iCarly‘s Jennette McCurdy has learned a lot on her music career adventure. We spoke with her about it all during a recent interview and collected some of her life lessons to share with those of you who wish to follow in her footsteps of being a rock star!
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?
JM: 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?
JM: If you’ve made that decision—it’s so cliché, but clichés become cliché for a reason— 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.