It took me all my might to not scream & squeal when Carly Rae Jepsen walked onto the stage of the Social Star Awards press conference with her newest single “Tonight I’m Getting Over You” blasting over the speakers.
I don’t like to pick favourites because that would make me biased, but if I had to choose the one star that I was there for, it would definitely be Carly Rae Jepsen. “Call Me Maybe” is, has always been and will always be my jam. And have you seen her eyes? They’re so blue and electrifying!
The 27 year old, who placed third on Canadian Idol in 2007, loves Singapore’s humid and hot weather. “So far, I love it. Coming from Canada, I’m used to the cold so it’s just a nice change,” Carly said. This is her first time in Singapore and she hadn’t had the time to look around and explore what the country has to offer then as she arrived just not too long before the press conference.
Touching on the topic of social media, Carly feels that social media is the one way to build a personal connection with her fans. “For me, I’ve always run my own Twitter and Facebook – I felt like that was an essential part of building my sincerity behind those connections,” said the singer, who rose to fame after her single “Call Me Maybe” went viral on Youtube.
“When I’m writing music, I’m thinking of two things – what feels sincere and what is the type of thing I would wanna listen to. I feel like having that connection with the fans helps me kinda get in their heads and hearts as well and it also helps me be a better writer!”
Carly definitely does not look, sound or act like she’s 27 years old. The ever-so-youthful singer was cheerful throughout the whole press conference, giggling and keeping spirits high with her sense of humour and easy-going personality.
“It was a very surreal experience,” Carly commented when asked about the success of “Call Me Maybe”. “I remember when “Call Me Maybe” first came out in Canada, my hope for it was that it would crack the Top 10 on iTunes in my own country. And when I saw it not only went to number one there, but also in forty-seven different countries, it blew my mind.” She described the phenomenal success of the song as an adventure of a lifetime. “I don’t think I’ll ever forget this past year,” she said thoughtfully.
You would think that one would be hurt to see thousands of parodies of their song, especially one they’ve worked so hard on. But Carly enjoys watching these parodies. There are tons of parodies of “Call Me Maybe” on Youtube, and her family always sends her the latest and funniest parodies for her entertainment. The star, who was signed by Justin Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun following the success of “Call Me Maybe”, is always amazed when she sees the huge variety of parodies – ranging from orchestral renditions of the song to fun & flirty videos.
Carly Rae Jepsen at Marina Bay Sands for the press conference of the inaugural Social Star Awards and Singapore Social Concerts.
Photo courtesy of Starcount
Carly fondly recalled the highlight of her teenage years – playing Sandy in hit musical ‘Grease’. She also shared that she was a goody-goody back in school because she was the principal’s daughter. “I’ve never done anything like what Sandy does at the end, where she wears high heels and smokes cigarettes and all those things. I played the first version of Sandy quite perfectly but when it came to the rebellious sexy version of Sandy, I was like a duckling. I had no idea what to do.” She also remembers her family laughing at her hysterically when she was walking around on stage in high heels without knowing how to.
As her fan-base largely comprises of teenage girls, she has two pieces of advice for them to help them get through these tough years:
“It is important to never try to be anything outside yourself, stick true to who you are. And when it comes to things that are a little adventurous and outside the box, be brave and try it. There is nothing more exciting about life than getting to experiment.”
It’s not easy being a celebrity. While she has fans who love and support her no matter what, she also has to deal with negative comments and haters. She shared some lessons she learned from Canadian Idol:
“Firstly, it’s important to define yourself as different from the other contestants. Number two, it’s really important in this business to have what I like to call ‘alligator skin’.” She feels that filtering negative comments is very important – while some may be constructive criticism, others were just plain mean. She admits that she tries to shelter herself from going too far into the world of media, keeping the focus on her music instead.
“When I see positive comments, I take it with a grain of salt just as much as I do when I see negative comments because I know it’s just people’s opinions and they’re entitled to it,” Carly mused.
Speaking about staying grounded, she once again stresses the importance of staying true to herself in the business and she tries to not let anything get into her head. She gives the credit to her team who are more like friends than co-workers to her. “I think they’d never let me get too big-headed,” she laughed.
“I don’t think I’ve ever worked so hard in my entire life,” the “Curiosity” singer admitted. Music is her passion and she feels that doing what she loves is worth all the sacrifices she has to make – lack of sleep, not being able to see her friends and family and large amounts of hard work. “Luckily, I have the type of people in my life that are willing to have Skype dates and phone calls!”
While she is currently an established singer, she feels that she is currently in no position to help other artists get famous, like what Justin Bieber did for her.
“That’s a position for me to earn first before I can do it in the right way. Being signed to a label is an incredible thing and it’s an incredible responsibility to be that label. I need to be in that spot where I can really see the other artist through it and confidently ask them to come along with me, knowing that I could provide well for them.”