Monday, 3 February 2014

Local girl makes good

Have you seen this clip from Youtube?

Jessica Mauboy is a local girl who has achieved success in the entertainment industry. She has been in two successful movies. She dances, writes songs, and sings pop songs. She has performed internationally and was also the 2011 Young Australian of the Year.

A glamour shot of Our Jess.
But she really is this lovely in both looks and personality.
Jessica Mauboy is a typical Darwin girl in many ways, and different in other ways. Her Dad is Indonesian from West Timor and is himself an accomplished performer. Her Mum is an Indigenous Australian from the KuKu Yalanji people, and she really enjoys singing too, which is a trifle unusual. Jessica attended the public schools in Darwin and participated in The Beat concerts, which are designed to give students the opportunity to perform on stage in front of thousands of people. One of the teachers working on The Beat recognised Jess's extraordinary talent and drive and decided to help her. And that help was huge.

Jess competed on one of the big television talent shows as a singer. The winner depended not only on talent but also audience votes. The school system got behind it and we were all asked to vote for our little school girl. She did really well, came second, got noticed, and launched a successful career. She has worked very hard and deserves her success. Jessica has appeared on Ellen DeGeneres's show and also with Oprah Winfrey. She has toured Indonesia giving many well received concerts. She has learned to write songs that appeal to the marketplace and to perform like a star. Our Jess happily appears for free at shows for worthy causes. She always has a positive comment for newspapers and magasines and is the kind of girl every family would be proud of.

You might have seen Jess in Bran Nue Dae, the film of the musical stage show. Here is a taste.

Another film success was The Sapphires. This was very popular in Australia but overseas audiences found the storyline awkward. For this role Jessica Mauboy won a Best Supporting Actress Award.

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