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Performance for me began at a young age - probably around the time when I used to make my younger brother wear my nighties and parade around the living room ballerina-style for my parents..!
Dance/Drama school seemed to be the natural route for me. I attended the Arnold School of Dance and Drama in Surrey since the age of two where I was trained in ballet, jazz, modern and musical theatre, and I quickly learnt that singing was my strength and passion, so I trained classically and reached Grade 8. Throughout school I was actively involved in all of the plays and shows, and achieved a Grade A in Theatre Studies A Level. I also continued to pursue musical theatre at university (Southampton) alongside studying for a degree in English, where I landed several main roles; Serena in 'Fame' being my favourite!
After university I got a part in a four-piece pop girl band, Vanquish, in which time we supported some incredible artists such as Tinchy Stryder, The Wanted, Little Mix, and Westlife on their Farewell Tour of the UK. We spent a lot of time in recording studios and released a single 'The Harder You Love' into the charts. We were fortunate enough to work alongside some incredible song writers such as Jorgen Eloffsen (James Morrison, Westlife), Wayne Hector (JLS) and Rob Davis (Kyle Minogue). I spent a lot of time in front of the camera, and appeared on several TV interviews such as Channel 4's 'Freshly Squeezed' and 'Britain and Ireland's Next Top Model Live', where we also performed on the main catwalk!
Following my time in the band, I have been writing and singing vocals for international DJs such as The Loose Cannons and Kissy Sell Out, and pitching my songs to record labels. Music will always be a huge, if not the biggest, part of my life!
Having had a lot of experience in front of a camera, and being a natural, bubbly and chatty character, I also decided to pursue television presenting - it's something I've always been interested in and could always see myself doing! So last year I completed a television presenting course (with presenterstudio.com) which massively boosted my confidence whilst talking on camera and taught me a lot of skills. TV presenting is definitely a path I intend to follow. Please check out my show reel here:
Since then, I have written scripts for and presented two corporate videos, I've presented the weather outside the O2 Arena and I am the presenter of new online music show 'Limelight UK'.
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Show reel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SDGGGI_070
Audio (lyrics and vocals): www.soundcloud.com/hollylois