler. He was really interesting, really chilled and he knows his stuff – he is really educated in music.

“I also played my winning song live on ABC radio.”

Romy is working towards a Certificate III in Music and said the College Music Coordinator, Miss Borstel, had been a positive influence in her choice of career.

“I really appreciate Miss Borstel’s encouragement and support,” said Romy.

“Earning my certificates while I am still at school is great. My plan is to audition for WAAPA so I can get in early.

“I also plan to record more of my original music this year and upload it to iTunes.”