Trio heading to Hollywood

Three local singers are to participate in the World Championships of Performing Arts next year.

26 November 2018 | Art and Entertainment

Leandrea Louw

Three local artists, Jo-Anne Steyn (18), Leanne Magson (12) and Jessica Strydom (16), will head to Los Angeles to participate in the World Championships of Performing Arts from 7 July - 22 July 2019.

All three girls are students at Pro-Ed Academy based in Swakopmund and need to raise about N$85 000 to participate in the championships.

Strydom is no stranger to the championships as she participated in the competition earlier this year, pocketing two silver medals and was crowned as the overall division winner in the Latin category.

She also received two silver medals for vocal pop and country.

To qualify for the world championships yet again, she participated and received two gold, one silver and two bronze medals at the Namibia Championships of Performing Arts recently.

“I’ve been singing for as long as I can remember, but I first started taking singing lessons when I was 9 years old and I never looked back.”

In addition, Strydom features on a reality television show, Hollywood hier kom ek. This seven-episode series features Namibian and South African artists who participated in the World Championships of Performing Arts and their journey throughout the championships. Strydom along with Anri Brynard are the only Namibians featuring on the show. The show first aired on 30 October and can be watched on DStv channel 147, every Tuesday at 17:00.

Jo-Anne Steyn started singing at the age of 10 and hopes to one day sing professionally. She pocketed three gold medals for country, rock and open categories, one silver medal for contemporary and one bronze for variety at the Namibia Championships of Performing Arts.

“I am extremely excited at the thought of performing on such a huge stage next year.”

Steyn performed at various events, such as the Grootfontein Cultural Festival, as well as participated in various South African competitions.

The youngest of the trio, Leanne Magson, is a triple threat as she can dance, sing and model. At the Namibia Championships of Performing Arts she received four gold medals for contemporary dance, Broadway singing, pop singing and spokes modelling. She also received two silver medals for hip-hop dance, pop singing, and received two bronze medals for photographic modelling and casual modelling.

“I started singing and dancing when I was three years old, and began modelling when I was six years old.”

She was crowned Miss Petite 2013 at the Trustco Star Performer competition, and since 2014 have been participating in the International Fine Arts Associations (IFAA) competitions, locally and internationally. She was recently also crowned the overall winner of the Pro-Ed Academy talent show.

The trio plan to hosts shows to raise funds and make their Hollywood dreams a reality.

“A variety show will be hosted in January at The Tug in Swakopmund, where Izelda Lourens from Evolve Fire & Entertainment will also be performing her fire dance. We are also selling raffle tickets at N$50 with a numerous prizes to be won.”

The girls have performed throughout the year at Desert Tavern, Lukzet Stables in Henties Bay and at Kinder Zone at The Dome. Strydom will also be performing at a variety of shows in Henties Bay, one being at the Christmas Market from 21 December to 23 December.

“We’d really like to thank Freddie Stander, who sponsored cool drinks to the value of N$2 800 to sell at our events, Alinda Lu’Mar, Tina Fraser, Alex Mugaviri from Beats Revolution Windhoek, Kim Gardney from Kim’s Dance and Fitness, Adeline Wieland, our families and everyone who supported us by buying raffle tickets and coming to our shows.”

Steyn says that it takes hard work and extra focus to make your dreams a reality.

“It’ll be late nights and early mornings, investing in your dreams. Pay no mind to negative comments, as these are usually people who are jealous or don’t believe you can actually achieve your dreams. Hold your head high. ”

Magson says “no matter who or what you are, how wealthy or poor, with hard work you can achieve your dreams”.

Strydom added that it is important no to let go of your dreams.

“Always believe in yourself. Don’t compare yourself to someone else, as each of us is unique. Always stay positive and never give up on your dreams. Remember that God is always with you.”

Leanne’s journey to Hollywood can be followed on Facebook ‘Leanne for World Championships 2019’ and Jessica’s at ‘Journey to Hollywood_Jessica Strydom’.

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