I won’t quit ‘til I’m a star on Broadway

AS THE song goes, if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere.

And Sunshine Coast actress Jordan Russell is determined to give New York her best shot.

The 18-year-old finished Year 12 at Matthew Flinders Anglican College last year, packed her bags and flew to the Big Apple.

She now has a big decision to make, after she received offers from three different Manhattan-based drama and music schools - The Manhattan School of Music, The New School for Music, Mannes College and the American Music and Dramatic Academy, with options in musical theatre and classical voice.

Speaking from New York, Miss Russell said this opportunity to hone her craft at showbiz central was a dream come true.

"Obviously I would have been over the moon with acceptance from one school, but three is just so encouraging," Miss Russell said.

"For the past seven years music has been a huge part of my life, both in and out of school.

"I played in almost every music group at school including the choir, band and orchestra. I participated in every tour, concert, eisteddfod and festival at school with the ensembles, as well as their musicals (Grease 2011 and Guys and Dolls 2013).

"There was a constant variety of opportunities presented to me and I took full advantage of all of them."

For the past three years, Miss Russell has been particularly dedicated to following her passion for the performing arts, participating in Australian musical theatre workshops and workshops at Western Australia's Academy of Performing Arts.

Last year she took the stage at Noosa to play Maria in West Side Story.

"I'm very excited to see where the next few years will take me," she said.

"I am so very excited about living in New York City.

"It is such an exhilarating city, with an endless supply of musical and cultural experiences," she said.

"I have desperately wanted to find some way to live there and now I have the chance."

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