IF 15-year-old Ella Noble is anything to go by, there was no shortage of local talent on display during the Lismore Fast Track Talent Showcase on the weekend.
The local singer-songwriter said she first picked up a guitar and started singing at age 12.
After only three years, Ella is already applying for X Factor.
The Lismore High School student said she hopes to one day make it as big as her musical idol, Matt Corby.
"I hope to make a career out of music, but I'm not really sure," she said.
"I'm making other plans in case that doesn't work out, but I hope for it to be a career.
"I'm applying for the X Factor, so hopefully I can get on there and someone can see me."
Fast Track event organiser Maxine Harman said the talent on display from the Northern Rivers had been "world class".
"We have travelled all over the country and the world, and honestly, Lismore is right up there," she said.
"There's no reason why any of these performers couldn't be on a world stage.
"It's very impressive.
"We have singers, drummers, bands, guitarists, and most importantly a lot of people writing original music which is really refreshing."
Ms Harman said the talent show was founded to give musicians an opportunity to hone their skills onstage.
"The people who come here aren't usually beginners, they're actually already singing beautifully, already playing guitar, so it's a great exposure to them about how a big event runs and it opens them up to be seen by talent scouts," she said.
The winner of the competition will receive $2000, sponsored by the Lismore City Council.