First published on 9 Mar 2012. Updated on 14 Mar 2012.
I’ve learned that I don’t need millions of friends.
Choose a core group of people that you love and invest your time into them. Who needs 800 Facebook friends when you can have a handful of amazing real-life friends?
No one will ever make you 100 percent happy and content.
That’s gotta come from you. I think we expect partners to come along and complete us – but that’s not their job. They should enrich our lives, but ultimately we have to learn to be happy and whole alone first.
As I child I wanted to be on Broadway.
I subjected my family to countless living room concerts (so many spirit fingers). Yep – I was that kid. I always knew I wanted to do something that would entertain people, in one way or another… I just had no idea what that would look like. As for the future – I’m open to whatever life has for me.
One thing I’ve learned is to embrace the pop!
After working for two years in the ‘commercial’ music media world I realise there’s nothing like a catchy pop hook to make any car trip more tolerable – and sometimes Thom Yorke just won’t cut it when you really wanna let loose on a dance floor. There is great freedom in throwing out musical prejudice and just admitting that you really enjoy a Justin Bieber track.
Music television was my lifeline to the rest of the world.
I lived in the Philippines for most of my early teens, so MTV was one of the few decent English channels on the telly. I would spend hours watching music video after music video – totally enthralled. In my early teens, Britney had just made it big, boybands were huge and Ricky Martin was still a hetero sex symbol. The very thought of one day being part of that world was the ultimate… it’s crazy to think that I now play a part (however small) in bringing popular music into the homes of people every week.
I’m a Melburnian living in Sydney, but I don’t think there is a competition.
Most Sydney dwellers ‘know’ that Sydney is better, and most Melbourne folks ‘know’ that Melbourne is where it’s at. I love both places – if I could party at night in Melbourne, then relax the next morning on a Sydney beach, then I think that’d be the perfect set up!
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