If you are somebody that is trying to follow their dreams, it’s inevitable that you will feel burnt out. It’s a part of success in the beginning to get it off the ground. Later on you can find ways to chill, but in the beginning, get used to feeling burnt out, because that’s what it takes. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it. I would almost say if you haven’t experienced feeling burnt out, then you’re not working hard enough.
I had the pleasure to interview Leon Else. Leon is a pop singer/songwriter from the UK. He began writing and recording music at the age of 12 to serve as an escape from his rocky upbringing. Interested in all of the arts, Leon saved his money to attend dance school, and over the years has performed in Kenneth MacMillan’s ballet “Winter Dreams” and musicals, including “Sinatra” and “Oklahoma!” Leon decided to leave the dance world to pursue music. After releasing a series of songs online, Leon was catapulted into the music industry and in 2018, was featured on the soundtrack for Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why.” After struggling in silence for 27 years of his life with his mental health, Leon sought help. He is now reclaiming his independence as an artist and individual, and creating music he feels is authentically himself. Leon released his first song of 2019 “Change Up” in April, along with “Signs” in early May. His new song “Beautiful World” premiered on Billboard Pride. Leon has been featured in Billboard, PAPER Magazine, People Magazine, VH1 and Galore and is managed by First Access Entertainment.
I was always drawn to performing and creating since I can remember. At first, performing was an escape from my childhood. It became a safe place for me to dream about the day I could leave. It gave me hope. I felt free whilst performing. I was told I was talented, and that made me feel so special. Something I never felt at home. I wanted to be special to someone so bad.
Once I thought Sophia Loren was an extra on set for the movie Nine, that I was shooting as a dancer. She entertained me, then it was a joke because I realized she was this legendary Italian film actress. She found it funny. I’m just happy I was nice to her. Obviously im nice to everyone but ya know…..
I’m excited to be releasing new music, creating visuals and showing audiences my journey in the “Beautiful World” video. All the pain and hurt I’ve overcome, has turned into something positive. I can finally share my work and my message and do it my way.
Queen Silvia of Sweden has to be the most interesting to me. I performed at an event in NY for her charity World Childhood Foundation, which works to prevent abuse and exploitation of children.
Queen Elizabeth 1st. because she was a bad b***h.
I’m still working on the success part, but when I get there, I would like to bring awareness to mental health and play a part in saving our planet.
Global warming and the environment. If the world dies. We die, so all other things would be pointless in doing. I would start there.
I wish I knew the answer because maybe I wouldn’t be burnt out. If you are somebody that is trying to follow their dreams, it’s inevitable that you will feel burnt out. It’s a part of success in the beginning to get it off the ground. Later on you can find ways to chill, but in the beginning, get used to feeling burnt out, because that’s what it takes. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it. I would almost say if you haven’t experienced feeling burnt out, then you’re not working hard enough.
Max Martin. He’s one of the best songwriter/producers to ever do it. An absolute pop genius. He’s remained dominant the whole time he has been active and still to this day having massive success. That is so rare. In fact almost unheard of. I would love to learn from him.