Kailan O’Dell from Rockhampton Grammar School shows off his skills on the guitar. He hopes to win MySchoolAct2011.
Kailan O’Dell from Rockhampton Grammar School shows off his skills on the guitar. He hopes to win MySchoolAct2011. Sharyn O'Neill

Kailan's big music opportunity

IN THE finale of his high school years, Kailan O’Dell has set the tone for his future career – and it is music to his ears.

The talented musician knows there are not too many opportunities for a 16-year-old like him to break into the music industry, so hearing about a competition aimed at high school students, it struck a chord.

MySchoolAct2011 is offering the chance of scoring a recording deal with Sony Music Entertainment to the value of $50,000 as well as being included in the line-up at Australia’s biggest touring music festival the Big Day Out 2012.

“This could be an amazing opportunity for me,” Kailan said.

“I just really want to get into music.”

The free competition is an online music and talent competition exclusively created for Australian high school students with a passion for the music industry, to showcase the talent of high school bands and musicians.

And Kailan has already shown his passion and talent, as he sings, plays piano, guitar, bass and the drums, and has had success with competitions in the past.

The Rockhampton Grammar School student recently entered a Queensland Music Festival competition, Score It, where entrants were challenged to create a music score for a three-minute film clip.

“I won with the film clip I chose.”

His prize included an all-expenses trip to Brisbane, including tickets to the opera.

As well as being a part in the upcoming school musical, Fame, Kailan has performed both solo and as a group in music festivals and various venues and events, and even teaches guitar to fellow students.

His band Perfect Fall performed at their school formal earlier this year, which Kailan credits as being the highlight of his career so far.

“I really just love performing.”

The band has also entered the Triple J Unearthed competition.

“There is no better feeling than being on stage.”

“It is really what I enjoy doing.”

MySchoolAct is open for submissions from all high schools across Australia.

Entrants can visit www.myschoolact.com to register.



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