Former Young Talent Time star is sharing his knowledge

Entertainer Rob McCullough moved to Hervey Bay about six months ago.
Entertainer Rob McCullough moved to Hervey Bay about six months ago. Robyne Cuerel

ENJOY what you do and you will never have to work a day in your life.

That's the motto former Young Talent Time star Rob McCullough has carried with him through 40 successful years in the entertainment industry.

The 52-year-old has travelled the globe performing alongside the likes of industry veterans Sir Michael Redgrave and John Wood, but said his two-year "apprenticeship" on Johnny Young's Young Talent Time was what put his life on the fast-track to stardom.

Now, after moving to a more relaxed lifestyle in Hervey Bay about six months ago, Mr McCullough said he felt it was time to share his wealth of knowledge with the community and its upcoming stars, starting with a Christmas concert at the Hervey Bay Community Centre on Friday, December 14.

"I firmly believe in new talent and I think it's very important for Hervey Bay that we have these shows like this one I'm doing at the community centre," he said.

"The talent here is absolutely incredible but there's not an awful lot of opportunity for the youngsters so I would love to move into that area."

As well as donating his time as a judge to the Hervey Bay Council for the Arts youth and senior talent quests and a compere at the recent youth Christmas concert, Mr McCullough can also be seen brightening up the lives of local nursing home residents with free concerts and performances.

"That is the best way of performing now, they really appreciate what I do," he said.

"I just love it because I can go around singing all my lovely songs and have them hold my hand and sing along in the microphone.

"If you're performing in a professional show you just finish up and go back to your hotel room.

"It doesn't really give you the same type of feeling it gives me when I'm working in the nursing homes.

"They just light up."

Mr McCullough said his focus was also now firmly set on spending quality time with family, made up of his wife Julie and his stepson and stepdaughter.

"The entertainment industry really wasn't a real world, but I'm in the real world now with my family, married five years ago and really very happy." he said.

"The family connection is very important to us so we moved to Hervey Bay and changed our lives.

"We have been so fortunate to meet some lovely people."

Mr McCullough said his long-term goal was to see local talents succeed by offering a platform to perform, including monthly shows at the Community Centre.

Go along to the Charles St Centre in Pialba from 10am to noon and support the show.

Tickets are $10 and include morning tea.

For more information or bookings, phone 4194 3000.