Practice Makes Perfect: How Rising Star Audie B Builds Her Confidence and Mastery of Her Talent Amid Continued Worldwide Lockdowns
Closing in on one year since the global community declared worldwide COVID-19 shutdowns in mid-March of last year, many are suffering from ‘pandemic fatigue’ as 2021 promises no hope of returning to normality anytime soon. With the light at the end of the tunnel seemingly so far out of reach, lockdown continues to have an […]
Closing in on one year since the global community declared worldwide COVID-19 shutdowns in mid-March of last year, many are suffering from ‘pandemic fatigue’ as 2021 promises no hope of returning to normality anytime soon. With the light at the end of the tunnel seemingly so far out of reach, lockdown continues to have an escalating and suffocating effect not only on those with chronic mental illness but those with no prior history of symptoms as well. The overwhelming combination of isolation away from loved ones, especially over the holiday season and cancellations of special events including weddings, graduations, birthdays, baby showers, and so on, is weighing heavier by the day as people are deeming this time as ‘lost’ or a ‘total write-off.’
Not unfamiliar with lockdowns’ burden, significant industries such as entertainment are taking the brunt of worldwide shutdowns. From film sets to recording studios, artists and actors alike feel up in the air about staying afloat, not knowing what the short-term future brings.
Those cruising through the pandemic are artists who choose to utilize this time as an opportunity to refine their art, skill, and talent. Audie B (@audieb), a French-Australian rising international rap artist currently hunkering down in Paris, is actively flipping the narrative and focusing her energy not on the fear of unknowing but rather on those things in her sight that are in her control.
Putting the pedal to the metal and going full throttle, Audie B often declares to her online audience that her artistry continues to be her source of saving grace and inspiration to persist during times of such uncertainty.
The artist divulges, “only gotta look forward from here … you won’t believe how far determination and hard work can take you. As they say, ‘hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.’”
Audie B prioritizes making quarantine a time to keep a strong head on her shoulders by maintaining an optimistic mindset. As an opportunity for self-growth and development of her craft in her songwriting, dancing, and performing, Audie B feels confident that her dedication to her passions has dispelled any cases of the shutdown scaries.
Pivotal to Audie B’s progress has been her ability to connect with her audience via social media platforms. Whether it be her utilization of Instagram’s newest reels feature or freestyling live with her fans on her Youtube channel, Audie B feels closer than ever to her fan base during a time when human connection is such a precious resource.
In an Instagram post wishing her audience a happy new year, Audie B shares, “what a roller-coaster 2020 has been: it’s been tough, eye-opening, humbling, and we fought through it. I was so pleased to keep putting out content […] and keep sharing the love for you and with you.”
Looking back, Audie B treasures 2020 as a year of treasured memories and milestones. From partnering with Los Angeles-based producer DJ Bander, putting out numerous singles, and a mixtape collaboration with fellow artist, The Game, Audie B views lockdown as a chance for self-improvement, impact, practice, and heightened virtual interconnectedness.
The “Fake News” singer states that “it’s been weird to be locked up again during quarantine, doing rehearsals, meetings and all via Zoom, but gotta do what you gotta do! Gotta use the time to hustle even more!”
Audie B has herself discussed suffering from mental illness in her past. Studying dance, an inherently competitive environment, Audie B herself faced self-deprecating thoughts of comparison, imposter syndrome, anxiety, and depression. And while there is every reason to give in, Audie cites that there is also every reason never to give up. She urges both those familiar and unfamiliar with symptoms of mental illness – including depression and anxiety – to go at their own pace and do things that bring them joy and peace, even if it’s just one thing a day that gets you out of bed in the morning.
Lastly, when posting a studio session on Instagram reels, the self-proclaimed Illuminated Soldier asserts, “lockdown and COVID[-19] can’t stop music [and] it ain’t stopping me.”
Choosing oneself is the only way we will be delivered safely and in one piece to that light at the end of the tunnel.
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