A Day In The Life Of Hi-5
We caught up with Hi-5 during their Asian tour recently and this is part two of our interview with the busiest kids performers around. They travel the world performing, recording their hit TV show and albums, doing charity work and making kids happy.
But what is it really like being a part of the juggernaut that is Hi-5?
You have a very busy schedule. What is a typical day for you all?
Tanika: We wake up. We eat a delicious and nutritious breakfast. We drive to where we need to be in our awesome Hi-5 van. Car trips are always filled with lots of singing... We are always singing. We spend most days meeting and performing for our amazing Hi-5 fans, kiddies, mums and dads.
Ainsley: We wake up, chow down on our breakfast (food is very important to us) and warm up our bodies, vocally and physically. This is a pretty generic start to our every day. Then it gets interesting…
Mary: Between TV filming, song recordings, press interviews, radio, rehearsals, dance and singing lessons, photo shoots, and so much more, who knows what we could be doing tomorrow!
Stevie: I often think of all of my mates in their suits at work and think how lucky I am to be doing what I’m doing. They are long days but they are filled with laughter and we really bounce off each other.
Dayen: No day is ever the same in the life of Hi-5! We are constantly evolving as a brand, as children are always growing and evolving. There is never a dull moment!
Tanika: We then finish the day with a big group hug. LOVE.
You are such recognisable faces from one of the biggest kids’ acts in the world. What’s it like being mobbed on the street, especially in Asia?
Tanika: It’s funny when you see a bunch of kids running up to you for a big cuddle and it's even funnier when the parents come running over for a cuddle. We love cuddles.
Stevie: It’s always quite surreal when you land in the airport in a foreign country and you have children waiting and wanting a hug and a photo. I will never say no to a photo and particularly with my blonde hair I stand out a little in Asia. Sometimes the rest of the gang refuse to go and grab a coffee with me because they know we will spend most of the time taking photos. Or they make me wear a hat!
Dayen: I don't think I will ever get used to strangers recognising me and wanting photos with me. I am so grateful that parents feel that they can trust with me with their children, even if we have never met before.
Mary: You get so caught up in the busy Hi-5 world that you forget how many people love the show and want to meet you. It just makes it all so real and its nice to see that people actually appreciate and like all our hard work.
Ainsley: It’s really bizarre actually, especially if we are visiting a place for the very first time. You think to yourself ‘how do these people even know who I am, I’ve never been here before’!
Is it different performing for Australia kids than it is other kids around the world?
Tanika: Hi-5 originated in Australia 15 years ago. That's pretty special. It's lovely when you hear from a fan that they have been watching the show from day 1.
Stevie: One thing I’ve learnt during my time with Hi-5 is that no matter how rich or poor a child is they all just want to have fun. There is no greater joy for me then being on stage and looking our into our little mosh-pit of fans and seeing their smiling faces beaming back at me. Aussie kids are open and expressive by nature and don’t have a problem being a little loud and cheeky which I absolutely love.
Dayen: It is such a joy to be able to see children and parents loosen up when they come to watch our shows. We have performed in countries where English isn't their first language and even then, the kids get up and just want to play and have fun.
Ainsley: Amongst our fans in Asia, it is very excitable in the crowd. Children sing in their big loud voices, and dance wildly and scream out with joy when they find something funny.
Mary: It doesn’t matter where they are or what they have, put on a song and just watch them sing and dance. I guarantee it would put a smile on anyone’s face.
So yes, sorry, no dirt to dish out. The members of Hi-5 are a lovely bunch of performers who are passionate, engaging and humble. They love their job, they love kids and they feel lucky to be where they are.
Hi-5 House of Dreams is touring nationally across Australia from 28th June - 15th July 2015. Visit hi-5world.com for more info and tickets!