It’s been a break­out year for The Voice tal­ents Claire How­ell and Tash Lock­hart. We catch up with the Gold Coast friends for a high­light reel and their New Year’s res­o­lu­tions

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What was your high­light of 2016? CH: Fin­ish­ing school was a big thing. Tash and I be­came best friends and she’s opened me up to so many peo­ple and op­por­tu­ni­ties, in­clud­ing meet­ing my boyfriend. The Voice would have to be my big­gest high­light as it made me grow as a per­son and as a singer. It showed me what it’s like to sing on a stage and made up my mind that that was what I wanted to do in my life – be a singer. TL: Def­i­nitely be­ing in­volved in this year’s The Voice se­ries. I ac­tu­ally would not have ever be­lieved some­one if they once said to me I would place third in The Voice. Watch­ing these shows on TV, they just seemed like such a fairy­tale dream that wouldn’t ac­tu­ally hap­pen to me. What’s the big­gest les­son you’ll take from the year? CH: Prob­a­bly to not de­lay on tak­ing an op­por­tu­nity that comes at you, if you want it, go get it and don’t pro­cras­ti­nate. TL: Hon­estly be­liev­ing in my­self. Self doubt kills dreams and de­sires, and it shut me down a lot over the past few years. I learned to trust in my abil­i­ties and that if you push through, with the right heart and mind, you can achieve your dreams. What’s com­ing up for you in 2017? CH: Tash and I and a cou­ple of other girls are mov­ing to Syd­ney and will be liv­ing in a house to­gether. I will also be free­lanc­ing make-up wise and hope­fully get­ting a job at a make-up store, as well as do­ing gigs around Syd­ney. TL: Mov­ing to Syd­ney with my best friend Claire – I ac­tu­ally move in un­der a month. I’m so ner­vous but pretty ex­cited to dive into more ad­ven­ture and op­por­tu­nity Are you mak­ing any New Year’s res­o­lu­tions? CH: I do be­lieve in res­o­lu­tions, I just tend to not stick to them. A few of mine would prob­a­bly be 1) don’t pro­cras­ti­nate 2) eat healthy 3) take ev­ery op­por­tu­nity and 4) work harder than you’ve ever worked be­fore. TL: Fo­cus more on me and my goals and less on worldly dis­trac­tions that come my way. So ac­tu­ally spend more time writ­ing and be­com­ing bet­ter at my in­stru­ment and less time just wast­ing time do­ing noth­ing. Best case sce­nario: this time next year, what do you hope to be do­ing? CH: I hope to have a sin­gle out on the ra­dio and to be liv­ing ef­fort­lessly. I hope to have toned up a bit in my body and be pre­par­ing to move to some­where in Lon­don with Tash. Very ex­cited for 2017. TL: I hope to still be in Syd­ney and I hope to have writ­ten a bunch of cool songs that I’m su­per proud of. I hope to have sav­ings to be able to travel the fol­low­ing year over­seas to do some big­ger writ­ing trips.

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