I did fail to mention that as a youngster I trained as a singer. I think my training started around the age of seven or eight, when everyone decided I should be singing on “Brian and the Juniors” which was a television talent show way back when.
I auditioned, and was signed up for their training sessions. It was quite a distance from home, but my mother was determined I’d have that opportunity, no matter what.
After a year or so, both my mother and I got sick of the travelling every week. About an hour each way, plus the session times. So she found someone local, which was much better.
As it turned out, the local teacher was a much better option as she had ‘other contacts’ and got me on the stage pretty quickly.
I started off with radio talent shows, and was invited back at least once a month. When she considered I was old enough (twelve I think), she had me performing with her at the local pub – in the Bistro.
This eventually led to a television performance on “Kevin Dennis New Faces” which was another talent show.
My teacher played piano for a dance studio, and was able to wrangle free dance lessons for me. It was only short-term, because she wanted to expand my performances to include some choreographed dancing as well.
I continued with the singing and dancing until my late teens, when my teacher moved interstate. I continued performing for a while, mostly to elderly citizen and other community groups.
Although I didn’t continue down that path, I did learn to play piano (a little) and guitar (a lot).
Music is still a bit part of my life, but more than anything, this creative journey set me up for the public speaking I would do in later years.
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