A 16-year-old Bloemfontein girl is set to fly the South African flag at America’s longest-running talent show, Talent America, in New York this month.
Selochana Tia Dasram, the only participant chosen from the Free State province, hopes to wow the judges with her angelic voice at the Talent America national finals set for June 27-30 in the Big Apple.
Tia shrugged off the challenge of thousands of other participants at the SA finals held in Port Elizabeth.
“I found out about Talent America after I entered for Talent Africa which I learnt about as I was searching for events to broaden my exposure on stage. This experience saw me performing in PE where I got selected ahead of thousands of other contestants,” explained Tia.
With over 46 years in the business, Talent America boasts of giving budding singers, dancers, models, actors and entertainers their big break. Tia’s participation in the show, therefore, affords the 16-year old the much-needed opportunity for her “big break”.
Asked about how she got into music, Tia, who was born and bred in Bloemfontein had this to say: “I don’t actually know. I’ve always had a knack for it, although from Grade 1-7 I was always the more sporty type. I hardly participated in cultural activities other than choir, which was not a very good experience as I was placed in the wrong voice group for a four year.
“I do remember singing a song, unaware that my mother was hearing me, after we had just watched an episode of Idols. She later told my father that I could sing and I eventually did a song for them. My father then decided to send me for vocal training. From there onwards, my interest in music peaked and I found myself keen on learning more and more about it,” she recounted.
The teenage singing sensation believes music is her calling. She describes singing as therapeutic for her introvert soul.
“I would say I’m rather introverted and I enjoy my own company. I’m practical yet artistic and enjoy learning new things, especially in the fields of art and music,” Tia explained.
While other children tend to hide away from problems in their lives, the young musician has chosen to draw inspiration from her three uncles who are recovering drug addicts. To her, the fact that they have all chosen to use ‘rock-bottom as their foundation to build a new life’ is proof that, with dedication, nothing is impossible.
On her chances on the big stage in NY, Tia had this to say: “I know I’m not the best out of all of the singers there, but I’ve made it this far because I’m good enough to be there. I’ve seen some crazy talent from even the regional rounds and to think that I made it to the national round, let alone international round, is crazy. I can’t predict anything of the future but what I’ve already achieved this far makes me fulfilled and I can only hope for better.”
Tia hopes to do a rendition of Ariana Grande’s song, “Almost Is Never enough” as well as Calumn Scott’s “You Are The Reason” at the finals.
She said she has always been an independent child working on her own esteem. As such she is on a sponsorship drive to finance her own travels abroad, albeit her parents support.
She is looking for assistance towards her flight and visa application fees, accommodation, administration fees, workshops, a compulsory uniform, travel insurance, subway tickets, among a host of other expenses.
Those interested in contributing towards making Tia’s dream a reality, can get more information by contacting: 083 686 8864 or via email: email@example.com