The Talented Sky Katz

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The first thing I would like to say is, ‘thank you for letting me in and giving me a glimpse of the life of Sky, from being on television to your music, I must say you’re one of the most talked about young female talent to date. I love that you genuinely care about everyone and everything you do; your passion and enthusiasm illuminates in everything you touch.

I think you’re an amazingly talented young lady. You have set the tone for young women all over the world by being so courageous and stepping outside the box. Raising the bar so high and letting the world know you can do absolutely anything you put your heart and mind to! Keep empowering and inspiring you are paving the way for young women!
OMG Thank you so much!

Sky how old were you when you got into music and started to rap?
I started performing around five years old, and imagine I was listening to music way before that.

Who are some of your influences?
Recently, I started listening to Logic, so he is one of my newest editions, but since day one, Nicki Minaj, Biggie Smalls, Eminem, Nas, J Cole, and Lil Mama.

Did your parents approve of this kind of music and allow you to listen, was there boundaries set as far as music was concerned?
They introduced me and my siblings to this kind of music.

You have the coolest parents ever! If you had the opportunity to collaborate with anyone, who would you choose?
In my age range, Jacob Sartorius.

Do you consider music and rapping to be a hobby or something you see in your future as a career?
I definitely want it to be a career so I could always do it and perform around the world one day!

I’m not the greatest public speaker, I get nervous under pressure, I was even anxious doing this interview. I can’t imagine being your age getting on stage having a big crowd staring back at me, having all eyes on you. How does that make you feel?
I know it would seem nerve-wracking, everyone looking at you, a little girl on this big stage but it’s not! It’s so exciting, and I do not get nervous like ever I don’t think. It’s crazy to think that I don’t get nervous, but I just don’t.

A few interesting things about you that hit home for me Sky, is that we have so much in common with our love for music but your love for basketball is something I adore about you. What started your interest in basketball?
I’ve always been athletic, and basketball was always my number one. What started that was my dad wanted my brother, who isn’t so athletic, to try basketball. So, when he had practice, I would go with him and during the breaks, I’d pick up a ball on the sidelines and dribble and shoot. The coach came up to me asking if I wanted to play on a team, so I joined one when I was in the second grade. He actually started making teams for younger kids because of me.

Do you still play basketball?
Yes, and I always will!

I love it, and yes, I feel the same way, basketball is something I will always love and want to play. What position do you play?
I play point guard, and if I’m playing with an older and stronger crowd, I’ll play wing.

What’s your favorite basketball team?
My favorite team is the Warriors because of Steph Curry.

I really couldn’t believe it, I was disappointed, well not disappointed but just couldn’t believe who they traded him for, it felt like an uneven trade. I’m a New Yorker but not a big Knicks fan, but we could have used a good player like Kyrie Irving! Lol. Besides basketball and music what do prefer to do in your free time?
Acting, I love to bake, I like to skateboard. I’m not like a crazy skateboarder. I just find it fun. I like to hang out with friends and family, just normal kid stuff really.

What do you prefer doing more music or acting?
Music, because it’s what I started with.

Why do you feel acting is an ideal profession for you?
Well the more you have to offer the more will come your way, and after America’s Got Talent getting more into the industry, I’ve met so many multitalented people that do more than just one thing, so I wanted to do it as well.

YEAH! Didn’t Drake start his career like that too? On a TV show then hit the music industry.
He was on a show called Degrassi.

Then all of a sudden, he was # 1 in everything in the world.
Exactly, I hope to one day be compared to Drake!

One day Sky! Keep doing what you’re doing. Don’t give up or give in.
Thank you so much!

Motivation is so important in this industry and life, what would you say is your motivation currently?
Haters are my motivators! It’s something about the fact that they take the time out of their day to hate on me. I take it all well. I even respond to haters, I’ll say “I know haters, when you’re taking time during your day to hate on someone you’re personally going through something and I’m sorry for whatever it is your going through. Please keep it off my page, have a nice day.” I kill them with kindness.

