HowToRock interviewed with Jennette McCurdy to go in more detail on her past music career with Capitol Records Nashville and what it was like to balance both acting and singing.
How To Rock: What was your music career path?
Jennette McCurdy: I released my first single digitally, independently on iTunes when I was 16. Then I signed with Capitol Nashville on the day of my 17th birthday. I was with them for a few years and recently left because it was getting too difficult to travel to make and publicize my record. I was really spending so much time in Nashville, and then working on the show in LA. I didn’t think it was fair to anybody to do that. I felt like I needed to figure out where I needed to be and just stick to that. I definitely hope that music comes into my life in the future in some ways. It’s just a matter of finding if there’s a label that will be a good fit for me and a genre that will be the perfect fit for me, and I’m not going too quickly with anything. I want to make sure my feet are firmly planted before I take the next the step.
HTR: What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned about the music industry so far?
Jennette McCurdy: I had no idea quite how much travel it entailed. It didn’t hit me that doing a tour meant you’re going to be on the road for two months and every day is a different stop and you’ll pull into a hotel literally for an hour so you can have time to shower and then you go to sound check. It’s a way of life so you have to really decide if that way of life is the thing for you.
HTR: What advice do you have for people who want to do this?
Jennette McCurdy: If you’ve made that decisionâ€”it’s so clichÃ©, but clichÃ©s become clichÃ© for a reasonâ€” just be true to yourself. Don’t try and imitate because I think it’s easy to see. And just be yourself because everybody else is already taken.