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‘GREASE’ Opening Season

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Wow Brisbane.  Over 14,000 of you came out to see us.

Thanks so much for making opening season one to remember.  Grateful.

Newcastle, you’re next.  And to our incredible cast and crew, I miss you already x

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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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Silent Night

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Surprise!  My new Christmas single, Silent Night.

Whether it’s bringing the ones you love together, getting into the festive spirit or just something nostalgic to play while you go about your day, my hope is that this song adds to your life in some way.

You can find it now on iTunes and watch the video below.

Big love x

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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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Rouse Hill Times

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It means a lot to have the support of my local people.

Thanks Rouse Hill Times for always getting behind me.

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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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Buzz’d Out Convos

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It’s always good catching up with Theatre Buzz AU.  And this time, it was about show life, dream collabs, new music and the festive season.

Click my mug for the scoop.

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Q&A with RockPop

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Getting up to all sorts with RockPop.

Click the rings to see.

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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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Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park

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NZ.  I’m excited to be heading your way to perform at Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park! Hitting Christchurch, Auckland and your TV screens arena-style.

Click the pic to read all about it.

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GREASE: The Arena Experience

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Oh man, it was hard keeping this one quiet.

I’m beyond stoked to finally share that I’ve joined the cast of GREASE: The Arena Experience, playing Kenickie!

What a privilege to share this ride with such an ace group of people and be part of something so iconic.  That I get to reunite with my friend, Dami Im, too (who I did The X-Factor with) makes it even sweeter.

We kick off our national tour in Brisbane next April, so grab your tickets here and see ya there!

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Dancing On My Own

Dancing On My Own cover with my very talented friend, Marley Sola.

Audio below too.  And if you like it, we’d love for to share it around x

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Fashion + Aid 2016

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Photo by Peter Berzankis

 

Had a blast performing at Fashion + Aid 2016 in Melbourne.

Thanks so much for having me.  It was an honour x

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Photos by Fiona Hamilton

 

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Nice little X-Factor reunion with Nat Bassingthwaite, who murdered the stage with Rogue Traders.

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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.

Click the pic below to watch.

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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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