Hi Naomi, how’s your day going? You just posted on Instagram about cutting your hair. How are you feeling?
I feel relieved. I’ve never had it so short. I believe hair can hold a lot of energy. I feel like I’m entering a new phase in my life, and I think that is also connected with ‘Obsidian’ being done and out in the world. That in itself was a big relief. By letting go of the emotions I left in those songs, I feel like I can finally move on. Often, when I’m entering a new phase in my life, I go for a drastic new look.
What’s your earliest musical memory?
When I was four-years-old I watched my cousin perform at a talent show. I managed to sneak away from my mom and dad to climb up onto the stage and started to perform right in front of my cousin. It’s so odd, I don’t remember leaving my parents’ side. One second I was watching the show, and the next I was center stage. I was always drawn to music and performing.
You went on to perform in stage productions, what drew you to theater?
I took musical theater as an elective in high school, and then I went to theater school because I fell in love with performing. While I was working on ‘Dream Girls’ and ‘The Lion King’, touring the Netherlands for over two years, I learned so much discipline and skills that helped me grow as an artist. I didn’t have the ambition to continue with theater, I knew I didn’t plan to become a theater star, but I knew I liked the thrill of performing.