17 year old Arjuna Oakes from Avondale College is one of the entrants in the Stand Up Stand Out talent competition - the heats started this week.
Schools from all over Auckland are invited to take part in the competition which show cases talented students who's futures might well lie in entertainment.
The winner of the competition is also given ongoing support as part of their prize so they have help if they are looking to make performing a career option.
The event is run by Auckland council and has been running for the past eight years.
Arjuna talks to Jesse Mulligan, and performs one of his original songs 'Operation Reality' in the studio for us.