ydney’s Western Suburbs are an overlooked source of raw talent in the entertainment field, says Parramatta’s own “star-making factory”.
The talent agency has just capped off one of the most successful seasons on record, grooming stars to appear on reality TV shows and topping showbiz and dance competitions. “It’s been awesome,” Anna Jacques, co-founder of JMA Entertainment, said. According to Ms Jacques, the western suburbs are full of untapped talent.
The Wentworth St studio was set up by Maurice June and Ms Jacques after the success of putting together the dance group Justice Crew, who went on to win the TV show Australia’s Got Talent in 2010.
“There’s a lot of fantastic people around here who need a bit of help to break into the industry,” she said. She laughs at suggestions the talent development studio “manufactures” stars like the famous British producers Stock Aitken Waterman, who put together the Spice Girls, but does acknowledge her agency brings together acts who might not otherwise link up. “If they gel together, that’s great,” she said.
The talent agency is behind chart-topping pop group Justice Crew.
“We have a long experience in the industry and know how to help people make the most of their raw talent by teaching and developing a broad range of skills. And we give them platforms to grow and practice those skills.”
More recently they have had successes with Paris Inc and Maddison, who appeared on the X Factor. Other success stories include Georgia Denton, Jai Waetford, What About Tonight, Omar Dean, Sarah Ellen, Fourtunate, Lil Justice, Zigitty Crew and Capree.
JMA Entertainment’s talent also walked away with wins in the annual Showcase dance competition last year with Little Miss, Sweet and Sparkle, Micah June, and will now go on to the Gold Coast national finals this month.
Ms Jacques said the TV talent shows sparked a big influx of newcomers to the studio. The agency, which runs classes for beginners as well as established performers, also operates bootcamps.
“We have a long experience in the industry and know how to help people make the most of their raw talent by teaching and developing a broad range of skills. And we give them platforms to grow and practice those skills.”Anna JacquesCo–founder, JMA Entertainment
It recently hosted US celebrity photographer Jim Jordan, who met and watched performances from some of the local singers, dancers and musicians.
Co-founder Maurice June said the American was impressed. “He liked our vision, heard our kids sing and loved it,” Mr June said. Within days of arriving at JMA, Mr Jordan said he had “absolutely” seen the kind of talent he was looking for.