HOW I MAKE IT WORK...

Kylie Minogue im­per­son­ator Lucy Holmes.

Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Contents - as told to Louise Edwards Lucy’s show, 100% Kylie, is tour­ing now; 100per­centkylie.com.

Ihave loved per­form­ing since I was a small girl, but it wasn’t un­til I was 12 and saw Je­sus Christ Su­per­star with John Farnham that I had an epiphany: “This is what I want to do.” I felt trans­ported to an­other time and place, and I wanted to be able to make oth­ers feel that, too.

I used to pull out the odd Kylie track when I was work­ing as a singer. I knew the au­di­ence would get a rise out of it as I look like her and can mimic her voice. It al­ways went down a treat. So my busi­ness part­ner and I cre­ated the show about 15 years ago think­ing it would be this lit­tle act. Now it’s a full-time job, we tour the world and em­ploy a bunch of peo­ple.

Of course, I’ve been mis­taken for her a lot. I was once stopped by a lady in the shops who said, “Oh, hi Kylie! I used to babysit you and Dan­nii.” That was strange. There have been times over­seas when peo­ple have gen­uinely be­lieved I was her. They’ve been cry­ing and, sure, some­times I haven’t wanted to break it to them be­cause I don’t want them to feel stupid. So I just play along. You need to let them have that en­joy­able mo­ment.

But, of course, I’m not her, I’m just pre­tend­ing. We’re all striv­ing for a level of “suc­cess” in life, moth­er­hood or our ca­reer, and we need to cut our­selves some slack. When you get into your 20s, you start think­ing, “Am I just fak­ing it till I make it?” I think most peo­ple go through that. So you go out and you put on a face say­ing you’ve got it to­gether.

I got back on­stage seven weeks af­ter hav­ing my daugh­ter – which I don’t rec­om­mend. It was in­sane! But re­turn­ing to work made me feel more my­self, so when I was at home with my baby, I had more to give her. I find a lot of iden­tity and plea­sure in my job.

You need to find those mo­ments where you lose your­self, when your soul sings. Be­cause the hap­pier you are, the more hap­pi­ness you can sow into your chil­dren and those around you.

In my other job, I’m a break­fast ra­dio host [for Light FM in Melbourne] and when I’m on air, again I’m pre­sent­ing a side of my­self that could be called act­ing. Just like my Kylie act. But, of course, it’s a role for Kylie her­self as well. As Shake­speare wrote, all the world’s a stage. It’s all de­cep­tion. Ac­knowl­edg­ing this should help us chill out and love our­selves a bit more.

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