Du-Wayne Hinds is a triple treat. He sings, he dances and he acts.
And now, Du-Wayne is ready to take the step that will lead him to a life he has always imagined.
His bags are packed and he is all set to leave his little island in the sun for the concrete jungle where dreams are fulfilled –– in New York to attend the prestigious American Music And Dramatic Academy (ADMA), where he will be pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in musical theatre.
“It’s indeed a dream come true. I am looking forward to the knowledge and the training, of course. After I finish, I want to do Broadway. It’s a bit new to me: being in a big country all alone; but I’m sure I will get through,” the 18-year-old said.
Du-Wayne told Bajan Vibes, from his Bank Hall, St Michael home, that if there was one thing he hoped to do, it was to perfect his craft.
“I would like to be on Broadway, or just using my craft. My aim isn’t to get to Hollywood. If I do; then perfect! But all I want to do every day is to use my craft.
“If money wasn’t such a big issue these days, even if I wasn’t being paid for it, I would still do it because, as I say, I believe strongly in doing what you love. And I love music; I love dance; I love singing; and therefore that’s all I want to do,” Du-Wayne declared.
For Du-Wayne, this recent achievement, obtaining two scholarships from AMDA, was a result of years of preparation and determination.
“I started out dancing when I was seven. I started out doing ballet at the Barbados Dance Theatre. I did that for two years; but the pressure was kind of hard, because everyone was like, ‘A male doing ballet?!’
“So it was kind of hard. So eventually I stopped; and I went to do something I thought was a bit more rough. I went on to do African dance. I did that for a long while. While I was doing that, I was also doing ballroom at Wesley Hall.
“While doing African dance, we travelled overseas a lot, especially to St Lucia; and we would either perform during Christmas time or Easter time. After African dance, I went on to do hip hop at Praise Academy.
“Somehow, as soon I went to Foundation, I dropped dance altogether. At that time, I was really overweight and I felt like I couldn’t do this, because no one wanted an overweight dancer onstage. That is when I started to make a change physically. I changed my diet; started to go to the gym,” Du-Wayne explained.
After having that reality check, he then pursued singing, another talent he had been honing from young.
“I was always a singer; but when I actually started to learn the theory of music, the different genres, it’s when I went to Foundation; and I was in the pop band and choir . . . . That’s when my music started to pick up. I started to sing at a lot of events with the choir, and people started to know me as a singer,” the young artiste said.
But upon entering the Barbados Community College, Du-Wayne took a different path, which he realizes now was a worthy judgement at the time.
“Leaving Foundation, I was all about music. That’s all I wanted to do. But somehow my life took a change in a way, and I ended up doing theatre arts at BCC. And I would tell you, that was the best decision I ever made. Not that I don’t like the music programme at BCC; it’s wonderful; but I found that if I had done the music programme at BCC, I would not have grown as much as I did as a person.
“So I have to thank God, because he was a part of it. I had many conversations with Him, telling him I wanted to do music and asking him why it wasn’t working out. And now I see why. I left BCC with a 3.9 GPA in theatre arts,” he said with a feeling of pride.
But, Du-Wayne admitted to Bajan Vibes that before he decided at age seven he wanted to be involved in the arts, he had considered being a doctor, if he was ever going to have a shot at being successful.
“I don’t know if it was because society told you that you had to be a doctor, lawyer, or whatever, to be successful. I don’t know what it was; but I was always interested in medicals, and children or women and their pregnancies.
“But I found that when it comes to the arts, when it comes to creating stuff or singing or dancing, the feeling that I get, knowing that I have the ability to impact someone through movement or through a sound, it just attracts me. I just can’t say what it is. It just does. As time goes by, the love and passion I have grow and grow; and I honestly can’t see myself doing anything else. It would frustrate me,” the artiste added.
Du-Wayne, however, confessed that his being able to pursue his dream of a career in the arts would not have been possible without the love and support of his family.
“One thing I always thank God for is the support from my family. From the time I started ballet, my parents were always supportive; and I think they just allowed me to be who I wanted to be, because I guess they had the faith in me that I just wouldn’t be like a bum or something.
“I can only thank God for that because I know a lot of parents don’t support their children in what they really want to do,” he said.
He continued: “One thing I believe in is support and love; and I believe that things would be better if we support each other and if we love each other. Yes, times are hard, but it wouldn’t seem that hard if you have love and support from others.”
Now, Du-Wayne, grateful for the knowledge and skills he acquired in Barbados, has his sights set of the big stage, and doesn’t intend to look back. He however warns others aspiring to a career in the arts that it will require taking some risks.
“Through it all I just kept remembering how much faith I needed . . . . Always keep fighting for what you want. Now, I have two scholarships from the school [American Music And Dramatic Academy], and great things are just happening for me.
“Just keep pushing and take risks. I had to learn to take risks. If I was to go over there and be like anybody else, I don’t think that I would have got into the school. I had to go the extra mile.
“Be determined and commit to whatever you are doing, because I find a lot of people get into things and they don’t really like it; so they drop out. And I say, sometimes all you need to do is push that extra inch and you will realize what you could have achieved,” Du-Wayne advised.
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