Talking exclusively to SB.TV, Rita recorded the message as part of a series of videos to be shown on the leading youth online TV channel – in association with NCS (national citizen service) which offers a unique opportunity to 16 & 17 year olds across the UK.
Over the coming months messages by Rita Ora, Ed Sheeran, Adam Deacon, Wretch 32, Krept & Konan and SB.TV founder Jamal Edwards will be broadcast to highlight the importance of self-belief and confidence as the key ingredient to a better future for young people.
“It’s all about self-belief in this industry,” says the 2013 Grammy nominated artist Rita Ora, “you never know what the next door to open will be, you never know what your next track is gonna do or what your album’s going to sell, it’s very unpredictable. During my journey I got signed at the age of 14 and people told me these things that just fell through. Yeah, I was broken, upset and hurt but I always believed in myself. I always believed that one day I was meant to do this, someone would hear me. Self-belief is kind of the main thing if you want to get on, especially in this industry full of sharks.”
A recent poll by NCS revealed that 92% of 16 & 17 year olds that took part in NCS felt that they’d had a ‘chance to develop useful skills for the future’ and 73% said they felt more confident about getting a job in the future. The NCS programme is an opportunity to learn skills that can’t always be learnt in the classroom.
Taking place outside of the school term-time, the part-residential programme focuses on personal and social development, leadership, teamwork and communication skills. Not only does it give youngsters the chance to give something back but it looks great on CV’s and helps with job, college and university applications.
2012 NCS Graduate Rebecca Brunskill said “NCS has changed my life so much. Before I took part in the course I was very shy and would not take part in anything that involved public speaking. What I gained the most was confidence. My confidence has grown so much over the last summer. NCS has given me new skills and experiences I’m very grateful for. The NCS course is not just something to do so you are not bored in the 6 weeks summer holiday, it is about having a summer of a lifetime.”
For more information about NCS and to get involved in the programme visit http://www.ncsyes.co.uk/
NCS is a fast-track for a better future – It All Starts At Yes