Songbird on a quest to help others
CHÉDENE Broderick has big plans.
She doesn't want to change the world or be the next prime minister - instead she wants to improve the confidence of young people all over Australia.
The 24-year-old is a vocal performance and confidence coach based in Calliope, a career path she has thrown herself into over the past four years.
She teaches students from six years old and above at her business, Chedene Byrne Music, educating them on the foundations of vocals, breathing and posture.
"When I was little I wanted to be famous. It would be great to be on stage but you would have no life and you would live out of a suitcase," she said.
"I've always wanted to do something with my music.
"It took a while to figure out that I wanted to teach people and help them.
"It's a job where you wake up and you are like 'cool, I am going to work today'." The former Brisbane woman has lived in Gladstone for a year and a half and has formed a good relationship with all of her students and their parents.
"I have 25 or 26 clients at the moment. I work every day," she said.
"It's mentally draining as every student is different. Each class has to be different and some students struggle.
"It's fun, though."
Children who are in musicals or the eisteddfod seek Chédene's expertise as well as mums and older people who sing for a hobby.
"Kids come to me because they always sing at home and their mum and dad want them to get lessons," she said.
Chédene is a music junkie. She has been singing since she was four years old and has a killer voice to match her passion.
"When I was 16 I tried out for X Factor," she said. "I did try out for The Voice, too. I was just so young."
She was in a band in Brisbane and has aspirations to continue that hobby.
Chédene recorded her own album in 2010 called 100% Me, which is available on iTunes. The album nothing short of amazing.
Her rich voice is not something she has always been able to project with ease. Chédene went through confidence issues during high school and she wants to teach others how to come out on top.
"Confidence is a massive thing on stage. I take what I've gone through and what I have learnt," she said.
The South African-born woman has a goal and she won't let anyone get in the way of it.
"My five-year plan is to go all around Australia and then take it corporate," she said.
"I am epically researching the confidence training.
"Depression and anxiety has risen by 40% of 12-17 year olds over the past five years. Nobody gives them tools to deal with it (depression and anxiety). I want to go into schools and teach them on a level they will understand."