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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.”