Thanks so much,
- Tell a bit about yourself
My name is Skyler Hunter, I am a junior in high school. I lived in Lufkin Texas until this year when I recently moved to Dallas. My interests are music, film, and art.
- I noticed you’re an actor and songwriter tell me more about that?
I love being able to share stories and send messages to help, entertain, and inspire other people. In acting I am able to be a different person than myself to help tell a story. Through my music I am autobiographically able to share my beliefs and emotions with others.
- What was the motivation you have into becoming an actor and songwriter?
My motivation for acting and songwriting is honestly my love of doing both of them. I enjoy them both so much, and I can use my passion to help influence messages on others. In my music the most important thing to me is my lyrics. If I don’t believe what I am singing then I am not doing the song or listener justice. I have to be connected to the song in order for others to connect with it as well.
- Was it hard for you at times?
Absolutely. I’ll be working on a song till five in the morning and just be stuck trying to find a lyric or melody to portray the picture I’m trying to paint, but then suddenly it comes to me. This is the best feeling to finally have all the pieces fall together. It makes all the time stuck in writers block and changing chords worth it.
- If you could play in any movie with someone who would it be?
If I were to be in a movie with anybody it would be Will Smith. He has done music and film just like I would like to do. He also has such a range to be able to play both comedic and dramatic roles.
- How many songs have you released?
I have currently released two songs. My first song “Young & Free” is about my belief that we can all make a difference to make the world a more peaceful place to live in. I released it with a fundraiser for The Red Cross to help relieve suffering to those in need after the Paris and California attacks.
My second song “Vinyl” will be releasing on April 22, 2016. I love the lyrics to this song. The whole song is a metaphor relating a person to a vinyl record. I am so excited for people to hear this new song. It has a simple piano part that’s saturated under many different string parts. I feel like the classic sounds of the piano and strings further portray the “old-fashioned” vibe of the person I am describing.
- Describe a typical day for you?
A typical day for me starts with school, then when I get home I go straight to my music room. Playing the piano is my way to relax. I typically write about two to four songs every week, so that’s what I do after school until it gets late enough then I will begin my homework.
- What’s your goal for 2016
My goal in 2016 is to release my first EP album. I have been working on the songs for the album for the past year. I have such a strong connection with them, and I can’t wait to share them for others to hear. I have so many songs that I want to share, so its hard for me to narrow it down for just the EP. The songs I have chosen though are all very different and unique from each other and are songs that I have really connected to emotionally.
- Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years?
In five to ten years I hope that the audience for my music has grown, so I’m able to share my message with an even larger group of people. Along with releasing more of my music I would love to write songs for other people. Writing music is one of my favorite things to do. I think music is so powerful and to be able to share messages and stories through song is such a great feeling. I am starting to mix, master, and produce music and I would love to do this for other people as well.
Besides being able to act in movies and shows I would love to also write them as well. I just hope that I continue to grow and perfect my craft in acting and music, so I can be the best I can be.
- Do you have any questions for me?
How did you hear about me?
- What type of influences do you have in your life that have helped you along the way?
In acting my biggest influence wouldn’t be a specific actor, it’s regular everyday people. In acting my goal is to be as honest I can be with that characters emotions. I feel like the most honest person with their emotions would be that person himself. Normal people aren’t trying to put on a show. They act and respond to things naturally, and that’s what I hope to achieve in acting.
In music my biggest inspiration is Lana Del Rey. She has completely created a sound that you instantly know is hers. Her lyrics are honest, and just all of her artistry is so fascinating to me. I am also influenced by Adele. Again for her honest lyrics, but her music is very timeless. The instruments are simple, so her message is able to get across. Some older artist that have influenced me are Billy Joel, Elton John, Michael Jackson, Bread, and The Eagles.