Chandla off to LA

Townsville Bulletin - - Savvy -

CHANDLA Man­ning is not your usual Fash­ion Bash wannabe model en­trant and that is prob­a­bly why this 13-year-old has al­ready won her ticket to Los An­gles.

The win­ner of each Townsville Fash­ion Bash sec­tion – tweens, in­ter­me­di­ates and adults – re­ceive a trip to Hol­ly­wood as well as any­one am­bi­tious enough to sell more than $ 5000 worth of raf­fle tick­ets for the competition.

The Grade 9 St An­thony’s Catholic Col­lege stu­dent left noth­ing to chance, go­ing through 50 raf­fle books by ded­i­cat­ing her ev­ery spare mo­ment to fundrais­ing since Au­gust 2010, with the help of her mum Jodie and younger sis­ter Mi­lah, so now she is off to the movie star mecca.

She will fly to the US af­ter the Fash­ion Bash in April and is over the moon, look­ing for­ward to vis­it­ing at­trac­tions like Uni­ver­sal Stu­dios, Ko­dak Theatre and the world’s most fa­mous shop­ping strip.

‘‘ I am go­ing to take lots of spend­ing money for Rodeo Drive and hope­fully spot a real Hol­ly­wood star in one of the trendy fash­ion stores,’’ Chandla said.

While the Black River lo­cal, who loves sport and go­ing bush with her horses, may also get the op­por­tu­nity over­seas to meet with tal­ent scouts and go to a cast­ing session.

The goal-driven teen, who spent her Sun­days for the past six months sell­ing tick­ets at Wil­lows mar­kets, is sur­pris­ingly not in­ter­ested in be­ing a model, but does want a pro­fes­sional ca­reer in front of the cam­era.

‘‘ She wants to get into tele­vi­sion and at the mo­ment she is do­ing com­per­ing and pub­lic speak­ing train­ing through Toast­mas­ters,’’ said mother Jodie.

‘‘ She loves the cam­era but has no real am­bi­tion to do mod­el­ling as a ca­reer, be­cause she has her mind set on ed­u­ca­tion and study­ing some­thing like jour­nal­ism.’’

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