Happy Birthday today to musical maestress, singer, songwriter and theatrical diva Miss Amelia Cormack, the girl who can belt a tune from here to the end of your street, who is currently living out her dream in New York & London.
Amelia, your talent is unspeakable and your character huge, your heart full, and your brain clever and funny in equal measure. You’re made for the stage, musical and theatre.
And just so you know, the place I’d fly over to see you perform, is legendary bluesy jazzy bar Ronnie Scott’s in London. Score a gig there in the near future, and dare me to!
Here’s true talent – meet Amelia Cormack.
Describe yourself in three words.
Passionate, enthusiastic, musical.
What are you passionate about?
Theatre, film, music – the arts generally!
Do or don’t you do the social media thing?
I do! Boy, do I ever!
How did you find yourself in the land of Twitter?
When Twitter first started, I couldn’t really see the point – it all seemed a little self-indulgent. However, you Sarah, along with another friend Kate Parry, told me, when I released my album, that I had to think of myself as a product not just a person, and that Twitter was one of the best ways to generate an online profile and of course get people interested in my product.
Do you have any other social media involvement?
I spend a lot of time on Facebook.
What are you currently playing with in the social media sandpit?
Twitter, Facebook and MySpace. I’ve got a fan page on Facebook, and I’m in the process of setting up a website.
How did you get where you are today?
A lot of support from wonderful family and friends, but I’m also a big believer in education. I’ve completed two degrees – both Bachelors of Arts, one from Sydney University and one from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts – and I’m so grateful for both. I believe University plays a crucial role in teaching you how to think for yourself, and I wouldn’t trade that for anything.
I’m also passionate about what I do, and I think that’s crucial. If what you do isn’t making you happy, find something else that does.
What are you doing at the moment that excites you?
I’ve flown from Sydney to New York and London to further my career in the performing arts industry – I’m literally trying to make my dream come true. What could be more exciting than that?
What is your secret to getting big things done?
I’m probably not the best person to answer that question, I’m a terrible procrastinator! But at a pinch, I’d say attacking them in small pieces. It’s much easier to do lots of little things, than trying to do one big thing all at once.
Name any dream brands you would love to collaborate with.
I’ve been lucky to work with so many people I admire, but in terms of brands and companies most relevant for me, I’d love to work with fashion designers that create amazing clothes for girls with curves. I love the work of Charlie Brown – she designs such fabulous frocks, and there’s another designer I’ve discovered in Manly who makes these beautiful maxi dresses, whose label is called Saffron Road. Check her out if you’re down that way!
Live your life, never saying ‘what if’. I don’t think it’s a quote, but it’s my philosophy.