I stop Christ­mas Day when maybe I fall asleep in my din­ner


The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - THE LAST WORD - WithDeb­bieSchipp

“THIS is my first in­volve­ment with Car­ols by Can­dle­light. I get to sing a beau­ti­ful carol and I’m very ex­cited. Since my back­ground is in jazz I’m singing a jazz ver­sion of Have Your­self a Merry Lit­tle Christ­mas.

Singing and de­sign came around the same time for me. When I was study­ing de­sign I was singing as well (in a trio with a cou­ple of friends play­ing at lo­cal pubs in Mel­bourne). De­sign as in ‘art forms’ has al­ways been in my life. I had a crafty dad, my aunty was an artist and my mum did a smidge of mu­si­cal the­atre, so mu­sic was in our life all the time. One didn’t come be­fore the other; they’ve al­ways been a part of my life.

This year has been one of my busiest ever. Last year I thought ‘Oh my god, it just can’t get busier’. This year

I feel like I have caught up to Fe­bru­ary at the mo­ment. I wrote a list of all the things I’ve done this year and my mind is spin­ning.

I opened the AS­TRAs (sub­scrip­tion TV awards) and sang at them, won favourite fe­male there, went to the Lo­gies where both The Block and Sell­ing Houses were nom­i­nated, shot three se­ries of The Block (two have gone to air and we are film­ing the third at the mo­ment, so that’s crazy), fin­ished off 13 eps of Sell­ing Houses at the be­gin­ning of the year and we’ve almost fin­ished the se­ries now.

Oh, and I’ve writ­ten my sec­ond book and I’m sure there’s some­thing else in there I’ve for­got­ten.

There’s no rest. I stop Christ­mas Day when maybe I fall asleep in my din­ner.

It’s a great po­si­tion to be in – I’m do­ing all the things I ever dreamt of.

I’m grate­ful and pinch­ing my­self. I still have my de­sign prac­tice, do TV, sing and write, and I can’t be­lieve it.

I’ve al­ways wanted to sing at Car­ols. Even if you are not phys­i­cally there you have it on in the back­ground all night on the TV. My kids have grown up with it so to be a part of it is mind-blow­ing.And I get to hang out with some awe­some singers so that’s pretty cool.

On Christ­mas Day we have peo­ple over for drinks early, fam­ily over for lunch and at night we just col­lapse.

On Box­ing Day, ev­ery­one brings leftovers and we gather and chill.

A qui­eter next year isn’t go­ing to hap­pen. I wasn’t pre­pared for this year, but go­ing into 2015 I know what I’m in for and can hon­estly say I know what I’m do­ing ’til this time next year.

I am try­ing to squeeze a few long week­ends in some­where.” CAR­OLS BY CAN­DLE­LIGHT WED­NES­DAY, 8PM, NINE

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