BIO- Achieve it 360 is proud to announce that we are teaming up with Teen singer and actor, Scott Isbell! For more information, go to http://scottisbellmusic.com/

Without any assistance from an agency or manager, Scott landed himself professional acting roles in both TV and film. Scott has opened up for major acts including Lord Jamar of Brand Nubian and is working now with his new manager on some very exciting developments.

Along with being a singer, Scotty also is an actor and has done work for both movies and television. One of Scott’s most notable roles as an actor is his work co-starring on the Emmy award winning children’s show, Aqua Kids. In this show, Scott has been able to directly interact and train with Beluga Whales, seals, sea lions, and more!

We are very excited to start working with Scott, as he contains a vast amount of knowledge in the entertainment industry, and it is incredible that someone at such a young age knows so much about this complicated business! “I am so honored to be added among the list of teen performers on this site, as I have been idolizing Sean Kingston and his work for a while now. More importantly, however, I want to give back and help other kids try and get into this business. Whether it is the music business or the acting and entertainment industries, it can be very difficult and overwhelming to get a start and find your own path in whatever your talent may be. I truly want to help others, and this can be such a difficult business to break into.”

Scott has opened up for major acts including Lord Jamar of Brand Nubian. “It was so incredible to open up for Lord Jamar- Brand Nubian because they are true Hip Hop pioneers who really have been a major influence in this business,” says Isbell. Scott’s debut single, The One, which is available world-wide on iTunes and Amazon was released under Island Def Jam Digital Distribution.

Along with being a singer, Scotty also is an actor and has done work for both movies and television. One of Scott’s most notable roles as an actor is his work co-starring on the Emmy award winning childrens’ show, Aqua Kids. In this show, Scott has been able to directly interact and train with Beluga Whales, seals, sea lions, and more!

We are very excited to start working with Scott, as he contains a vast amount of knowledge in the entertainment industry, and it is incredible that someone at such a young age knows so much about this complicated business! “I am so honored to be added among the list of teen performers on this site, as I have been idolizing Sean Kingston and his work for a while now. More importantly, however, I want to give back and help other kids try and get into this business. Whether it is the music business or the acting and entertainment industries, it can be very difficult and overwhelming to get a start and find your own path in whatever your talent may be. I truly want to help others, and this can be such a difficult business to break into.”

In fact, without any type of agency or manager, Scott booked himself into professional acting work for television, film, and music videos. “I had a vision in mind, and I knew what I was going after. I have honestly been the underdog in this business at times, and it really made me push even harder and harder. I really believe that anything is possible if you believe in yourself and you do everything in your power to make it all come true. To be successful in this business, you have to think outside the lines and you have to do things that no one else has done before. To tell you the truth, every singer or actor has been shut down or denied in their career. Even stars such as Ne-Yo and Eminem did not see success over night. It is those who never give up that are the ones who are able to live their dreams.”

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 Andrea Samadi Interviews Scott Isbell 2010

Welcome Scott, we are so pleased to have you with us today.

Scott-Thank you it’s an honor to be on the same place where you’ve interviewed Sean Kingston just recently.  We’ve had so many powerful teens speak with us, and what you are doing is so powerful. Your message will help so many young people who don’t know exactly where to get started.

Andrea-Where did it all start for you? How did you go from being a regular teen sitting in class (I used to stare out the window in class), to playing ice hockey on the weekends, to a teen with a digital release on iTunes, with experience in television on the show Aqua Kids. How did it start?

Scott-Ever since I was 3 years old, I have been listening to Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson and when I was 5 or 6, I started  going to watch Elvis impersonator shows and I actually got to perform on stage with them and I even had my own Elvis jumpsuits made-they were pretty small. I would copy and mimic what they did. I remember listening to Michael Jackson’s “You are not alone” over and over.

Andrea-I’ve heard some of your music and you sound identical to Michael Jackson. I had looked away from my computer and thought I had clicked on the wrong YouTube. It’s crazy how similar you sound. It’s amazing. So, from an early age, you knew that this is what you wanted to do.

