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This is Amity.
She’s a Radeladian who, after growing up singing at church, decided her destiny was to be a famous singer. She wrote her first song ‘Never-ending Love’ for her Grade 6 crush, and at 14 sent off cassette tapes to recording studios so they would give her a deal.

That is so cute.
Mate, back then it was heaps of effort – it’s not like I had YouTube. Recording on tapes in your bedroom was big. A few weeks later, Sony called my school to talk to me. I had my negotiation hat on ready for the offer, but all they said was ‘We think you’re great – keep going’. I was gutted. I thought I’d have a record deal by the time I was 15.

What happened after Sony were useless?
I backed myself so hard I just knew I was meant to be a singer. So, at 16, I lied about my age and got a job singing at a piano bar performing for classy drunk people. At the end of yr12 I moved to Sydney solo with a box of my cassette tape demos and got a manager (who I later married) who said he could make me famous at 21. Which was foul to me as 21 was insanely old.

But then you became a reality show star?
At 24, my husb and I were doing renos to our apartment, and I got bored one day and applied to be a contestant on some new Ch9 reality show. I hadn’t even told Phil I’d applied so when they called to say we had an audition and were later accepted we were both like ‘eh’.  But the producer promised he would get me a record deal if we said yes so.. yes it was.

Amity – 39 Forever

Wait so you were on first series of The Block (later becoming an All Star) AND you got that recording deal?
Yeah within 6 months of The Block I had my record deal. My album ‘The Lighthouse’ went to #6 in the ARIA charts and I was performing for thousands of people. So, by 25 I had my dreams all done and ticked.

Amity – 39 Forever

You tick your boxes hard and fast. Ahem.
My life was all about dem ticks. At 27 (I felt 80) I decided I needed to have a baby. I wanted to make light of motherhood, so while preggo with #2, I wrote a cabaret show about it -going to the toilet with a kid on my lap, how boring playgrounds are etc. It was the first time I had been ‘funny’ ​on stage and it went gangbusters! The show has since toured Australia, gotten into the New York Musical Festival, got a run in Norway and is in development for a UK tour next year.

Mate you are INSANE I can’t comprehend how you did all this…
Self-doubt is a killer. I have it in moments, but I refuse to let it be the loudest voice. It can be in the backseat, but it doesn’t get to navigate.

And now you’ve got a show at the Melb International Comedy Fest?
I had insomnia one night and wrote the ​cabaret show 39 Forever. I love comedy that has truth behind it, so I am brutally honest about all the things that suck about growing-up. Like the neck wrinkles, what is with that? And the idea that women become invisible after 40.  It sold out 15 shows at Adelaide Fringe Fest last year, two weeks before its debut. I can’t wait to come to Melbourne for it.

See Amity’s show 39 Forever at the Comedy Festival from 18 – 22 April @ Chaps off Chaps

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