Ethereal Interviews: SEPTEMBER 2013 x LAUREN FAIRWEATHER

During the Era of Harry Potter, I used to listen to this girl's music daily. Her song Outside World was the most played song on my iPod for years because I listened to it that much. This girl is Lauren Fairweather. She is a musician, a vlogger, a crafter, a blogger, and an overall awesome woman. Her smile radiates joy to the entire world...and a person like that doesn't go unnoticed. For more of Lauren's information, check out her website: Enjoy the interview!

Hi Lauren! What have you been up to this summer?
-I just got back from LeakyCon in Portland, which was amazing. And when I got back, I left right away to join my family on vacation. I've been busy so far! 

You seem to have a very deep connection to Snape and Lily from the Harry Potter series, considering you based an entire album off of their relationship. Why do you think you are so connected to them? And why should they have ended up together?
-The first time I read that chapter, it really pulled the whole series together for me. I had no idea how JK Rowling could manage to explain the complexity of Snape's character in one short book, and she managed to do it flawlessly in one chapter! It really broke my heart in the best way possible. At the time especially, I was experiencing one too many unrequited crushes and I think that's why it hit me so hard. I don't think that they should have ended up together necessarily... Snape wasn't exactly raised to be a compassionate human being and he never really understood or supported Lily when she was upset. She deserved someone who was able to listen and Snape just couldn't get past his hatred of James and friends. I feel like his abusive parents set him up to be lonely and miserable. But at the same time, maybe if they had been sorted into the same house, they wouldn't have grown apart so quickly and Snape could have learned to love in a way that doesn't hurt the people close to him. 

A lovely girl meets a lovely guy through a lovely fandom, and they get married! You are very lucky when it comes to love. What is your definition of love, and to you, what is the most important thing in a relationship? 
-For me, love is finding someone who understands you on the deepest level and someone who is willing to support you no matter what. I think the most important thing is communication and honesty. You should be able to trust and talk to this person. 

Name five things the Harry Potter fandom has given you that you are thankful for. 
-Matt, my friends, incredible experiences, self-confidence, and overall happiness. 

I admire how sweet you are, you can truly turn someone's day around with one smile. But there seems to be a lot more beyond that smile. What is something about you most people don't know about? (that you are comfortable sharing, of course)
-I've shared probably too much over the years, so I feel like anyone who pays attention to my youtube videos could know me pretty well. But recently, I started running! I ran my first 5k race while we were in Portland for LeakyCon. I was never very athletic and I especially hated running in gym class, so I was excited to find out that I can actually enjoy it when I'm running on my own terms. 

Music brings so many people together. Music is universal. Everyone loves music. To you, what makes music so powerful?
-It's an incredibly personal creative outlet. Even when I'm writing from a character's perspective, it's one that I chose because of my connection to it. So when people listen to my songs and they connect with them, it shows me that I'm not alone. That's a pretty powerful thing right there. 

Out of every artistic outlet (videos, music, drawing/painting, writing, etc), which one conveys your emotions the best?
-Probably music, but I express myself in a variety of ways depending on how I'm feeling and what I'm in the mood for. I really love crafting, graphic design, journaling, and video blogging in addition to writing and performing music. 

Do you consider yourself a spiritual person? Why/why not?
-I'm not really sure. I believe that there's something to all of this beyond a bunch of cells, but I've never been very religious so it doesn't really take form. One thing I do know is that I try to be as nice as I can to people. You can really affect someone's day just by smiling and being polite, even though you'll never know quite how much. Every person's world is separate and enormous and special, but you never really have the opportunity to experience anything but your own. You can imagine it though, and I imagine that everyone's world would be a lot better if people were just always nice and thoughtful, even to people they've never seen before. 

Lets dig a bit deeper. Every human has a purpose. What do you believe your purpose on this Earth is?
-To figure out who I am and to be that person as best as I can, even if it's a person that not everybody else understands. 

Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions. What is one word of advice you would like to offer readers? 
-Do what you love! People may think you're a little bit weird if what you love is a bit outside of the box, but I'd rather be weird than unhappy. 

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