Talent mentor Francine Bell on the hunt for the next Anja Nissen or Human Nature

The Voice winner Anja Nissen

The Voice winner Anja Nissen is one of the artists whose career has benefited from working with Francine Bell.

The teacher behind the success of The Voice’s Anja Nissen is hoping to uncover our next big star at a series of talent workshops in Ultimo.

The Open Talent Workshop is a five-day musical workshop open to singers and songwriters from the ages of 14-24. For more than 20 years, the Talent Development Project (TDP) has been responsible for discovering and teaching young musicians, many who have gone onto successful domestic and international careers.

Francine Bell has an impressive showbiz CV.

Francine Bell has an impressive showbiz CV.

Bell has starred in theatre, film, television, corporate videos and music clips and has many international film credits including Superman Returns, The ­Matrix Revolutions and The Wilde Girls.

The workshop will offer musicians the opportunity to work in group and one-on-one situations including performance, songwriting, styling, understanding repertoire, vocal technique and branding.

Bell said the workshop would be a fantastic opportunity for talented Sydneysiders seeking guidance.

Success story: Human Nature.

Success story: Human Nature.

Felicity Urquhart.

Felicity Urquhart.

Angus and Julia Stone.

Angus and Julia Stone.

Country sensations The McClymonts.

Country sensations The McClymonts.

“I have been involved in the Talent Development Project since the 90s but this is the first time I have run a particular course like this, they are letting me loose and it’s going to be great,” she said.

“People don’t need to have any experience before they sign up because after they finish those five days they are going to have a heap of experience.

“I want to give the students confidence and I want to give them the possibility of seeing how others work in a workshop situation.

Anna Nissen has achieved national fame since winning The Voice.

Anja Nissen has achieved national fame since winning The Voice.

“They might be shaking in their boots when they arrive but after a few minutes with me it is going to be like a Congo Line, they are going to have so much fun.”

As well as Nissen, TDP’s success stories include Human Nature, The McClymonts, Hi-5’s Nathan Foley, Felicity Urquhart, Angus & Julia Stone, Joe Mungovan, Imogen Clark, Trevor Ashley, Robert McDougall, Lincoln Hall, TJ Power and Erin James.

For more information about the Open Talent Workshop being run by the Talent Development Project (TDP) visit talentdevelopmentproject.org.au