Meet Angela from Bugeye
Happy Feminist Wednesday, Angela- can you introduce yourself to our Bettys?
I'm Angela, music activist, lesbian, feminist, guitarist and lead singer for the band Bugeye. I'm also the proud mummy of baby Beth (named after Beth Ditto) who is fast approaching her first birthday.
How did you got started in your craft?
I'd just finished my GCSEs and was about to start the next chapter of my life at college. It felt like a new beginning where I'd escaped doing all the things I didn't want to do from school and so it was time to truly embrace my love of music, bite the bullet and learn to play. I taught myself how to play the guitar by ear, and then also taught my friends, so we could form a band together. We were pretty awful, but it was a lot of fun.
Why feminism is important to you and how it influences your work?
It's important as I believe that we're all just humans and should be treated equally regardless of gender. Women are just as capable as men and the word feminism is there as a reminder of this. It's a word that unites us and has empowered me to be the person I want to be, to pick up a guitar and write and continue to do so even though I'm now a parent. Shock, horror! Women can have babies and still have a career, even in music. I certainly think that's an important message to get behind as a feminist.
What do you do to avoid feminist burnout? Whats your favorite self care practice?
I've never really experienced feminist burnout to be honest. Life can be hard and pretty unfair, but as the old saying goes, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. If I need a pick me up, I'll surround myself with the people I love dearly or simply escape the city for a bit of green space, fresh air and a nice pub lunch. Might sound cliched, but it works.
Do you have any advice for anyone starting out in your field?
Don't do it! Just kidding. My advice is to do it because you love it. It's good to have ambition and want to do well, but don't let that swallow you up. I've seen way too many people become obsessed with making it that they end up pretty miserable. Have fun with it, stay true to who you are, be supportive of your peers and you'll do just fine whatever level you get to.