Ipswich's musical prodigy gets tips from Australian legends
ROB Mills, Rhonda Burchmore and John Wood are just some of the Australian entertainment legends who have been sharing their wisdom with aspiring performers over the school holidays.
Ipswich's Jackson Eastwood was one of the young entertainers selected for the prestigious Australian Musical Theatre Workshops.
The 12-year-old Bethany Lutheran student was thrilled to receive the news and has been developing his musical theatre skills over the break.
"I've been singing since I was three or four years old," he said.
"I've played piano since Year 1 and started dancing last year.
"I just love performing in front of people and entertaining them."
Jackson said just 100 children were chosen to compete in the workshops nation-wide.
"The meets and greets were the best and we got to have a question and answer with the mentors," he said.
"The workshops have been really fun. Meeting people like Rob Mills and Rhonda Burchmore has been really exciting."
The aspiring musician recently returned from America, where he participated at an arts showcase in Florida.
His mother, Dee, said performing was something her son had always loved and his natural talent was noticed by scouts overseas.
"He did five intensive workshops in dance, modelling, TV commercials, singing and monolog in Florida," she said.
"He got some interest from a U.S. producer who is looking to take his show to Australia.
"Jackson is always entertaining, he puts himself out there and just loves it."
Although he doesn't know if musical theatre is something he wants to do when he grows up, Jackson said that he enjoyed performing on stage and would encourage other Ipswich kids to do the same.
"It really boosts kids' confidence," Mrs Eastwood said.
"We're just coming along for the ride. You never know what'll happen."