Samantha King, 20, Student

@spam__jam

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

When I was growing up I wanted to be singer, I didn’t go through with it in school though because I was always too nervous to sing in front of other people. Now, I decided that I cannot let my nerves get the best of me and I’m not getting any younger. A few weeks ago I went around Portobello putting up flyers for musicians to contact me if they want to be in a Soul band. Surprisingly I got a few responses and our first rehearsal was on Tuesday. But, as much as I love music and singing I also love to be behind the camera either if it’s for films or photography. I always knew I wanted to work in a creative industry even as a youngling.

Who was your childhood hero and who is your current hero?

Hmm my childhood hero, I would have to say my dad. He is also still my current hero.

Do you think there are more role models for women now? 

I think there are a lot of people saying they are feminists but not exactly acting like it or showing it these days, it may just be a trend thing to them. Yes, there are a lot of successful, intelligent, women out there we can look up to. But, I think it might not be the ones the media tells the girls to look up to.

Why or why not?

I think more and more girls are realizing through media that girls should stick together and not compete against each other. That may be one of the only messages being conveyed by the big pop stars that younger girls look up to. There is much more to say if you are a woman role model for these girls. They need to know that they have he ability to do anything as much as a man does, to believe in themselves, to not be treated as an object ever! I am hoping that because the topic of feminism is brought up a few times in pop culture that we will continue to figure out the right way to convey these messages for girls.

All time favourite cartoon?

Rocket Power