Interview conducted by Marie-Christine Tayah, Editor-in-Chief
Birth Date: October 26th, 1988
Slogan: My slogan is to have no slogan. J
Favorite Singers: Pharell Williams, Amy Winehouse, Bernhoft, Justin Timberlake
Favorite Actor: Leonardo Di Caprio
Favorite Actress: Natalie Portman
What was the first tune you learned?
We Are the World by Michael Jackson.
What was your first singing experience on stage?
At the school drama class.
Who motivated the little Ingrid to singing?
I think myself and my parents because I used to sing all the time at home.
Who is your biggest inspiration?
I would say Ghandi or Angelina Jolie, for adopting kids. I would also say famous singers who made it internationally; Jessie J maybe for her career. I envy her honestly since she started singing from her room and she’s currently internationally renowned. She definitely is a success story.
Can you tell us about your university background and how it’s linked to performing on stage?
I studied radio/TV/and film at NDU. My major required a lot of creativity and acting lessons so I took advantage. (I’m a good actress as well.) I don’t link my university background to my singing because it’s different. Being on stage is a whole different world and I always forget what I studied at that point. I was always living a parallel path and I never exposed my talent on TV and on a show that big.
What kind of music do you mostly listen to?
I mainly listen to everything but I have a weakness to Portuguese, Brazilian, Bossa Nova music -not the cliché elevator songs, but stuff like Sergio Mendes, Alindo Cruz…
What is your most memorable stage performance? What were you singing?
I used to perform at Music Hall Beirut and all my performances there were memorable because it was a great experience. That’s where I learned everything. I also knew how to keep people astonished, in a modest way.
How do you handle mistakes during your performance? Do you recall any?
I always get wardrobe malfunctions. I was once performing and my heel was stuck in my pants and I couldn’t move so I smiled and didn’t try to hide it. Then, I took off my heels on stage, joked about it and continued. The most important thing to do when something wrong happens on stage is to laugh about it and continue the show; you need to rescue the situation. Some people continue and act as if nothing happened but I believe that people realize everything and are not stupid at all. Therefore, we might take the chance to laugh about it.
Working backstage and being in the spotlights, where do you find yourself the most?
I’m a believer of jack of many, ace of none… Still, I changed my mind because we have to work on many fronts and take advantage of all the things we’re good at. Thus, I love being backstage when it comes to directing and creating things related to people that I might not do myself, but at the same time, being in the spotlight is the best feeling ever.
How many hours do you spend time training your voice?
I know my answer is going to be cliché but I don’t train my voice – it’s a natural talent.
Do you believe in talent or in working hard to get where you want to be?
I believe in talent of course but alone it won’t do a thing. I don’t think working hard does too. I think in life, it’s all about chances, meeting the right people at the right time. Taking it from there, things will fit into place, naturally.
What hidden talents do you have?
Acting, a bit of dancing, styling…I’m also a good crepe maker.
Where do you actually want to be? Where do you see yourself five years from now?
I never want to stop singing, that’s for sure. Being in a show and exposing myself makes me realize that it’s not that difficult and I shouldn’t think much; it makes things are simpler. Career wise, I want to have my own production house.
Who are you thankful for?
God, my parents, my brother, myself, my friends, and people who inspire me without knowing it.
Any loves, other than music?
Mmmm… Film maybe!
Do you have any messages to Lifestyle readers?
Don’t be scared to expose yourselves. Don’t overthink things. Follow what comes along and be very selective….You know what? Don’t be selective; you will feel what’s right for you and what’s not. 🙂