Abby Wolfe strums up a tune as she prepares to represent New Zealand at the World Championships of Performing Arts in Hollywood. Photo by Linda Robertson.
Abby Wolfe is marvelling at how the stars have aligned for
her after being selected to represent New Zealand at the
World Championships of Performing Arts in Hollywood.
The 17-year-old singer was busking in Albion Pl, Dunedin,
last year and was about to pack up her guitar and go home
when she was approached by a talent scout looking for
performers to represent New Zealand at what is considered
''the official talent olympics'' for aspiring performers and
''It was one of those kind of moments when the universe comes
together for you.
''This lady came up to me and said: `You're an amazing singer
and I want you to audition for a trip to go to the world
''It was surreal.''
She has since sent an audition tape to the New Zealand team
managers, an Auckland-based talent agency, and was one of 20
Kiwis selected to travel to Hollywood in July this year.
Although Abby was excited about the opportunity, she was also
''You only get one minute on stage to show what you can do.
''It has the potential to give me a career in music, so
there's a bit of pressure riding on this.''
Abby said she had dreamed of becoming a professional musician
since she was in primary school, and last year she was a
successful contestant on X-Factor New Zealand.
She had hoped to find a job this year and save some money to
go to the United States where she would pursue her music
career, but this opportunity had short-circuited that plan,
The competition attracts performers from more than 40
countries, and offers scholarship prizes worth $130,000.
Abby has not decided which song she will sing at the world
championships yet, but is hoping something by Pink will get
the attention she needs to succeed.
She plans to hold a concert called Wolfe-stock at Logan Park
High School on March 22, in which she will perform alongside
pupils from the school.
The concert will help raise funds for her trip.