My name is Anna Richardson and I’m 22 years old. I haven’t been up to too much during lockdown but I usually enjoy live music and art, volunteering and some part time work online.
One of my most significant barriers growing up was being a mixed-race person in a predominantly white school. I didn’t like how it made people look at me. Growing up I’ve realised that self-acceptance is necessary for a happy life and that’s exactly what I want. To be honest, I always worked hard to get thing I wanted to do but I believe my self-esteem has been my biggest challenge as it was really damaged in school.

I found out about Babbasa during my search for some volunteering opportunities. I posted on Facebook looking for volunteering work, which later brought me to them. I’d never hosted a zoom event before working with them and was a really good experience. My friends and loved ones have always been my biggest motivator – I want to make them proud so I work hard.

Looking ahead, I feel good about life. I have the resources for the life I want I just have to grab it now. Recorded my EP at Rockfield and will be signing to a label in a few months’ time. My biggest goal in life is to become a full-time musician and songwriter. If I could give some advice to young people thinking about what the future might hold for them I would say that you can have exactly what you want don’t be scared and go for it!