Liam gives per­spec­tive on per­form­ing arts ad­ven­ture

Mansfield Courier - - OPINIONS/PEOPLE - Here is his story:

MANS­FIELD’S young per­form­ing arts star Liam Wil­son re­cently re­turned from the world cham­pi­onships of per­form­ing arts in Amer­ica.

Ever-con­scious and grate­ful of the sup­port he re­ceives at home from his fam­ily, friends and the wider com­mu­nity, Liam wanted to put to­gether a re­port from his per­spec­tive about his ex­pe­ri­ence as a way of thank­ing ev­ery­one.

“Last month my fam­ily and I trav­elled to the United States of Amer­ica for the ‘world cham­pi­onships of per­form­ing arts’ where I was rep­re­sent­ing Aus­tralia in the cat­e­gories dance and mod­el­ling.

“The t hree- week ex­pe­ri­ence changed my out­look on both per­form­ing and life in gen­eral.

“Work­ing with 63 coun­tries and in­te­grat­ing with var­i­ous cul­tures was in­cred­i­ble, but just as valu­able was learn­ing to live in­de­pen­dently in a new en­vi­ron­ment.

“Many of the peo­ple I met and worked with did not speak English and worked with in­ter­preters.

“With a full sched­ule of work­shops, boot camps, lec­tures, per­for­mances, re­hearsals, cer­e­monies, com­pe­ti­tions, par­ties and events, it was cru­cial that I learnt to main­tain my­self in a work at­mos­phere both in­ter­nally and ex­ter­nally.

“The pro­gram in­volved work­ing with the most re­spected and ex­pe­ri­enced peo­ple in the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try who were our men­tors, judges and re­sources for valu­able in­for­ma­tion.

“I learnt to be inspired by the world around us, which in­cludes the peo­ple we meet, the food we eat, the places we visit, the things we ex­pe­ri­ence and ap­ply it to an out­let such as dance.

“I was hon­oured to be part of the grand fi­nale show­case, which was broad­cast world­wide and per­formed to a large live au­di­ence.

“I feel hon­oured to have won six medals and an in­dus­try award, and I look for­ward to trav­el­ling back to the USA for my schol­ar­ship next year and to once again com­pete.

“I would like to thank all of those who have sup­ported and be­lieved in my work, and I will con­tinue to sup­port you through­out life.

“Ev­ery­thing still comes back to the beau­ti­ful town of Mans­field, which has inspired me and built me into the per­former and per­son I am to­day.

“Love what you do and you will never work a day in your life - Think it, See it, Be­lieve it, Make it.”

PHOTO: Tim O’Brien, RT Pro­duc­tions, USA

WORLD STAGE: Liam Wil­son per­forms one of his rou­tines at the world cham­pi­onship of per­form­ing arts in Amer­ica re­cently.

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