It Girl | LUCY SOFRONIOU
Lucy is not only our youngest It Girl, but she is also our first International one. Lucy, beautiful inside and out, comes to us from North London where she is a college student with many gifts and talents. I was personally so inspired by her wisdom and outlook on life. Lucy is proof that you are never to young to find your calling and chase your dreams! Welcome to the It Girl family Lucy! -Danae Edmonds
Name: Lucy Sofroniou (Instagram)
Job Title/Company: Singer, model, blogger and a newspaper columnist.
Education Background: Currently a student at college.
1. Tell us a little who you are.
I’m Lucy, I was born and raised in North London and I come from a big Greek family. Music, writing and modeling are my passions and from a young age (11), I was set on doing whatever it took to make sure I dabbled in these areas. It was strange, because people would ask me what I wanted to be and I never had a straight answer – I never looked at the bigger picture back then, I just knew that I had to keep going for opportunities. Five years on, after an ITV talent search catapulted me further into the pursuit of my dreams, I just love what I’m doing and where I’m doing it.
2. Who are you most influenced by?
In terms of life influence, it would have to be my late grandmother (yiayia) who I was named after; she lived life with such grace and wisdom. In turn my mum who is just never short of words of wisdom and encouragement also influences me loads in that I should always have belief. Musically, Christina Perri’s music just leaves me in awe. I love her originality and raw passion for music, stripped back to its simplest best.
3. What was your first job and how long did you hold that position?
My first job was as a young fashions consultant (which I just loved!) and I held that position for 6 months before leaving for education related commitments.
4. What are your initial goals with your music? How have they evolved?
My goals for music have remained the same in that I just want to share my passion for music with the world and get my music out there. If I’ve touched, inspired or made someone’s day a bit brighter with a future track of mine, then my goals would have been achieved. However I rarely like to set long term goals – I like to plan a few months ahead, when I’ve set my sights on something and then I spend that time trying to make it happen. I find that this way, I don’t lose sight of all the seemingly ‘little’ experiences that may be overlooked in the attempt to skip to the future. It’s usually these ‘along-the-way’ experiences that define you.
5. Where do you hope to be in 5 years?
I hope to have my own material out and to have reached more people with what I do. I’m currently taking steps to ensure that my future heavily revolves around music and fashion/modeling.
6. What is a typical day like for you?
A typical day starts with me pressing the snooze button a few times until I get out of bed and then aim to do a few yoga practices. After breakfast, I head off to college where I study English Language, English Literature, Psychology and Classics. The weekends usually consist of me meeting up with my friends and socializing, catching up with emails, blogging, occasionally performing at events and/or modelling.
7. What was the biggest obstacle you faced so far in the process of pursuing your dreams?
I’d say the biggest obstacles I’ve faced so far is overcoming fear. Whether it be stage fright or fear of dealing with outer-negativity. Luckily, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve honed into my own positive bubble and I’m at a stage where I’m extremely thankful for any setbacks or obstacles. This is because if it weren’t for those obstacles, perhaps my drive or determination would’ve been down a peg or two; if aiming for things was easy, we wouldn’t appreciate anything. I think it’s striving to get to your happy place that makes you go for things. So without the push of fear or difficult situations, we’d pretty much stay where we are. For previous obstacles and for any future ones, I don’t complain – I just give thanks for who it will make me.
8. What is the best piece of advice you have received?
Hmm…this is a tricky one! I’m a lover of inspirational quotes and little words of wisdom. But the best piece of advice I’ve ever received is to not be affected by human qualities because deep down there’s no negativity, just a soul with a purpose. We’re all destined to lead a certain life and so to judge or compare to others is a waste of time because our journey is no similar to the next. The reason I love this piece of advice is because of the bad habit of comparisons and so on is what can lead you astray; dealing with your own challenges/tasks and being happy within yourself is what I personally think keeps you on the right track.
9. When you get your best ideas?
Definitely at night! Countless times, when I’ve almost drifted off into what feels like the best sleep ever, I’ve gotten out of bed to jot down lyrics or song ideas.
10. What is the soundtrack of your life like?
I’d say that soundtrack to my life is probably fast paced – pop with a hint of dance/electro!
11. What inspires you?
Music, nature and a vision of who/what I want to be in the future.
12. How do you unwind?
I love to just chill out with my favourite people and watch a movie, surrounded by lots of food and involving lots of laughter. For quick ways to unwind, naps are my weakness (20 minutes quickly turns into 2 hours).
13. What do you hope people take away from your story?
I just hope people take away the idea that they should follow what they want despite how they feel about it. There seems to be this perception that if you’re destined for something, you should ‘feel it, live it, breathe it.’ But that’s not the case – we’re human! Sometimes we’ll feel like we’re not doing something right or that we’re chasing the wrong thing – it happens to all of us! But when you find yourself aiming or yearning for something, that’s when you know. Feelings are sometimes superficial and if I acted on my feelings of uncertainty when I was younger, I wouldn’t have gotten to experience what I have. Instead, I focused on my longing to perform here or feature in that, which is what opened up so many opportunities. I hope that like myself, anybody reading this can go on to focus on their positive feelings and do what makes them happy in life; that is ultimately their calling.
14. Anything we missed that you would like to share?
If you lovely people are interested in fashion, music and the latest in my little world, you can keep up to date on my blog (www.lovelucyxo.blogspot.co.uk) as well as my YouTube (www.youtube.com/lucysofroniou) . You can keep up with my tweets @lucysofroniou – I’d be happy to hear from you! Adios and much love.