I grew up in a small country town in Queensland, Australia. I knew from a very young age I wanted to be a singer. I started performing when I was 6 years old - nothing made me happier as a child than to be performing! My Dad was a bass player and my Mum a music lover (Mum would like to think she’s a little more musically talented than she is haha!). My parents have always been an amazing support. Mum and Dad had me young. Instead of them being out living their life like most people in their twenties, they would drive me for hours and hours to my shows, to recording studios and saved for months and months to purchase me a top of the range guitar to use! Music really bonded us a family & some of my best memories are my Mum, Dad, Sister, Granny, Papa and I being at a music festivals/events I was performing at. They sacrificed a lot for my singing career and for that I’m truly grateful! My parents are the most selfless, loving, supportive parents and I credit them for being in the position I’m in today, I am eternally grateful.
What were the biggest initial hurdles to building your business and how did you overcome them?
The music industry is very competitive but I guess being true to myself, believing in myself has been a big thing!
Did you ever deal with contention from your family and friends concerning your pursuits?
How did you handle it? What would you do differently in hindsight?
Luckily my parents and family have always supported me and knew that music/songwriting makes me happy. I know a lot of my friends in the industry have had contention from family and friends, if this is the case in entrepreneurial pursuits, my advice to those facing this is to do what your heart says, no risk no reward. It's better to go through life and know you gave something a shot then to wonder 'what if'.
What would you say was the single most influential factor in your business success?
Having the support of my family and a great management team behind me
What do you know today that you wish you would have known when you first got started as an entrepreneur?
Everyone has an opinion and everyone thinks they know best. You will always get people knocking you no matter what in life so you just need to keep focused.
What advice would you give to an upcoming young and old talents locally and internationally?
Here's a few things: Take the risk, challenge yourself, have a vision, find good people, take action and above all, believe in yourself and enjoy what you do!