Rita Ora made tea in exchange for studio time as a teen because she couldn’t afford to make a demo


Rita Ora has revealed she got her start in the music industry by making people tea in a recording studio when shew as a teenager.

The singer has made millions from her successful singing and TV careers but told how she struggled to make a demo when she was just starting out as she couldn’t afford to book the studio time.

The hitmaker shared a candid anecdote about her experience interning before she became successful in the latest episode of The Voice Australia with contestant Ethan Conway. 

Early days: Rita Ora has revealed she got her start in the music industry by making people tea in a recording studio when shew as a teenager

She said: ‘I interned at the recording studio when I was 16, just so I could get free studio time, because I couldn’t afford to do a demo. It is very expensive. 

‘I would make people tea and then after everybody left, the producer who owned the studio said: “Okay you’ve got an hour”, and I would run in, and I would record a demo.’ 

Rita performed at open mic sessions around London as a teenager and auditioned for Eurovision: Your Country Needs You in 2008, although she later withdrew from the competition.

The star eventually secured a manager who got in touch with American label Roc Nation and told them about Rita.

Beginnings: The singer has made millions from her successful singing and TV careers but told how she struggled to make a demo when she was just starting out as she couldn't afford to book the studio time (pictured in 2009)

Beginnings: The singer has made millions from her successful singing and TV careers but told how she struggled to make a demo when she was just starting out as she couldn’t afford to book the studio time (pictured in 2009) 

Career: The hitmaker shared a candid anecdote about her experience interning before she became successful in the latest episode of The Voice Australia with contestant Ethan Conway

Career: The hitmaker shared a candid anecdote about her experience interning before she became successful in the latest episode of The Voice Australia with contestant Ethan Conway

The sinver signed with the label and eventually released her debut album Ora in 2012, kickstarting her career. 

It comes after Rita broke down in tears as she spoke about her mother’s battle with breast cancer on Wednesday’s episode of The Voice Australia.

The singer was moved by contestant Aleisha Gam’s story, as she spoke about her own mother’s cancer battle.

‘My mum’s been struggling with cancer for the last two years…’ Aleisha, 26, told the coaches, explaining that she hoped her mother could ‘feel my love’ in her song.

She said: 'I interned at the recording studio when I was 16, just so I could get free studio time, because I couldn't afford to do a demo. It is very expensive'

She said: ‘I interned at the recording studio when I was 16, just so I could get free studio time, because I couldn’t afford to do a demo. It is very expensive’ 

Her raw honesty inspired Rita to detail her own family’s experience with cancer, something she admitted she’s reluctant to talk about publicly.

‘I know how it feels to sort of have that connection with a song, and then that memory always sticks with that song,’ Rita began.

‘My mum, she also had cancer. When she would go and get her treatment, and she was losing her hair and stuff, we were kind of teenagers.

‘It was really weird to see your mum, like, not be the superhero that you always think your mum is going to be…

‘Because you never think your parents are going to sort of, like, break down in front of you, you know what I mean?’

Opening up:  Rita broke down in tears as she spoke about her mother's battle with breast cancer during Wednesday's episode of The Voice Australia

Opening up:  Rita broke down in tears as she spoke about her mother’s battle with breast cancer during Wednesday’s episode of The Voice Australia 

She added: ‘And then you have to sort of put them together… I can’t even speak.’

After taking a moment to compose herself, Rita explained her mother had had breast cancer, but said she was a ‘survivor’.

‘It’s also something she talks about. She’s a survivor, but she had it super young, and I think it’s so important to have that memory with them,’ she continued.

‘I just wanted to put that out there. I don’t really talk about my mum like that… It’s really hard.’

Rita’s mother, Vera, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005, with the Let You Love Me singer only talking about it years later.

Survivor: Rita's mother, Vera (right), was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005, with the Let You Love Me singer only talking about it years later

Survivor: Rita’s mother, Vera (right), was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005, with the Let You Love Me singer only talking about it years later

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