Name: Carolyn Whitmore
Date of birth: October 11th, 1983
From: Victoria, Australia
Fave Tina track: Too hard, I love them
Best Tina moments:
1) At home listening to her music and singing away!!
2) Her performance at the Olympics opening ceremony
3) When I see her on television
4) When I hear her sing
Fave Tina cover art: 'In Deep' 'Soulmate
Rarest Tina CD's I own: I wouldn't
call the ones I have rare. I play them all fairly often..
Why would I call them rare?
Fave Tina line:
1) "While others long to steal the spotlight, you
work your magic quietly,
cause you're not in it for the glory. The love you give
comes naturally" -
2) "Nothing quite compares to the adrenaline rush
you experience as you walk
onto stage into the spotlight" - Tina Arena
3) "Follow that dream" - Tina Arena
1) To meet Tina Arena and see her perform live in concert
2) Opportunity for ME to perform more
Ever since I was a child I've always had a strong desire
that one day I'd perform before an audience. It has
been my life long dream for as long as I can remember.
Through my years of growing up I have listened to many
performers and always dreamed of being in their position.
I've dreamed of being in Tina Arena's and look up to
her as an idol. She has inspired me to keep up my music
and to follow my dreams.
When I was really young, my dad often on a Saturday
night would play music on his record player. I'd come
into the room where he was and start to sing along or
dance. I loved it. Something about music captured me
and I felt confident singing along.
My confidence grew even more as I performed for relatives
on special occasions. I vaguely remember what I performed
but remember how wonderful it felt and I wanted to keep
it up. My desire to perform grew stronger.
I have been a big fan of Tina Arena for a long time.
From memory, I first knew her when she performed on
'Hey Hey It's Saturday' when she sang a couple of hits
from 'Don't Ask.' I hardly remember the moment but walked
away with a strong impression. The way she delivered
her songs and how beautifully she sounded moved me.
My dad had bought the album 'Don't Ask' and played the
songs repeatedly and I grew to love her music and soon
started to sing them myself and learnt the words by
heart. By doing this I became positively minded and
grew to admire her even more.
There is something about Tina's music that's really
touching setting her apart from all other musicians
I know. Her use of lyrics, her voice, and her style
are exceptionally unique. She is truly wonderful and
by far my favourite musician. She has given me confidence
through song and that to me is a wonderful feeling.
It made me determined to achieve my dream.
I didn't get many opportunities to perform like I had
hoped for in my life but I kept holding onto the thought
that one day it would be my turn. Lack of opportunities
didn't stop me although it did lower some confidence
and I felt a little disheartened. However, something
gave me the strength to fight for the dream I was longing
for. I remember reading in a biography about Tina Arena
that all she wanted to do was to 'follow that dream.'
I have strongly followed those words and hope that some
day it'll be me in the
spotlight. My love for music, encouragement and support
from family and friends also kept me strong.
Finally my dream did come true. I got up before my
school on a special event and sung the song 'Live.'
It was the most wonderful feeling I had ever experienced
in the world. I remember the words from Tina I read,
'Nothing quite compares to the adrenaline rush you experience
as you walk out on stage into the spotlight.' I felt
just like that when I was up on stage. I was very excited
and felt really good. I initially thought I would fall
victim to nerves but I didn't. I didn't think of any
bad things that could happen, I just concentrated on
my love for music and how I felt.
Thankfully, it was a terrific performance and a wonderful
I long to live the moment again on stage. It was an
overwhelming experience that I will never forget. I
believe it was Tina who gave me the confidence I needed
to achieve my dream. I will never forget her words 'follow