I daydream all the time! I get distracted far too easily and my attention span is very, very short. I guess that it’s kind-of a good habit for being a judge on X-Factor – those contestants had to impress me real quick or I would get distracted!
Julia Bloore chats with this Idol winner turned X-Factor judge …
1) If you were to look at your career so far and pick one moment that was the most amazing, what would it be?
STAN: That’s easy. The opportunity to act in Mount Zion (a New Zealand film written and directed by Tearepa Kahi, starring Stan and Temuera Morrison). I still can’t believe that I was actually in a movie! It was my first ever acting job. It was so fun and so overwhelming – an amazing experience.
2) What motivates you to sing?
STAN: Lots of things. Mainly my family, my people and my fans. When I sing, it’s all for them … as much as it is for me. My family are really supportive of what I do, they really believe in me and believe that I can achieve great things. Knowing they feel like that really helps me push myself and always try my best. They’re really important to me.
3) You and the other X-Factor judges played the role of mentor for the competitors – do you have a mentor in your life?
STAN: I have several people that I generally look up to. A few specific people are my backbone, my real solid support – and I couldn’t do it without them. When I was looking for people to be mentors in my life, I made sure they were people I knew really well and could confidently trust. I tried to be the same for the X-Factor contestants as well. It’s good, and necessary, to have someone you can go to for advice and support when you need it.
4) What are your three favourite things in life?
STAN: First would have to be food … I love good food! Also my family – like I said before, my people are really important to me. Third would have to be … Beyonce!
5) If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you choose and why?
STAN: That’s easy. I would choose London! I love everything about London – the culture, the history, the size … but I especially love the musical culture over there. It’s so different to what it’s like here. It feels like things are a lot more open in terms of music: people think big – plus the industry is so much bigger which means there are so many more different styles. I’d love to live there one day.
6) Bad habit?
STAN: Oh yeah … I have a few of those! But the worst one is probably that I daydream all the time! I get distracted far too easily and my attention span is very, very short. I guess that it’s kind-of a good habit for being a judge on X-Factor – those contestants had to impress me real quick or I would get distracted!
7) In this day and age, so many young people get the opportunity to have their 15 minutes of fame – what are your tips for staying level-headed?
STAN: I think the most important thing is to always surround yourself with good friends and family. Keep those important people around you – the ones who’ve been there from the beginning. The people who know you … warts and all. Those you are close with are the ones who are going to keep you humble.
8) You’ve achieved so much at such a young age ... where to from here?
STAN: Well, I’m heading back to Australia to work on my next album. I’m also going to spend some time in the States doing some writing, which will be cool. In September I’m back in the country here to do my World Tour of New Zealand. I’m playing shows up and down the nation, which I’m really excited about. I can’t wait to meet the Kiwi fans. Basically, I want to keep making music … I love what I do.
9) Tell us about a movie that has impacted your life
STAN: The Passion of the Christ. That movie had a huge impact on my life. Being able to visually see everything that he went through to save us – all that beating and ridicule and abuse … it really stayed with me. I’ll never forget the way I felt during that movie. It definitely had the biggest effect on me.
10) Favourite joke?
STAN: Well, it’s kind of hard for me to pick a favourite as I tend to joke about everything! I’m not a very serious kind of a guy. But if I had to choose one, it’s probably the ‘Yo mama’ jokes – they still always make me laugh!
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