Mira Thippawal on stage in the 2016 Sydney Eisteddfod. Photo: WinkiPoP Media
Mira Thippawal, finalist in the 2016 Junior Singer of the Year took some time to tell Sydney Eisteddfod about her love of singing and her biggest musical inspiration. The 13-year-old also shared what she has learnt about herself through competing in Sydney Eisteddfod.
Tell us why you love singing.
I love singing because it makes me feel alive and free.
Who inspired you to start singing?
Michael Jackson was my big inspiration to start singing, because every time he performed, he brought joy to people's faces and I wanted to do the same for others.
Which other performers do you most like to listen to or watch, and why?
I always like listening to Ed Sheeran and Whitney Houston because their songs are so meaningful to listen to.
Tell us about one of the songs that you performed in the Final and why you chose it.
One of the songs that I performed in the finals was "Hero" by Mariah Carey. I've chose this song because I wanted to remind everyone that we should all stay strong no matter what.
What did you do to prepare for your performance?
Practise and more practise!
What is the best piece of performance advice you have ever heard?
The best piece of advice given to me was "Just be you. You go out there and be Mira. Not Mariah Carey. But Mira".
What have you learnt about yourself through performing in Sydney Eisteddfod?
That it's really important to keep working hard because as you get older, the competition is more serious. If you want to stay on top, you've got to continue practising.
What would you tell someone that was thinking about entering Sydney Eisteddfod?
Just be yourself. Even if you don't place in that event, think of that as a way to continue improve more for next year.