SCU hits the right note
AS A student at Lismore's Richmond River High School more than 20 years ago, Sean Peter had dreams of becoming an actor.
“But I worked out I wasn't very good at acting ... so I ploughed into music instead,” he said.
It was a good career move.
After finishing Southern Cross University's Bachelor of Contemporary Music degree in 1993, Mr Peter worked for several leading TV and theatre companies, including Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, the Sydney Theatre Company and Sydney Opera House.
Now the 36-year-old has received a nomination in the prestigious Australian Screen Music Awards.
“The music I've been nominated for was for an animated tele-movie, The Adventures of Charlotte and Henry, which was on Channel 7 on Christmas Day last year. It was fun,” he said.
“I found out about the nomination a while ago, but wasn't allowed to tell anyone. I had to keep it a secret - but it was a good secret to keep.”
Two other graduates from the university's Bachelor of Contemporary Music have been also nominated in this year's Australian Screen Music Awards.
Alastair Ford was nominated for Best Music for a Television Series for his work with McLeod's Daughters, while Yantra de Vilder was nominated for Best Music for a Documentary for Rainforest: The Secret of Life.
Mr Peter said the degree had given him the skills he needed to work in the music industry.
“I needed to know how to make a living from music,” he said.
“We had a really good batch of students - Grinspoon were in our year as well.”
But music isn't the only passion in Mr Peter's life.
He is now writing a script for a movie based on the building of India's famous Taj Mahal.
“I'm hoping to do something big with it - maybe theatre, maybe film. It's been in the back of my mind for some time,” he said.
SCU music lecturer and vocal coach, Leigh Carriage, said she was thrilled to see former students doing well.
“It shows the depth of knowledge and experience we have within the department to mentor and develop the talents of these promising young musicians and turn out professional graduates ready to take their place on the world stage,” she said.
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