KIDsize Living interviews Justine Clarke

Dani Wylie

We've always loved Justine Clarke in this household.  When I was on maternity leave, I knew that when I heard Justine Clarke's beautiful voice on the TV that I could take a time out as my son loves her!

We were lucky to have the opportunity to ask Justine a few questions before her appearance at the Barangaroo Giant Picnic.

What do you love most about performing for children and families?

Performing for children is extremely physical, but you get an enormous lift from their unbridled energy and enthusiasm for having a great time. Children are ready to have fun and they all know my music so well and want to hear it over and over again.

Why do you think it's important for kids to be exposed to creative arts from early childhood?

Music is so important to the early development of children as they learn to express themselves creatively through dance and song. I love the way children tend to experience music holistically. They don’t just listen to music, but they experience it physically.

What is your favourite song to perform?

Dancing Face is one of my favourite songs to perform. It’s a fun song and it’s always entertaining to watch kids try and isolate parts of their face. 

What's the cutest thing a mini-fan has ever sent you?

A red, yellow and purple crepe paper flower on an ice cream stick sits by my bedside along with many artworks in my cupboards. I cannot throw them away! Childrens art is so inspiring! 

As a working Mum, what are 3 tips you would give to anyone who is struggling to balance their careers and family life?

Breath, stay healthy and acknowledge and enjoy it when the balance is working.

Your music has subdued many a tantrum in our household over the past 5 years.  Has it had the same effect on your 3 children, or are they immune to your charms since you're "Mum?"

Immune! But I love reading to them and we all look forward to that part of the day. 

Justine Clarke is a best-selling children's singer, film star and stage actor - you can find out more information here.