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Award-winning singer, songwriter, actress, and model, the super-talented Sophie Auster dishes on her creative process, staying confident, and her favourite learnings.  

You’ve become well known for your androgynous, cabaret-like stage outfits. How would you describe your personal style?

My style has become more structured over the years, especially for performances. Suits have become my uniform and my armour. I have a wide-ranging array of gold, velvet, sequin, and monochromatic suits that hang in my closet and I love them all. They make me feel strong and powerful. 

You’ve often spoken of the influence of your experiences on your song writing. Could you share a recent favourite memory with us that has inspired you?

I have many wonderful memories, but my favourite recent memory is when I first met my fiancé after I got off tour. We were both travelling and had both just come out of very tumultuous breakups and found ourselves on a dating app.

We ended up speaking every day and then finally met after a performance. It was 2am, I’d just finished a show and I was dressed head-to-toe in sequins and carrying my guitar. I met him at a bar at 2am, we drank until the wee hours and the rest, as they say, is history,

Your routine must be topsy turvy when you’re touring – do you have any unchanging daily rituals that keep you grounded?

I wake up every morning read the news, have coffee and orange juice and then I answer my emails. This remains the same no matter where in the world I am. 

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What sparks your creativity each day?

To me, anything can be inspiring. If your mind is open and you’re relaxed enough to take in what is around you, then then you can create. 

Your stage presence has been described by Rolling Stone as commanding and even disarming. What are your go-to tricks for feeling confident?

Surround yourself with people who have your best interests at heart and that you can trust implicitly. It strengthens you and helps you grow. In the past, I have had to remove myself from friendships and relationships that have weakened my confidence and self-worth. 

Finally, can you share some of your biggest life lessons so far?

Advice should always come on a bed of trust, don’t do anything that you really don’t want to do and speak up and be heard. Not everyone is going to like you, and that’s okay.