Jae­dyn Ran­dell - Maori Moana

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We catch up with the voice of the new Maori ver­sion of Moana, Toko­roa’s Jae­dyn Ran­dell.

I un­der­stand you ap­plied for the part of Moana be­cause there was noth­ing to lose. How did you feel when you found out you had you got the call to say you have made it a step fur­ther, and again when you ac­tu­ally got the role?

The first thing that came to my head was how ex­cited my lit­tle cousins would be. Their favourite movie is go­ing to be in their first lan­guage, how cool is that!

When I got the call that I was for­tu­nate to get the role of Moana, I couldn’t be­lieve it. A few days went by and I was still in dis­be­lief. I was in the stu­dio work­ing with the most tal­ented cast and it still didn’t feel real. I am just so grate­ful for this amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity.

long has it taken to record Moana?

In to­tal I recorded for about three weeks. I spent a few days work­ing with Rob Ruha on the songs and a few weeks with Rachel House for the dia­logue and per­for­mance side of things.

do you fit every­thing around school and so­cial­is­ing?

I have had so much sup­port both at school and at home. My

‘‘The first thing that came to my head was how ex­cited my lit­tle cousins would be.’’ Jae­dyn Ran­dell

mum is the most sup­port­ive per­son. She al­ways makes time to help me out and make sure that I’m on track. In my down time I catch up with my school work and time with friends. The in­ter­net has been such a help­ful re­source due to the fact that a lot of my school work is up­loaded there and it keeps me con­nected with my friends and fam­ily.

do you feel now know­ing it has come to an end and know­ing you are go­ing to be so well known?

It is a some­what sad feel­ing that it has come to an end but I’m ex­cited as well! Ex­cited be­cause hav­ing com­pleted the film means that it is avail­able to be watched and en­joyed by ev­ery­body! On this jour­ney I have learnt so many skills and learnt a lot about my­self too. I have got to work with such tal­ented peo­ple who also taught me so much.

you think that some­thing so big could come from a per­son in such a small com­mu­nity?

Any­thing is pos­si­ble. The op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able are end­less. No mat­ter who you are or where you come from there is a whole world out there for you to see. It’s up to you whether you keep chas­ing. Goal set­ting and hard work are the back­bone to achiev­ing your dreams. Just go for it!

do you have to say for peo­ple in places such as Toko­roa who have big dreams but don’t think they can go far?

You can hon­estly do any­thing! What­ever you set your mind to, you can achieve. Be­lieve in your­self and fol­low your dreams be­cause dreams aren’t meant to stay dreams. They’re cre­ated by you so that you have some­thing to work to­wards. Every­thing hap­pens for a rea­son…

here? do you want to go from

My dream from a young age has al­ways been to pur­sue a ca­reer as an in­ter­na­tional mu­si­cian/artist. I ab­so­lutely love per­form­ing and that is def­i­nitely what I want to be do­ing ev­ery­day.

other in­for­ma­tion/ quotes that you want to share would be awe­some :)

Whaia te iti kahu­rangi, ki te tu¯ ohu koe me he maunga teitei.

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