I really am shocked constantly at everything that’s happened. Obviously I tried to pursue this, and I knew that this is everything I wanted to do, but I don’t think you ever really realize that it could actually happen, and happen as quickly as it has for me.
How did you overcome rejection in the beginning stages of your career?
I second-guessed myself constantly. I think those are such crucial years of growing into who you are, and I dealt with a lot of self-doubt and confidence issues because I was told “no” so much. You have to absolutely believe in yourself and that can be super hard at times. You have to believe in yourself regardless of what somebody else is saying to you.
With people like Mason Ramsey becoming overnight successes, do you regret that you didn’t have a viral moment that granted you instant fame?
Especially in regards to that situation, I believe those are flashes in the pan, and those aren’t careers quite frankly. I think when you work for it from the ground up, and experience everything and put in the blood, sweat and tears, I think that makes you gracious. I think that makes you authentic, and I think that it will ultimately set you up for a true career.
You’ve always been a singer, but what did you have to learn about being a performer?
You have to learn how to connect with people. Being an opening act, I have a limited amount of time to do that. You have to really make it count for these people and give them [a reason] to go back and figure out who Carly Pearce is.
You’re still just getting started. What are you most looking forward to? I’m excited to keep building who Carly Pearce is and hopefully one day, being somebody that you think of when you think of the women who changed country music or made a mark on it.