Dr Natasha Berridge will get nearly up shut & private throughout Lockdown with British actress and songwriter Victoria Ekanoye.
When did you determine to turn out to be an actress?
I used to be form of thrown into the deep finish actually as initially I used to be a singer. Actually, I’ve been singing since I used to be possibly three or four years outdated. My profession started with The Lion King in 2007 once I went for an open audition and had no intentions of performing in any respect.
I didn’t go to drama college, so I didn’t have the traditional coaching that lots of people within the business have. To be sincere, I used to be so satisfied that I wasn’t going to get a component in The Lion King that I truly moved again to Manchester from London. And I simply keep in mind pondering ‘what have I simply finished this isn’t going to occur!’ Fortunately, they took an opportunity on me, which I’m so grateful for because it’s been a really life-changing expertise.
I began performing within the Lion King 5 months later however purposefully didn’t inform anyone concerning the job till I truly began just-in-case they determined to alter their minds! Rehearsing for the present was extraordinarily fast-paced with a really intensive coaching program. The self-discipline that I learnt was one of the useful classes in my profession thus far.
Following your look on Movie star X Issue in 2019 what do you might have deliberate subsequent in your singer/songwriter journey?
I’m all the time singing round the home, which might be irritating for my accomplice. In the mean time I’m writing on a regular basis which is kind of good. Notably in the course of the lockdown, I suppose it’s a approach of passing the time, but additionally being inventive which I discover quite therapeutic. I did have work lined up with producers to start out engaged on new concepts however clearly all the pieces’s on maintain in the meanwhile. With lockdown in drive, I’ve obtained loads of time to offer my full consideration to songwriting/music.
Though I don’t have an album plan within the pipeline, I actually like the concept of collaborating with one other recording artist. Collaborating appeals to me far more than doing a solo album, nevertheless, that’s to not say that I wouldn’t do my very own album. I virtually really feel that I would wish a bit of bit extra time to work out what my very own fashion is as all the pieces I’ve finished thus far has been for a selected position. Quite the opposite, once I took half within the X-Issue I used to be singing songs chosen by me for me, which was an enormous distinction. The X-factor expertise positively re-ignited that ‘musical hearth’, I’ve fallen in love with singing once more and want to discover choices throughout the business additional.
Who’re your musical heroes?
From a songwriting perspective, it needs to be Sade. She’s Extremely elegant, extraordinarily sensual and has a lovely traditional look about her. It doesn’t matter what temper I’m in I can take heed to her music all day, day-after-day. It’s the tone of her voice, the emotion she conveys inside her music; Sade’s sound is timeless.
Vocally, I don’t assume anybody will ever evaluate to Whitney Houston. After I was youthful, I discovered to sing by listening to Whitney and all I knew find out how to do was mimic her. Actually, my mother entered me into an area Stars of their Eyes competitors, and I received singing ‘I Will At all times Love You’.
From a musical style perspective, it needs to be Tina Turner as a result of blues/rock and roll is my consolation zone. I really like the music, the lyrics and the texture of Tina’s songs; she’s been by a lot and you’ll actually hear that in her music.
So, who’s been your largest position mannequin or inspiration in your skilled profession thus far?
It’s most likely going to sound fairly cliché however regardless of singer/actor which will have influenced what I’ve finished or aspire to do, actually my mother has all the time been my primary inspiration. She has been such an enormous affect.
As a toddler rising up, mother all the time inspired my inventive aspect (corresponding to writing poems), would take heed to me sing and assist me collaborating in expertise reveals. She’s by no means doubted me neither has her perception in me ever wavered. Mother has been my fixed assist, from a younger age in life proper up till now. She’s been there for me by the heartache, disappointment and successes. And has by no means recommended that I get a backup profession simply in case singing and/or performing didn’t work out.
Given the business, do you’re feeling beneath any stress to continually look ‘your greatest’ or maybe disguise the indicators of ageing?
I positively assume that throughout the business the stress is immense. Personally, I haven’t had something finished and hope that I proceed to really feel that I can get by with out intervention. Likewise, I don’t assume there’s something unsuitable in getting no matter you want to do to make your self really feel higher; whether or not that’s going to the gymnasium, embarking upon a selected weight-reduction plan, utilizing pretend tan or getting your eyelashes and nails finished. No matter it’s that you want to do I imagine that as people we must always stay and let stay. I actually don’t really feel that anyone needs to be condemned for taking measures to do issues that make them really feel higher.
As time progresses, I can discover completely different adjustments in my face. I’m 38 now and located a gray hair the opposite day! My mother is 58 and actually seems to be my age. I actually hope that I’ve inherited her genes! To maintain intervention at bay, I attempt to maintain as bodily match as I can. I purpose to eat effectively and get loads of water, take common vitamin dietary supplements, all in a bid to maintain it as pure as doable for so long as doable!
I might by no means say by no means to Botox or Fillers if I wanted a bit of assist minimising the consequences of ageing. However I’ve seen the place some folks, for my part, have gone too far. And it makes me actually unhappy because it’s probably that they really feel the necessity to conform to a sure look or have been influenced by a few of the ‘unrealistically good’ photographs on social media which have fuelled an underlying insecurity. It’s not inconceivable that if folks really feel that they appear okay outwardly that they’ll deal with all the pieces else beneath. And you understand, I suppose to an extent we put on ‘that masks’ with make-up anyway so I really feel that some aesthetic therapies are simply the following step up, virtually like a longer-term approach of constructing your self appear to be you wish to really feel. So, I perceive why folks get aesthetic therapies finished but it surely needs to be approached with a wholesome mindset.
Your pores and skin is glowing Victoria. Are you able to inform us about your skincare regime?
I’m utilizing a tremendous skincare model referred to as Environ, which my beautician launched me to again in England. The merchandise comprise highly effective nutritional vitamins and antioxidants that assist to create healthier-looking pores and skin. I’ve been utilizing the vary for the previous 18 months and may actually say that there was an enormous enchancment within the high quality of my pores and skin. Possibly it’s partly to do with the constant use of the identical merchandise as a part of my common skincare regime. Moreover, I don’t put on make-up until I’m going out or to an occasion as I believe it’s good to let your pores and skin breathe a bit of from time to occasions. I haven’t actually had the necessity to do facials because the merchandise that I’m at present utilizing have been nice for my pores and skin.
For people who aren’t conscious, you might have sickle cell illness. How has the illness impacted in your life and the way do you cope dwelling with the situation?
That’s proper, I’ve sickle cell illness. Not lots of people find out about sickle cell illness however merely put, sickle cell illness is a extreme type of anaemia. It ranges in severity and subsequently the way it can have an effect on you however within the worst-case state of affairs, it could actually result in amputations and demise. I’m extraordinarily fortunate as a result of I most likely have one of many mildest variations of the illness, which implies that I don’t must take penicillin every day (most individuals with sickle cell must) and don’t must have common blood transfusions, which once more, is usually a weekly prevalence for some folks with the situation.
Fatigue is my solely actual symptom from my sickle cell illness and so it’s actually turn out to be the set off for me eager to be as wholesome as I can. I additionally really feel actually lucky that I’m in a position to have a full medical verify each six months which most individuals don’t get again in a lifetime, for no matter motive. Primarily, if some other medical drawback have been to crop up it could be caught sooner hopefully.
In essence, having sickle cell illness has made me extra a lot physique conscious. With my situation, I can’t do sure excessive bodily actions corresponding to sky diving or bungy leaping. I’ve obtained to maintain myself effectively hydrated and subsequently so far as ingesting alcohol is anxious, I drink with moderation. At a social occasion, I’ll all the time have one to toast after which possibly one other but when I really feel tipsy, I then have to change to water. And I’m pleased with that anyway.
Has your situation led to being admitted to hospital for any size of time?
In 2014, I grew to become actually unwell with my sickle cell illness and spent slightly below three weeks within the hospital. Actually, I spent my birthday in hospital and was discharged on Christmas Eve. I didn’t inform my mom or sister on the time that I’d been admitted into hospital as I didn’t wish to fear them. Foolish actually in hindsight however I did have the assist of my mates who got here to see me and in reality the nurses kindly allowed them to placed on a small celebration for my birthday.
I’ve actually obtained essentially the most supportive community in my accomplice, household and mates. The expertise was extraordinarily scary and to be honest I didn’t fairly perceive what was taking place to me. Nevertheless it was the massive wakeup name as up till that time, I didn’t understand how severe my sickle cell illness may very well be. I merely realised that I couldn’t stick with it dwelling life how I had been. Now I’ve my devoted sickle cell workforce that I see twice a yr, so I really feel actually privileged to an extent due to the care that they’re offering for me. The NHS is simply great, and I really feel extremely indebted to them.
Are you able to inform us about your charity work and why you selected to assist them?
I’ve turn out to be the patron of Sickle Cell Care Manchester and can be engaged on initiatives once more with the CEO, Anthony Mason when Lockdown is lifted. Greater than something, I wish to use no matter affect that I’m lucky to have to assist increase consciousness of sickle cell illness and subsequently to assist increase extra funds, in an effort to enrich the lives of these which can be struggling. I’ve additionally helped out with The Sickle Cell Society who’s a London-based charity.
Forestall Breast Most cancers Manchester is the opposite charity the place I’ve turn out to be a patron. My mom can also be a patron of the charity and does the work collectively. Sadly, my mom was identified with breast most cancers in her early forties and it has additionally been very prevalent in different relations too. Though there are numerous charities on the market which can be doing nice work, one of many causes that my mom and I selected to turn out to be patrons of Forestall Breast Most cancers Manchester, is as a result of they’re extra targeted on prevention and elevating consciousness so that individuals turn out to be extra physique conscious (together with males who may also undergo from breast most cancers).
And eventually, what are your well-being/self-care secrets and techniques?
Except it’s taking a private break, I take advantage of guided meditation every night earlier than I fall asleep. It simply permits me to reset and I discover I get a greater nights’ sleep. If I can’t do a guided meditation, then I’ll take heed to music corresponding to Indian Flute which actually places me into the fitting mind set and presents me a peaceable nights’ sleep. I additionally like to make use of a number of important oils and diffusers, so our bed room is extraordinarily Zen which makes an enormous distinction for our peace of thoughts.
I get pleasure from train and attempt to do it as usually as I can, particularly early within the morning as I discover it units me up for your entire day. With all of these endorphins dashing round after a great exercise, I simply really feel nice and really feel like I’ve achieved one thing for the day. My assist community and with the ability to discuss to folks is so crucial to me. If I really feel that I can’t discuss to any person, then I discover writing it down on a bit of paper might be simply as efficient as speaking. It’s an effective way to verbalize your feelings and what is likely to be happening in your head. Simply the act of writing it down onto paper after which throwing that piece of paper away might be vastly cathartic. It’s actually for me to not harbour any unfavorable emotions or resentment in the direction of anyone. I believe it’s actually necessary to care for your self earlier than you possibly can care for anyone else and that’s one thing that I’m very a lot engaged on.
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