Yeppon teenage models travel to Florida to launch careers

Maddison Beaufort
Maddison Beaufort Alyce Holznagel

YEPPOON teens Maddison Beaufort and Maddison Moran could soon be strutting the catwalk or appearing in fashion magazines in the US after attending the ARTS last year.

Travelling to Florida to launch their modelling careers, the local girls are now being mentored until their 16th birthdays when they will be able to sign contracts they were offered with high-profile modelling agencies in the United States.

ARTS Australia representative and talent scout Amanda O'Brien said the outcomes had been very encouraging for Australian artists, with several already making their way into the US market.

The ARTS is one of the highest-profile casting events in the US stage and screen industry, and in December 2014 nine artists from Rockhampton and Yeppoon had the trip of a lifetime after being selected to attend the event by Amanda.

Hayden Gorrie, Ashleigh Mitchell, Mackinnley Bowden, Lily Fokas, Ellouise Anderson, Donta Whitham, Tegan Devine, Maddison Moran and Maddison Beaufort, were selected last year at local auditions.

All nine artists received some 30 call-backs with top agents plus important development and networking opportunities on which to build future plans. Auditions for the 2015 event will be held next month in Yeppoon.

CQ girl Lily Fokas made her mark in the television category with the New York Film Academy.

"It was so much fun; performing on stage and then receiving feedback from industry professionals was priceless, I learnt so much from the workshops about the industry," Lily said.

Ellouise Anderson and Donta Whitham were recipients of ARTS Medals of Achievement, both Tegan and Lily achieved Top 3 in Best Television Commercial category, while Hayden, Ashleigh, Mackinnley and Lily were each awarded scholarships to study at the New York Film Academy.


Auditions will again take place in Yeppoon at Devine Drama and Dance Studio, 1/12 Industrial Dr on Saturday, February 14.

If you are a dancer, singer, actor or model aged eight and over, who dreams of an international career, book your audition now with local rep, Sharne Willoughby on mobile 0407612451 or email

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