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Reflections in Lockdown

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With many of us at home right now having a bit more time on our hands, I’m seeing a lot of messaging on social media urging people to spend their time a certain way.  To do this new thing or that new project…

I just want to sort of counter and diffuse that train of thought, and encourage anyone out there feeling overwhelmed or discouraged: please… don’t listen to those voices!

Sure, for some people it’s the perfect time for working on something they’ve wanted to for a while – the book, the song, the app, the home renovation – whatever it may be.  But for others, it’s also the perfect moment to catch their breath, take care of themselves and to just be…  Both sides are productive, important and valid.

Productivity isn’t measured by works.

So please don’t succumb to the expectation of others today or feel like you aren’t “doing” enough.  Especially in a time like this, what matters most of all is doing what’s best for you.

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A Different Point of View

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Had a great convo with Laura Bennett on her Power Lunch podcast.  One of my favourite, most open interviews.  Click on my suit jacket to have a read or a listen.

Thanks so much for having me, Laura!

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R U OK? Day

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R U OK? Day this year was next-level.

In a world-first, Richard Branson had Virgin Australia staff across the country (some 10,000 of them) wearing a splash of yellow with their staple red and purple uniforms in support.  It was also great catching up with some of the RUOK? family and meeting Virgin Australia CEO, Paul Scurrah.

As always, it’s important to remember that the spirit behind this national day of action isn’t just reserved for once a year.  If you feel something’s not quite right with someone you know, trust your gut, no matter what day it is.  Check up on them and ask if they’re OK.

Never underestimate the power a simple, genuine conversation can have x

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Always

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“Always on my mind.”

Photography by Chris McGeown

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Happy New Year

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2018, what a year you have been.  Breathtakingly beautiful and relentlessly painful, all at once…

2019, here’s to more adventures, happiness and even greater days!

Happy New Year everyone x

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Mighty Self-Care

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By nature, I’m a pretty positive, optimistic, driven guy.  I love life and am young at heart.  But I’m not always strong.  I don’t have it all together.  Sometimes I really struggle.

I’m so thankful to be an R U OK? ambassador, because I get to play a small part in shining a light on what so many people grapple with: mental health.

The Mighty have an article on self-care and asked us to share 3 things we do when feeling low.  Here are mine.  To see what others shared, click on the grab below.

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Chatting with CelebMix

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About what’s been happening.  Click on the pic to read.

Thanks so much for having me, CelebMix.

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King Role a Crowning Glory

I recently had a candid chat with Hills Shire Times and Rouse Hill Times about Beautiful, new music and future goal posts.

Have a read by clicking either one of the articles.

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Halogen ImagiNATION

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Had the best time sharing my thoughts on leadership and influence at Halogen ImagiNATION.

It’s such a privilege investing in the next generation.  Thanks Halogen Australia for having me.

Also, shout-out to Scott Tweedie and Gemma Knight for being ace hosts

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Memories of Ghana

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When I think about the week I spent in Ghana, oh man … words escape me.

Getting to participate in the country’s 60th Independence Day celebrations, taking in their stunning landscape, rich culture and passionate people, I’m floored.  And so thankful.

I always gain fresh perspective while traveling.  But being South African-born, standing on African soil again was extra special.  A spiritual experience.

Massive thanks must go to my beautiful and generous friend, Darlene Zschech, for having me along.

You know, we joke a lot about the whole ‘hashtag blessed’ thing on social media.  But for real…  Through life’s rough times and my (many) flaws, moments like these are just another reminder of how blessed I really am x

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Getting Real with Broadway World

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In my first chat with Broadway World, I don’t hold too much back.

So if you don’t mind a some get-real revelations, click on my face and see.

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Cool Has No Colour

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Some great conversation with Theatre People about all things Grease: The Arena Experience.

Click my leather jacket to read on.

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Hills Shire Times

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Wow.  Some more local love.

Thank you so much for your support, Hills Shire Times.

It means the world and I’m truly appreciative.

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Raving It Up

I recently had the pleasure of chatting with Rave It Up TV, not long before GREASE was announced.

Much was shared.  Not just about what I’m up to career-wise, but my background, thoughts on mental health, the entertainment industry and lots more.  There’s even a cheeky game at the end too.

