BY COLLEEN PATTERSON
Becktoria is more than just a singer-songwriter and actress. Born in Burma and raised in England where a talent scout first introduced her to the modeling industry, she held a bevy of pageant titles from Miss Motors Formula-1 to Miss Monaco Grand Prix — all before pursuing an honors BSc. in Biomedical Sciences.
LA next, Becktoria got her Master’s in Acting and jumped into commercial work with Beauty Blender, Expedia, Ui Culture, Headspace, Subway, and plenty more.
All the while, her primary pursuit remained music. Today you can find Becktoria’s latest Remix EP, Panda Doll on Spotify, iTunes and Soundcloud. (And check out the official music video below!)
Amid all of her projects (expect a new EP release this year), Becktoria took a few moments to speak with us about her start, her daily routine, and where’s she’s headed next (can’t wait for that EP).
How long have you been creating art/ how did you get your start?
I first started singing when I was one year old and at a joint birthday party with my sister. I went up on stage and took the microphone from the singer performing at the party.
Throughout my school years, I sung in the choir, gospel choir and with the pop/jazz band. I also played the violin, flute, and drums in various orchestras and ensembles. I am classically trained as a soprano before transitioning into the pop and electro-pop genres.
I also got involved in school plays and musical theatre. I received distinctions and merits from LAMDA (Speech & Drama, Acting Monologue), ABRSM (Violin, Flute, Singing), Guildhall and Trinity (Drums) as well as from EdExcel GCSE Drama.
I've always loved singing. I'm not one to emote in public nor do I know how to express my feelings in front of people so I write all my feelings into songs. I actually started writing poems first before writing lyrics.
Would you say that you have any idols?
Selena Gomez is a great role model for the young generation. My favorite singers who inspire me are Celine Dion, Sia, and Adele. I also love The Chainsmokers, David Guetta, Calvin Harris, Marshmello, Ellie Goulding, and Ed Sheeran. All of their musicality inspires me daily.
Do you find it challenging to continually create?
I don't think one can ever run out of ideas, but the challenge for me is to find a way to interpret my feelings into beautiful lyrics. I love to use metaphors and hidden meanings.
There are so many topics I want to talk about from love and heartbreaks to lack of self esteem and confidence. [The challenge is how do I] really share what one struggles with in their daily life.
What do you do for fun outside of music?
My favorite hobbies are cooking, painting, and playing sports (mostly tennis, lacrosse and netball). I love sleeping and traveling. I also love learning about new cultures, and working with children, as well as participating in charity work.
What are your favorite types of projects to work on?
In terms of music, I love to collaborate with a team: songwriters, producers, musicians, and artists. To create something magical, you need [to incorporate] different ideas and viewpoints from each individual.
Collaborations are always fun and you become friends with each other. We all want the same thing and that is to make great, inspirational music.
What methods have you used (if any) to grow your brand? In other words, how do you promote yourself?
Interacting with people on social media is extremely important and to find common things you can talk about and help anyone in need of advice. I generally start by asking my friends to help promote and spread the word. I also like to do live videos of myself singing to gain interactions with new fans.
At the end of the day, if you have great content, people would want to watch it and share with everyone.
Have you ever had a feeling of having "made it?” What was it like?
I’ve had such high expectations for myself since I was a young, it's hard for me to achieve that feeling.
I don't think I'm even at the beginning of my journey; right now it's like a pre-production stage. There are so many things I want to achieve in life and I'm certainly nowhere near the start of the race yet.
If you weren’t making music, what would you be doing?
Without music or film, I don't think I would exist. It's a part of my life and soul. It's how I am able to communicate and express who I am.
It's hard to explain how or why music runs through my veins but you feel every beat and rhythm in your heart and it's captivating and thrilling. I believe that creating art in the form of music, film, or fashion is where my destiny lies.
What’s next for you?
I am collaborating with a few producers in Europe and the U.S. on new singles. Ultimately, my goal this year is to release an EP that receives global radio plays.
We can’t wait to see where Becktoria takes her talent. If you’re onboard with us there, follow her on Spotify or SoundCloud. You can also find her most recent updates on Instagram and the visual interpretation of her music on YouTube.