Singer / songwriter & Model
Georgia Caine is a 22-year-old singer/songwriter and model from Melbourne. From her recent appearance on The Voice Australia to her passion for PR and marketing, she has an infectious passion for chasing every single dream. We had a chat with her about pursuing multiple paths, the lessons she’s learnt along the way, and how she looks at success going into the future.
Like so many of us, Georgia is busy hustling away at her dreams while still in study-mode. She’s currently working through a law and commerce degree by day, and pursuing her creative dreams by night. In a world where career paths rarely follow one clear line and you never know which door will open, it’s hard to follow the old adage of picking one lane and sticking to it… despite the fact that everyone will try and tell you otherwise.
‘So many people tell me that using my degree to get a 9 to 5 would be a much smarter decision and far easier to make a “proper” career out of. But even if I wasn’t a model or singer, I’d still be trying to use my creativity to do something unconventional. Caving in and getting a 9-5…would just be the easy way out. It’s so much harder to stand up and say “this is what I was meant to do and I’m going to make it work” but it’s your life and there’s no rule book!’
Her modelling came about from a love of photography. ‘I actually used to make my sister be my model and orchestrate full photoshoots – I was the photographer, stylist, makeup artist and hair stylist’, which eventually inspired her to make the leap herself. While she initially thought she might not make the cut, she applied to Chadwick Models on a whim and was signed within a week. ‘That experience has really taught me that you should always give it your best shot because you just never know’.
However, sometimes it's not so easy. Finding a way to stand out in a saturated market is another big challenge for creatives. When we asked her about finding her musical niche, she said it’s ‘still actually in development’, but that’s what makes it so fun. ‘Nowadays there’s so much experimenting across genres – there’s really no rules anymore!’. Georgia has been lucky to work with some great minds within the music industry. She credits building authentic connections as the key. ‘If you don’t share the same vision, then it’s never going to work.’ Giving and accepting honest feedback has also been a crucial part of her growth.
Juggling several passions can be a fast blurring-of-the-lines when it comes to self care. ‘I think it’s really hard to have proper balance when what you would choose to do to relax also happens to be your job!’. Impromptu photoshoots or writing songs are some of Georgia’s go-tos. But when she really clocks off, her guilty pleasure is reality shows. ‘I’ve watched so many Real Housewives franchises and I love a bit of KUWTK - I am fascinated by the marketing machine that is the Kardashians!’ She uses meditation or sleep visualisation to help calm her mind at the end of the day.
We asked Georgia what advice she’d give herself five years ago. Taking herself back to the age of 17, still in high school and ‘trying so hard to please everyone’ around her, she remembers how easy it was to get so lost in other people’s opinions that you forget ‘to worry about what you want and what you think of you’. She says ‘if you really believe in what you’re doing and you’re doing it to please you, you’re able to hold your head a little higher and have more conviction in what you’re doing. People really notice that’.
In her 22 years, Georgia has learnt a crucial lesson quickly. If you try to appeal to everyone, you’ll appeal to no one. Once upon a time Georgia defined success, like a lot of young creatives do, as being ‘famous’ or getting awards and praise. However, when she realised that thinking that way meant worrying about what other people wanted from her, she realised she wasn’t going to get anywhere. Now her idea of success is far more focussed. ‘[It] now means that I have absolute conviction in what I’m doing and control over it. A few years ago, I didn’t even really want creative control because I was so scared of getting it wrong - now I think in order to be successful you have to fail at a lot of things - which is SO scary to me. But I’m also excited by it’.
A defining moment for Georgia was her recent audition on The Voice Australia. Was it a "failure" not to turn a chair? Absolutely not! With an incredibly strong spirit, Georgia said she ‘grew about 100 times over as a person and a performer because of it. It taught me that it’s okay to fail and there really is no success without failure’.
‘My confidence was always held back by my fear of failure – so when I realised [it] wasn’t going to kill me, it gave me the confidence to be myself, live on my terms and do what I wanted everyday’. She draws a lot of musical influence from Lennon Stella. ‘Anyone that has made their success off the back of being boldly true to themselves is a true inspiration to me. It’s been a big focus of mine recently’.
So, what is success to Georgia Caine? ‘To me it means being boldly and uniquely myself, 100% of the time’.
Georgia is currently working with singer / songwriter Erika Ascenzo on a weekly visual interview series.
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Written By Rebecca Costanzo
Published August 24 2020