Hanging out with friends, a trip to the movies or staying in PJs all day is the typical life of a teenager… but there are always exceptions. Photo-shoots, movie filming, travelling the world and 25 hours of dance training a week can also be on the cards, for Adelaide’s more driven teens. Meet 3 of Adelaide’s rising young stars; Eden Hansen; 16, model, Charlotte Ordynski; 15, Ballerina and triple threat Douglas Wiseman; 18.
The world is their oyster and these kids have big dreams for the future. “One day I want to be walking the Victoria’s Secret runway” says Eden, who is one Adelaide’s most in-demand teen models. Not only has she modelled locally for designers and companies such as Finders Keepers and Teo Magazine, she has been scouted by Sydney fashion label Shilla and has up and coming prospects in the USA.
Triple threat Douglas Wiseman is not shy of the spotlight, recently coming back from touring Europe after performing in Hong Kong, Paris and London with Total Image Dance Company and The Adelaide Youth Theatre. “I want to see the world doing what I love” says Douglas, who has achieved great things at the youthful age of 18. Not only is he a singer and successful dancer but his acting career is taking off having just recently landed the main role in the film ‘Shards’ written by Matthew Williams.
After receiving a full scholarship to train in Sydney for ballet, accomplished dancer Charlotte decided to continue her base training in Adelaide. Despite opportunities interstate and abroad, Charlotte believes this is the best place to set up her future career. “The training is so nurturing and encouraging, Adelaide allows you to refine your skills for a possible career in dance”.
Although Adelaide is lesser known for performing arts, Douglas believes “our city doesn’t get enough credit. Adelaide has fantastic talent and is a real hidden gem. People seem to overlook the phenomenal training facilities and professionals that are shaping the future stars today. Adelaide is moulding me to become a better performer”.
It’s safe to say our home grown talent is nothing short of amazing. Keep a look out for Adelaide’s rising stars as they continue to conquer the industry. To all the aspiring artists out there, in the wise words of Charlotte “What would you try if you knew you couldn’t fail?”
By Annie Simpson
Journalist extraordinaire & Glam Adelaide work experience student