Issie Swickle Talks With TMI About Her Passion For Singing, Dancing, And Acting
Hey Issie!! You are definitely a triple threat, you sing, dance, and act. What inspired you to pursue all these amazing things?
There is this amazing studio called Broadway Kids studio, in Davie Florida that I went and had my fifth birthday party there. And they offered a summer camp. I started to attend the summer camp and they offered an after school program. Before I knew it I was in every single theater show that they did every single dance competition that they did. I was there seven days a week until 8 PM every night. You couldn’t get me to leave. That’s how I found the love of theater music dancing and singing.
You are well known for your role as Annie on the National Broadway Tour of Annie the Musical!! Can you tell us about this amazing experience?
I was only nine years old when I was chosen by Martin Charnin, the writer and basically creator of Annie. It was an incredible experience, I wish I was a little bit older, I think I would have appreciated it more and understood the gravity of the role I got to play. It was fun traveling with 6 other girls all the time. I got to travel around the country and perform six days a week sometimes twice a day. There was nothing like it.
What did you gain from touring at such a young age?
Professionalism and Hard work pays off. I understood that I had to perform every day. I had to give it my all every time I was on that stage. That people were depending on me and that at the end of the day, it’s a business.
Can you tell us more about your amazing campaign “BraveHat”?
BraveHat was started by accident basically. There was a 6 year old little girl that I met while on tour in Texas. We took pictures with her and “Annie” had a big effect on her. After I stopped touring her dad, contacted me through social media, really it was my mom, she controlled my accounts, and told me that she basically froze on stage at her recital and didn’t want to go back to dance class. He was hoping that I would send a word of encouragement that might motivate her to return to her class and the stage again. So I sent her a quick video explaining to her that it was ok to make mistakes, and that she had to be brave!!!! I also told her to picture everyone in their underwear if she was scared, that it would make her laugh but more importantly, to have fun!! I told her that whenever I was about to go on stage and I was nervous, I would tell myself to put my “BraveHat” on!!! She loved the video and it worked. She went back to class and then did a theater production for her school. Her dad reached out and told me I had such an impact on his daughter. It made me feel good that I could help. So I thought why not try to help as many kids out there as I can. Brave hat was born.
The song “BraveHat’ has gained a lot of attention as well!! Do you have any other fun things in the works for your music career?
Next month I’m really excited to be releasing my first single “Mirror”! It’s definitely a new sound and look as I’m now 13, almost 14. I also am going to be doing some songs with other singer/performers that will be released as well!! I can’t wait and I’m hoping everyone will love my music. I have been working very hard on the writing and the production of each song.
Are there any other acting projects in the works as well you can tell us about?
I have really been focusing on my music for now. It really has been what’s inspired me lately.
You have also made a name for yourself in the social media world. Why do you think social media is so important for teen artists today?
My song “Mirror” talks a little about accepting yourself for who you are and not being able to get away from the mirror. Social media is so important and really tough for kids my age. I’m hoping that I set a good example for other young girls and guys, about appropriate posts and positive posting. Kids can be so mean to other kids and use social media as bullying. Social media, if used right, can be a good tool to share your gifts with society, whether it’s dance, music, art…you name it, it can be appreciated.
What are your friends and parents thoughts on your career in singing and acting?
They are supportive and always have been supportive. My family has made huge sacrifices for my career and the hopes that I can continue to live my dreams.
Overall, how has this whole acting and singing career experience been for you?
I think there are extreme highs and lows. I love the creative side of the acting/music industry. I’m in my happy place when I’m performing. It’s also taught me to have thick skin! Not everyone is going to be a fan and that’s ok. This experience has been life changing and has given me so many life lessons.
Do you have any advice for anyone trying to make it as a singer or actor?
Work hard and don’t give up!!!!
Do you have any other talents other than singing and acting?
Dancing. I love dancing too. It’s just another way to express yourself.
What 5 words would you use to describe yourself?
Do you have any last things you want to tell your fans?
Thanks for all of the support over the years. I really hope you like my music!!!!