TAFE students lend their skills to GCMAs

Gold Coast Music Awards (GCMAs) aims to assist in raising the profile of some of the city’s most talented musical professionals, but it also seeks to provide opportunities for other Gold Coasters keen to express themselves.

That’s why each year, the GCMA team invites TAFE Queensland Gold Coast Beauty and Hairdressing students to join them on the red carpet at Surfers Paradise, to add those final touches of glam to the finalists before they face the media and fans.

And that’s not all.

TAFE Queensland Diploma of Event Management Students also gain valuable real world experience at the awards, by assisting with various tasks on the night such as taking tickets on the door, putting wrist bands on guests, ushering artists from the stage, and handing out programs.

Beauty student, Ashley Woolsey, said there was a real buzz on the red carpet as the artists arrived to get touched up before they made their grand entrance.

“It was such a unique experience to be among the vibrant atmosphere of the event and also to be able to put my training into practice in a lively environment was such an amazing opportunity,” said Ashley.

Diploma of Event student, Olivia Fishburn, said she was motivated by the experience to get straight into the industry when she completes her studies.

“I had a lot of fun at the Gold Coast Music Awards, while also learning so much from the event professionals about what it takes to pull off such a fantastic night,” said Olivia.

“It has inspired me to soak up as much experience as I can and take up all these opportunities that TAFE continually provide us while we are studying.”

The GCMA team met regularly with the event students over the weeks leading up to the event to brief them and talk through run sheets, guest lists, logistics etc, and were all incredibly impressed by the professionalism and enthusiasm displayed by all students.

Each year, the GCMA organisers look forward to providing a platform for the students to practice their skill sets, while also greatly appreciating the extra hands on deck. With planning for 2020’s glittering Gold Coast night of nights already underway, next year’s student crop is sure to have a hand in creating another night to remember.

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