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Students performing on stage at Origins Creatives Arts Festival 2019

Spotlight on... Maya Spelling

Written by UAL Awarding Body
Published date 21 July 2020
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The arts have been significantly impacted by the pandemic and as galleries begin to reopen their doors, it's certainly not business as usual. The music and performing arts industries remain heavily affected due to social distancing rules and people are wondering if or when things will ever go back to normal in these industries. UAL Awarding Body had a quick chat with Level 3 Music Performance and Production student, Maya Spelling, from South Essex College.

Tell us about how the pandemic impacted your education this year

The pandemic impacted my education this year as it stopped me and many others performing and finishing projects we needed to complete. I was lucky enough to be able to complete projects at home.

Have you managed to stay creative whilst staying at home?

At home I have managed to stay creative as I can, playing music and getting involved in music live streams and promoting my music where I can.

If anything I feel more confident and ready to progress more in my music.

What advice would you give to your peers who may feel discouraged and lack inspiration as a result of the pandemic/lockdown?

I would say that the musical journey is not over yet, and you still have time to figure out what you want to do in your music career/pathway.

To help with the motivation I would suggest trying to write some lyrics down or to try some automatic writing to help with the creative flow. Even posting and promoting music on Instagram can help!

What are your plans for the future? Are you hoping to continue your education in September?

My plans are to hopefully release an album in the future, but right now I'm working on a small EP. I would also love to teach music and share my passion with others as music is a subject I feel strongly about even if it has its challenges! I am planning on continuing my education in September.

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