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Ebony strikes goldwith Academy win

Eleven-year-old Ebony Sayer of Robina has scored one of 14 coveted scholarships with the Australian Acting Academy.
Eleven-year-old Ebony Sayer of Robina has scored one of 14 coveted scholarships with the Australian Acting Academy.



THERE'S something about Ebony.

In a line-up of 900 aspiring actors and actresses throughout Queensland, the eleven-year-old Robina beauty wowed the panel from the Aust- ralian Acting Academy with her innate ability ? and snared one of 14 coveted acting scholarships.

Her mum Leah said her daughter had always been used to standing out of the crowd, particularly when they lived in Hong Kong for five years before moving back to the Gold Coast six months ago.

"With a Western face with the blonde hair, she would be approached for modelling and was on toy boxes," Leah said.

Ebony, who is in Year 6 at Robina State School, said she hoped the scholarship would pave the way for entry into NIDA and an acting career to rival Nicole Kidman.

She admitted the audition process was gruelling.

"I was nervous because I had to do five auditions," Ebony said.

It has not taken Ebony long to plunge back into the Aussie way of life ? she has already made plenty of friends at school while enjoying a hectic schedule outside of school hours that includes gymnastics classes.

Leah said while her daughter had dabbled in theatre in Hong Kong, she believed Australia presented more opportunity for Ebony to excel in acting circles.



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