The Veronicas’ Jess and Lisa Origliasso admit they’ve encountered ‘all kinds of behaviour’ as young women in the music industry and quickly learned ‘who they can and can’t trust’
They’ve been working in the music industry since they were 19 years old.
And this week, now 34-year-old twins Lisa and Jess Origliasso – also known as The Veronicas – have spoken out about their experiences of being young women in the spotlight in a candid interview with Stellar.
The Brisbane-born band said that the majority of their experiences happened when they were signed to a label in the US – and while the pair did achieve worldwide success, it wasn’t quite the positive journey they had in mind.
Speaking out: Lisa and Jess Origliasso – also known as The Veronicas – have spoken out about their experiences of being young women in the spotlight, in a candid interview with Sunday’s Stellar magazine
‘As young women in the industry we encountered all kinds of behaviour and people,’ Lisa recalled. ‘You grow up very quickly, and realise quickly who you can and can’t trust.’
Jess added that she’s happy to see visible changes are now happening to fight against the toxic treatment of women in the Australian music industry.
This includes an Instagram page called Beneath The Glass Ceiling – where people can share any of their own experiences anonymously online – and a music industry summit discussing the issue, which will take place in Sydney on Monday.
‘As young women in the industry we encountered all kinds of behaviour and people – you grow up very quickly and realise quickly who you can and can’t trust,’ Lisa said. Pictured: The Veronicas in 2005
‘We cannot allow anyone to continue to abuse their power or use it in a way that is harmful to people, especially young women,’ she said.
The pair are set to release their new album, Godzilla, on Friday and will embark on a tour in June.
The duo are also set to play before the first State of Origin game at the MCG on June 9.
Coming soon: The pair are set to release their new album, Godzilla, on Friday and will embark on a tour in June
Their discussion comes as both Jess and Lisa prepare for a stint on Celebrity Apprentice, with their first episode airing on Sunday night.
They will be up against the likes of Michelle Bridges, Martha Kalifatidis and Survivor star David Genat.
The Celebrity Apprentice premieres on Channel Nine on Sunday at 7.30pm.
New project: The Veronicas are set to star in Celebrity Apprentice, which launches on Sunday night