We are starting to realize, that it’s okay to be different. Everyone is unique in their own way
As a part of our series about rising music stars, I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Claire Sully.
Claire Sully is a Pop and Country Artist, Actress and Professional Model. She is 21 working her way into the Entertainment Industry! She’s been played on OWWR Radio Station in New York, was placed Top 10 in a songwriting competition in the New England Area, Freshly signed with IKONIC MANAGEMENT and working on New Projects!
Thank you so much for doing this with us! Can you tell us the story of how you grew up?
Hi! Yes, I was born in Romania, but spent my childhood in Milan Italy. My mom is from Buenos Aires Argentina, so I have family there. My dad is from Massachusetts and I’ve been living here for the past 10 years now. I speak English, Spanish and Italian all fluent. I am trying to make French my fourth language! I know some phrases here and there! Haha!
Can you share a story with us about what brought you to this specific career path?
I love explaining to people how I got interested in becoming a singer and wanting to make it in the music industry! So I grew up singing every chance I had. As a child, I was very shy. The way I broke out of that was doing musicals at my school in Italy and then in high school. At 13 years old, I was told about this coffee shop that held open mics in Burlington Vermont called “Radio Bean” I was first to perform, and that was my first performance in public since I moved from Milan. The minute I finished my set, I really connected with the audience. Then at 15 is when I started high school. I started watching documentaries on how celebrities made it big. I remember watching Justin Bieber’s documentary “Never Say Never”, Katy Perry’s “Part of Me” documentary, Taylor Swift’s and Ashley Tisdale’s “Headstrong” After watching so many. I told myself, “That is exactly what I wanted to do with my life” I bought a guitar and this no longer became a passion but my way of life, a dream that I knew I had to make reality. I started guitar lessons, from 10 to 15. Then did stuff on my own. As I continued my high school career, that’s when I was building my brand on social media and worked with some amazing producers and fellow artists. I worked hard to get to where I am today.
Can you tell us the most interesting story that happened to you since you began your career?
The most interesting thing that I can think of right now is how modeling came to me first. Growing up, I told myself I was going to become a professional singer. I’ve worked with some great people in the business such as Evan Cole who was on American Idol, and is currently working with me on my new single and Jackson Mancuso who wrote and produced my first song on iTunes called “All You Had” At the same time, I was eager to become a triple threat because I had seen so many interviews of my favorite singers and actors that would tell Jimmy Fallon, or Ellen DeGeneres they were singers, actors and dancers or models. I have a family friend back in Milan that told me about this Modeling and Talent Agency out in Rhode Island called IKONIC MANAGEMENT. I submitted some photos, and within a few weeks, I was told that they were going to take a chance on me and represent me as a lifestyle and commercial model. Every day I wake up thankful and grateful that I got that opportunity, and that I’ll be able to learn more and grow as an artist with my team.
Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?
The funniest thing, I feel like every singer has these moments. I’ve forgotten words to my own songs before. Luckily I’ll come up with a word off the fly that’ll make sense or I simply just start over. I’ll laugh and tell the audience I forgot the words. At this point all my friends and fans know my songs so they’ll sing with me so that always makes me feel better.
What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?
I am working on so much! Now as a triple threat I have so much going on. I just released a song on Apple Music called Life of My Party that was co written with my friend out in Ohio, I am working on a new single with my friend and producer who was a former contestant on American Idol. “Evan Cole” We have a song called Shawty or Sharky coming out very soon! I am very excited about that one because it was inspired by someone really close to me. It has an element of mystery to it. For months now, my fans have been curious to know what or who Sharky is. You’ll have to listen to the song for the reveal! It’s an upbeat pop song you’ll be jamming to for a long time. Evan and I were on zoom the other day and we were laughing because we said “It’s got a Carly Rae Jepsen vibe” she’s one of my favorite artists so I took that as a compliment!
I’ve also been auditioning for singing competitions. I tried out for The Voice and American Idol this summer again. With every rejection, I grow and take so much away from these auditions. It’s such an experience. 2 days ago I tried out for America’s Got Talent! I wont be able to hear back until spring of 2021 but keeping an open mind! I also just wrapped up filming a project with Intercultural Productions in Brighton MA in Spanish! It’s a program that helps kids learn languages such as Spanish and French. Lastly, I am represented with my modeling agency in Rhode Island so next up for me is just sending photos we took out to clients to start booking some work for the fall. With COVID, the entertainment business has been a bit slow but I’m hoping things will go back to normal soon!
