She Inspires Me (Part 5)
It’s International Women’s Day on 8th March. Many of our contributors share their female role models and the awesome women who have helped shape their life and career with us.
Co-Founder of the Defence Stammering Network
My mother once told me that I could be anything I wanted to be. She was right!
I’ve always looked up to female artists. They’re so many that have inspired me through the years, Nina Simone, Beyonce and so many more.
Richard & Adam
Singers, Britain’s Got Talent
Our biggest inspiration with our singing and career has been our Nan. Without her we wouldn’t be doing it, it that’s simple. She’s been with us every step of the way and she’s been incredible. She’s been unbelievable.
As well as our Nan, who has been unbelievable, me and Adam both have girlfriends. They’ve been a massive support for us both. When you’re fired in to the situation of being in the limelight, the people closest to you often find it the most difficult. Our girlfriends have been amazing. Me and Adam don’t believe in getting too involved in the whole showbiz spin and we lead pretty normal lives. Our family and girlfriends have helped give us a really grounded environment and that’s been really important to us. We go home and everything is so normal. That’s important so we always keep the right frame of mind and think about things logically and we don’t get too swept up in that world. We have strong foundations.
Singer and songwriter
I’m looking forward to sharing a female anthem I wrote called “Daughters” that day! I mentioned some of the women who inspired me musically above but I have also been very inspired by my mother. She is so open and loving. My sister is also a huge inspiration. She has dedicated her life to helping others and is so wise when it comes time for some real talk. Also, when I was young and did musical theatre, there was a woman named Carol-Anne who was just so cool and interesting and meeting her made me want to learn more about the world outside of my surroundings. There are some female actresses like Meryl Streep, Frances McDormand and Carrie Fisher, who I also find to be quite inspiring even though I’m not an actor myself. Women who keep it real interest me!
Actor and Director
J.K Rowling is a wonderful influence for me. She’s somebody that has struggled against adversity. When she wrote the first Harry Potter books, she was a single mum on benefits and has really struggled to write and be creative. Now she’s worth billions and is the owner of one of the biggest and best franchises cinema has ever seen, so I would say J.K. Rowling is a huge inspiration for me.
Singer and songwriter
There are many. Some have inspired me sonically such as Etta James, some have actually personally inspired songs. But I have to say my Mom has played the biggest part in my life (soppy generic answer I know but true). She brought me here and is always there.