USP student accepted into Hollywood Immersive Programme
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Jedidiah during one of his performances at the recent Oriental music meeting at the Oceania Centre in Laucala Campus.
A first-year Law student of The University of the South Pacific (USP) has been accepted into the world- renowned Hollywood Immersive Programme.
Twenty-year-old Jedidiah Christopher Taylor Mosese is the first Fijian and Pacific Islander to be accepted into the inaugural Hollywood Immersive Dance Programme.
This is the second time a member of USP’s Oceania Dance Theatre has been invited to Hollywood Immersive; the first was Ateca Halamehi Ravuvu who is currently in Hollywood, Los Angeles pursuing her acting career as part of the Acting Immersive Programme.
Hollywood Immersive offers three separate programmes – Acting Immersive, Music Immersive and Dance Immersive. Each one offers talented performers the unique opportunity to engage, train, network and be mentored by some of Hollywood’s elite industry professionals.
The programmes feature intensive coaching sessions, training and the opportunity to showcase their talent in a truly immersive and concentrated programme.
This access to the real professionals on the business side of the industry allows incredible opportunities for participants to train with the very best, be inspired and network.
Jedidiah, whose airfare will be sponsored by the Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE), said he is truly grateful and proud to be representing Fiji and the Pacific so this substantial contribution from the Faculty is most welcome.
Other costs including accommodation will be borne by the overwhelming financial contribution of parents and students currently enrolled at the Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies (OCACPS) dance programme, assistance from the Department of Culture and Heritage and financial pledges from family and friends.
A goodwill concert for Jedidiah was staged on 3 June 2016 at the OCACPS pavilion where students, parents, friends and associates of the Centre donated funds amounting to $3,149.75 to assist with Jedidiah’s expenses in Hollywood.
Acting Director of USP’s Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies Dr David Gegeo said as someone who was educated, taught at the University level and lived in the United States of America (USA) for 30 years, he is somewhat familiar, albeit from a distance, with the Hollywood culture of the arts.
“I can therefore say with some authority that being connected to Hollywood in any capacity is not easy because of the stiff competition formed by artistic excellence, hard-work and personal integrity,” he said.
“I was therefore blown away when I was informed that Jed, one of our very own artists, has been given the golden opportunity to study at and experience Hollywood, the “hub” of arts of all stripes in the U.S.A and the world,” he stated.
Dr Gegeo said this is a unique and once-in-a-life-time invitation that millions of artists throughout the world, both beginning and seasoned, only dream of but never actually experience.
“Having watched Jedidiah in performance several times at OCACPS, I am confident that this is his ticket to stardom,” Dr Gegeo added.
“Congratulation, Jed, and thank you for the hard-work and representing OCACPS, USP, Fiji and the Pacific,” he said.
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