For those of you who don't know me too well, I love music and naturally, I love to perform in my spare time. Throughout my teen years, I'd taken part in the occasional festival or talent show, alongside my studies. However, I'd not taken part in a televised talent show before, so when the opportunity came along to enter the Greek X Factor, I went for it! (I'm really not a fan of 'what ifs' or setbacks, because I think failure is the only thing you can achieve by doing nothing). And I'm so glad and grateful I did, because from the 3000 applicants, I made it to the final 120.
I stopped myself from going into the process with the aim of winning or getting far in the contest. This is because - while it's great to have aims - I think it's unhealthy to have expectations. I'm a firm believer in the notion that everything always happens as it should and that equally, mostly everything happens for the best. I recently came across a quote that sums this up perfectly, which is: 'My heart is at ease, knowing that what was meant for me will never miss me, and what misses me was never meant for me.' With that in mind, I found myself feeling grateful for every stage of the contest and the trip to Athens in general.
Nearly a month later, I was back in Athens for the bootcamp phase! This was a long day of rehearsing, interviews and promotional shots. Then night fell and at around 10:30, it was time for my acapella performance - it was quite nerve-wracking but I enjoyed every minute. Though I didn't make it through to the next round, I was still on a high from the past few weeks and grateful for having made it to that point.
The rest of my trip was spent going to castings (five in 2 days...phew!) and meeting agents. A lot of time was spent in front of the camera and then on my return, I signed a contract with X-Ray Models Greece! (Below are a few of my favourite memories from the trip).
I'm busy working on my blog posts. Watch this space!