Jazz singer Sophia Foster started the Fostering Foundation to teach young people the skills she had learned in her years in the entertainment industry.Jazz singer Sophia Foster says she’s always been a mentor, for example, through encouraging her back-up singers: “I hope to see you in front someday,” she would tell them. “Whenever I saw one of them take their careers to the next level (go solo), my heart would be full of joy,” she says. (Image: Triple M Entertainment)Melissa JavanSouth African jazz singer Sophia Foster warns the students she mentors that their attitude can make or break their careers.She has the experience to back her words: Foster has been in the entertainment industry for more than five decades. She set up the Fostering Foundation to teach young people discipline and how to behave if they wanted to take up singing as a career.The training she provides includes microphone control, voice projection, stage presence and choreography.Watch the Sophia Foster show reel, here:BackgroundFoster’s career started in the late 1960s, when she joined the travelling entertainers, the Golden City Dixies. Initially she was dancer, but she soon grew into more of a singing career, according to The Journalist.As her career blossomed, she turned to one-woman musical extravaganzas such as Hey Sister and Nancy’s Dues.Recently, she directed Women In Song at Artscape Theatre Centre in Cape Town.To house the Fostering Foundation, she converted her double garage at her home into a studio. “I started doing one-on-one teachings more than a year ago. In June this year, we will officially launch the Fostering Foundation at the Artscape Theatre Centre’s Arena.”Her students travel from as far away as Paarl to attend her classes, which are held in the Cape Town suburb of Milnerton. “I find that I am driving up and down a lot, because I don’t want children to feel excluded if they have trouble finding transport. I’m doing it pro bono.”The studentsHer students are between the ages of 12 and 24. “I wish to get people younger than that. I believe the younger you start [with mentorship] the better. At that young age you can still teach discipline,” she adds.“Nowadays with technology, people have certain attitudes that don’t work with this industry. If you have an attitude from an early age, you can make enemies; people in the industry can say ‘I don’t want to work with this person.’“I always tell my students that you can be left behind, standing at the bus stop while the others drive away with the bus. You have to be a team player.”Watch Sophia Foster perform with Vicky Sampson:Asked if she had ever seen herself in one of her students, she replies: “I had this one woman, I think she’s 23. The first time I saw her she was doing a production in a community hall. When I saw her I thought: ‘Oh my goodness! That’s my mini me!’ I was moved when I saw her.“When I got her to my class, she fitted in. She was enthusiastic, and grateful to have someone like me. She welcomed my mentorship.”Sadly, the young woman was not as dedicated as a young Foster had been. “When we had a production, she couldn’t attend regular rehearsals, so I had to cut her out of the production.“For me, you are either dedicated or you are not. If you are passionate, you will be dedicated.” However, she also warns that talented people should be careful of becoming big-headed, which could lead you to losing your dedication.Students must audition for Foster’s mentorship. “I let them sing songs of different genres. They then answer a list of questions. I then take it from there.”The productionsFostering Foundation students have already done three performances at different venues. The first one, at Artscape, was the Sekunjalo Edujazz Concert during Youth Month in 2017.“I saw how they improved at each venue they performed at,” says Foster.“A lot of them had grown so much since coming to me. [When they came] they were kids who barely had confidence.”Her goalHer goal is to prepare the students to present themselves. “When they walk into [an audition] they should be prepared and professional enough to do what is expected.“In this industry it’s not about the talent, it’s about what you do with the talent. Because you are young you have to be guided so that you know how to conduct yourself in a professional and precise manner.”Knowing this can help you sustain your career.Always learningAbout her own work in the industry, she says she “has slowed down”, preferring to focus on mentoring rather than performing these day.“In the past, whenever I focused on mentoring people, it would be disrupted by my having to travel to perform somewhere. I’m at a stage in my life where I’m not chasing anything. What I’m doing now is for the passion. I slowed down so that I wouldn’t have to travel so much [and be away from the students].But she still goes to watch theatre productions and performances, whether local or abroad. “There’s always something to learn, because people do things differently.“It’s always rewarding for me [to attend theatre shows.]”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to Virachai Plasai, ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand to the United States, calling for the removal of restrictions on imports of U.S. farm products, including pork.The bipartisan letter — signed by 44 members and sponsored by Reps. David Young, R-Iowa, and Ron Kind, D-Wis. — points out that if Thailand does not make “significant progress” on removing its import restrictions, the United States may suspend some of its trade benefits. The letter came after the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) last week agreed with a request from NPPC to review Thailand’s eligibility for the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program because of that country’s failure to provide access to its market for U.S. products, including pork.The National Pork Producers Council is urging the Trump administration to withdraw or limit the benefits Thailand receives under the preferential trade program, which gives duty-free treatment to certain goods entering the United States. The program allows for removal of a country’s benefits if it fails to provide the United States “equitable and reasonable access” to its market. To read the House letter, click here.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid competing with Man Utd for Napoli defender Koulibalyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid are competing with Manchester United for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly.United have eyed the Napoli defender since the summer, with former manager Jose Mourinho viewing him as the man to fix his leaky defence, and they made a world-record bid for him.But Il Mattino says they could face a serious rival for his signature.Koulibaly has grown into one of the finest defenders on the continent over the last season and a half.And that has led to Real eyeing him as a potential January addition as they look to recover from their shaky start to the season.Napoli are believed to be willing to accept a bid of around £90million for the Senegalese star.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth boss Howe admits loan possible for Bradford target Surridgeby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe believes another loan could be on the cards for Sam Surridge.The 20-year-old is back from his spell at Oldham, where he netted 12 goals in 20 matches in League Two.But clubs such as Oxford United and Bradford want to take him for the rest of the season. And Cherries boss Howe admits it is a possibility.Quizzed on Surridge, Howe told the Daily Echo: “That’s a very difficult question to answer [on him going back out on loan]. We will wait and see.”I’ve been pleased with him and the loan spell has had a positive effect, which is not always the case.”My recent experiences have been that we have had more negative reactions from loan spells than positive.”It depends on the individual. Sam played and scored goals. He’s feeling good about himself and that has shown in his training here.”There are a lot of admirers out there which is only good for him and us.”He has built his profile to a level where people are aware of him and talking about him, which is the beauty of the loan spell.”
