It is the desire to become something greater, something so unconventional. It is the passion that drives every ounce of determination. It is the belief that you can become anyone you want to be. “I want my life to take me to new heights, to things I’vonly ever dreamt about”. As Amanda undertakes her 2nd year as a Journalism student, she craves a career and a life, submerged in bliss and accomplishments, aiming to ultimately turn her dreams, into her certain reality.
Since a young age, Amanda has held tightly onto the fantasy of becoming the next, big international pop star. “I’ve always been kind of outgoing and never afraid to belt out a tune every now and then” she tells me with a grin. “I remember as a kid watching Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera on MTV, I would copy their dance moves and pretend I was at my own concert”. Amanda mentions with a beaming laugh. “I still hold hope to that dream“. This sweet escape for Amanda provides a connection to her enthusiasm and undying itch for singing and music, which has ultimately been the driving factor in her choice to study Journalism at the University of Wollongong. “I feel like studying Journalism is one step closer to being part of the industry”. Her nonchalant approach to her music lifestyle is her whimsical escape from the pressurised life of the everyday university student.
“With music I feel like there is no boundaries, and I find it comforting that I can easily express my thoughts and feelings through lyrical writing. I think everyone has the ability to connect to something and share their emotions. Mine just so happens to be through music“. Amanda reminiscently tells me. Her musical passion has also taken her on a professional journey, able to experience the music industry first-hand. “I interned for a couple of months at Universal Music Records, and I got to see exactly what goes down. It was so scary at first and that’s when it all kinda hit me” she tells me. Despite being caught off guard, Amanda knew then and there that this was what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. “After my internship I started doing a couple of gigs, I mostly played acoustically at some retro-like pubs, to crowds of like 20-30. It’s daunting but being on stage is amazing. Love love it!”
Amanda’s career aspiration’s remain somewhat level-headed, as her substitute dream is to become a music journalist. “I’m not that delusional that I’m only fixated on something that’ll probably never happen, so studying Journalism gives me the background to one day becoming a music journo, which is great for me”.
No matter where Amanda’s life and career take her, it will most definitely be one lived and filled with creativity and musical melodies. “I want to be a star, in all that I do, and I want others to have the chance to do the same”.