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Channel 4 highlights budding Maltese singer's quest for fame

On the road to fame... Sarah Harrison, 15, is planning to take the music industry by storm.

On the road to fame... Sarah Harrison, 15, is planning to take the music industry by storm.

Leaving your friends to study and pursue your dream as a singer abroad at the age of 11 and struggling among hundreds in a quest for fame has all the requisites of a crazy life.

The life of 15-year-old Sarah Harrison has come under the spotlight of one of the UK's leading stations, Channel 4, in its latest television series My Crazy Life.

My Crazy Life is a series of eight single documentaries focusing on exceptional teenagers. The documentaries have been produced by new directors for Channel 4 Education to give a fascinating perspective on teenage life in Britain today.

Ms Harrison, who is planning to take the music industry by storm, was featured in the documentary titled Fund My Fame, together with a 19-year-old woman aspiring to be a model and a 15-year-old boy hoping to attend the prestigious Russian Bolshoi Ballet school.

Three compelling stories of three very different teenagers whose quest for fame and fortune all depend entirely on the enormous financial sacrifice of their parents. The documentary focuses on how far their parents are prepared to go to realise their children's dreams.

Malta's first contestant at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2003, Ms Harrison saw her dream begin to flourish when she won a coveted place at the Sylvia Young Theatre School in London at the age of 11.

She has since landed small parts in two Harry Potter films and was also chosen as one of five choristers for the soundtrack in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, at The Abbey Road Studios.

She has also shared the stage with international pop stars such as Charlotte Church, Emma B, Rachel Stevens and Liberty X, to perform at a mega party held in Oxford Street last year.

The budding singer has also been featured in a recent edition of the popular, international teenage magazine Sugar, German magazine Spot On, and interviewed on The Independent newspaper of London.

Not bad for a teenager, but while her successes may be the envy of many, all this comes at a great sacrifice for both Ms Harrison and her parents Isabelle and James.

Mr and Mrs Harrison were thrilled when their only child won a place at the Sylvia Young Theatre School, but their life has changed drastically since.

Mrs Harrison has had to rent a small apartment in central London and work in a hairdressing salon to make ends meet, while her husband has remained in Malta, because of his job.

Ms Harrison is very aware of the sacrifices her parents are making and on the documentary, which followed her activities at drama school and home she publicly thanked them for all their hard work.

The competition in the world of drama and music is cutthroat and Ms Harrison often sleeps a mere three hours in her goal to excel both academically and vocationally.

"My parents had to give up so much for me. Everybody here wants to make it and I think it's what drives us so hard. I'll never stop performing, singing or dancing," Ms Harrison told the television cameras.

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