By UTE SCHULENBERG
YOUNG Bellingen musician Jack Carty is not daunted by the tough world of the music industry.
In fact, he can hardly wait to get out and test his talents in the 'real world'.
Nineteen-year-old Jack has spent the last 12 months training with the NSW Talent Development Project (TDP), which mentors talented students for careers in the music industry.
The program has already helped launch the careers of groups such as Human Nature, Emma Pask and Darren Coggan.
Jack, who describes himself as a contemporary singer/songwriter, says even if he does not end up being a performer, the TDP has been worth it.
"I have learnt so much," he said.
"TDP is all about improving on the talents you already have and preparing to graduate into the world of professional performance.
"We have come into contact with some really cool people, who have been very generous in giving us constructive criticism."
He said the project provides a safe environment to experiment and helps young performers start developing their support network.
Workshops take place twice each month and include representatives from all areas of the industry from entertainment lawyers to record label representatives.
"They take what they see in you and polish it," Jack said.
With his graduation on August 10, he says he has a few plans up his sleeve.
One of these includes the release of his recently recorded EP, Late Nights, Early Warnings, available from his website www.jackcarty.com.
His father, John Carty, said Jack had a had a great attitude. "He's very down-to-earth and poised for great things."