Tinashe has learned a lot about her mental health while growing up in the entertainment industry. The singer/songwriter began dancing at four years old and had her first movie role at five years old.
From there, she went on to be in a girl group The Stunners and act in TV shows like Two and a Half Men. Now as an independent artist focusing solely on her music, the "All Hands on Deck" singer opened up about the struggles she faced in the industry.
The 28-year-old sat down with fellow singer Becky G on her Facebook Watch series Face to Face with Becky G to talk about the lack of support many artists get when it comes to their mental health.
Before becoming an independent artist, Tinashe was signed to a major label for seven years. And while she had much success, there were also a lot of hurdles that began to take a toll on her confidence due to her and the label having many creative differences.
"When you're working with a company and there's so many people that you have to please, you start to make these little tiny compromises here and there," she said. "And before you know it, it's too much and you've lost this sense of really who you are and what you want to do. I felt that in order to get that back, I needed to just do it on my own."
The "2 On" singer also hit back at people who say that celebs "signed up" for the pressures that come with fame.
"I feel like that's easy to say, but I do think that waters down the fact that people work really hard to be and maintain and stay in that spot, you know? I don't think to minimize anyone's experience or their mental health or anything like that because 'You signed up for it,' is ever really a totally valid excuse."
While she may have "signed up" for the career she has, she doesn't let the stress stop her from achieving her goals. Tinashe is a believer in manifestation and she believes that she manifested her blooming career even the bad things.
"I created this whole career for myself because I believed I was going to. I kept booking jobs. I kept finding ways to be in entertainment and I really manifested everything that I've made for my life. I also think I manifested the bad things in my life because at the end of the day, they taught me a lot of things. I've grown a lot. I've learned a lot from every experience I've had in my life," she said.
One of the things she's learned from those bad experiences was to always put herself first. "It's not worth it to make sacrifices for other people. I think I'm always somebody who's always kind of willing to put other people first sometimes and I think it's important to put yourself first," she said.
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