Stairway to the top
NINA Baumer was singing before she could talk.
So it's little surprise that the talented Wollumbin High School student aspires to a career on the stage singing and acting and as an all-round entertainer.
At just 17 years of age, she has quickly racked up achievements that will stand her in good stead for such a future.
The Stokers Siding resident was one of three Year 11 drama students at her school accepted into the State Drama Ensemble in Sydney last year that saw her perform at the Opera House.
She is also part of the prestigious public schools' Talent Development Project which can result in graduates being signed to a major record label.
Last year she was selected for the second year to appear in the Schools Spectacular at the Sydney Entertainment Centre that is televised nationally.
She was chosen as one of just a handful of featured vocalists from more than 3600 participating students.
2015 is shaping up as a big one for Nina who is in Year 12 this year.
An R&B/hip-hop EP she hasrecorded with a Sydney rapper is due to be released. But with YouTube jammed with talented performers around the world, Nina knows she's got a lot of hard work ahead of her.
In this Q & A she shares her hopes for the future.
What are your dreams and aspirations for the future?
I have always dreamed of being a performer and working within the media.
I believe this derived from being constantly exposed to music as my family loved listening to many genres.
I hope to become a signed artist and become internationally recognised for singing and as a TV personality or presenter.
How do you balance your career with school?
Being a student is difficult when you have such a demanding dream.
However I am very organised and prioritise both my education and singing.
It is all about time management, determination and focus.
Maintaining this balance has lead me to achieve great results in school and a successful start to my career.
What's next for you in your career?
The next step for me is exposure.
It's vital as an artist to develop your identity and style, I believe the next step is to develop the public's interest in my music.
Ultimately, the next step is tobreak into the music industry and win the hearts of the Australian and international public.
Can you tell me a little bit more about your family history in music and your history in the Tweed?
My family isn't very musical apart from my grandfather who yodels and plays the accordion.
My family appreciates music and has supported me throughout my musical journey.
My family's musical appreciation allowed me to develop a diverse style.
What are your plans for 2015? Can you tell me about your work with the "in between" organisation that might be able to help you to get a Sony contract? How do you have to audition?
I'm working with a Sydney rapper named Macca to produce an EP, which is coming out next year.
It's called Famously and is very R&B/Hip Hop.
It was a long audition process to become accepted in to the Talent Development Program.
The program consists of several phases and workshops, which are treated as an audition.
Throughout the program the students are able to meet producers, artists and managers which become mentors and allow us to develop as artists.
I hope I am fortunate enough to graduate this program which will allow me to record with Sony.
After this program I hope to become a signed artist, by which label is unknown and unpredictable.
In this industry determination and work ethic is vital.
Hopefully I will reach my goal within the next 3 years.
Who are some of your idols and why?
I have many idols but I believe my inspirations would have to be Beyonce, Elizabeth Taylor and Mariah Carey.
They are such diverse performers and true professionals.
I believe these women's are the definition of strength and determination.
This has always inspired me, especially when watching Beyonce's confident and flawless performances.
What are some of your favourite things to do on the Tweed to relax?
I love going to the beaches along the Tweed.
The Tweed is so environmentally rich and beautiful, which I love embracing.
I definitely enjoy days at the beach and spending my afternoons in the many cafés.
What's your favourite book/musical CD/movie?
I thoroughly enjoyed the musical Wicked and Die Fledermaus (the bat).
There are too many movies and books to choose from but my favourite television show is definitely Friends.
If you could have dinner with any three people, who would they be?
I would most likely have dinner with Beyonce, Jessica Mauboy, Jessie J, Aretha Franklin, Bono and Bruno Mars. ( I made it a dinner party).