The highlight of my summer in 2014 was one that I definitely did not see coming. London Greek Radio had got in touch to let me know that the director of Cypriot Eurovision wanted to speak to me. Overwhelmed with excitement, I got in touch with the director who had then put me in touch with a producer in Sweden, who was interested in working with me. Not long after, I begun co-writing my entry, ‘Lonely’, which is now on Spotify, Amazon and iTunes. I kind of just walked into the opportunity and didn't have many expectations – I just knew that it was something I wanted to do. After a few trips to a recording studio and a few emails later, I was invited to Cyprus to compete in the televised heats. It was all so surreal! So off to Cyprus we went, for one of the most amazing weeks of my life and one that I hold so close to my heart as it was my last trip with my dad. There were so many great entries and mine made the final 50 out of the 500 that had entered. The song itself wasn’t quite what they were looking for, but it was an invaluable experience and if I could do it all over again I would.
Nobody would probably ever guess that as a child, I was always fairly shy and when I started school especially, went further into my shell. In the past two years, I’ve learnt quite a lot about how stepping out of your comfort zone can get you into your zone. I’ve been dabbling around in music since I was around eleven and have since been lucky enough to be involved in some great events/projects. My journey started on ITV’s London Tonight and I went on to perform at various festivals, events and charity gigs. At the same time, I started modelling; my first photo shoot was with Bliss Magazine. Throughout my teenage years, I kept going for things and still put myself in situations where I felt slightly uncomfortable, in the name of doing what I loved. I guess you could say my aspirations didn’t particularly match my personality.
I’m hoping my Eurovision experience will reach out to anyone who feels unsure about making things happen. There’s this perception that you should ‘feel, live, breathe and sleep’ something if you’re ever to achieve it. But that’s not always the case – we’re human and there will be times of uncertainty. There will also be times when other duties take over, such as studying or another job. What’s great through all of this, however, is that we’re all constantly learning and growing. I’m constantly learning and growing as a person as well as in my hobbies. I think it’s an ongoing process and there’s no optimal score. So I don’t think anyone can ever really find themselves and know exactly who they are. Nor do I think that it’s necessary to exude confidence in order to succeed or to convince others that you’re great at what you do. In many ways, not feeling the need to prove yourself is a sign of empowerment. For me, having confidence in your aspirations is chasing your goals and combatting every obstacle, because you love it that much, because it’s worth it and because you believe in your calling.
If you have a big interest in the music industry, another part of entertainment or even a completely different industry, you don’t have to give in to the stereotypical persona that is linked with it. Self-development is a natural process; what isn’t natural is a personality transplant. That is something that I never have and never will succumb to, and I don’t really think anybody else should either. I’m a strong believer that your personality is your destiny and we’re all a certain way for a reason. Individuality is something I prize over approval. This might have seemed like quite a philosophical post, but if there’s one thing you take from my Eurovision experience and this post, let it be this: You don’t have to change who you are to go for what you want; I stayed true to myself and worked towards an invaluable experience. If you ever feel friction, it’s only because you’re moving forward; don’t resist it!
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