Vanessa was launched into the music spotlight at 15 when her debut single 'Have a Look' went Gold after only seven weeks in the ARIA charts. She followed up the success with 'Absolutely Everybody' and 'Shine' which both became mega hits in Europe and Australia.
Now 28, Vanessa has recently released her second album Somewhere in the Real World.
After that I started writing songs for my first album and recording tracks. It was an exciting time and things just sort of grew from there.
No, I wanted to be in the army. I loved the thought of driving trucks and tanks, running around and having fun, and rolling around in the mud.
It was unbelievable! It was a great atmosphere and there was such an amazing energy from being amongst a huge crowd. It was great to perform.
There is no balance. They are both so totally different. My life is performing and being out on the road, which is where I love being, and the farm is good to escape to every now and then.
Mind blowing. KISS fans are fabulous. There were so many people dressed up from head to toe with full costume and makeup. It was awesome.
I think about the chord structure and the melody to go with it. I think about what works well together and try to find the key lyric to sum up the whole story I am telling.
I have a great support network around me. My family is fabulous. My mum is a great support. She looks after all of my animals while I am away on tour and keeps me together and organised. My strong management team is also an important network to me.
It's great to get my music out there for people to listen to, but sometimes it's hard because I am an easy target.
It takes strength. It's a long journey and you have to have the will power and strength to keep working towards your goals.
Performing ... singing. I love being on stage. It brings it all together. It's when I get to connect with my audience and celebrate that they enjoy the songs I have spent time making.
I don't like waiting around to perform – we do a lot of waiting. There is a lot of time spent before a gig waiting between sound check and performance.
Somewhere in the Real World was released earlier this year. Since then I have been out on tour and out doing promo for the next single 'The Simple Things (Something Emotional)'. We also shot the video clip for the next single which was great fun. I also spent a few weeks over in LA.
My attitude has definitely changed – I'm older and I've grown as an artist and as a person.
I like not knowing. I love a surprise and a challenge.
Make sure you get a ball-breaking manager. Having the right people around you and building a strong team is really important.
Fly to Mars! Keep writing more songs and produce more records. My ambition is to have a long and successful career like Kate Ceberano and Jimmy Barnes.
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