OLIVIA LITTLE - MUSIC AND ARTS
"My name is Olivia and I'm a singer/songwriter and DJ from Melbourne. Like all musicians in the industry, Covid-19 has had a major impact on my work. With all gigs being cancelled or postponed indefinitely it has been a real struggle losing money and credibility in the scene.
However, it is not all doom and gloom! During the isolation period I have been able to self-evaluate and continue to improve my skills as a musician. I have also been able to focus more on my creativity, writing and producing more songs to add to my upcoming Album/EP. I have also been able to bond more intimately with my fans during my weekly ‘Sunday Funday’ Live streams on Instagram where I have been singing covers of songs from artists that I love. As well as performing some of my original material in a more intimate setting. This has enabled fans to get hyped for my new single ‘Walking in the Sun’ which will come out in June/July 2020 and be available on all platforms!
This isolation period has also enabled me to really focus on my mental health and allowed me to have the time to be more active. Usually my lifestyle is very hectic and busy with back to back gigs both private and public so to be able to slow down and really focus on my health and put that as a priority has been amazing! I have been able to get closer to nature, going for walks and doing home work outs which has been a blast, as well as gotten back in to my dancing, with the help of Tik Tok!
I have also had the honour of taking part in writing and recording a song to thank all carers, disability support workers and those on the frontline. This has been used in a video where clients and organisations have thanked these essential workers. This was a really fun and heartfelt project I took part of and enjoyed every moment.
Overall I believe this Isolation period has been a blessing in disguise. I know it has been especially hard on us musicians and other businesses but it has allowed us all to focus on what is really important in life and that is our loved ones. Our health and our happiness. It has brought out more of our creative side as well as encouraged us to be more active and healthy. The mental health of individuals has been particularly focused on and it has enabled more individuals to speak up when they are struggling mentally.
This change in society has been amazing to see. A word of advice I have to say is don’t be afraid to speak up when you’re struggling mentally, there is always someone out there who will listen and help you through. There is always light at the end of the dark tunnel. One thing to also remember once isolation is over, don’t let your busy lifestyle and work schedule allow you to lose focus on what is really important. Once things are back to normal, don’t forget to focus on your physical and mental health: staying active as well as spending quality time with your loved ones around you. Friends, family and relationships are what gives life a purpose and meaning. Every memory we share with our loved ones, big or small is a reason for our happiness and will to keep on going when we are struggling. Don’t be afraid to speak up when you feel alone either, because you never are alone - there is always someone out there willing to help you through your dark time. Last but not least DON’T take your loved ones for granted and ALWAYS make time for yourself, your health and happiness. "