Super U Podcast | Billie Eilish
On this episode of the Super U Podcast, Billie Eilish, seven-time Grammy Award Winner, two-time Guinness World Record Holder, and singer/songwriter, gives us insight on how to handle change and how she got to where she is today. Her name is pronounced Billy Eye-lish. Click here to subscribe to the Super U Podcast. Need a sneak peek? Below are the main takeaways from the episode.
Super U Podcast | 7 Super Tips with Billie Eilish:
[1:52] Focus on What Really Matters
“It’s so weird, like what we take for granted. Like I would never have thought that I wouldn’t be able to do shows one day, you know, so much time spent, me dreading tour, dreading press, dreading this dreading that and like I had no idea that I was dreading something that I would one day not even be legally allowed to do. Like, that’s what’s crazy. To me. The shows are like, the one thing that I feel like I’ve ever been good at. I know that sounds stupid, but it’s like the only thing I’ve ever done that made me feel like I belonged. Maybe it’s cliche, I don’t know, Lord, keeping my family safe. And, you know, staying up, there isn’t much else to do right now. Everything matters differently now than a year ago. Honestly, everything I can’t I really can’t even think of one thing like, all the things that I felt like mattered most a year ago, matter less, all the things I felt like matter to the least a year ago, matter more. I learned so much more about just the way people are living that I wasn’t aware of the climate crisis and social injustices. And you know, kind of all the bad things, and I think, made me think differently. It’s not like I wasn’t aware, I just learned more and thought about it differently. And, you know, was more open to learning. And it’s been a crazy year.”
[4:11] Use Your Platform for Good
“You know, I have such a huge platform, like why would I want to waste that? Yeah, it’s easier to say nothing. But it’s like that’s not going to help anything and it’s not going to, I don’t know, I don’t get the point of silence. I think it’s, there’s a difference between silence and processing. And I think that that is like, a big thing that people need to understand is that you got to think through what you’re going to say. Say it in the right way. I think it’s really important to speak up but also be respectful. You know, it’s been a year of just trying to speak up for everything you believe in and fight really hard. You know, there’s nothing else to do like why wait until you experience it to fight for it. You know what I’m saying? Like, just fight for it already.”
[5:54] Live In the Moment
“I mean, I’ve heard a couple of things from certain people, like, Sporty Spice was talking to me. Oh, really? Yeah. And she was, she was, I don’t want to like, say what she was, whatever. I don’t know if it’s like a secret or whatever. But she just was saying how, you know, she was on stage with, you know, all the girls. Yeah, they were, they were all just like smiling at each other. And she was saying was such a magical moment, because she was saying that at the beginning and the middle. It’s like, you work, work, work, work, work. And you’re huge, huge, huge. And then it’s done. And it’s like, oh, like, Where did that go? And I just thought about that. And I was like, Oh my god, I’m in that part of my life, that in the future, I’m going to be like, I wish I could, you know, whatever. So I’m like trying to be as present as possible.”
[7:08] Surround Yourself with the Right People
“Everybody’s kind of like made to hear the industry and go like the industry. You know, for some people, it’s totally true. Some people have terrible, terrible experiences. I had a couple of experiences where I was like, “This is some bullshit.” But it’s not like the industry does it. It’s just the people around you. And I also have been really lucky to have the team that I have, and that I have had since the beginning. And yeah, there’s some weirdos like, there are some weirdos. And there’s some weirdo groups of people that you just kind of gotta get away from. But it’s just about knowing your people and knowing your boundaries and like who you trust and stuff.”
[8:53] Stay True to Your Art
“My own opinions, my own critiques. I mean, even if I created something that I loved and everyone on the planet hated, then I would be fine with it because I liked it. And even if I like if I created something that everyone on the planet loved and I hated like, I wouldn’t put it out I wouldn’t enjoy that because I wouldn’t be like happy with that, you know, I don’t want to do anything that’s going to make other people happy. The stock gonna make me happy. I love making people happy. But I also am part of that group. You know, I’m trying to make myself feel good and happy with my life.”
[11:26] Ask For Help When You Need It
“It doesn’t make you weak, to ask for help. It doesn’t. It doesn’t make you weak to ask for a friend to go to a therapist. It shouldn’t make you feel weak to ask anyone for help. And you should be able to ask anyone for help. And everyone has to help someone if they need it. You know, are you actually good? Like, sometimes you don’t even have to say anything to someone. For them to know. They understand. And they don’t have to say anything to you. Sometimes it’s about a hug. It’s about somebody holding you and telling you not even telling you anything. It’s what I’m saying. Holding you.”
[13:08] Success Is A Little Luck & A Lot of Hardwork
“Give me your honest answer. “What do you think got you here? Was it a little bit of luck? Was it destiny? Was it determination and really hard work? Like what do you think actually was the thing that got you here,” and I was thinking about it a lot afterward. And I was talking to my brother about it too. And it was like, in the beginning, it’s luck. It is a little bit of luck. Because, you know, having random people just like, see something in you that is lucky. But you could take that luck. And you could just be like, I’m not doing anything with that I’m not gonna make music, I’m not gonna do this. I’m not gonna go along with what they like. And then you lose it and it’s gone. So it’s like to say that something was all luck. There’s nothing really like that. Because there’s a little bit, of course, there’s a little bit of luck, but you have to take that and actually work on it. You know nothing is just magical. Yeah, it was luck also, but it was really hard work right after that, you know, you have to keep it up. And somehow I got here.”
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