Dope Queen: Alice Olivia
Covering Ed Sheeran’s ‘I See Fire’ and Adele’s ‘Hello’, amongst many other popular numbers propelled singer, songwriter and composer into the limelight. This Cambridge YouTube star has been making waves ever since, with her next single coming soon.
Who is the woman that most inspires you?
I don’t have just one woman who has most inspired me. I have a small collection of them (laughs). Firstly My two sisters inspire me everyday as they both inspire me to live with a kind heart. Then secondly, before doing music full time I worked for 11 years with a family with 2 children who have special needs. One who has downsyndrome and the other autism. Their mum is one of the best, positive, happy go lucky people I know and she has taught me not forget to have fun through life. And lastly are all the female musicians I would listen too growing up, Lucie Silvas, Celine Dion, anistacia, Christina. They all inspired me to do what I do now and write music.
What does feminism mean to you?
I don’t really think about feminism too much. I think as a human, as an Individual you need the right to express yourself, to make your own choices, show kindness to yourselves, to others. And be able to do that knowing that you will be respected by others for what you believe in and what you create. Man or women, regardless or age, gender, sexuality or race.
Do you think there’s equality between men and women in your industry?
I feel like, in the music industry, from what I have experienced, yes. I have been lucky to expirience clear equality. And only be judged on the songs I write and the songs I put out. I have been bless with amazing opportunity and expirience and I don’t think I have been treated any different just for being a girl. Apart from maybe a fee dirty comments on my YouTube comments haha
The theme of this years IWD is #BeBodforChange. So, if you could change one thing about the world what would it be and why?
I would love everyone to be kinder to each other. To celebrate each other more and to realise you never know the path that somebody else has walked along.
What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?
Some one once told me ‘there is no traffic jam on the extra mile’ and that’s stuck with me ever since.
What’s the best thing about being a woman in 2017?
Being a women in 2017 is fun. I feel like the opportunities for women in business are limitless. I feel like women are standing with women more, we are praising each other more. Especially publicly on social media. On Instagram there is a huge surge of women calling out other women’s achievements whether that be music, makeup, style, etc and shining the spotlight on others.
What are you working on at the moment?
Well music is what I do first and foremost so Currently I am just songwriting, recording music and building up content on my YouTube channel. I am about to start my next single campaign too! Alongside that I run an online health and wellness business, I am a coach and mentor for other entrepreneurs and looking to start up my 3rd business in the next 6 months.
What advice would you give the next generation of talent who would love to be in your position?
Find something you love as early on as you can and work on that. Find something that can be a gift to others. Don’t feel like you have to go to uni to be successful. Action cures everything. An lastly a lot of social media is a game. So don’t compare yourselves. Your journey is your journey. Never stop learning or trying to better yourself.