Scott-Yes, definitely.  I’ve been doing the acting as well, but lately focusing more on the music. I feel it’s important to be well rounded, and keep my options open, and see what comes to you.

Andrea-Yes, definitely. You sound a lot like Cymphonique Miller, and she is very well rounded as well. You are right in line with a lot of the young people who are doing very large things these days.

Scott-thank you

Andrea-so, if a teen wanted to get started like you did? I hear from so many teens who want to know how to get started in the industry. Where do they get started? How do they get found? What are your secret tips for teens?

Scott-I did create a list of them for you, and would like to keep helping out in the future with more ideas. Here are some.

  1. Try to perform any time you can, whether it’s a school event, open mike night, any type of fundraisers, and make sure you have someone record your performance with video. Then you can critique each performance to improve.

A-that’s powerful!

  1. Realize that you are a product and build it. Be original and creative and create something that no one else has done. Don’t try to copy or mimic another artist that’s out there. You wont be able to stand out this way.

A-     You are speaking with such wisdom, Scott.  At such a young age, you are addressing what most adults are learning to differentiate their business or product.

  1. Make sure you are always networking. I have met some amazing people. Nat and AlexWolff  from the Naked Brothers Band, and traded tips with them, met George Foreman, got advice from several broadway actors and actresses. Its important to network and get your name out there. Once your name gets out there, it gets rotated and then all of a sudden you have built contacts, a list, and it does pretty amazing things.

A-absolutely! I’m curious how you keep track of people? Do you connect with them via social media?

Scott-I’m actually an avid Twitter user.  Most of the time, for business work, I use email, because I like to have it in writing and it’s more formal. I have a list of contacts, who’s  who what company they  work for in my Ipod touch.  From time to time I meet up with them, and try to get them to put me into shows to open for some big artists.

Andrea-This is great advice, Scott, thank you!  How about your songwriting and recording experience? How did you take your interest from the stage to becoming such a talented performer?

Scott-when I was younger I did a lot of performing, and then I was doing more recording and not as much performing. The last few years I’ve become more comfortable being on stage. I’ve been working at it. I’ve been doing musical theatre when I was little and writing since I was 14 years old.  I have my own recording studio, and recorded my song that’s on ITunes, The One, right in my own house. I’ve been mixing and mastering, working and collaborating with some cool producers with different tips on that.

Andrea-very cool, Scott. You are going in the right direction and we will know you as a household name.

Scott-thank you.

Andrea-Tell us about your song, I Miss You and what it means to you.

Scott-I wrote I Miss You Last Summer (2010) right before I was on the TV show, Comedy Auditions (Talent Search Show). Now they just do singers and some musicians. It’s about different experiences I’ve had in life I felt it could apply to many other people. I am able to showcase my vocal range and I performed this on this audition show.

Andrea-incredible!  How do you handle being on stage, performing at venues like MGM Grand, Disney World, Hard Rock Casinos and being on Television? Did have to overcome any fears or was it easy for you with your experience?

Scott-I’ve definitely had to overcome fears.  For some reason, doing the acting for TV and movies and music videos weren’t that bad, because its not live and if you mess up, they can redo the scene and fix it pretty easily. The scariest was definitely MGM Grand, with 5,000 to 7,000 people seating, it was live, with a ton of video camera everywhere recording. Some people in the building there were the members of the band Boston were there,  Sid Haseo, a judge, Charlie Ferron, the original guitarist for the Joe Perry Project for Aerosmith. I wasn’t even worried until 4 minutes before I had to hit the stage, and then I got nervous.

Andrea- Yes, I think it’s something we all work on. I was nervous when I first interviewed Sean Kingston, but with experience it gets easier, don’t you think?

Scott-yes, definitely. And ever since that MGM Grand performance, I have done 4 or 5 different Hardrock events  and other TV work and those performances I have not been scary at all. Ive learned to have fun with it and get focused before hand and don’t make a project out of it. In October, I got to perform with R and B Singer Ne-Yo and his label and that was nerve wracking, but Iv learned to not worry about not trying to impress anyone. I’ve looked back at some of my performances and can tell when I was trying to impress someone. Just be have to be yourself and not worry about getting someone else’s approval. Just do what you can.

