Couple find big break in Gympie

CREATIVE couple Dan and Juliet Wookey had no idea where they would find work, let alone pursue their artistic interests when they arrived in Australia from England earlier this year.

Little did they know they know they would find it all in Gympie.

While staying with relatives at Tin Can Bay, The Wookey’s managed to obtain traineeships with the Australian Institute of Country Music and turned their hobbies into careers.

It’s a big break for the couple, who had planned to move to one of the major cities to find work and set up their own recording and photographic studios.

“We were having a look at the career’s expo to see what opportunities were available in the area before deciding whether or not to leave,” Juliet told The Gympie Times.

“We got to talking with the people from AICM and learned there were traineeships available in our fields of interest.”

Juliet, 24, was offered a traineeship in videography and Dan a traineeship in studio engineering. Both said their new jobs were “a godsend”.

“In the music industry everyone has a ‘right place at the right time’ story and this was ours,” Dan said.

“We have always wanted to turn our hobbies into careers. We couldn’t believe our luck that we came all the way from England and found these jobs in Gympie.”

Dan, 32, has been employed by AICM to help develop the recording studio. He specialises in electronic music and his main focus is to find a unique sound for AICM.

“The idea is to make country music more diverse by introducing a new electronic sound,” he said.

The creative pair said if they didn’t find positions with AICM they would most likely have moved to a city to pursue their interests.

“Even if we moved to a city, the whole thing would have been a longer process. We would have had to get jobs and start a studio by ourselves,” Juliet said.

“In a bigger city, there’s always more fish in the pond.”

In the music industry everyone has a ‘right place at the right time’ story and this was ours

Gympie Times


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