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Exclusive: How Tinashe Overcame Her Anxiety (and Got More Sleep)

by Hallie Gould

I peered out my bedroom window to discover New York covered in a shimmering but debilitating blanket of snow. It was 6 a.m., an hour I rarely see, but I wanted time to prepare for my interview with singer, songwriter, dancer, and actress Tinashe. As her description suggests, she's a force to be reckoned with.

At just 24 years old, Tinashe, born Tinashe Jorgenson Kachingwe, has already released three critically acclaimed mixtapes—two of which she created in a makeshift studio in her bedroom—signed with RCA Records, dropped a debut studio album, and appeared in both television and box-office hits. That morning, on the day I was meant to meet her, the roads were far from paved, and Facebook statuses mentioned "snowflakes" in reference to the weather (not just as a political insult).

I sent a quick email to her team, positive Tinashe would cancel—celebrities are not exactly known for their low-maintenance sensibilities. "The show must go on, see you at Noon," her reply said, proving she is just as assiduous as she is punctual. It's that hustle that has allowed her the type of success many can only dream of: touring as a teenager with Justin Bieber, then Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj. "I LOVE touring," she told me after we exchanged weather-related pleasantries. "Each tour has been such a great experience. In South America, Katy Perry took our whole team to a tango restaurant for dinner. She shut the restaurant down, and we danced. It was one of those moments you look back on and think, I’ll remember this forever."

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