I admire your solution to the haters very mature of you. You handle things that most adults would definitely lose their cool. So far what’s your greatest accomplishment?
America’s Got Talent because that’s where it all started for me. Being on the show helped put me on the map and got me my manager and agent who got Raven’s Home. I’m very grateful!

That’s awesome to know you have great people along the way pushing you to be bigger and better.
Yea my dad, he is the real reason, he is the first route to all of this.

I know, I remember watching your parents shouting and clapping from their seats on America Got Talent, the admiration on their faces, watching you on stage, having that support system is truly a blessing.
That’s the most important thing! That is still one of the happiest moment in my life.

Since the beginning of your career what is a time that has made you extremely proud?
Well honestly, my dad and I do this thing where he gives me a fist, and I give him a fist back. And the very first time we did that like for me that, it lit up my heart. So, seeing him so proud of me is what I love most.

So, it’s safe to say you’re a daddy’s girl?

Tell me one strength and a weakness.
I don’t stop, which is my weakness I need to perfect everything. My strength is also that I keep going, so it’s a strength and a weakness at the same time.

As of right now what type of role would you be interested in and why?
A drama girly girl, because that’s so opposite of me and it would be a fun, challenging role.

What inspires you SKY?
Nicki Minaj and the fact she makes a mark on the hip-hop game being a female.

You really like Nicki?
If you couldn’t tell I love her!

What’s your favorite thing to do with your family?
When we have a city day and visit all these really cool food places and we go to Central Park. My mom is the best at planning fun and cool things that we haven’t done or go to events that no one really knows about.

Tell me something that no one knows about you?
When I’m older I want a Pomeranian. They are my favorite type of dog. I’m a dog lover, even though my last name is Katz which makes it a little weird. Lol.

Where do you see yourself ten years from now?
If I’m blessed and lucky enough I will be on tour, doing movies, TV shows & guest starring the whole bit.

Can you tell me about Sunrise Day Camp, and what do they mean to you?
Sunrise Day Camp is the only day camp in the world that gives children with cancer along with any brothers or sisters, a day camp experience totally free. These kids get the chance to enjoy their summer like any other kid can, which is so important because they’ve been through so much.

How did you become the 2018 National Celebrity Ambassador for Sunrise Day Camp?
My older sister worked there as a counselor years ago, and I’ve always been fascinated by what a wonderful place it is, so I reached out to them on how I could get involved and help out.

What’s your ultimate direction for your music and brand?
I just want to continue doing what I’m doing, truly being myself and having my work reflect who I am and what I like. I think a lot of other kids could relate and share the things I love.

Could you briefly describe the music-making process, where are you now with music?
The process takes a while. I sit with the people who help me write, and we decide on a type of sound and what kind of message we want to express. Then what kind of hook we think will work, and we play around with beats, with words and before long, a song is born!

Are you a bathroom singer?
I’m ALWAYS rapping, singing or talking. There are times my mom will say to me,” please, maybe just five minutes on the clock of some silence?”

What projects you are currently working on? Which project is going to release first in the coming days?
I’m currently filming season 2 of Raven’s Home which people are really going to love. When I have the time, I’m also in the studio recording new music which I’m hoping to start to release really soon.

How do you show your castmates the importance of communication?
If something is bothering us or we have to get something off our chest, we just talk honestly with each other.

What are some good techniques to memorize lines?
Rehearse. Rehearse. Rehearse. We rehearse on set, I practice in the car, I FaceTime Navia, and we practice together, and then by the time filming happens, I know the lines so well.

How did you succeed in making up your personality or your image?
I really just stay genuine and exactly who I am. I think people can relate because I’m really just a regular kid who loves entertaining people.

What’s your message to the youth of today’s generation?
Let’s all be good to each other. There’s so much craziness out there in the world, let’s get rid of the hate and find ways and reasons to be kind to one another.

Well, baby girl that’s a wrap! I wish you well in your future endeavors. Keep your head up high to the sky and let these haters know you’re here to stay!
Thank you so much!

photographed by | KODI BAKER
interviewed by | LESLIE RODRIGUEZ
makeup by | SHIRA BERMAN
styled by | SIKA SENRO