Our Editor in Chief, Tim got the chance to sit down this month with the one and only Jemma Rix, to ask her some questions you’ve been dying to hear the answers to!
1. When you were growing up, what did you think you wanted to do with your life?
Jemma: Growing up I always performed. If there was a concert or musical at school, I was in it. I never thought I would make a living out of performing though, so after school I did a Beauty Therapy Apprenticeship for 4 years. I also did amateur theatre and sang in a pop band on the side. After my apprenticeship I moved to Melbourne and started to audition for musicals. I had no expectations, I just wanted to give it a go and see what happens. I still pinch myself now that that risk I took when I was only 20 paid off. I get to do what I love for a job!
2. If you could tell your teenage self one thing, what would it be?
Jemma: Enjoy and have fun being a kid with no responsibilities, you don’t need to grow up so fast.
3. Who inspires you?
Jemma: Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Idina Menzel and Caissie Levy.
4. When you have a day off, what’s your favourite thing to do?
Jemma: Hangout at a cafe with my husband and puppy Cherry and catch up with my friends for dinner.
5. What music are you listening to at the moment?
Jemma: A Star Is Born album. I’ve probably listened to it 1000 times by now.
6. With all that you’ve done in your life, any goals you’re still to achieve?
Jemma: There are a couple of shows coming up that would be amazing to be in. I will just have to wait and see how my auditions go.
7. Favourite movie you’ve seen in the last year?
Jemma: A Star Is Born.
8. Have you ever been star struck meeting someone famous?
Jemma: Idina Menzel toured her concert around Australia a few years ago. I got to meet her after her show in Melbourne. I was completely star struck and I could hardly speak, I think I managed to get out my name but that was about it.
9. Read any good books lately?
Jemma: Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty.
10. Best advice you ever received?
Jemma: I was doing my own concerts for my album launch and I was feeling very nervous about it. I asked Marina Prior for some advice and she told me, when you’re talking to the audience, talk to them like you would a friend. It makes the audience feel connected to you personally and it will calm you because you feel like you’re talking to friends.
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