Today we are catching up with Madi Krstevski of Victoria, one of the 29 talented and inspiring women from all walks of life who are hoping to be crowned Miss Universe Australia 2021.
So Madi , why don’t you tell us a little about yourself?
Absolutely, I’d love to! Simply put, I am a 21-year-old singer, songwriter & independent artist, born & raised in Melbourne, Australia.
I’m an ambitious, passionate and driven person, partially influenced by my Maltese & Macedonian background. I have been in love with performing & being on stage my whole life. To nurture this love, I started dancing when I was four years old and singing when I was nine years old. I started writing songs on my piano when I was twelve, and since have written & released four singles! In both 2018 and 2019, I was lucky enough to be a contestant on ‘The Voice Australia’, in which I returned as an ‘ALLSTAR’ in 2019, and was mentored by the likes of Boy George, placing as a Top 12 finalist.
In addition to chasing my dreams of being a full-time musician & entertainer, I also work part-time as a Content Creator and as a Social Media Manager with a Melbourne based boutique advertising agency! In amongst all of this, I also recently graduated (with distinction) from RMIT University with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Music Industry. So safe to say, I’m a busy gal, and life is never boring!
We all have motivations, mine usually revolving around good coffee, but what was your key motivation for entering the Miss Universe Australia competition?
Well, I must admit I share your motivation for good coffee, but for me, it has to be a well-crafted almond latte!
However, on a more serious note, my key motivation in entering this program was to put myself out there again. I was seeking a new challenge in which I could gain new experiences and learn new skills. This program has encouraged me to learn more about myself and has provided me with the opportunity to make many new & wonderful connections both personally and with people all around the world. I think the whole program is a big motivation in itself!
If you win the title of Miss Universe Australia, you will receive the prestigious Minespec Parts Education and Business grant worth $20,000; what would you do with the grant and why?
If I were lucky enough to win the title, I would utilise the very generous Minespec Parts grant for furthering my education through an elite music production course.
Although I have already completed a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Music Industry & a Diploma in Vocals & Performance from ANZCA, this course, in particular, can assist in further developing my production & songwriting skills, in which I can then become more self-sufficient in producing my music, thus helping to further my career as a musician. Furthermore, with these new skills, I could offer my services as a producer & songwriter to other up & coming artists who require assistance in producing their music, therefore giving back to the music community.
With everyone bringing their own unique and individual flair to the competition, what is something that sets you apart from the other contestants?
Ultimately, I believe my passion for music and the arts and my experience performing live on a National stage sets me apart from the other fabulous young women in this program.
Throughout my life, I’ve been fortunate enough to have had experiences that money just can’t buy. Being mentored by musical legends like Kelly Rowland, Joe Jonas, Boy George, and Delta Goodrem played a significant role in my personal and career development! These once in a lifetime experiences have helped shape me into the strong, confident, ambitious and self-assured person and artist I am today.
The last eighteen months certainly have been challenging for all of us; what would you say has been something you’ve gained or learned from the whole experience?
They have definitely been undeniably challenging in a multitude of ways. The entertainment industry has been particularly hard hit, as have many other industries.
Personally, I have learned the importance of never taking the little things in life for granted. Prior to the pandemic, I would never have imagined life being the way it is today, and although I’ve always tried to live life to the fullest, I never appreciated just how amazing everything was! Now I know that I must live every day like there’s no tomorrow, enjoy every moment, have fun, say yes to as many opportunities as possible, travel, spread love and kindness, and never take my life and my health for granted.
What is the first thing you hope to do as soon as restrictions are lifted?
Gosh, to be honest, the post-lockdown activity list is long! I can’t wait to do all the little things again, like going to dinner with my family, visiting my grandparents and friends, shopping in a store, getting my nails done, getting my creative projects back up and running after being put on hold for so long, and of course TRAVELLING! Even just for an interstate getaway, a relaxing trip away from home is long overdue for my family and me! But, most of all, I cant wait to perform again to a live audience finally and feel the thrilling adrenaline rush of being on stage!
Final Five Questions
Favourite Place to Travel To?
Hands down, Phuket, Thailand! I can never get enough of that little slice of paradise.
The highlight of the last year?
I have to pick two highlights, and those would definitely be both graduating from University and being selected as a National Finalist for the Miss Universe Australia 2021 program!
What is something people may find interesting about yourself?
I am left-handed, born on 4/20, I can only raise one eyebrow individually (my right),
and I can’t whistle to save my life!
Tell us something you’re passionate about and why?
This is a fairly obvious answer, but I am extremely passionate about music! Music is universal and exceeds the boundaries and barriers of language, age, gender, religion, politics and everything in-between. It’s therapeutic and good for your soul. Everyone loves music, but I love it just that bit more! Music is part of my soul, it runs in my veins, and it’s my therapy. Music is powerful and it connects us all, and that’s what I love the most about it.
One piece of advice you have for us all?
In the wise words of Boy George himself – “Be brave, and take risks”.
Thank you to
Minespec Parts are proud to be partnering with Miss Universe Australia, Working to empower and support women not just through the Miss Universe Australia pageant and their $20k education and business grant, but through many platforms with various activities across Australia all furthering and supporting women in the workplace.