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Jodie Lea // Don’t be scared to do things for yourself, your born alone and you die alone, so do things for you.

Q1: If you had the opportunity to get across to your fans, what would your message be?

A1: Don’t be scared to do things for yourself. Don’t be pressured by family/friends/society to do things that you feel uncomfortable with or don’t want to do. It’s your life. So find what makes YOU happy. Don’t rush your life away without having enjoyed your own life. Make mistakes. Rebuild burned bridges because that’s what makes life exciting, gives you strength and makes you be the best you can be. Don’t be scared to do that. Don’t be scared to do what you want to do whether you’re doing it alone or with an army, do it for you and no one else. You were born alone, you’ll die alone, so live for you before you give yourself to someone else.

Q2: How did you get started with your music? And if you weren’t an artist/musician what would you want to be doing?

A2: I’ve always been in the performing arts. I started at stage school from the age of 3. I went to private performing artists school through secondary. So performance was always going to be in my life, I’ve never known any different, but I chose to stick to music when I saw my cousin Jo O’mera make it in S Club 7 in the 90’s because when I saw her with S Club 7, I knew that I wanted to be a singer like her.

Q3: Who or what keeps you motivated and inspires you?

A3: My grandad is my motivation and inspiration. My grandad is my biggest fan. He is why I won’t give up. I want him to see me succeed.

Q4: What is the most memorable experience of your life/career so far and what have you learned from it?

A4: I have two. My first one is in 2013 I was in a girl band and we opened for Jessie J at the Allstarz Festival to 20,000 people and it was the most amazing day of my life. Made me see what it is I’ve been working for. My second is this year. This year has been amazing and has made me realize I can do it on my own. I’ve learned I knew more than I thought I did and everything I’ve done this year is what’s going to make 2015 so amazing!

Q5: Would you go back and change anything in your journey so far? (If no, why)

A5: I wish that I was focused in my prime. When I was 17.18 I went and did a season in Cyprus and when I got back I went straight into work and I wish I had saved up my money and started professionally in the business from 18 as opposed to 19/20 I missed out on two years that I think would really have helped me.

Q6: In the next two years, what do you ASPIRE to have done?

A6: Have a record deal. Have had a number 1 single in the UK and outside of Europe. To have supported an artist on tour.

Q7: How much of your life and background have influenced you to become a songwriter/musician? 

A7: Everything I write is about my life, I write about what I’m experiencing or what I see. It’s how you can make it real and that’s how the audience will relate.

Q8: If you could collaborate with anyone who would it be and why?

A8: At the moment it would have to be Ed Sheeran or One Republic or The Script! I am very into my songwriting and when I listen to songs, I listen to the lyrics before the music. So I would love to collaborate with any of these guys because of there to me some of the best songwriters of our generation especially Ryan Tedder I’m a HUGE HUGE Fan!

Q9: What is your motto in life/what do you live by?

A9: I have a couple of mottoes that I live by. I am a HUGE believer in ‘The Secret’ and the ‘Law Of Attraction’ that is what I’ve lived for the past few years. So I always quote and live by The Secret. My main motto for others is to always do what YOU want never what someone else tells you to. It’s your life no one else’s, so always do what’s right for young do not let others dictate your life!

Q10: What is currently on your playlist?

A10: I have a complete mix because I’m very diverse with my music! So I have every song from the TV show Nashville! Chris Brown, kid Ink, Drake (my urban side) but I do also have One Direction and Disney songs but that’s a secret lol!

Q11: If you could have a song to the soundtrack to your life, what would it be and why?

A11: Fantastic question, I have so many tracks that have been my soundtrack throughout my life, but most current one is Demi Lovato ‘I really don’t care’ and throughout most of the years it has to be P!nk ‘Don’t let me, get me.’ Just because I’ve got a lot stronger over the years. I can be my own worst enemy and so I’ve been learning to just accept myself and never expect anything to last forever so make the most everything you have in the moment.

Q12: What are your biggest dreams? And what are your biggest fears? 

A12: My biggest fear is to fail. I’m a bit of a freak on how I want things to be done and the order and I’m my biggest critic, so my biggest fear is to fail myself. My biggest dream is to be worldwide. I don’t want to be an artist for two years, I want to be a long lasting artist and have a stamp across the world.

Q13: What is next for you?

A13: Well, I’ve got an exciting new project for next year, well actually a couple but I can’t disclose as of yet! BUT it does involve America and it involves BBC Three and that’s all I can say! 🙂

Q14: What would your advice be to those out there who want to live out their dreams? 

A14: NEVER give up. If you know it’s your dream you won’t give up because you can’t live without it. You only live once, so take every opportunity live and do everything to the fullest. Trust yourself. Never let anyone tell you, your not good enough and most the most of everything when you get it 🙂

Q15: Lastly, for those who don’t know where can people follow your career?

A15: Follow my career on social media and or on my website www.jodie-lea.com

 

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