Interview: Demi Lovato
Fri, 01 May 2009 14:03:53
On the teen pop landscape one name reigns supreme when it comes to producing starsDisney. The Mouse House has methodically engineered a formula for Tigerbeat domination by blanketing the media with it's brand of catchy craftsmanship covering everything from television to movies and radio. Add to its unbroken streak of preteen idols Demi Lovato. The 16-year-old singer and actress has toured with the Jonas Brothers, stars in her own Disney Channel show and is on the verge of releasing her second album on Hollywood records. As she gets ready to launch her upcoming summer tour alongside David Archuletta, we were lucky enough to speak with the rising sensation who talked to us about her role as a mentor, attending "Disney High School" and doing what it takes to stay sane in the world of entertainment.
I did some research and saw that even though you're only 16 years old, you've actually been in the business for quite a while. Do you feel you're a veteran at this point, even though you are still relatively so young?
It's funny because a lot of people ask me what it's like becoming famous overnight and I'm like, "Umm, it wasn't really overnight." Unless you call overnight nine and half, almost 10 years. I definitely know all the ins and outs, so I guess I feel like a veteran, but at the same time, each step you take in your career is a whole new one and it always feels new. I don’t get sick of it.
That's probably the best attitude to have considering you're going to be doing this for a long time.
If I'm able to create things for the rest of my life, I don't see how that can get boring.
Even though you're young yourself, are you able to mentor some of your younger cast mates who may be in the exact same place you were 10 years ago?
Yeah, I definitely do. There are even people who are older than me, that haven’t been in the business as long as me that I find myself giving advise to. And there's something about helping people who are older than you that makes you feel cool. [laughs] I give a lot of advise to Tiffany [Thornton]. She's on my show. She hasn’t been at this too long, but she's already so successful and it's great to watch her career take off.
Did you really know at six years old that entertainment was what you wanted to do? What got you started on this career path?
I started singing when I was really young. I did a talent show when I was in kindergarten. The mic went out and I messed up, and I was very close to just running off stage and crying, but I was having so much fun that I stuck it out and stayed on stage. That's when I started thinking, "I want to stick with this and do it forever." I also think it was because my Mom is an incredible Mom. If I told I wanted to join soccer, she would drop everything and find the best soccer program in the world for me. She's one hundred percent the best supporter I will ever have. So she helped me too. I auditioned for Barney and Friends, and booked my first audition, then got an agent and things took off from there.
What's the toughest thing about growing up in this business. And what's the best thing about growing up in it?
I would say the toughest thing about growing up in the business, is that you're growing up in the business under a microscope. There are a lot of situations where you have to act like an adult and people forget that you're young. Then when you make young mistakes, people expect more of you. Then there are times when the best part about growing up in the business, is the fact that I'm growing up in the business. I'm getting to meet people who I've idolized since as far back as I can remember. People who I grew up listening to are people who I'm now writing music with. Before I met the Jonas Brothers I was totally a fan. I was one of those girls in the audience that goes to their shows and screams over them. Now here I am the same age as Nick working along side them. It's nice because I'm not just idolizing people who are a lot older than I am. It's cool to work with people who I respect as musicians who are my age.
You mentioned the Jonas Brothers, and I know you went on tour with them. I also know that Selena Gomez is your best friend. Does is help to have friends who understand the ups and downs you face in this career?
Yeah, definitely. We call it "Disney High School" because we're all the same age, and we're all in the spotlight together. We're students of the school basically, just in the public eye. We're all in this together.
Your album Don't Forget is out with a deluxe edition. What's on this one, and why should fans go out and pick it up the second time around?
There's new songs, but I think the best part is that there's a whole new package put together—new promo pics of me expressing more of who I am. Also, there's the bonus footage on the DVD of backstage and in the studio, so my fans get to watch the journey along with me.
Did I also see that you have plans for a new album this summer?
I do. I'm actually in the studio at this second writing and recording a new song.
Who are you working with on this new album?
I'm getting to work with some artists I really respect. I'm in the studio with Jon McLaughlin, who’s really talented. Another musician I'll be working with is the lead singer of one of my favorite bands, The Academy Is [William Beckett]. I'm excited to see what we can accomplish with this.
You're in the studio. You're about to go on tour and you've got the new television show that you’re working on, Sonny With A Chance. Tell me about the show, and how you balance doing all of this. When do you sleep?
We actually already wrapped the first season of Sonny With A Chance. I filmed it starting last September up until two or three weeks ago. So we just started writing the album in the two or three weeks that I've had off. I basically went from full time acting mode to full time album mode. It's really great; in two weeks we've almost written the entire album, and we'll have it done and on shelves in July. It's really cool. I like focusing on music, and then acting one at a time. That's what helps me balance myself. It's when I try and do both that I don’t sleep and I'm crazy.