Nick Leighton was accepted into a journalism degree at Griffith University before graduating Year 12 because of his raw talent and enthusiasm.
Nick Leighton was accepted into a journalism degree at Griffith University before graduating Year 12 because of his raw talent and enthusiasm. John Gass

Spinning a success story

MUSIC journalist Nick Leighton has proven that with the right determination you can kick-start a career before you’ve even sat your Year 12 exams.

Mr Leighton has been accepted into the Griffith University Bachelor of Journalism program by submitting a lengthy application describing his passion for music and excellent writing skills.

He was granted acceptance before his schooling results were published because of the calibre of his application.

“They just wanted people who were keen to learn,” Mr Leighton said.

“I just think that if you want something, even if you think it’s far-fetched, if you just try it can happen.

“For the uni application I needed to have a blog, so I wrote pages and pages about music and then my brother suggested I send it to Scene magazine as well.”

Scene magazine was impressed with the young writer and asked him to intern on Thursdays.

“They emailed me and said, we know you’re young but you’re really passionate. Would you like an internship?” Mr Leighton said.

“Now I work there every Thursday.”

Mr Leighton said his favourite interview was with Tim Rogers of Australian rock band You Am I.

“Talking to Tim Rogers was pretty surreal, and British India was weird because I’m a huge fan of them.”

But despite his success, Mr Leighton has no ambition to live the life of the rich and famous people he interviews.

“I want to make a steady living out of exactly what I’m doing now. Even if it’s bare minimum pay I still get to do what I love and go to shows for free, so I’m happy.”

“Even if you think it’s far-fetched, if you just try it can happen.”



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