For anyone wanting a bit more of an in-depth look into what I’m about, this is worth checking out.  You can either watch the interview above, or listen to the podcast here.

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Had an ace time with CelebMix.

We talked GREASE, super-secret talents and way more.

Tap my head to get the 411.

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Hanging with The AU Review

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Fun chatting about all things Grease: The Arena Experience, Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park, snack radars and the unexpected.

Thanks Kara Bertoncini and The AU Review for putting up with me :p.

Hit the pic to see it all.

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Spheres Sessions

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With Joel A’Bell and Ash London.

With Joel A’Bell and Ash London.

Loved sharing the panel with these guys, filming the first Arts & Entertainment episode of Spheres.  Great conversation on authenticity.  Thankful to be part of it x

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Love Sees No Colour

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Photo by Lauren Smeaton

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A Convo with JMC

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I recently sat down and had a chat with the ace folks over at JMC Academy about my thoughts on things like preparation, songwriting, the best/toughest things about the industry, food and more.

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Bridging the Gap

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There’s a bit of a misconception that if you’ve ‘made it’, or are working professionally in the entertainment industry, that you’ve somehow arrived.  That you get to have amnesia and forget everything you did that actually got you to that point.

Would a warrior stop sharpening their swords the more battles they fight?  Safe to say, they’d probably keep those swords even sharper.  In the same way, the greater the opportunity, the greater the cost and the sharper you need to be.

The best of the best have coaches.

No matter what your field, it’s important to know that relying on natural talent alone is a trap.  It stunts growth.  We should never stop being teachable and desiring to be better.  I’ve got a vocal coach (shout-out to Lara Tenhoorn at Perfectaria).  I don’t get to see her nearly enough as I’d like, but I make sure I’m training to our recorded sessions on the (almost) daily.

Sure, there’s no rhyme or reason.  Sometimes people just experience incredible fortune, and for no obvious or logical reason.  But mostly – and I’ve found this to be true with pretty much everyone I know – it just takes plain hard work, perseverance, and resilience in the face of countless no’s.

You might say today, “I’ve got so much to give man, I just need a break!  How do I bridge the gap between where I am right now and the opportunity I want?”.  I’m no expert, but here are my Top 5 tips:

 

1. Live in preparation.

–  Consistently upskill and grow in your craft.  That way you’re not freaking out everytime an opportunity comes around last minute, and you’re having to cram in preparation.  Opportunities rarely come when it’s convenient for us.  Live in preparation, so that you’re always ready.

 

2. Embrace the mundane.

–  This is that day to day grind.  Whether you’re setting aside time to practice scales, write lyrics, produce tracks, run scenes, drill choreography, stay on top of your health and fitness or whatever your daily grind looks like.  Even when it couldn’t feel more boring and ordinary, and it looks like absolutely nothing is happening, embrace the mundane.  It all counts and really matters.

 

3. Invest in relationships.

–  A good friend once said, “Life happens at the speed of relationships…”.  Though you’re following a dream and do need to be careful who you share every idea with, it’s important not to isolate yourself in the process.  Invest in strong, authentic relationships, both professionally and personally.

 

4. There’s power in collaboration.

–  We actually lose nothing by collaborating with others.  Did you know that?  Too many people don’t.  For example: I meet artists all the time who don’t want to co-write, because that means splitting the publishing.  You know what?  I’d way rather have 10% of a freakin’ unbelievably-amazing song, than 100% of a mediocre one.  And that really applies to collaboration in any industry.

–  You might say, “But I’m not a people person…”.  Learn to become one!  Just because crossing the room to meet someone might feel terrifying, awkward or against your natural bent, doesn’t mean that it’s unnatural.  “Well, this is just the way I am…”  Don’t accept that mindset.  In fact, refuse it, because it will only hold you back.  It’s OK to do things afraid, especially if they add to our lives.

 

5. Stay patiently resilient.

–  Easier said than done (I know), but so crucial.  Someone with average talent, willing to stick it out through what might feel like a lifetime of rejection, will a lot of times experience success over an insanely-talented person.  Why?  Because the insanely-talented person just quit too soon.  Don’t quit.  If you know that you know that this is what you’re created for, you’ve got to stay patiently resilient.

 

If you found this helpful, feel free to share it with your friends.  I’d also love to hear from you, and you can find me on Facebook and Instagram.

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