At St. Anne's-Belfield School, Schuyler Fisk '00 was well-known for being the daughter of actress Sissy Spacek and production designer Jack Fisk. Today, she needs no such introduction, having made a name of her own through a still-young career in singing, songwriting, and acting (www.schuylerfisk.com). Described as an "honest and adept indie-pop singer"with a clear, vibrant, "softly smooth"voice, Fisk is preparing to record her third full-length solo album, following her chart-topping debut, The Good Stuff (2009), and sophomore album, Blue Ribbon Winner (2011), as well as two solo extended play (EP) recordings. Fisk is also part of the band FM Radio (www.ilovefmradio.com) and has appeared in multiple TV shows and films, including The Baby-sitters Club (1995) – her first major movie role – and Orange County (2002). Her songs have also been featured in film soundtracks.
Fisk attended the School from preschool through twelfth grade. Upon completing her high school credits a year early in 1999, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue full- time acting. Shifting toward singing/songwriting, she signed with Universal Records in 2004 before eventually becoming an independent artist. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia's College of Arts & Sciences in 2006.
What activities were you involved in at St. Anne's-Belfield School?
Athletics were important to me. I did theater until middle school, including playing the title role in the musical Annie in sixth grade, but I chose to focus on sports in high school – specifically, field hockey, soccer, and lacrosse. At the same time, I started taking my interest in music to another level. Nobody at school knew I played music until I performed a song I wrote at the talent show one year. I remember people being shocked because they saw me as an athlete, not a singer/songwriter.
Any favorite teachers?
I loved Mrs. Van Liew's chemistry class. Mr. Amos encouraged my deep interest in expression on the page. At one point, I got so into poetry that I wrote everything in iambic pentameter for weeks! Dr. Erb's English class really changed my life; it lit a fire in me to embrace my uniqueness and find my voice.
What inspires you to be creative?
Feelings, other artists, nature, and the news.
What are you up to now?
I just finished recording FM Radio's second full-length record, which is due out later this year. I also just finished filming The Best of Me (a Nicholas Sparks book adaptation) in New Orleans. In Austin, Texas, I am currently filming an independent indie film called Hot Air, which is directed by Derek Sieg, the husband of my best friend, Heather Halsey Sieg '00.
Photo credit: The Riker Brothers
Text by Jenny M. Abel
This article originally appeared in the summer 2014 issue of Perspectives magazine.