Andrea-isn’t that the truth- just be yourself.  Very wise. How have you handled your success so far, especially as you work with an agent that represents well known stars?

Scott-It’s an exciting thing, what’s happening to me. Honestly I just go with what’s happening, and I’m not as far along as I would like, I am just grateful for everything that comes. But you can’t let anything get to your head, because as far as you there are other people out there who have done a ton more and you can’t let things get to your head or you get cocky and arrogant and you won’t deliver your product and you are not going to be a great performer. You have to take everything for what it is and not let it get to your head too much.

Andrea-That’s a valuable lesson that I have heard from everyone I have interviewed that being humble is so important to your success.

Scott-It is. One rapper I talked to that I did some work with last year, I got to open for a brand new band , a famous rap group Lord Jamar, put on by Wu Tang Management, and I ‘m doing some work with the Wu-Tang right now, and they said that when you are on stage you, kind of have this image or a swagger to you and your fans might like that use it as your performance , but offstage especially when you are dealing with business people or music executives you really have to be humble because they won’t want to deal with someone who is totally arrogant or cocky. They want to deal with someone who they can deal with.

Andrea-Yes, there is such a fine line between confidence and arrogance, everyone speaks about this, and it’s so valuable that you this at such a young age because it can hit you just like that when you’ve experienced success hanging out with certain people and you just have to put yourself in check. How do you stay grounded because I know that you are working with some very powerful people.

Scott-Definitely my family.  In general I’m a very humble person. Onstage I’m outgoing but offstage I’m pretty quiet. On the weekends, When I’m not doing music, I like to spend a lot of time with my family so it’s not like me to be arrogant or cocky. I’m just trying to be grateful for what I’m getting since it’s been my dream since I was little. As quickly as it can come, it can disappear as well.

Andrea-Exactly. I did want to ask you about how your attitude helps you with your results in life. Does staying positive come easy to you, or do you need to work at it?

Scott-That is funny you ask. It depends on day to day.  I’ve been getting much better about being positive about everything. I understand all these teens who are calling, emailing or Facebooking you whatever, they are frustrated and don’t know where to start. I’ve been in that same position. It’s not like all my success has happened over night. I honestly thought it would. And it’s really frustrating because I have been there on a Sunday night, where you almost feel depressed because you know you should be farther along, you know you have a talent, and until you find the right people to help you, it’s really hard to get started.

Andrea-it is, and it’s amazing that you mention this.  This is how I feel too when I look at how long I have been working on my goals, inspiring teens. It’s been 13 years I have been doing this. Should I not be farther along? Should I not be more connected? It’s a process.  Everyone moves along at their own rate. I know some who are moving faster than me, and others who are moving slower. It’s your own path, and if you are taking action, then you can only go in one direction and that’s forward. The only way to go backward is to stop working.

Scott- Yes, definitely. You also can’t compare your success to other people’s , that’s what I’ve had to learn because it definitely brings you down. The weird part and the hardest part I would say about this business is that 70% or 80% is luck of who you are bumping into.  Some of these people I’ve bumped into, if I had not have been there walking by them at the right time, I would not have met them, gotten their connection or advice.  Some days I’m just amazed by  how lucky everything can be.

Andrea-You are lucky, but you are also prepared.  That’s a huge factor, because when you are meeting these people you are prepared with a wonderfully articulate elevator speech of who you are.  It was very clear to me who you are within 2 minutes. It’s very powerful.

Scott-thank you, I try.

Andrea-It’s very powerful. So what are your future goals and what are you doing to move towards them?

Scott-I’m working with a booking agency right now, talking with a few different management areas. My goal is to sign with a major label. I really want to tour the world and the country and show to world who and what I am. I want to inspire other young people and artists, anyone who thinks nothing can happen. I want to show them that anything is possible if you really want it. I honestly do believe that anything is possible. I would love to do song with artists like Brian McKnight. He is one of my favorite artists. I’d love to do a song with NeYo as well. But ultimately I’d like to sign with a major label and show young teens that anything is possible.

