After wowing his colleagues with his Robbie Williams impersonation at his work’s Christmas breakup party, Paul Hogan was shocked when his boss called him into the office to tell him he should resign from his data processing job.
‘He said he said to me, “The show was amazing, you blew me away and I think you should have a crack at performing”,’ Paul says.
Despite having performed in several musicals and completed a degree in musical theatre, it was his boss’s words that gave Paul the push he needed to launch his professional career as an actor, singer and impressionist. A decade on, Paul has performed for audiences across Australia with tribute shows that tip their hat to the Beach Boys, Frankie Vallie and the Four Season, as well as ‘Robbie’. He also performs as himself, covering music from the 1920s to today.
‘I've spent the last 10 years just doing what I love,’ Paul says.
Paul has been a regular performer at the Victorian Seniors Festival for the past five years, with older women particularly enjoying his take on songs made famous by crooners like Frank Sinatra and Bobby Darin.
‘To be honest with you, I'm one of those people, I think I was born in the wrong time when it comes to music because you can't beat the 50s and 60s,’ Paul says.
However, Paul admits he’ll always have a soft spot for Robbie Williams; he credits channelling the British singer-songwriter’s incredible on-stage confidence for giving him the self-esteem necessary to make a living on stage.
‘I was pretty shy and reserved and doing Robbie was basically like somebody pushing me from the back and going, “Get out there and sit on that person's lap”, and that was where I got enough confidence to realise this is fun. So much fun.’
Watch Paul's 2020 Victorian Seniors Festival reimagined performance