Bega born and bred artist Bodhi Moffatt Turner said her time at the 2021 Spring Youth Music Festival at Four Winds helped open her eyes to new aspects of music.
The festival was hosted at the arts organisation's venue at Barragga Bay, near Bermagui on the Far South Coast.
The four-day festival brought opportunities for younger artists to work with experienced local musos in numerous workshops that taught or refined pre-existing skills.
"It taught me that there are other young artists around me that are really keen as well and wanting to learn the same things I do," Bodhi said.
The 17 year old artist said it was her first time taking part in the festival and that she'd highly recommend the experience to other young artists.
"I would say to definitely go and do it because it's worth the time and it's a lot of fun. You get to meet other young talent and talk to experienced artists about basically anything," Bodhi said.
Among the things Bodhi said she'd learnt during the workshops, she said she enjoyed learning how to film and record as well as build up her interview skills.
"It definitely taught me a lot about how to be behind and in front of a camera and act natural," she said.
"I got to use this really cool film camera that flies and zooms in and I got taught how to do that, so I got to film my friend Scarlett and film her interview which was really fun."
Bodhi said she was also grateful to the experienced musicians who acted as mentors during her time there.
"David Hewitt did a lot, he helped me with how to prepare for interviews and talked to me a bit about music as a career or business more than just as a hobby and kind of explained a bit to that to me," she said.
Bodhi said she also enjoyed spending time with Sam Martin and his mobile entertainment caravan.
"Sam showed me a bit about filming gear, as well as the behind the scenes side of things, which was really interesting as well."
What Bodhi enjoyed above all from the experience was connecting with other local talents.
"Meeting more of the community and getting to know more people in the music scene was really exciting because I hope to do a lot more in that scene," she said.
When asked what she has planned next, Bodhi said she's looking forward to performing at the End of Year Folk Bash in Sydney on December 5, 2021.
"I'm performing in Sydney soon which is exciting and I'm also hoping to get an EP [small album of four to six tracks] out soon on Spotify but I'm still thinking about it," Bodhi said.