Andrea-You are well on your way, Scott. It’s not going to be long before this is happening, so I wish you all the best with these goals.  Who are some of your mentors and how have they helped you with your results?

Scott-Definitely Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley. The first singer I really ever liked was Elvis Presley and I have plenty of video footage of doing impersonations with that. It’s pretty funny, I’ll have to show you sometime. And also Michael Jackson. He was a wonderful person, I think he was really misunderstood. He’s definitely inspired me to what I feel I should be doing and I think he’s been a great role model to me for many years. My family has also been a great mentor to me as well. My little sister, Katie, a few years ago was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, but she’s been really strong about it and brave and made it so that she can really liver her life pretty normally day by day and she’s been a pretty big inspiration to me.

Andrea-Wow, that’s powerful Scott. You have seen a lot of the world and have dealt with a lot for your young age.  What are some obstacles that you have had to overcome that have helped you to achieve your success to date? And what are you doing now to prepare yourself for where you are headed?

Scott-It’s definitely been hard trying to break into the business. One guy I have been talking to (he’s a rapper) and he talks about how its like a little bubble and world and once you are in it, its easy to contact who you need to, but it seems almost impossible to break in. You just need to be positive, and know that things will work out as they should. At times I would get distracted with wanting to be at a certain place, but I just need to focus on building my own career and my product and writing more. Use my anxiety for more positive things, instead of getting anxious about what’s not going on.

Andrea-Right, and that’s very difficult to do, to keep that mind positive and moving in the right direction, but you’ve got a very good grasp at that. What keeps you motivated and guided towards doing the best thing for you every day. I know from talking to some other teens about all the influences that can stray you off track so how do you do that?

Scott-there are definitely a lot of outside influences that can sway you off track. I’m definitively a pop R& B act, a teen pop act, but the gangster thug crowd seems to like the voice I have and they want to do stuff with me. I have no problem collaborating with them, but at the same time I’m not into going to or performing at thug nighclubs. I have to stay true to who I am and make sure that I am staying true to my own product. I have to be careful about damaging my reputation by not making bad choices. If you have an innocent image, you don’t want to damage that by working with people you shouldn’t be.

Andrea-Very true. I also have to be careful who I deal with to keep a clean image. This is the hardest thing to do, and challenging. Its definitely a different world out there than when I was a teen. Well done for being true to yourself. That’s the best advice!  What’s coming up next for Scott Isbell that we can share with your fans.

Scott-I’m working with a booking agent now, and hoping to tour. I also want to help you with what you are doing with Teen Performance and AchieveIT360. In June I am going to be doing a benefit concert, a girl from San Diego who needs a transplant, hosted by teen actor, Chase Ellison from the movie Tooth Fairy and Alana Etheridge, Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader. Right now working on ways to fund that trip.

Andrea-we will brainstorm with you as well. Is there anything else that you would like to tell your fans?

Scott- I want to thank my fans, friends and family that I want to thank you for all of your support. They are the ones who show up to all my events, and help me to see that this dream of mine really can become a reality. And, the support they have given me is incredible. IT would be hard to keep going without them. You sacrifice a lot, especially my social life, maybe more than I should.  I should probably be out more with other kids but its one of those things that if you want it, you should go after it, because you never know what will happen.

Andrea-Yes, and when you want something, you do need to give up something, to gain something else. I’ve done the same thing, given up social to build this site. When you are creating you have to give something up.

Scott-You are really building a great thing here. I wish there was something like this site you are building when I was starting out. Everyone is out for themselves and if they see a way to make money off of you, they certainly will. Until you are at a certain level, they just won’t deal with you, so it’s hard at the beginning.

Andrea-You will help many young people with your tips. Please see www.scottisbellmusic.com Check out his debut single available on iTunes called “The One” Thank you Scott for all you are doing to give back to others. We look forward to hearing more from you in the future.

Scott-I respect all that you are doing and look forward to working with you.

 

 

 

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