Jade Louise Ewen is an English singer, songwriter, actress and a former member of the band, Sugababes. She is in conversation with Namita Nayyar, President Women Fitness.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: You started as a singer and doing acting at a very young age. You attended the Sylvia Young Theatre School (SYTS) and while a student at SYTS, appeared in the television productions The Bill, Casualty and Mr. Harvey Lights a Candle. At the age of twelve, you auditioned for and won the part of Nala in The Lion King at the West End Theatre. You reached the pinnacle of success when you joined the group ‘Sugababes’ in September 2009. Since joining, the group had achieved two UK top-ten singles, and one album, Sweet 7. Tell us about your journey that took you to where you are now in the world of singing and acting?
Ms. Jade Louise Ewen: Yes, I started singing at a very young age. In fact both of my parents are visually impaired, which meant the focus in the house was of course music!
Music was a huge part of my life growing up and I attended dance, singing and acting classes local to my family home from the age of 3. I was very fortunate to go on to win a scholarship at the age of 11 to Sylvia Young Theatre School where I trained for 5 years, until I was 16.
It was then that I was fortunate enough to be offered another scholarship to Lain Theatre Arts, however I was also offered my first record deal. So, I made the decision to follow my love and passion of music that was where my journey pursuing a music career started! I actually had 2 unsuccessful record deals before I did Eurovision! I mean after Eurovision, the rest, as they say, is history…
Ms. Namita Nayyar: You have selected a profession of being a singer and as an actress in television that requires a lot of hard labor, technical soundness and excellence in different faculties to finally succeed, how do you achieve that?
Ms. Jade Louise Ewen: I was always encouraged to pursue my dreams and if I’m honest it really has a lot to do with my support system around me in terms of what I’ve achieved and what I strive to achieve. Success is about so much more than just the talent. You need to be resilient and bounce back from rejection, you need focus and determination, and lots and lots of luck! You should also try and be a good person no matter what. Things change constantly in the entertainment world and the one thing everyone remembers is how you treated everyone when you had everything. If you’re nice people will be the first to help when you have nothing. I strongly believe that Karma, well it can be a bitch. Ha ha.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: You represented the United Kingdom in the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest, performing the Andrew Lloyd Webber penned “It’s My Time”. Where you finished in fifth place, making you the most successful British Eurovision act since 2002. Tell us about this endeavor of yours?
Ms. Jade Louise Ewen: Gosh, to be truthful it was ridiculously highly pressured but one of my most fun and amazing experiences to date. I mean 122 million people watched live, and I had to perform totally live, there was nothing to hide behind, and it was my first time ever doing something like that. That song too, HUGE! It was a moment that changed my life completely and I will be forever grateful.
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