TV Host, Producer, Journalist
Music has always been part of family life for Carissa, so she says a career in the performing arts was her destiny (and one she relishes every day!). From a young age Carissa was involved in dance, singing and acting, taking lessons and performing on stage as often as possible. As her dance career took flight, Carissa toured Australia and travelled across Asia performing in various shows.
Her musical background and outgoing personality led to her role as a presenter on Fox Sports Fuel TV then onto resident host on Channel [V]. Carissa was also a producer and writer on The Riff and a regular guest on radio to share the latest in all things pop, music and culture.
Whether singing, dancing, acting or presenting, Carissa's abundant energy and enthusiasm are always on show. And it's these qualities she brings to her role as a Starlight Ambassador.
Carissa said it's been great getting more involved helping to bring much needed happiness to sick kids. "Starlight has always been a foundation that has resonated with me. I find it so rewarding seeing the smiles that Captain Starlight brings kids."
Carissa has generously given her time to be part of Starlight Day and our Christmas Appeal, and in 2018 helped support the ‘graduation’ of teenage patients at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead - a hospital that has a special place in her heart after entertaining kids there in a dance troupe in her younger years.
"The Starlight Express Room is such a fun place where you really forget hospital reality as soon as you step in," she said.
She has also helped grant an ARIAs-inspired Starlight Wish for a teenage girl wanting to meet her celebrity idols in 2017 and in 2016 helped to open the newly refurbished Starlight Express Room at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.
Carissa is also passionate about Livewire and helping sick teens find creative ways to express themselves.
She says she loves that Livewire lets everyone share their stories. "These conversations can inspire and give strength to others which is so vital for mental health and wellbeing."
And a little secret about Carissa? "I've always wanted to be a Captain Starlight!"
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