We had the good fortune of connecting with Summer Knowles and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Summer, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
For as long as I can remember, the arts have been my passion. Through them, I’m able to experience a loss of inhibition like no other. I’m free to create and dream big, but more importantly, I’m enabled to unveil my most authentic self. In every other career path, there’s a “right” and “wrong” way to do things. With a career in the creative arts, no such binaries exist.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m an artist because I’m a storyteller, not because I have a story to tell. Sure, I’ll have a story to tell one day, but for now (at 18 years old), I consider myself to be a megaphone, amplifying the words of the unvoiced through my performances in plays, songs, and films. As a multi-potentialite, I’ve never been glued to one artistic discipline. In fact, I currently attend Berklee College of Music (for songwriting) AND Identity School of Acting. So far, I’ve managed to juggle the conservatories by focusing on a key commonality- my teachers are just expecting a student. In other words, it’d be silly of me to worry about industry questions I don’t know the answer to, or musical phrases I might accidentally stumble over. In the learning environments I’m invited to exist in, I’m just asked to possess a mind full of curiosity and present awareness. This discovery has been absolutely crucial to my artistic development. Often times, both musicians and actors wind up losing themselves-and their artistry- during their career ascension because they unwittingly focus on the audience, instead of themselves. However, I’ve learned true self-confidence can only be experienced when a creative releases all preconceived notions and judgments that don’t belong to them.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
I love going to the Hollywood Pantages Theatre! I saw Hamilton and Aladdin there; it was so exciting! May I also suggest a trip to Fosselman’s for ice cream? It was the first place I tried horchata. I love, love, love the truffle fries from Alcove Cafe.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
This shoutout is dedicated to my amazing mother, Dr. Felicia Knowles, for being my biggest cheerleader and inspiration. I remember you going into private practice when I was six, which makes you the first entrepreneur I was ever conscious of. You’ve been recognized by our local Memphis community (and the country!) for your medicinal achievements, but I’m most proud to call you mom. Thank you for showing me the sky is NOT the limit! Also, I’d like to send love to my dad and little sister, Chloe for giving me all the greatest hugs. Ooh, and my dog! Ralph is the cutest Maltese ever.