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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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25th Annual Red Ball

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It was an unreal night in Melbourne town, at the 25th Annual Red Ball for the Fight Cancer Foundation.

For my opening performance, I was lowered from the ceiling by the same guys who do all Hugh Jackman’s aerial stuff, on his same rig.  First time doing anything like that, plus it was a fair way up – so no biggie :p.  Yep, kinda scary, but man … what a rush and definitely one I can tick off!

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Casually airborne.  Waiting to descend for my performance.

 

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Photo by James Thomas

 

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Meet my date.

 

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Photo by James Thomas

 

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Pleasure meeting the lovely Deborra-Lee Furness.  Her and Hugh Jackman are patrons for Fight Cancer Foundation.  He dropped in via video from the set of ‘Wolverine 3’.

 

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Wearing Institchu.

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Bowel Cancer Ball

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I was recently invited to perform at the Better Together Foundation’s Bowel Cancer Ball at Brisbane City Hall.

What an honour it was performing in support of a cause so close to my heart: fighting cancer.  Well over $20K was raised on the night.

Love what I do.

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Soundcheck at Brisbane City Hall.

 

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With the lovely Erin Molan, who spoke beautifully.

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Tearaway Magazine Interview

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Enjoyed chatting to Tearaway Magazine in NZ about a whole bunch of things.

If you wanna get to know me a bit better, I promise it’s not a long read.

Click the pic.

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Seaweed J. Stubbs

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Still buzz out that I even get to fill this guy’s shoes.  Grateful.

Photo by Nick Morrisey

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One with Orlando

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When I got invited to perform at One with Orlando in Melbourne, I didn’t hesitate for even a second.

It was a great night of celebration, inspiration and people from all walks of life coming out to be part of the answer.  Supporting those affected by the recent Orlando tragedy.

We’re all human.  One and the same.

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Real talk with Theatre People

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If you wanna get to know me a little, this is worth check out.

Honest and real.

Thanks Allison Hilbig at Theatre People for such an ace, genuine convo.  Click the pic to read.

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Candifest for a Cause

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With the Penrith Panthers boys, Olympians Christie Mokotupu and Selina Scoble, and Prinnie Stevens.

 

Had the privilege of performing at Candifest, supporting drug prevention.

Here are a few snaps from the night.

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So hard to keep a straight face around Marley Sola :p.

 

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“But you rescued me from reachin’ for the bottom.  And pulled me back from being too far gone.”

 

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The AU Review Interview

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Don’t know about “beautiful mind” (thank you…), but this interview was hella fun.

Tony Awards, food obsession, music VS acting, fighting fears, Shrek similarities (..?), first dates and more.  Just your standard topics of convo.

Thanks Kara Bertoncini and The AU Review  crew.  Click the pic to read.

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Colliding with One Republic

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This guy.  The beast that is Ryan Tedder.

I’ve said in numerous interviews I’d love to work with him, and recently I actually got to.  Cool when that stuff happens.

Such an honour and a blast singing for the One Republic boys.  Killer ace players and solid cats.  Inspired.

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Dubbo Weekender: R U OK?

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Great chatting with Dubbo Weekender ahead of my appearance in Coonabarabran tomorrow for R U OK?.

I know firsthand what it’s like to be bullied, go through some serious lows and battle suicidal thoughts.

Click the article above to read me share a bit of my story.  Here are a few snaps from my trip.

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CH 7 Brisbane Racing Carnival

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My first time performing at the Channel Seven Brisbane Racing Carnival.

Thanks so much for having me guys, I really enjoyed it.  Til next time.

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We Will Rock You

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Attending the Sydney opening of We Will Rock You at the Lyric Theatre.  Insane talent, timeless tunes, giant show – big congrats to all.

Photo by Christian Gilles, Daily Telegraph

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Hairspray takes off in Brisbane

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The largest production of Hairspray ever staged on the planet officially opened in Brisbane last month!  And man, what a phenomenal time it was.

I feel incredibly blessed to be part of something so much bigger than myself.  A story that places value on and uplifts people, no matter who you are or where you’re from.

Big love to the whole team!  So grateful to be doing what I love and living my dream.  Here are a few snaps from our Brisbane season.

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Cupcakes courtesy of our male swing, Michael Nunn.

 

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I get to have the iconic Christine Anu play my mom.  Love our convos.

 

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With my Hairspray mama, lil sis and Christine’s real baby girl, Zippy, at a cast hangout.

 

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Zoolander-ing the first day I met these guys.

 

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On set filming for Toasted TV with Lauren McKenna and Dan Venz.

 

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No caption needed :p.

 

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Seeing our set for the first time.  How incredible does it look?!  Wowsers…

 

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Dressing room selfies.  Have to be done.

 

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“Ain’t no white and black up in here.  Detention is a rainbow experience.”

 

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If Seaweed J. Stubbs released an album.

 

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Big love for these guys.

 

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Sydney Hills Living

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Was a pleasure sitting down with Sydney Hills Living.

No questions were out of bounds.  I remember the journalist, Di Bartok, being surprised by that, saying quite a few folks would have their people send through a note saying, “You can’t ask about this…”.  I think interviews are best when they’re just natural and genuine, like a real conversation.

If you live out Sydney ways, pick up this month’s copy.  I apologize in advance for any rambling :p.

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Chatting with SydneySocial101

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On the front page of SydneySocial101 now, talking about baby Barry, music/acting, my personal style and more.  Cheers for the chat!

Check it out by clicking my face above.

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Hawkesbury Independent

Barry-Conrad-Hawkesbury-Indendent.jpgIn this month’s Hawkesbury Independent, chatting about a couple of my fav local spots I like to chill in my downtime.

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On The Couch with Barry Conrad

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What am I listening to?  What makes me happy?  What’s ahead?

Come hang On The Couch with me to find out.

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SceneStr. with Seaweed

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Great chatting with SceneStr. about Hairspray Arena Spectacular!

Check it out by clicking the pic above.

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