Our new Best Ac­tress

Yeo Yann Yann proves to be a film fes­ti­val dar­ling.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - FRONT PAGE - By JAYDEE LOK allther­age@thes­tar.com.my

SHE is yet to re­lease her de­but al­bum (ti­tled Per­ox­ide, sched­uled to hit stores in Fe­bru­ary next year) but Scot­tish singer-song­writer Nina Nes­bitt, 19, is al­ready mak­ing her mark in the en­ter­tain­ment world.

Nes­bitt has been play­ing sold-out gigs in var­i­ous coun­tries, is the face of fash­ion brand Yumi’s Au­tumn/Win­ter 2013 col­lec­tion, and is show­ing no sign of stop­ping there.

Con­trary to pop­u­lar be­lief, Nes­bitt’s mu­sic ca­reer was not an overnight suc­cess. Nes­bitt started up­load­ing videos of her­self singing on YouTube at age 14 be­cause she was too young to play in most gig venues in Bri­tain.

But all that changed when she met English singer-song­writer Ed Sheeran.

They met at a ra­dio gig in Ed­in­burgh, Scot­land and hit things off when Nes­bitt, then 17, asked Sheeran for some tips on be­ing a suc­cess­ful mu­si­cian. Sheeran must have given some killer ad­vice ‘cos look at her now! Nes­bitt has been on tour with Sheeran and was even fea­tured on the mu­sic video for his 2012 song Drunk.

“We kinda started off in a sim­i­lar way,” said Nes­bitt, dur­ing a one-on-one in­ter­view with R.AGE in Hong Kong, where she per­formed at the Clock­en­flap Fes­ti­val.

“Ob­vi­ously he’s do­ing amaz­ing now and he’s way ahead but he started when he was about 16 as well and it didn’t hap­pen overnight for him ei­ther. He’s just very true to him­self and I think that’s very in­spir­ing.”

While things have so far gone smoothly for Nes­bitt ca­reer-wise, the same can’t be said when it comes to her per­sonal life. Nes­bitt hasn’t been lucky in the love depart­ment, and re­vealed that all three of the re­la­tion­ships she has had ended badly.

“I think like ca­reers, grow­ing up, mov­ing away and all that kind of stuff (get in the way of ro­man­tic re­la­tion­ships). I think be­tween the ages of 16 to 18 you do the most chang­ing, as a girl any­way, and maybe I pick peo­ple that I’m not com­pat­i­ble with. I’m not sure.”

At least she knows how to look on the bright side of things.

“I think when things go re­ally badly in the re­la­tion­ship, I can at least think a good song might come out of it,” she joked.

It’s not hard to see why Nes­bitt is so pop­u­lar. The bub­bly teenager isn’t shy about her feel­ings and is re­lat­able to peo­ple her age. She says she mostly looks up to fe­male mu­si­cians, and gushed about how much she can re­late to Tay­lor Swift.

“(Tay­lor Swift) has got so many songs and like, what­ever you’re feel­ing, she has a song that ex­plains it! So I think she def­i­nitely gets ev­ery thing to do with re­la­tion- ships.”

As for her own mu­sic, Nes­bitt reck­ons a lot of her fans will be able to re­late to the song 18 Can­dles, which is about grow­ing up, and con­fessed that the songs The Hard­est Part and Tough Luck (from her up­com­ing al­bum) were re­ally per­sonal.

“I just like to put all my feel­ings into songs, re­ally.”

The fu­ture is bright for the young per­former, and al­though she hasn’t made any solid plans yet, Nes­bitt knows she is ca­pa­ble of do­ing more than just mu­sic.

“I think mu­sic will be some­thing that just hap­pens for me. I write with­out mean­ing to write. It’s just some­thing that’s kind of in me.

“But I think I would love to do act­ing. I’d love to do a film. Like a 60s style kind of thing. I’m ob­sessed with peo­ple like Brid­get Bar­dot and Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe. I think that would be re­ally cool at some point,” she said.

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