Lifestyle Community homeowners recently participated in a talent show that proves that age is just a number and it’s never too late to shine.
Many people have a talent that they would like to invest more time in but life often gets in the way. When Deni Climpson heard about Lifestyle has Talent, she had not played the drums in 30 years. Nevertheless, she decided to audition as part of a band with her husband Bill, and two other Lifestyle Community homeowners, Ken Hirst and Charles Pedder. “We love our music,” says Deni. “We are happy to be involved in anything to do with it.”
Lifestyle has Talent was a talent show hosted by Lifestyle Communities earlier this year. Three thousand homeowners across 16 Lifestyle Communities were invited to audition. In September, 29 finalists took to the stage to battle it out for the crown.
Focusing on ‘50s and ‘60s music, Deni’s four-piece band – the Windbreakers – included keyboard, drums, guitar and base. Despite only having practiced together for four months before the final, the band’s Buddy Holly and Beatles medley bagged them the top spot. For Deni, the best part of the experience was playing in front of such a large audience in the final. “It’s exciting to be part of something like that,” she says. “It was just a bonus that we won.”
Lifestyle Communities Wellness Program Manager Olivia Turnbull was present at all the auditions across Victoria. “We wanted to celebrate the diverse talent within our communities and bring everyone together to showcase the special skills of our homeowners,” she says. And it was no small undertaking. The event took five months to plan with auditions running at every community over a two-week period. Participants competed in three categories: best talent, best line dancing group and best choir.
Glenda Edwards of the Shepparton Lifestyle Community found the audition stage daunting. “I was shaking in my boots but all the professionals were very soothing to those of us auditioning,” she says. “They made me feel very comfortable. It was a really smooth process.” Glenda, a soloist, secured second place at the final with her rendition of ‘Georgia on My Mind’ by Ray Charles. “Even though I was scared to go on stage, the audience participation was fantastic,” she says. “I loved the amount of support and energy we got from the audience.”
Many of the acts consider the coaching provided by Phil Ceberano as the highlight of the whole experience. Phil worked with all of the finalists in rehearsals providing valuable guidance. And he wasn’t the only celebrity involved in the event, as the judging panel included Kate Ceberano and Andrew Raiskums.
CEO and founder of Lifestyle Communities, James Kelly was impressed by the standard of talent on display. “Lifestyle has Talent is proof that age is only a number and with a positive attitude and lust for life, you can do anything that you set your mind to,” he says.
Founded in 2003, Lifestyle Communities offer homeowners the opportunity to downsize to a modern, low-maintenance home with the benefits of 5-star resort-style facilities. “At Lifestyle Communities, our mission is to enable working, semi-retired and retired people over 50 to enjoy affordable luxury living in a secure community setting, while having the freedom to enjoy new possibilities,” says James.
The event continues to impact the lives of those who took part. The Windbreakers are still playing together and are hoping to secure gigs. Lifestyle Communities intends to host a similar event in the future and both Deni and Glenda encourage those considering it to take part. “Anyone who is sitting on the fence should just do it,” says Glenda. “It was wonderful.”