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About the Mentor

Tali (Natalia Sheppard) is a Auckland-based musician, performer, freestyler and MC. She is one of the most prolific Female MC/Freestylers to emerge from the electronic dance music scene.

Tali is passionate about teaching and holds a B.A in English literature, theatre and film, has a Diploma in teaching secondary school English and Drama. She has over 10 years experience acting on stage, and over 15 years as a professional musician both here in NZ and internationally.

Tali also mentors musicians through her own business Sheppard Artist Development and in December of last year, created, directed and tutored at NZ's first ever ‘Women in Electronic Music workshop (WEM). She has also been a guest tutor of lyric writing at the YAMI (Youth and Adults in the Music Industry) Summit in Wanaka.

Teacher Margo Finlayson of Dargaville High School says,

"It was really inspiring for the students to work with a real muso, and Tali's experience in the classroom was an obvious added plus!!"