#CREATORTALK- TAMZIN (@taaambam) [Interview]

In this edition of #CREATORTALK, we speak to the amazing Tamzin C ( @taaambam on Instagram). #CREATORTALK is a series of articles and interviews, with a focus on the creative industries and the the talent working within them.

PW- Hey Tamzin! How’s it going?
Hey Pastel Wasteland! Real talk? I’m okay, but going through a mega busy time at the moment so my brain is like jelly! I’ll keep on pushing through though, you know me!

PW- So, first thing’s first. For those who don’t know yet, how would you sum up who you are and what you do?
Ooooh I like this one! I would say I am your sunshine girl who is most content when others are happy. I am real with the world and share everything I can to help motivate or inspire. In terms of what I do, I have a bog standard job in a school office. But aside from the mundane of the real world, I am a dancer and as of this year, a contestant in a beauty pageant!

PW- You are competing in the Miss British Beauty Curve pageant in August, after winning Miss South Coast Curve. How did you come across the competition, and how has the journey been so far?
I am indeed, how fudging mental is that!? I found out about this pageant as I went to college with the current Miss British Beauty Curve 2017, Emily Diapre. She is a gorgeous go-getting girl who’s pageant journey really inspired me to enter. For me, this journey has been crazy exciting and fun. I’ve met some lovely, kind women and have been to some amazing events. I’ve performed at a Fierce Femmes of History event, I’ve been on the radio and on the front page of the local news. I still can’t get over it!

PW- You share lots of inspirational posts across social media, and have been vocal and open about your journey with body-positivity and confidence. What advice would you give to someone who struggles to feel confident and love themselves at times?
Honey, the struggle IS real. We all have those shoddy days where our minds focus on the flaws we think we have and hate the most. But working on your mind first before focusing on the negatives is when self-love and true belief in what you’re doing can really happen. For me, I found a hobby I loved (dance) and used that as a form of escapism to find my real self. I listen to uplifting audio books and make kick-ass playlists. I sing at the top of my voice whilst driving with all the windows down. I send videos or photos of myself looking like a right tool to friends and family to make us both laugh. I talk to others. I listen to others. I take the focus away from the thing that I dislike about myself and chose to put my energy into things I love doing. For me, that’s really when I can see an improvement in my mood and my confidence. I’m not saying I’m anywhere near perfect and just today I had a bit of a breakdown, but I am honest about my life to help others to open up more. I’ve got a long way to go, but I’ve come further down the road than when I started.

PW- You’re a part of the amazing Neptune Girls dance family. How has Neptune Girls helped you with your journey to where you are now?
Good golly gosh, without those girls I swear I don’t know who I’d be today. Neptune Girls for me was really the first part of my journey to rediscover who I am and get out of a bit of a mental and numb state I found myself in at the time. I had no life outside of work. I’d come home and spend time with my man, watch tv and go to bed. I had no desire to go out in the evenings unless it was the weekend. I was lost, I was lacking confidence and I became a rubbish person to be with. As soon as I stepped foot into a Neptune Girls class, I knew that was where I belonged. I stood at the back of the class worrying that my size would be recognised and laughed at, and I left that class beaming and empowered. I still feel like that now, a year an a half later. My girls are my extended family.

PW- What are your plans for the future? Can we expect more gorgeous pageant looks after the current competition?
I wish this was an easy one to answer but I am flighty. I get all pumped up and motivated and then I lose the momentum and carry on as normal. I 100% need to work on that. However, I will absolutely keep pushing for body diversity and self love on my social media and will continue to post insta stories of me making a tit of myself. As for the pageant world, we will see. The final is in Maidstone on August 4th so I’m sure you’ll be seeing plenty pageant looks from that day. The journey is nearly over but I can’t say it’ll be my last. As the great young Bieber once said, I will never say never…

PW- A quick fun question- what is your favourite outfit you have been photographed in? What is it you love about this particular look?
I try to follow fashion when I can. I mean, I’m useless at it but love to explore trends. I’m all about the tied up t-shirt and culottes/trousers at the moment though. I wear this to dance all the time and it’s my go-to look right now on a casual basis too. Oh, and huge earrings. OH AND SUNGLASSES. I love sunglasses. I must have at least 20 different pairs…

PW- And final question! It’s more of an invitation actually. Use the next few sentences to self-promote the hell out of what you’re up to, what we can see etc, no judgement!
I’m Tamzin, I’m 24 and welcome to my crib… Okay, I’m super awkward at this. Right so ummm. Ya girl TC here is continuing to embrace those curves and swerves (a lovely chappy called Andrew taught me that one, you may know him actually). I am competing as Miss South Coast Curve 2018 in an upcoming plus size beauty pageant and I’m just here to share my message and to cheer you all on for being wonderful fabulous people. I don’t need promoting as such, but please feel free to follow me on the gram (@taaambam) because I am pretty thoughtful and funny and nearly have 1000 followers, but not quite, which is kind of a little stressful when you are a huge fan of even numbers so would love the extra help… am I coming off too desperate? Okay, I’m done! Thanks huns xoxo


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