TWO Bundaberg teenagers are one step closer to fulfilling their dreams after being accepted into prestigious performing institutes.
Brooke McElligott will head to Melbourne to under take studies at the Victorian College of the Arts, while Jack McGovern will move to Brisbane to study a Bachelor of Music at Griffith University's South Bank Conservatorium.
Miss McElligott was one of just 15 students accepted into her chosen course, beating thousands of applicants through the tough audition process.
"I went to four auditions in Brisbane. There were auditions held all over the country," she said.
"It's certainly very cool to make it.
"I'll go to class from 9am-6pm, Monday to Friday.
Mr McGovern's audition process took place over a couple of days, with only 30 students accepted into the course.
The young couple, both performers with Bundaberg's Players Playhouse Theatre, are realistic about the challenges of breaking into the industry.
"I'd like to do acting, but I'll take whatever opportunities I can," Miss McElligott said.
Mr McGovern shared those sentiments.
"It's not a simple career to get into - you don't finish your degree and get a job straight away," Mr McGovern said.
The young couple will keep in touch and hope to help each other with their studies.
"Flights between Melbourne and Brisbane are cheap, which is good," Mr McGovern said.