I stop Christmas Day when maybe I fall asleep in my dinner
CAROLSBYCANDLELIGHT’S SHAYNNA BLAZE
“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