Chloe Hine didn’t let the bullies grind her down – instead, she got funding from O2 Think Big, set up a project called ‘BEAT the bullies’ and is now helping others. Oh, and she’s only 14, which is pretty impressive.
BEAT the bullies is all about helping local youngsters channel their frustrations into music rather than getting into trouble or harming themselves. The creators get to write their song, melody or rap and record their own CD in a studio, remaining anonymous (unless, of course, they want to share the results with the world).
Chloe decided to start the project after suffering at the hands of bullies, herself: “The bullying started in primary school and then got worse in secondary school, I felt alienated and I didn’t know where to turn” she started escaping through music which, in turn, helped her cope with the bullying. “Music has always been my hobby – I was selling clothes with my mum when I was introduced to my mum’s friend, whose husband owns a studio,“ she said. Soon enough, she was given permission to use the studio to record the songs she had been writing.
That is when the penny dropped and she came up with the idea of helping others BEAT the bullies in the studio: “I was going through a hard time with bullies and I always liked writing songs so, when I was given the chance to record in a studio, I wanted to share this with other people.” O2’s Think Big provides young entrepreneurs with the funding and mentoring they need to make their projects happen. It’s a great platform for interesting ideas to be heard and it helps a massive range of people “My mum saw O2 Think Big on a social networking site, so I applied for the funding and couldn’t believe it when I found out they wanted to support me”.
It takes determination to get your project off the ground; once you’ve thought of an idea, you need to plan in order to see it through and there can be bumps along the way. “The biggest challenge has been getting people involved, but once they realise everything is confidential, that they don’t have to share their music, they relax and feel more confident. It’s a stress free environment.” As well as the anonymity option, Chloe also eases concerns by sharing her story, how she struggled and how she used music to make her feel better.
There’s a lot of passion behind this project, which is something you need for all business ideas – loving what you’re doing, and being enthusiastic is vital. If you don’t seem interested, then the people you reach out to won’t be either.
Once the project was up and running Chloe really started seeing the benefits: “The feedback I’ve gained has been amazing, especially from my friend Emma. She told me that she had never felt that anyone cared before but, with the project, she’s made friends with the people at the studio and feels comfortable to express herself. She finally feels cared for.”
BEAT the bullies is the sort of project that really hits home the importance of finding the positive in any situation, and Chloe really believes in always trying to turning negativity into something beneficial: “Everyone loves the project and thinks it’s a great idea. Music is very powerful as it allows you to express your emotions in a way that suits you; you can rap, sing or even just create a melody,” she says. “Get involved in a group, sport, hobby and talk to someone about your problem. It may seem daunting to get involved with a group if you are being bullied but not everyone is bad.”
Pretty uplifting and inspiring, we’ll think you’ll agree.
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