The Word – Sharni Vinson

November 1, 2018

The Word – Sharni Vinson

Sharni Vinson is a third generation performer and began singing, dancing and acting at a young age. Co-raised by her single mother and grandparents, she inherited their musical gene and fell in love with the entertainment industry, and by the age of 12 she had enrolled in the Brent Street School of Performing Arts. By the age of 17, Sharni landed her first major recording contract and signed to Roadshow Music Australia as a member of female pop group, Foxfire IV. 

In 2004, Vinson joined the cast of Home and Away, a role she held for three years before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in America. She has appeared on numerous television shows and movies and most recently returned to Aussie screens as one of the judges on Channel 7’s Dance Boss.

I grew up …

in Sydney’s southern beaches of Cronulla.

I got into dancing, acting and singing …

at a young age as I am a third generation of musical theatre performers. I was always told you have to be a ‘triple threat’ so I began training very young in all aspects of the entertainment industry.

Before performing …

I always say a prayer to my grandmother in heaven to watch over me and give me the strength I need to nail the performance.

Acting or dancing …

both are very different but similar in that they give me a creative outlet to express different sides of myself. Acting involves transforming into multiple characters and discovering other sides to my personality, whereas dancing is a further expression of who I am.

The actors I’d most like to work with …

I’ve always looked up to actors like Edward Norton and Ben Foster. They have a certain presence on camera that is undeniably influential and captivating, so to work in that class would bring out the best performance in me.

My hidden talent is …

I can drink wine using my feet to hold the glass.

The first thing I do in the morning …

I make a soy latte then take my dog for a long walk on the beach. The ocean is therapeutic and allows me to digest the day ahead.

If I could be better at anything …

it’d be playing a musical instrument. I’ve always wished I learned piano or guitar as a child. Luckily it’s something I could still learn in time. 

SHARNI VINSON dance

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