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Interview with Justine Clarke
Recently completing shows in regional Victoria and regional New South Wales, Justine will be performing weekend shows in Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, and Perth this November and December.
I caught up with Justine and had a chance to have a little chat. To kick off the interview, a few questions from a couple of her biggest fans, my kids:
Caleb (7), asks: "Chocolate chip or oatmeal raisin?"
Justine: "Choc chip."
Caleb: "Do you play any musical instruments?" Justine: "A bit of guitar, and the ukelele."
Caleb: "What's your favourite song?" Justine: "Oh, this is a tough one; I have so many favourites. I'll have to go with Softest Song of All as a current favourite."
Aly (5), asks: "What's your favourite colour?" Justine: "My favourite colour used to be red, but now it's yellow... yellow just makes me very happy."
Aly: "What's your favourite kind of jelly?"
Justine: "Red!" she answers quickly.
Aly: "What was your favourite activity to do on Playschool?"
Justine: "Any time I got to play with the toys."
I took over the interview, and chatted a bit with Justine about what's next after her upcoming CD book release, The Ugly Duckling (Scholastic). "We are actually working on a sequel to The Gobbledygook is Eating a Book," she offered. Of course, she will also be busy over the months preceding Christmas, with her capital cities tour.
"Do you want the plain spaghetti? Plain?" Justine excuses herself to discuss lunch plans with her five-year-old, and I relax a bit as I neutralise a little heated discussion between my three-year-old twins. I quickly switch my planned question to one that fits the moment.
"Justine, what advice would you give to the Mums out there, that are trying to 'find their voice in the world' so to speak, while raising young children?"
Her quick advice: "Breathe."
I push a bit. "You're a successful professional. You have been acting and performing on various platforms since you were seven. Now you're married with kids of your own and many successes under your belt. How did you do it all?"
"Well, with a lot of help from friends and family and other support; build support around you that you need, but just breathe and live in the moment too, and take things one day at a time." Justine suggests.
DC: "Okay; what advice would you give to aspiring young artists, or even young-at-heart-older artists?"
JC: "Keep doing what you love; don't consider what you will do professionally, at least not until you're out of school, do it because you love it, not because you're pursuing a profession, the rest will fall into place because you love it. And stay in school!"
We finished up the interview with some travel talk. Inspired by the lyrics to her song, If I Had an Aeroplane, I asked Justine where she would go, if she had her own aeroplane or railway train. True to the lyrics of the song, she confessed that she'd go about as far as the south coast, "somewhere quick," for the sake of her kids.
Inspired by the song 'I Am A…' from Clarke's hit album I Like To Sing, Clarke's coming tour will encourage young audiences to engage their imagination through words, song, and movement.
With an emphasis on a variety of instruments and sounds, the live show is set to a colourful, craft-themed stage; the show will feature the familiar songs that kids know and love from all three of Justine's albums.