"F**k It!" Friday: Dua Lipa
She said "f**k it!", and look what happened... #careerinspo.
Welcome back to MTV Breaks’ “F**k It!” Friday feature – we missed you too. For all you first-timers, “F**k It!” Friday is about celebrating all that’s fabulous about saying “f**k it!” in order to achieve your ultimate career goals, and we honour a new celeb each week who’s done just that.
‘Cos throwing caution to the wind and being brave enough to commit to your ideas is KEY to achieving career glory.
Who’s our FIF idol this week? Drumroll please… it’s DUA LIPA!
Dua Lipa is the singer-songwriter behind the mega-popular dance anthems Scared To Be Lonely, Be The One and No Lie. She won both the VO5 NME Award for Best New Artist and the Glamour Award for NEXT Breakthrough this year, even though the breakthrough has pretty much already happened, what with the fact that she’s already collaborated with pop greats like Chris Martin, Martin Garrix and Sean Paul, and she’s got more than 18 MILLION monthly listeners on Spotify.
But here at MTV Breaks we’re most interested in how she got there.
Dua was always very passionate about music and wanted to be a popstar from an early age, even though she didn’t always think that would be possible. She lived in London and went to weekend classes at Sylvia Young Theatre School, despite being told that her voice was too low and that she couldn’t sing when she auditioned for the choir at school (IKR). When she was 11 her parents relocated, bringing her with them to Kosovo, but four years later she convinced them to send her back to London without them.
Basically, at just 15, Dua said “f**k it!” (probably) and returned to London to study at Sylvia Young full-time and started up a YouTube channel to promote her singing via covers of popular songs. Soon, through her self-promotion, she was landing gigs, and by the time she was 18 she had scored a record deal with Warner Bros. Records. Although Be The One slipped under the radar in the UK when first released, when it suddenly got picked up by radio stations in Germany and spread through Europe it became the smash hit it is today.
Even though she’s now a huge star that’s only getting bigger by the new release, Dua sticks by her strong can-do, independent (“f**k it”) attitude. She still insists on managing all her own social media accounts because she wants them to be authentically her, and carefully controls all the music she’s producing so that it represents exactly what she wants it to.
“Everything about this process has been really personal to me,” Dua told The Fader in an interview. “I’ve made sure that everything comes from me. I’ve been in these sessions and written these songs. Even in the recording process and production, [I’ve] been really involved in it because that’s what’s really important to me.”
She said that although she listens to other peoples’ opinions on her music, she mostly listens to her gut and chooses to only release songs that she’s confident in and that most describe her. In fact, she’s rejected features with other artists for this reason. “I knew there was a possibility they could push me to a larger audience, but I think when features aren’t done correctly they don’t represent who you are as an artist and you get a bit lost,” she described to NME.
For being so badass, strong-willed and hard-working, Dua Lipa is our ideal “f**k it” career Queen this week. Bow down.
HAPPY FRIDAY EVERYONE!
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