First Class RGU graduate has the x-factor

Talented student, Christopher Cameron (21) originally from Peterhead, who wowed audiences at the 2009 X-Factor and performed at Disney World in Florida whilst a student, graduated with a First Class (BA) Hons in Management with Marketing from Robert Gordon University (RGU) on Wednesday 11 July at 10.30am.

The young performer has always had a passion for the creative arts, yet also knew he wanted to go to university to achieve a degree. RGU's Management with Marketing undergraduate degree course provided the business content Christopher was looking for as well as a year long placement.

Christopher completed his placement year at Walt Disney in Florida holding various supervisor and managerial responsibilities. He embraced the opportunity and fulfilled one of his performing dreams when he was a character performer, being one of the first International students to ever be in a Walt Disney World parade.

Christopher said: "One of the highlights for me at RGU had to be my year long placement at Disney World in Florida; not many can say they had Mickey Mouse as their boss! This placement was ideal for me as it let me enjoy my passion for the creative arts while studying at the biggest International business in the world.

"I faced my biggest challenge in my final year of the degree, as settling back into course work was hard after being on placement and working for a year. A lot of blood, sweat and tears went into my dissertation but it was worth it as I achieved an A."

The performing accomplishments don't stop at Disney, as prior to his placement Christopher also auditioned for X-Factor in 2009, and reached the Bootcamp stages of the television show. He sang in front of Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole, Dannii Minogue and Louis Walsh. The singer was told by Simon that his voice sounded "too musical theatre", which has led to his next career move; in September he will move to London to attend Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts to undertake a one year intensive Masters in Musical Theatre.

Christopher continued: "I have always loved performing and feel I need to be true to myself, so attended the audition amongst the hundreds of hopefuls that were there and managed to secure one of the 20 places available. I will always have my degree and may end up pursuing a career in management or marketing in the future, but I must follow my heart and chase a career in musical theatre while I can."

Issued By:

Katie Begg
Communications Officer | Aberdeen Business School
Robert Gordon University
AB10 1FR
Tel: 01224 262144