1. When did you realise your love for what you do? I was born with a love of performing but had to re-realise it in adulthood after convincing myself as a teenager that I wasn’t good enough. I kept getting rerouted back on track, and now I’m finally listening.
2. What do you love most about what you do? Telling stories, entertaining people, and having the freedom to create. It’s amazing how much freedom technology has given us to produce our own art and broadcast to an audience from this little device we have in our pockets.
3. What’s the most significant piece of wisdom you’ve received or acquired through life experience? This quote by Helena Bonham Carter has been powerful for me, and I always try to live by it. “I think everything in life is art. What you do. How you dress. The way you love someone and how you talk. Your smile and your personality. What you believe in, and all your dreams. The way you drink your tea. How you decorate your home. Or party. Your grocery list. The food you make. How your writing looks. And the way you feel. Life is art.”
4. What’s been one of your biggest challenges you’ve faced, and how did you navigate through it? Self-doubt, but don’t we all! I’ve been so fortunate to have people in my life who have believed in me, and that has been the biggest help in navigating through it. If it weren’t for other people seeing me as more capable than I saw myself, I don’t think I would have taken the leaps I have made. But it also takes a level of confidence to surround yourself with people who treat you a certain way and to be able to give that same encouragement back to others. We all need both sides.
5. What are 3 of your daily non-negotiables? Exercise, eat well and my obsessive skincare routine.
6. What do you believe is your greatest asset, and how does it serve you? My voice. I use it to make my living, but I also use it to learn through conversation, speak about what I believe in and speak on behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves, such as animals. Each of us has a powerful tool; our voice. To stay quiet would be one less voice in the choir, singing our way to beautiful change. The simplest of sentences I’ve heard in my life have helped shape who I am today.
7. How do you elevate and empower those around you? Listening. It’s a rare gift to be heard. Actually heard. When we feel seen and heard, we feel valued and safe. We all deserve the respect to use our voice (from question 6) and to be heard.
8. What does the word failure mean to you? Courage and perspective; it took courage to do it, and you came out with a new perspective. It may hurt at the time, but that’s always a triumph in the long run.
9. In your opinion, what’s the number one thing that holds people back from going after what they want in their lives? What would you say to them? Self-doubt. I was recently telling my boyfriend about a business opportunity that was making me anxious. Later, during that same conversation, a topic also came up about my family history and how my ancestors endured The Great Famine where one million people died in the tiny country of Ireland. To which my boyfriend responded, “So, tell me again about your anxiety”. Touché. It’s a miracle that I’m here. It’s a miracle any of us are here. So how dare any of us play it small when this life is such a gift.
10. If you could share one seed of inspiration for those chasing their dream, what would it be? Eyes forward, but always be presently grateful for this moment.
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