IT is a far cry from political journalism, but musician Arley Black is certain she is on the right career path.
The 20-year-old singer and guitarist from Edgeworth has had a fiery passion for music for as long as she can remember.
When she finished high school, Miss Black moved to Sydney to study business and communication at APM College - but it was not meant to be.
A year later, her curiosity landed her in the United States, performing in front of thousands at Disneyworld.
The 12-month entertainment internship was advertised at the college, inspiring Miss Black to apply.
During her time abroad, Miss Black earned four applause-o-grams (hand-written notes from guests) at Disneyworld, where she was highly commended for her performances.
Although her memories from the US are plastered along one of her bedroom walls, Miss Black said she was glad to be back in Australia.
Next weekend, Miss Black will perform her acoustic folk harmonies at the Lake Macquarie Festival on Australia Day.
Having performed at the festival in 2012, Miss Black said she was honoured to be playing again.
"I have so much passion for it [music]," she said.
"Through music, I can show people situations they've never been in."
■ The Lake Macquarie Festival will be held over two days on January 25 and 26 at Speers Point Park. Entry is free.