Leanne Tennant: 'Face your fears, don't run away from them'

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NAME

LEANNE TENNANT

WHAT DO YOU DO?

Musician

FAVOURITE BAND?

The Growlers, Neil Young, Jack River, The Preatures

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FAVOURITE SONG?

This is such a difficult question to answer as it often changes, so I will have to say that Strange Fruit by Billie Holliday always sticks with me

FAVOURITE FEMALE ARTIST AND WHY?

Too, too many!  Isabella Manfredi from The Preatures I could watch for hours.  Such incredible stage presence and a confidence that shines. I think we could all learn a lot from Isabella.

IS THIS WHAT YOU'VE ALWAYS DREAMED OF?

Since I was 7

THREE OF YOUR HARDEST MOMENTS?

- Having to put down my furry friend and best mate 'Halfy'.  I loved that cat.
- Watching my little girl cry at school because someone picked on her. :( :(
- Giving up cheese for a month

WHERE DO YOU WANT TO GO NEXT?

Everywhere

FORKS IN THE ROAD, HOW DO YOU MANAGE THEM?

I flip coins, read Tarot and dwell for hours on end.

DESCRIBE YOUR WORK ETHIC.

A combination of Procrastination followed by Obsessiveness

DO YOU HAVE RITUALS? WOULD YOU SHARE ONE WITH US?

I always listen to the Air-Hostess demonstrate the safety instructions.  For good luck.

HOW CAN WOMEN BEST SUPPORT ONE ANOTHER?

By teaching each other how to be kind, and sharing opportunity.

WHAT WOULD BE YOUR ADVICE TO YOUR YOUNGER SELF? OR THE BEST ADVICE YOU'VE BEEN GIVEN?

To not quit music for 8 x years due to stage fright.  Face your fears, don't run away from them.

WHAT MAKES A WOMAN ELECTRIC?

Confidence!

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HAVE YOU COME UP AGAINST RESISTANCE WITH WHAT YOU’RE DOING? HOW DID YOU MANAGE IT?

All the time.  The music industry is extremely Ageist.  To be a woman in the music industry now in her 30's can be painful at times.  I try not to focus on it.

WHAT MAKES YOU WANT TO GIVE UP? HOW DO YOU BOUNCE BACK?

Ageism, lack of finance and radio support for Alternative Music.  I keep writing.

WHAT WOMEN DO YOU LOOK UP TO?

Isabella Mannifredi, Lanie Lane, Aretha Franklin,

WHAT WERE YOU LIKE AS A KID? HAS ANYTHING CHANGED?

Weird.  Not really.

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WHAT WERE YOU LIKE AS A TEENAGER? WHAT MAJOR THINGS DID YOU COME TO REALISE AS YOU GREW UP?

Still weird and still growing up.

IF YOU COULD CHANGE ANYTHING IN THE WORLD, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

That life wasn't so short.

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