The multitalented Sky Fisk balances her acting and music careers, sometimes in the same film.
Raised in Charlottesville, Va., actress-singer-songwriter Schuyler Fisk, who goes by Sky, grew up largely unaware of the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. But, given her pedigree—mom is actress Sissy Spacek and dad is production designer Jack Fisk—it was inevitable that she'd have a yen to perform.
"I fell in love with acting from a very, very young age," she says. "When I was watching my mom act, I always wanted to play her child in a movie and she'd be like, 'No, honey. You have to wait.' She didn't want me to get into it too early. I didn't understand then but now I feel so lucky that I had such a normal upbringing."
Fisk, 24, made her big-screen debut at age 11 in the "The Baby-Sitter's Club," and graduated from high school early so she could move to Los Angeles at 17 to act full-time. But she never thought her music, which she calls "my passion," would take a professional turn.
"I've been singing my whole life, but I started playing guitar and writing songs when I was about 15. I wanted to play an instrument because it's kind of cooler if you have something to accompany yourself," she says.
Spacek, who also plays guitar, taught her three chords. "I just took those chords and kind of made my own songs. The more chords I learned, my songs came along," she explains.
Fisk started performing this year at the Sundance Film Festival and at Hollywood's Hotel Café. Actors and directors quickly took notice.
The single "Paperweight," a duet she wrote with her boyfriend, musician Joshua Radin, was a late addition to the soundtrack for "The Last Kiss." "Zach [Braff, the film's star] called me and said, 'I think I've listened to it 40 times in a row. You guys have to get to the studio and record this.' That was flattering; he has great taste," she says. Similarly, Sue Kramer, the director of Spacek's upcoming release, "Gray Matters," insisted Fisk's song "I Just Remember Goodbye" was perfect for her film.Fisk got to combine both her talents in her upcoming film "I'm Reed Fish." She wrote and performed two songs for the romantic comedy, in which she plays a songwriter. "The producers gave me one week and said, 'You think you can do it?' And I was like, 'Sure!' and then I got home and went, 'Oh crap! How am I going to do this?' But it was a really fun challenge to figure out where this character's coming from."
Considering all the material she's written, an album is the logical next step. "I've got a lot of songs I want people to hear and things I'm really proud of," she says. "It's an exciting time."
She just finished an EP, and the first four songs are now available on iTunes. Her as yet untitled album is due out early next year on Universal. "Maybe I'll have people vote for a title on my MySpace page," she says, adding, "With music, it's so personal and there's so much of who I am in the music, whether the song's about me or not. You listen to a record, you kind of know my life story."
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast