From talent to showbiz

Students hear how to make money from their musical hobbies

Approximately 150 students from a mixture of 12 secondary and primary schools across the island got the opportunity to explore available opportunities within the entertainment industry when they took part in the Small Business Association’s (SBA) Youth Forum today.

During the event, which formed part of the association’s Small Business Week, the children were also made aware of the opportunities within the information technology sector, with a focus on social media and application development. Chief executive officer of the SBA, Lynette Holder, told Barbados TODAY that over the past three years she had noticed many young people gravitating towards the entertainment and creative industries, and therefore the SBA was doing what it could to help encourage them.

CEO of the SBA Lynette Holder (left) and business opertions manager Andrea Taylor during the Youth Forum.
CEO of the SBA Lynette Holder (left) and business opertions manager Andrea Taylor during the Youth Forum.

“We recognize that there is an interest in the art forms amongst our young people. Therefore, as an association, we see the importance of helping them to not only treat this as a hobby, but to understand that it can be commercialized. So today our forum is focused on that,” said Holder.

She said it was about time young people started thinking about how to commercialize their talents and hobbies.

“That package should really open up the minds of our young people to the possibilities of what can really occur in entertainment. Beyond that this afternoon we are going to focus on social media . . . and the importance of mobile apps, for example, taking that game that you may like and commercializing it so that it is not just a hobby, but a help to . . . seize the opportunities that exist with our own talents for commercial gains,” Holder added.

During the event, which was held at the Savannah Beach Hotel, the students were treated to a number of performances and pep talk from renowned entertainers and singers, including Dwane Antonio (Husbands), Kirk Brown and Kellie Cadogan-Price. They also interacted with a number of service providers in the entertainment and design industries.

Singer Dwaine Antonio taking a selfie with enthusiastic students.
Singer Dwane Antonio taking a selfie with enthusiastic students.

Small Business Week is being celebrated under the theme Small Business As An Elixir For Economic Recovery.

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