For Michaela Ponting, StarCentral Magazine’s Unsigned Female Artist of the Month for June 2013, it was always the music and its ability to evoke emotion that drew her to the craft. It’s no wonder since her early training was in opera! She is an avid lover of musical theatre and has starred in several productions to great reviews. But her love for music spanned all genres and her powerful voice has impressed in such varied styles as rock, country, pop, indie and so much more! Whether it’s on stage or on her own in front of a microphone, there is no missing this incredibly talented young Australian!
What do you enjoy most about performing?
It is such a rush. Every time is different. So it is exciting and new every time you step out onto that stage, because every time you have a different audience. That what makes it so exciting. I’ve been performing since I was five and I still get nervous but that’s how it should be. Otherwise you lose that thrill and excitement. This is what I wanted to do when i grew up.
When did you first perform and where?
The very first time was in pre-school. It was Christmas time and I had the solo part in Silent Night. My teacher went up to my mother and said I should get taught as I was very good. I have been performing ever since that day.
Do you have a specific inspiration to keep performing?
I was once told that there is a seed planted inside of every creative person. You cannot ignore it, no matter how hard you try. I love what I do. Nothing fulfills me more than entertaining, it’s what I always wanted to do and it is the only thing that makes me whole. I get inspired by other artists. My idol is Bette Midler. I love how she entertains and how she portrays the emotion in a song. I also have a huge passion for musical theatre. It’s when you listen to music that you feel it. This is what I want to do.
What was your most memorable performance?
Every show is memorable for its own reasons. I had some wonderful experiences and have worked with some amazing people. Doing the huge big arena shows are always fun and exciting. Honestly I believe the best is yet to come.
What are your future plans for your career?
Watch this space people lol! I have some great shows in the pipeline and I’m honestly so excited about them.
Is your family supportive of your career?
My family are my biggest fans! My mother has never missed one of my shows ever! My mum has been so amazing right from the start and continues to be my critic (in a good way) and my biggest supporter. My family certainly help keep you grounded and that’s what I cherish most about them. If you do a great job they will let you know however if it was average they are not afraid to let you know either! That’s how it should be. Sorry I truly don’t have the sob story that most singers do lol!
‘LIGHTNING FAST’ Round:
Last good movie I’ve seen?
My all-time favorite movie is The Birdcage! I’ve seen it a million times and it still cracks me up.
What do you consider beautiful and why?
Love. It is the most beautiful thing and it comes in all shapes and sizes and you find it in the most unsuspected of places. And it is different for everybody….Thats pretty cool.
What haven’t you done yet that you wish you could?
I have yet to be able to master the art of juggling. My sister can do it but I am just way too uncoordinated.
Complete this sentence…..” if i had no fear, i’d…”
Wear a bikini in public.
What is the one flaw you wouldn’t change about yourself?
I wouldn’t change a thing about myself as it makes me who I am. What you see is what you get.
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