Otago Daily Times

$20,000 put down by mother to cover top con­cert venue

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AUCK­LAND: A mother’s love and sup­port of her daugh­ter means an Auck­land teenager will take cen­tre stage at one of New Zealand’s most cov­eted the­atres.

Tal­ented pop singer Venice Qin (18) will per­form at The Civic in Auck­land.

The Auck­land teen’s mother, Christina Yu, had booked the theatre ex­clu­sively and had taken out ra­dio ad­ver­tise­ments to pro­mote the one­night­only event.

Ms Yu had also en­listed the pro­duc­tion tal­ents of Ratu Gor­don, who was the head sound en­gi­neer for Pink and Lady Gaga’s shows in Las Vegas.

‘‘I have big re­spect for my daugh­ter be­cause she is so driven and tal­ented from a young age,’’ Ms Yu said.

‘‘I want her to be happy and with mu­sic, I just tell her ‘go for it’ you never know how far you will go.’’

Venice said she was grate­ful to be able to per­form at such a pres­ti­gious venue and hoped the event would give peo­ple a taste of her mu­sic.

‘‘A ca­reer in mu­sic is my Plan A — I don’t have a Plan B,’’ she said.

‘‘This is what I want to do for the rest of my life so it is about find­ing peo­ple who be­lieve in me and work­ing very hard.’’

Venice re­leased two sin­gles last year and has re­leased more mu­sic on Spo­tify. Her sin­gle Found My­self had been streamed 250,000 times.

She said her mother was her big­gest sup­porter and her big­gest in­spi­ra­tion.

Ms Yu, who is the man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of the Chi­nese Herald, posted one of the songs to her LinkedIn ac­count where it grabbed the right at­ten­tion.

‘‘Mum shared it on her LinkedIn ac­count and this amaz­ing guy spot­ted it and played it to Ratu Gor­don who worked with Pink and Lady Gaga,’’ Venice said.

‘‘He re­ally liked it as well and that’s how it all hap­pened.’’

Dur­ing a meet­ing with Ratu Gor­don it was de­cided the for­mer St Kentigern Col­lege pupil needed some­where spe­cial to show­case her tal­ents.

‘‘Ratu said Venice should do some per­for­mance and we agreed that was the only way for peo­ple to get to know her,’’ Ms Yu said.

‘‘Even though she is pop, we knew a bar would not have suited her mu­si­cal style and then The Civic was sug­gested.’’

Ms Yu said hir­ing the venue cost up­wards of $20,000 — which she said she ‘‘put on the mort­gage’’.

She ac­knowl­edged it was a big de­ci­sion to hire such a well­known venue but she saw it as the ul­ti­mate sup­port for Venice.

‘‘I’m a sin­gle mum but what I feel is, I love her and she has a dream. I would re­gret it if I didn’t sup­port her.’’

‘‘I would not do it if I didn’t be­lieve in her. I am work­ing class, I am not a per­son in busi­ness with a lot of money to in­vest, I am a mum.’’

Rob­bie Macrae, from Auck­land Live which runs The Civic, said, ‘‘The Civic is one of the most iconic at­mo­spheric the­atres in the south­ern hemi­sphere so in nor­mal, nonCovid times, dates for con­certs are scarce and op­por­tu­ni­ties like this are rare.

‘‘If there’s a sil­ver lin­ing [to Covid], it’s launch­ing a bright young artist on the most mag­nif­i­cent stage.’’

Ms Yu said the fi­nan­cial cost of hir­ing the venue was jus­ti­fied by the ex­pe­ri­ence and lessons in the lead­up to the Novem­ber 27 show.

She be­lieved pre­par­ing for the solo event had taught her daugh­ter as much as if she was study­ing at univer­sity.

‘‘Al­ready Venice has learnt so much about build­ing re­la­tion­ships, me­dia, so­cial me­dia, styling, and re­hearsals.

‘‘She is such a hard worker and has put ev­ery­thing into this. She is an in­spi­ra­tion to me.’’ — The New Zealand Herald

 ?? PHOTO: THE NEW ZEALAND HERALD ?? Jump­ing for joy . . . Young singer and song­writer Venice Qin, whose mother has booked Auck­land’s Civic Theatre to show­case the teen’s tal­ent.
PHOTO: THE NEW ZEALAND HERALD Jump­ing for joy . . . Young singer and song­writer Venice Qin, whose mother has booked Auck­land’s Civic Theatre to show­case the teen’s tal­ent.

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