Junior songwriting major Emily Fullerton recently spoke with TuneCore.com about the balancing act of going to school full-time while launching a music career.
After releasing her EP, “Daylight,” and her latest single, “Take Off,” via TuneCore, as well as being cast on the web series Road to Nashville on AwesomenessTV, TuneCore sought out Fullerton’s advice on using each experience to complement the next. Find Fullerton’s interview here, under the blog’s artist spotlight profile.
Fullerton told her story of growing up in Washington D.C., starting guitar lessons at age 10 and realizing music was her passion. After enrolling in Belmont’s Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business, Fullerton emphasized the importance of the connections and networking relationships she has formed at Belmont. “I’ve had some pretty cool opportunities come my way while living in Nashville, and every single one was sparked by a connection from Belmont, whether it be a professor, classmate or a friend,” she said in the interview.
Fullerton said she is continuing to adjust to the laid-back atmosphere of the south, in contrast to the fast-paced city life she is used to and learning to grow as an artist every chance she gets. “One of the most inspiring parts of my Nashville experience has been going to songwriting class at school. I’m not sure why, but there is something that seems so powerful to me about a group of young aspiring songwriters who are all committed to helping each other grow. It’s magical, heartbreaking and encouraging all at the same time,” she said.
As a final piece of advice to others, Fullerton describes the sink-or-swim situations every artist inevitably finds themselves in. “I would say make sure that music is your ultimate passion. Music programs are competitive, and the business is even more competitive. If you feel like this is what you’re meant to do, no one can stop you, but many will try. Work hard, don’t get discouraged and be ready for the challenges and rejection,” she said. “Take advantage of the programs your school has, but also take advantage of the city that you’re living in. I still have to tell myself over and over again that every song I write will not be good. Every live performance will not be flawless. It’s okay. These opportunities are designed to build and nurture you. I’ve had an amazing experience so far; attending a music school is a great place to start if you’re looking to become an artist, songwriter or any part of the music industry.”