We had the good fortune of connecting with Scarlet Cimillo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Scarlet, what’s the most important lesson your business/career has taught you?
The most important lesson it has taught me is no one is the same. This isn’t American Idol, no one’s going to get kicked off the island, there’s no need for competition. You do you and they’ll do them. Everyone is in their own lane and comparison will only slow you down. This is something I struggle with everyday and it’s a huge goal of mine to practice what I preach.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’ve only been doing this for three years and it feels as though this year is really where my artistry has began. I’m so excited for this upcoming project because it feels like every part of my music now is being realized into its fullest potential. It’s a little different sonically than what people know me for ( think dark jazz/alt R&B). But the root of it will always be the same; my voice, my writing, my stories. I’m really proud of how far I’ve come in all aspects of my career. Three years ago, when I made my first record, I really didn’t know anything about production. I was also singing without any voice lessons and was just writing songs for the hell of it. I’ve become so much more meticulous and can hear the growth everyday which is so exciting and such a blessing. Being in this industry isn’t easy, let alone getting to a point of feeling confident enough to really put yourself out there. I don’t think growth is ever easy, but I made the decision to keep working and trying to get better every single day. I’ve learned that you’ve got to think your stuff is cool, it shouldn’t matter what anyone else thinks. I used to take so much to heart, but at the end of the day it’s my work and I’m fulfilling my inner child and she’s always going to know what makes her happy.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I am not from Atlanta! If it were Philadelphia, I would definitely take them to Rittenhouse Square, it’s just a gorgeous park in the city and people are always drinking, hanging out and there’s always someone playing music. I would also take them to Bok Bar in South Philly, it’s this huge outdoor rooftop with a crazy 360 view of the city. The Barnes Museum is also a super special place and has an amazing story. This guy just collected all of this amazing art and had it in his house. He curated each room in a particular way that wasn’t by style or type so it’s fun to go in there and try and figure out why he put certain things next to one another and stuff.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shoutout to my parents for constantly believing in me and allowing me to follow my dream. Another huge shoutout to my collaborator/writing wife Charis Tsuei, she puts her heart and soul into my project and I could not be more grateful to have someone on this ride with me.