From Ballarat to Prague and Abu Dhabi for Australia’s Got Talent winner

It’s been almost a month since Ballarat businesswoman Kristy Sellars won Australia’s Got Talent.

But life hasn’t slowed down for the mother-of-three.

If anything, she’s busier.

On Friday morning she is set to fly to Italy to appear on a talent show and has other performances lined up in Prague and Abu Dhabi in the coming months.

In addition to that the former Warrnambool woman is relocating and revamping her Ballarat PhysiPole Studio, rolling out a new business – Boogie Bounce – and writing a book.

Ms Sellars said she was delighted with the success she had achieved, but conceded it had not been easy. She said she was often told by people she was lucky. “It wasn’t luck – it didn’t happen by chance,” Ms Sellars said.

STRONG BUSINESS SENSE: Frank McCarthy and his daughter Kristy Sellars spoke about running a successful business. Picture: Anthony Brady

STRONG BUSINESS SENSE: Frank McCarthy and his daughter Kristy Sellars spoke about running a successful business. Picture: Anthony Brady

Ms Sellars had been attending pole dancing classes enjoying the challenge they offered.

“I thought I should open a studio in Warrnambool,” she said. “I had to save $7000, which at the time to me was enormous.”

Ms Sellars admitted that when she opened the Warrnambool studio, she had $12 in her bank account. But, luckily for Ms Sellars, she inherited her father’s business acumen and strong work ethic.

“I keep telling her to stop at 20 franchises, but she’s pretty determined,” Mr McCarthy said.

Ms Sellars said there were plans to open another five studios in the next year.

Mr McCarthy said he had been forced to work hard and adapt to the changing environment to get to where he was in business. He remembers working at the city’s iceworks in Dennington as a teenager during the week and selling chips from his father’s food van on the weekends.

Mr McCarthy said complacency in business was a very dangerous thing. “You have to keep reinventing yourself,” he said.

In the catering industry, this has meant offering eftpos facilities at his vans as society becomes increasingly more reliant on cards instead of cash.

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