I grew up in New Zealand, gained a Bachelor of Commerce degree, qualified as a chartered accountant and worked in banking with The National Bank (NZ), part of Lloyds Bank, and in London at investment bank Salomon Smith Barney.
Making money, wheeling and dealing in the financial sector was exciting. I wasn’t passionate about it, though, and I didn’t feel like I was making a difference in the world.
When my sister, Julie, tragically died of epilepsy (age 22) I realised life is short. I quit banking and moved to the US to study at the Boston Conservatory to become a singer.
In 2000, combining musical and financial acumen, I created international entertainment company, Incognito Artists Ltd. Based in London, with offices in New York and NZ, we excel at taking the ordinary to extraordinary.
With stars from the West End and Broadway, we provide unique entertainment for events. We’ve performed over 6,500 shows worldwide, sold over 3.5m albums, sung for the Queen, princes Charles, William and Harry, Nelson Mandela and celebrities such as Sir Elton John and Leonardo DiCaprio, at venues including the Royal Albert Hall and Windsor Castle, and at sporting fixtures like the FA Cup final and the Rugby World Cup.
Incognito Artists was set up with the mission to ‘touch, move and inspire people so that they are present to the magic of being alive’. I’ve learned a crucial lesson: do what you love to do each day. Carpe diem!
For more info, visit incognitoartists.com