Introduce yourself briefly.
I am a 19-year-old active country girl, with big dreams, from Viljandi.
I’ve been living in the countryside for most of my life but because of my diverse school life I’ve been travelling between different towns a lot. I started my studies at Põltsamaa Ühisgümnaasium. From there, I went to Kirivere Põhikool (middle school), then to Viljandi Riigigümnaasium, then back to Põltsamaa and finally, I ended up in Jõgevamaa Gümnaasium (high school). I have been also working for many summers while still being a student.
Now, I’ve found my way to EBS.
Three facts about you.
- I participated in Estonian Idol in 2015.
- My very first concert took place in the summer of 2018.
- I’ve been a lead actress in a musical.
How did you find your way to EBS?
I found EBS by a chance. I had heard a lot of great things about EBS beforehand and I wanted to apply just to get experience. I wasn’t sure that they’d accept my application, it felt like too big of a dream to get into such a prestigious school. But right after applying, before the interviews, I saw that I was ranking first on the applicants list. A little beam of hope lit up inside me and many thoughts took over my mind. What is creative entrepreneurship? Could I really turn singing into a business? Could I handle this school? But then, I went to the interview and I was confirmed that I’ve made the right choice, so here I am now.
You are a singer, when did you start to sing?
I started singing in the kindergarten. If I’m being honest, I wasn’t good at it then, but I liked it so-so much that it was enough for me to turn it into a hobby. I remember that I was performing at almost every bigger event in kindergarten, and I started taking some singing lessons. Since then, I’ve gone to solo singing lessons for six years and built a great base for myself. Ele Millistfer has been a great inspiration and a teacher to me. I had the passion, but I was lacking technique and skills.
I also took part of a singing competition “Laulukarussell” when I was little, and it was the first big stage I had performed on. I got the bug for singing from there. At first, my singing was out of tune, but now I’ve performed and competed hundreds of times in lots of places from Estonia to Portugal.
What is it that’s so intriguing about singing for you?
Although, singing might be my passion, I must admit that I have a great stage fright. Because of that, I feel many different emotions while being on stage. It gives me a chance to overcome myself every time, to become a part of the song and forget myself as if I’m entering my own world.
What’s really fascinating to me, is when someone is emotionally touched by my performance. I remember one competition where I was performing a song from Tõnis Mägi. After I hit the final note, I realized that most of the judges were shedding tears. For the record, I won that competition.
But for me, experiencing so many different emotions, adrenaline rushing through my body on the stage, and the opportunity to channel these feelings to others is the most exciting part of it. It’s just amazing what one can do with their voice – from giving someone chills to making people cry.
When and where could you be seen on stage?
I am concentrating on school and work, so I’m singing in the shower for the most part. But in reality, there isn’t a moment when a song isn’t playing in my head, so whenever I get the chance to release my vocal cords, I’ll do it.
On the other hand, I could certainly be seen performing somewhere at Christmas, so keep your eyes and ears open!
What else are you doing on your free time?
At the moment, I’m working aside from going to school, which is taking up most of my free time, but I still manage to practice football. I am a goalkeeper in the EBS women’s football team. I play a lot of computer games on my leisure time. I also walk in the bogs as much as I can because they are so beautiful and refreshing.
What has been the biggest challenge of your life and what did you learn from it?
There have been many of them and each one has taught me something. However, I’d like to bring out moving to Tallinn as a big challenge. Big city life has always been quite scary to me, especially living in a big city alone. It is going to take some time until I get completely used to living here but I’ve been doing great. In result, I have learned that you should always overcome your fears and the end outcome might not be as bad as it seemed to be in the first place.
What is your favourite TV-series and what’s your favourite book?
My favourite TV-series is “The 100”. It’s one of these series that I could binge watch from the beginning to the end in a blink of an eye, even more than once. I have a hard time picking my favourite book because I have a habit of forgetting what I’ve read. Although, I remember that I once read a book called “Medallion” which is the only book I’ve ever managed to read in a day because I liked it so much.
A quote you live by.
Because I am, or at least I’m trying to be, a person with completely positive outlook on life, and to forget all the negatives, I try to remind myself of that quote: „SMILE! Life is short, smile while you still have teeth.”
Editor: Tea Teesalu
Translator: Marlen Kuusk