We are very interested in diversity in the entertainment industry. Can you share three reasons with our readers about why you think it’s important to have diversity represented in film and television? How can that potentially affect our culture?
I think diversity plays a big role in the entertainment industry. I believe it should be shown in many forms of creativity. In movies and tv shows we are now exposed to certain movements such as the Black Lives Matter Movement, The Me Too Movement, and the LGBTQ Community. More songs are being written about these movements, and documentaries and movies are being made to educate kids as well as the future generations. Diversity is also being shown in fashion and cosmetics. We are starting to realize, that it’s okay to be different. Everyone is unique in their own way. Artists such as H.E.R, Kendrick Lamar, Hayley Kiyoko, and Troye Sivan are some of the many artists that do a good job of incorporating these movements in their songs and dances.
What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.
A few things I wish people would have told me going into this career is how time consuming it is.
I always said it was going to be easy. The most difficult part is waking up. I love doing the work and watching it pay off at the end. However it takes up so much of your day. I remember even doing background work on Defending Jacob, I showed up at 6am and finishing at 7pm.
Another thing I wish I was more aware of is how the modeling industry works. I’m still very green with it and hopefully as time goes by, I’ll know the ropes a bit more. However when I first started, I was told to come in heels and bring outfits and get ready for a big day. People assume, it’s stand in front of a camera and pose. In reality there’s so much more to it. You have to know the angles to how to pose, how to position your head, your feet, where to place your hands. The clothing is just as important as well. Knowing what matches, knowing what colors fit best with your skin tone. It’s all a process. The modeling world is different than the film or music industry and if I knew that I was about to get signed a year ago as a model that’s some advice I wish I was given before going in
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
Some tips I would give to fellow colleagues would be, do your research. If you go into a project not knowing what you signed up for, it’ll make your job so much harder. When I was given the script for the Spanish project, 2 weeks in advance I went over it and read the lines to my sister and my mom so that when the director yelled action, I wasn’t frozen like a statue. ( as my mother would say).
You are a person of enormous influence. If you could inspire a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂
The movement I would pick is dance. Dance is so powerful to me. Even though I am not a pro dancer, I think it’s a great way of showing and expressing yourself. Every song has a message and I believe that dance does the exact same. We dance to demonstrate our ability but also because it’s a beautiful form of creativity. With every dance movement, comes a story. By the end of a dance routine, people are able to capture what that dancer was feeling and trying to express.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?
There are so many musical and personal influences in my life that I’d love to shout out. My personals are, my sister Ana for being such a ray of light and never giving up on me. She always gives me the best advice and I am forever thankful to have her support. My friends, I can’t name them all because we’ll be here until Christmas haha! But you know who you are. All my producers that I’ve had the privilege of working with, my co writers, my inspirations behind my songs. Without you guys my songs wouldn’t be written! The artists that inspired me to go into this industry are Carly Rae Jepsen, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Ashley Tisdale, Anna Kendrick. There are just so many talented people! Those are some of my biggest inspirations and I wouldn’t have chased this dream if it weren’t for them.
Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?
The quote I live by is “Life’s a Climb” by Miley Cyrus. I’ve lived by that quote since I was 12 and it will forever be close to me. It’s one of my favorite songs of all time, but it also resonates with me because it demonstrates that even when life gets tough, you can still achieve anything. Life won’t always be one straight line, as my dad says. It’s meant to throw some curveballs and that’s what makes the journey so exciting! Most of all, go into everything with an OPEN MIND!
Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might just see this, especially if we tag them. 🙂
I would love to have lunch with the incredible and flawless Anna Kendrick! There’s so much I’d love to just ask her about. However I also feel like she’d make me laugh so much too! The one thing I’d love to do with her is sing together. If you put her and I on a stage together I bet we’d sound “PITCH PERFECT” HA! Couldn’t help myself!
How can our readers follow you online?
You can find me on Instagram: @clairesully27
Facebook: Claire Sully
I have a website: clairesullymusic.weebly.com
This was very meaningful, thank you so much! We wish you continued success!