The thought of abandoning one career for a completely fresh start in another is a daunting prospect. Conversely, not taking the chance to pursue your passion can lead to nagging regret.
Rosie Antonas is one of an increasing number of people who are choosing to re-skill and make the big change. Rosie came to Central Institute of Technology in 2014 and has since completed a Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Sound Production. This has already led to work on a number of high profile events as she starts to make a name for herself in her new career.
Previously, Rosie had worked for a community newspaper, but soon realised journalism wasn’t for her. After careful consideration, she decided on a career change into the world of sound production.
She chose to study at Central, partly because of its blend of theoretical and practical learning, and partly because of the opportunities to gain work experience.
“I enjoyed studying at Central because I could learn from people still active in the music industry and use their industry links to work with different people outside of CIT on a voluntary basis, to gain more experience before graduating”, Rosie said.
Central is experienced in transitioning people into new careers; it has the industry links and support structures in place to ensure that those changing career can do so smoothly.
Rosie found her lecturers knew exactly how to get the best out of her so she could reach her potential.
“Everyone was really encouraging and supportive with the path I wanted to take, and they helped make it possible”, she said.
Since completing her studies, Rosie has gone on to work on several high profile WA events.
Earlier this year, Rosie managed the Noodle Palace’s Bok Choy Ballroom for the 2016 Perth Fringe Festival. This included orchestrating the sound and light for all 84 shows at the venue, over the duration of the festival.
Last year, she prepared the sound and lighting for the Aboriginal event Desert Feet – a West Australian based music project, using the arts to create educational and musical opportunities in remote communities.
Rosie’s involvement included recording, mixing and mastering the anthem ‘Bombers Flying High’, in the Desert Feet Truck Studio in Warralong for the Western Desert football League.