In this business you have to develop a thick skin, but I’m always going to feel everything. It’s my nature.
“I had a record deal that didn’t work out, and it was devastating to me. When I was 13, I got a meeting with RCA Records, and they said they wanted to sign me to a development deal. That means they want to watch you, but they’re not promising to make an album with you—kind of like a guy who wants to date you but not be your boyfriend. After a year you turn in your songs, and they decide whether they want to shelf you—keep watching you—drop you or sign you to a record deal. They decided to shelf me, and I had a choice to make. I could have stayed in development with them, but I figured that if they didn’t believe in me then, they weren’t ever going to believe in me. So I made a tough decision and struck out on my own.”
“I think that the idea of finding another person to share your life with is the most fascinating, beautiful quest you could ever be on in life. And yes, living your dreams is so important too, and a lot of times I’ve put that before everything else. But then you get to a place where the whole time you’re living these dreams, you look beside you to say to someone, “Hey, isn’t this so much fun?” And if there’s no one there to say it to, what’s the point?”
I’m twenty-two, so, that’s the time in life that people say to you: ‘Go, make mistakes! Live your life! Learn the hard way! Throw caution to the wind, be spontaneous!’. But if I do that, if I make a mistake, it’s international news.