Singer/Songwriter Ellen Reed has transitioned into full time and professional singer over the last four or five years. Through hard work and sheer determination, she pushed through singing lessons and the gruelling entertainment industry for years, pushing harder and harder to reach her goals.

 

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These days, she absolutely smashing it, and is currently on a writing and recording retreat on South Stradbroke Island. We took a few minutes of Ellen’s time to ask her about what she’s loving at the moment, what inspires her, and what exciting plans she has on the horizon.

Describe your personal style: I wear what feels good to me. I genuinely love dressing up and being a bit extra on stage but I also love getting around in my t-shirts and Vans and being comfortable too. Being a curvy gal, sometimes clothes are hard to find so I tend to stick to styles that I know are flattering and suit me.

 

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Song on high rotation: I am such an old school gal! I always have Fleetwood Mac at the top of my playlists. Although Billie Eilish’s new album has been getting a few spins too. I also have some friends in the industry making some incredible music at the moment!

Go-to Aussie designer: It is rare for designers to go up to a size 16 these days so I don’t wear too much designer wear. However if there are any designers out there that want to collaborate on a curve range give me a call!  I have some great ideas for a line.

Last time you laughed: I try to laugh every day! Life is too short to be taken too seriously!

What’s the key to your success and happiness? I think the key to happiness lies in trying to be kind to everyone you meet. You never know what is going on in other people’s lives so I try to be as kind as possible in my interactions with other people and I think the key to success is working harder than you ever have before and never taking no for an answer! I love the quote from the Queen Momager Kris Jenner that says, “If you’re getting a no; you’re talking to the wrong person!”

 

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Sum up a typical day for you: As in independent artist trying to make, release and market my own music, I have a part time job to afford to reinvest in to my music and to live my life so a typical day for me involves going to a 5am gym class, heading to my day job, then coming home to work on my own music and then usually heading to a gig.

One piece of advice that has worked well: Over the years I have received some amazing advice but one saying that always sticks with me is  “What have you done today to get you to where you want to be?” –  I find this saying really helps keep me motivated to achieving small goals every day. Have I sent that email? Have I made that phone call? Have I gone to the gym? It all adds up and before you know it you are celebrating a big victory.

 

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One fashion brand to wear for the rest of your life: Sheike. I love nearly everything that they release and I love that their clothes have the ability to be dressed up or down.

Describe a turning point in your life: When I was 19 years old, I went through quite a traumatic event in this industry but a wise man encouraged me to keep going and learn how to write my own songs. I started writing and I wrote some terrible songs in the beginning but I was determined to learn everything I could so I learnt from my peers and I read everything I could find and I have worked hard to develop my sound and who I am as an artist and what I want to say.

 

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Signature scent: I wear Paco Rabanne Olympea every day.

What’s your favourite café/restaurant for breakfast, lunch, and dinner? I often frequent Cafe 63 with my partner. I have a lot of food allergies and he can eat anything so all of their options are great for us.

Product you can’t live without: My Matrix Red Violet hair colour to give me my signature red locks but also my Nak Hair Red Conditioner to keep the red vibrant and bright for as long as possible.

 

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What do you like to do in your spare time? Relax! I am definitely trying to learn balance in my life because I tend to keep going until I fall over, so I am trying to find that happy medium of working and relaxing.

Instant pick me up: Time with my family!

Can’t put down read: I find anything to do with the music industry super interesting and inspiring.

Currently watching on Netflix: I am currently watching Grey’s Anatomy and I am loving it!

Where do you seek inspiration from? Inspiration comes from everywhere. Conversations I have with loved ones, my experiences, their experiences, nature, signs, movies, listening to other music. Everywhere.

 

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What motivates you or keeps you focused? Proving the haters wrong!

Four words your friends would use to describe you: Funny, loyal, passionate, resilient

Person you most admire: My Mum. She is truly one of a kind. I manage my own career and she is always there to talk things out with me, offer advice, hold my hand, and sometimes hold me up when I need it. She works so hard and I’m incredibly lucky to have inherited her stubbornness and her ability to never take no as the final answer. She truly is my best friend and I adore her.

Stuck in traffic, where does your mind wander? My mind usually wanders to the songs I am currently working on and what needs to be done with them.

Where’s your happy place? The Stage. It’s where I feel completely free and unstoppable.

 

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I’m passionate about… Spreading kindness. It costs absolutely nothing to be kind to people and you can really have a positive impact on people’s lives. I’m also passionate about being kind to ourselves. That is definitely a journey I am on at the moment but I am trying to ignore other people’s opinions of me and my body because #IDefineMe

On Sunday you’ll find me… If I don’t have a gig, I try and spend time quality time with my partner and catching up with family and friends.

Have you got any exciting career plans coming up? I am gearing up to release a new single and an EP later in the year.

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