Q&A - Amanda Frances - The Mind Map
By Tess Leigh-Phillips

Q&A – Amanda Frances

“There have been many crying-on-the- bathroom-floor moments along the way.”

Published 22/06/2021
“I’ve started doing everything differently.”

Amanda spent the early chapters of her songwriting career learning from Nashville’s best.

She blends lyrical storytelling with a fresh electro-pop sound, punctuated by lashings of truth and vulnerability.

We were keen to find out more . . .

Hi Amanda! How has the pandemic affected your mental health?

Talk about ups, downs, and transitions this year!

In some strange roundabout ways, it’s allowed me to transition into this new chapter of my life.

I’ve turned into a version of myself that I’m so in love with, I’m forever grateful for that.

But there have been many a crying-on-the- bathroom-floor moments along the way, if we’re being honest.

Are you doing anything differently to look after your mental health during this period?

2020 was the year I started meditating, started therapy, starting listening to podcasts about mental health.

I really started working on my self awareness, to a better handle on how my thoughts translate into my emotions.

What are you looking forward to doing once things improve?

Seeing my parents. Eating tacos with my best friends on a patio.

Playing live shows again.

I will literally tackle hug the first person to hand me a microphone.

What new TV, films, music or books have you discovered during lockdown that you’d

Books: obsessed with Orion Carloto’s poetry (Flux and Film For Her are both incredible) Also, I absolutely loved Bluets by Maggie Nelson. Stunning.

TV: I binged the first season of Euphoria and then promptly binged it again, not going to lie.

Music: I’ve had LANY on repeat for the majority of 2020 and 2021.

What advice would you give to a 16 year old you?

The coolest thing you can do is to be unapologetically committed to the most unique parts of yourself. Lean into them.

If you had to draw a pie chart for what keeps you mentally well – what would it look like?

Working on what I’m passionate about (40%)

People – family, friends, love (30%)

Me time (meditation, exercise, generally being an introvert) – (20%)

Food (yay snacks) – (10%)

What are you passionate about?

Making art in any form.

Songwriting, designing visual art, directing and editing music videos, designing clothing, you name it.

If there’s a creative aspect of my brand that needs to be tackled, I’m all about it.

Tell us something not many people know about you?

Natural redhead.

Still holding out to get cast as Ariel in some real life rendition of The Little Mermaid.

I’m actually a really good cook. I make a mean Thai Green Curry.

What’s the biggest challenge/s you’ve faced and how did you overcome it/them?

Learning how to determine my own self worth, regardless of what other people think or do.

This applies to so many things in personal relationships, art, and business.

Shoutout to my therapist on that one.