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Hoeness SHOCKER: Bayern Munich players won’t join Germany if Ter Stegen No1by Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has continued his tirade against Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.Hoeness is furious with Ter Stegen questioning Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer’s status as Germany’s No1.So much so, he made the stunning threat: “If Ter Stegen is a starter, we will not relinquish our players to the national team.”Hoeness also told BILD: “We will not accept that there is a change in the goal. “Before that happens we will stop giving players to the national team.”
zoom Dutch shipbuilder Ferus Smit launched Symphony Provider, the second in a series of two EXOBOX DP2 vessels built for compatriot company Symphony Shipping, at its shipyard in Leer, Germany, on March 9. The 10,500 dwt Symphony Provider, which has a length of 125 meters and a width of 18 meters, is scheduled for delivery in April 2017, according to VesselsValue’s data.The long range supply vessel is equipped with a Dynamic Positioning (DP2) system which keeps the ship within specified positions and heading limits.In addition, the 7,200 gross ton ship has a large loading floor area for project cargoes, including movable tweendeck.Symphony Provider’s deckhouse is placed on foreship for better protection of deck cargo and enabling it to load oversized items over the stern.The ship features the Ferus Smit ECO bulbless Canoe type bow, designed to reduce fuel costs and better sustained speed in harsh weather and sea state conditions.The first vessel, Symphony Performer, was launched in October 2016 and delivered to its owner two months later.
GLAAD and Interscope Records today released “Hands,” a musical tribute to the victims of Orlando.Video: “Hands” – A Song for OrlandoThe song features Mary J. Blige, Jason Derulo, Tyler Glenn, Selena Gomez, Halsey, Ty Herndon, Imagine Dragons, Juanes, Adam Lambert, Mary Lambert, Jennifer Lopez, the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles, Kacey Musgraves, MNEK, Alex Newell, Pink, Prince Royce, Nate Ruess, RuPaul, Troye Sivan, Jussie Smollett, Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, and Meghan Trainor.The tribute will be made available at iTunes exclusively. Proceeds from the sale of the new tribute single in the United States will benefit Equality Florida Pulse Victims Fund, the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida, and GLAAD.“Hands” is available now for digital download via iTunes.“Orlando’s broken hearts have been lifted by the outpouring of love and support from people near and far,” said Equality Florida Executive Director Nadine Smith. “There has been beauty in the midst of our grief and we are grateful to these talented artists, producers, and GLAAD for helping us mourn and laugh and cry and sing together.”“The horrific attack on the LGBT community in Orlando has left us devastated, but not defeated,” said GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “As we continue to mourn the crushing loss of 49 Americans, the majority of whom were Latinx and whose lives were lost to hate, we stand resolved in paying tribute to their memory, supporting the victims and families, and working together to achieve full acceptance once and for all.”“This senseless tragedy is a call to all of us to stand together and face down hatred, intolerance and violence… and having grown up a short drive from Orlando, it really brings it right to my doorstep,” commented John Janick, Chairman and CEO of Interscope Geffen A&M. “We all know music has the power to heal, and I’m honored and grateful to be a part of whatever our business can do to help.”“The second I heard about this horrible tragedy where so many of my LGBTQ brothers and sisters lost their lives, I immediately got on a plane to Orlando to volunteer my help anyway I could,” said “Hands” writer and producer Justin Tranter. “Putting this charity single together is just a way for me, and everyone involved to keep volunteering our help and promote peace and love in the world.”“Hands” was written by Warner Chappell writers Justin Tranter & Julia Michaels, and BloodPop; produced by BloodPop, Mark Ronson, and Justin Tranter.GLAAD is on the ground in Orlando, working to support the work of local LGBT advocates and organizations, including Equality Florida. GLAAD has also been working with local, national, and international media outlets on the ground in Orlando to shine light on the disproportionate rates of violence LGBT people face, especially LGBT people of color.