Lucy Peach: 'do what you love at all costs'

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NAME

Lucy Peach

WHAT DO YOU DO?

Artist/Educator in /Music and Theatre

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FAVOURITE BAND?

Big Thief

FAVOURITE SONG?

You Came Out of a Lady

FAVOURITE FEMALE ARTIST AND WHY?

Stevie Nicks - she wrote her own rules and completely embraced and celebrated her strength and femininity and SHE STILL IS doing this! I want to be like her when I grow up.

WHERE DO YOU WANT TO GO NEXT?

I want to keep making music with amazing musicians and artists for all time! Also I'm planning to begin a research project on the impact of delivering menstrual cycle awareness programs in schools. It absolutely riles me up that we still teach the menstrual cycle in such a box ticking, reductionist way; "Here's how you use a tampon, good luck and have a nice life." It's not good enough. We are selling girls, women and anyone who menstruates short. The menstrual cycle isn't just the presence or absence of blood and the hormonal cycle is not some 'crazy rollercoaster.' It's a little known fact that we have 4 hormonal phases that each arrive in turn like the seasons and once you know what they are you can predict them, use them and plan for them - it's called a cycle for a reason. We need to celebrate the fact that our fluidity is a kick ass power. This isn't always easy in a world still governed by the linear - so we need to keep talking positively. That's what I want to keep doing. I wrote an EP based on journalling months on my own phases and I recorded it during a creative/premenstrual phase and my very next project will be to release that into the world!

FORKS IN THE ROAD, HOW DO YOU MANAGE THEM?

I check my cycle - to see what I need most - do I need rest/peace/to talk/exercise/direction/some creative time? Then I remind myself that I'm going to get whereever it is I'm meant to go - but that there are 100's of ways to get there - so I just look for the silver lining.

DESCRIBE YOUR WORK ETHIC.

A loose kind of tight. Always looking to collaborate and bring other people in with their goodness. Always looking to amplify the good bits. I don't have time to perpetuate anything that isn't going to help. I really believe that if more people understood women's bodies then it isn't too much of a long bow to see how this can lead to greater connection EVERY where. Connection is key. And going with the flow! I am not linear - and I see that as a strength.

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

Yes! I say grace every night with my family. We hold hands and say thank you for whatever it is we're grateful for, then you keep holding hands until you feel a squeeze get passed on. It is my favourite part of the day; connected, quiet and grateful. It's the perfect way to start a meal together and I relish it.

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WHAT MAKES A WOMAN ELECTRIC?

Pleasing herself. This is really all you can do! Then you always win.

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

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Occasionally and I am careful to give it only about 8% of my energy. A guy once said to me (a good friend actually), "geez Lucy, you always go on about your period." And I said, "Yeah well, that's because it happens to me all the time and kind of governs my life and anyway what would you rather I talked about-my shit?" He said, "Well... yes." And then I realised that my job isn't to convince those people. It's more important to reach the ones who are already curious about using their innate power and to make them feel emboldened and I LOVE doing that. It makes up for everything that's ever difficult. I just look for the sweet spots and ignore the rest.

DO YOU HAVE ANY LITTLE SECRETS TO FOLLOWING YOUR PASSION?

If you think you are a just a tiny bit good at something - you ARE and just start. You don't need anyone's permission. Every day feed it just a little bit and 10 years later will come so quick and then you will have a come a long way and then you just need to keep going. Just do what you love at all costs.

Lucy Peach is performing at Sydney Fridge Festival on September 13, 14 and 15, find out more details and buy tickets here. Like Lucy on Facebook and follow her on Instagram.