Brooklyn Summer: Life of Teen Celebrity

Interview with Brooklyn Summer.  On the left, there is a red banner with "Brooklyn Summer" written on it, and "Musical Artist and Actor" written below, with her headshot on the right.

In this BIT: Brooklyn Summer shares her insider story on the life of a teen celebrity. She shares advice on how to stay calm, time management tips, and how she deals with social media hate.

Brooklyn Summer is an almost 13-year old singer, sing writer, actor, voice-over artist, and model. She began singing at the age of 5, and has been recognized for her talent ever since. Brooklyn Summer currently resides in Nashville, where she is working on pursing her music career, and can often be found there, performing in a variety of venues. On top of this, Brooklyn has also recently signed to two new films, and in one she will play herself! Despite her busy schedule and talent, Brooklyn is still a regular teenager, and experiences many of the same things we do. Below, Brooklyn Summer tells us all about dealing with social media comments, how she stays calm, managing her time and her time management tips, and more about the life of a teen celebrity.

Credit: Brooklyn Summer & @chelseaericasmith

Credit: Brooklyn Summer

Brooklyn Summer holding a guitar above her head.

Credit: Brooklyn Summer

SBOH: You have a very strong following on Instagram. Many teens love posting online but are often afraid of people’s reactions. Do you ever feel vulnerable sharing your life publicly, knowing there are people who may criticize you? You always seem happy and smiling. Has this ever happened to you, and if so how do you not let criticism get you down? Do you have any tips for teens?

Brooklyn Summer: I will turn 13 on April 29. I am feeling more vulnerable now than I ever did before. This is that kind of awkward time in my life. I started getting acne recently and that has been embarrassing for me. I had to film an entire feature film in Alabama with a bandana, or a hat on.  It took many dermatology appointments to get it under control. I don’t really get negative comments on social media right now, but when I lived in LA, they were horrible. When I was 10 somebody on YouTube said I was a terrible singer. I remember crying and believing them. After hearing the terrible comments my friends were getting on social media, I realized it wasn’t just me being attacked. I then had more of an understanding and don’t think much of rude comments anymore. I do block anybody that says anything sexual, asks a personal question or says anything inappropriate. There is a lot of peer pressure these days.  If I feel pressure at all from any one person, I don’t hang out with them anymore. I don’t feel like I need a bunch of friends. I pick a few friends so I can make time to nurture our relationships and treat them with care. My friends are like family. I have a lot of acquaintances, I just don’t have a lot of time so I pick a few friends and just try to put time into them so they know I care about them, if that makes sense. I think if I had to give advice out, it would be trust your gut because your gut is like little angels protecting you. I feel like your gut is your intuition reminding, “you that you know the answer, you don’t need to second-guess yourself, I’ve got your back.”        

Brooklyn Summer standing on a beach, wearing a red Life Guard sweater, and blue denim shorts.

Credit: Brooklyn Summer

SBOH: What are your top 3 tips for teens to stay positive and calm under pressure?

I am still figuring out how to stay calm under pressure. Sometimes my newfound hormones get the best of me. My pressures have always been bad because I am a people pleaser.

Put yourself first: I just recently discovered that I am in control of my decisions and sometimes you just have to say “right now I have to do what’s best for me and everyone and everything else can wait”. I have definitely realized you can’t make everyone happy, and at the end of the day, time is precious and you need to be good to yourself. It’s OK to say no to people, it’s hard to learn but it’s necessary.

Hot shower: Sometimes, if I have to shut the world out, I’ll take a hot shower and close my eyes. There is something about water that is relaxing.  I have a lot of homework and can do it for 15 hours straight. It’s really hard to turn off my computer, but if I lay in bed for two minutes, I will just fall asleep and when I wake up, I’ll realize “oh my gosh I really needed that”. I think enough sleep is important.  

Nobody is perfect: Lastly, nobody is perfect and at the end of the day, you don’t have to be perfect. All you can do is your best. At the end of a bad day, tomorrow will be a beautiful new one. 

Brooklyn Summer horseback riding.

Credit: Brooklyn Summer

SBOH: It seems that you have an incredibly busy schedule between music, acting, and school. How do you manage to stay positive, and not overwhelmed?

My schedule is overwhelming and I do cry a lot, but I think crying is my release. I’m an emotional person.  I recently just bought three calendars and keep them in every room so I can stay on task!   I usually get up and hit my homework and always try to stay a few days ahead of schedule, because something always comes up at the last minute. I keep my ringer off on my phone and instead pay attention to my calendar. If I even want to talk to my boyfriend, he is scheduled into my daily routine. Lol, it just has to be that way. I have a lot to practice but I make sure I practice first for the event that is up next on my schedule and then I will fill in around that. I am learning to work smarter. I have a small group of friends and we all work hard during the day and our reward is playing Fortnite in the evenings.  I’m usually the last one to get there, but that is my downtime. 

SBOH: Music and acting are very creative outlets, and creativity is such a powerful way to unplug and get those happy feelings flowing. Do you enjoy other creative activities outside of music and acting?

I really enjoy drawing, graphic design work, and playing Roblox. I will start horseback riding lessons again on Saturday and country dancing. 

SBOH: What are your hopes and goals for the future? Is there anything new coming up that you would like to share with us?

My goal for the future is to be signed by a huge record label that really believes in me. I live in Nashville. It is called a 10 year town because it normally takes an artist at least 10 years of practicing and mingling with the right people to reach your dream, if your lucky enough. Right now I feel like I am living my dream and even though people might think I’m not really being a kid, I’m really doing everything I most enjoy in life. Every day I am writing, and co-writing music, and I may have a writers round or a gig that week. I have multiple vocal and guitar lessons every week. I only have one class today, because I am in a very advanced school with college professors. There are about four people in my classes. I spend most of days on homework and my music schedule. On Sundays, if at all possible, I will take the day off. 

This week I will start my first paid gigs.  Next month I will head to Alabama to the premiere of a new film I recently had a part in titled “It’s All Right Now”. I will be performing at a local pub before the Premier. I will be doing a lot of traveling this spring and summer. My homebase is Nashville, but I will be playing in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Nashville, and California.

SBOH: What gives you a small bit of happiness everyday?

I have a new glofish named Butters. I love animals of all kinds, and little living creatures. If I don’t make it in music, I would like to be a veterinarian, I receive a lot of joy through animals.

Brooklyn Summer recording music in a recording studio.

Credit: Brooklyn Summer

SBOH: Do you have words you live by or an inspirational quote?

My favorite quote is from Audrey Hepburn. “You have two hands, one for helping yourself and one for helping others”. 

SBOH: What food gives you a small bit of happiness?

My favorite food is mango, but lately I’ve really enjoy avocado as well.

*This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

We hope that Brooklyn Summer’s tips give you a small bit of happiness and inspire you to pursue your dreams, no matter your age.

Find Brooklyn here:

Website: www.brooklynsummercountry.com

Instagram: @brooklynsummercountry


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