Get ready to be inspired by our incredible #FEMMEFEATUREFRIDAY this week, Olivia Cipolla! What we love most about this special soul is that she is a beautiful reminder to always believe in yourself no matter what! Olivia is strong and determined and has understood from a young age that we are the only ones who can get in our own way. Olivia has proven that what you believe you can do is much more powerful than what you think you can’t. Most importantly, she has learned that self-acceptance is an ongoing practice that takes time. It’s so amazing to see how Olivia is able to radiate undeniable self-confidence because she has fully embraced who she is.
This powerhouse is a multi-talented and multi-dimensional artist! As a singer, songwriter, dancer, choreographer and producer, she has had the privilege to work alongside some of the biggest names in entertainment industry including Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, Usher, Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Black Eyed Peas, Pitbull, Fall Out Boy, Pharrell Williams, 50 Cent, Don Omar and Romeo Santos. That’s not all either! She has performed with Beyoncé at the Super Bowl, in the ‘Back to Business’ Concerts, the Made In America Festival, the Global Citizen Concert, the MTV Video Music Awards, Oprah, the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music Awards and in the HBO documentary “Life Is But A Dream”. Her film and other television appearances include The Maya and Marty Show, Saturday Night Live, Empire, the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, Annie, Going the Distance, Step Up II, Enchanted, Isn’t It Romantic and the upcoming Brighton Beach with FKA Twigs. Olivia is also a featured vocalist on Heavy D’s acclaimed album “Vibes”, and the vocalist on the Marcos Carnival international dance hit “Push the Feeling On”. Her own music has been released nationally and internationally and as a songwriter, her music has been picked up for film and television including The Real World, Bad Girls Club and A New York Love Story. She is currently in the studio working on her first solo EP that will be released later this year. In addition to all her credits, she is the founding artist of a production company called Pardon Me Productions. Needless to say… this woman is a boss!
What we admire most about Olivia is how she has used her focus to cultivate the life of her dreams. She has manifested success through thoughtful concentration on her goals and passions. This remarkable woman encourages all of us to get in alignment with our heart’s deepest desires and allow our lives to unfold authentically. Clear intentions supported by action and unwavering commitment have taken this girl straight to the top! What makes Olivia even more wonderful is how she supports and motivates other women to be the best they can be. Thank you Olivia for showing us that everything we need to flourish is within us, simply waiting to be unleashed!
Written by Alessia Rotino (@a.le.ssi.a)
What do you do on a daily basis to help you be the fiery and confident woman you are?
I’m honored by the question because I don't see myself like this. I’ve always been so intrigued and enthralled by confident, fiery outspoken women, because, truthfully, I’ve always been so painfully shy. That’s why I create those characters in my music and art. I feel so different in my personal life than I do in my career and when I’m on stage. For me, confidence is a daily practice. To plant your feet on the ground, stand tall, and remember that you are enough! My morning starts off with a black cup of coffee and jazz playing in the background. I carry my crystals everywhere I go (When I get anxious I hold them and pray with them). I feel best when I can find a routine that keeps me disciplined and keeps my training going, especially in a business with absolutely no consistency. Feeding my mind with positive and motivating audio books or lectures are my favorite. Most of all, surrounding myself with kind, motivating souls is important. Choose your circle wisely. Energy is so powerful.
Tell us about a time of struggle and what you did to pick yourself back up.
I struggled a lot in school growing up. Being dyslexic was confusing as a kid. I attended many different schools and at times was bullied. I was in special ed classes in high school. I was determined to put everything I had into the arts. The arts made me feel like I belonged somewhere. Being an underdog and told I could never make it “like the other kids” gave me enough fire for a long time to go after my dreams. I still to this day get triggered about reading and writing especially in front of others. As a dancer, I have always had a difficult time with counts and as a singer I have a hard time reading music. I don’t think many people know that about me. I rely on my memory, instincts, drive, work ethic and ear training. As a songwriter I see melodies in colors like paint strokes across the wall, and that’s how I start writing. I’m learning to love my truth about the way I create, own it and be proud of that. Art has truly been my saving grace and has taught me countless valuable lessons. You won’t know if you don't try.
Who is your biggest female inspiration and why?
My three sisters inspire me. I have two adopted sisters and one biological sister. We are all very different and we have learned so much from each other. It’s been beautiful and inspiring to witness them overcoming so much and growing into the women they are today. It’s given me so much compassion and understanding for others.
Why do you think it’s important for women to support one another?
In this industry, it’s easy to feel like we are meant to compete against each other, but we are that much more powerful when we celebrate each other! When we motivate each other to be our best selves, we raise the bar together. Women who walk together in their power are unstoppable! This is something I’m so passionate about and put into my teaching and mentoring of young artists. Sometimes it only takes that one person to make a difference, and I’m so grateful for the female mentors I’ve had in my own career and life.
What’s your definition of a YGTGirl?
The best version of you already exists inside of you. So, what are you waiting for? Let her FLY! No one is you and that is your unique power! YOU GOT THIS GIRL 1000000000%!