With a beautiful yet unique voice and a multitude of other talents (including being a gifted songwriter), Elle Varner is a star on the rise. After a long year, that might not be more apparent than it is now, as according to VIBE Vixen, her LP, Perfectly Imperfect entered into the Billboard 200 at number four and has been getting rave reviews. Just see all the love she’s received from publications like New York Magazine, who ranked Elle’s piece of work as one of the top albums of 2012 (alongside everyone from Kendrick Lamar, Mumford and Sons, and Killer Mike). So now that she’s done such magnificently big things in 2012, what’s next for Varner? Niki McGloster of VIBE Vixen sat down with the starlet to discuss all that, but some of the most notable quotables came from conversations about what a true “artist” is, dealing with being someone’s idol, and also trying to resurrect a dating life that has been virtually nonexistent due to a busy work schedule, and some suspect men…
When asked if she’s okay with the reality that fame could be here one minute, and then be gone the next:
I’m more comfortable with my choices. The more I step into Elle Varner as an artist, I’m more comfortable with what I want or what I feel like I want because that’s really what being an artist is. Playing into what you think people want you to be, that’s not an artist. It is scary, but that’s why the greatest ones are the one that take the risk and just be whatever they want.
When asked how she feels about fans crying over her and idolizing her nowadays, while a little much for Varner, she graciously accepts the love, but reminds herself that she’s just like everyone else:
It’s nuts [laughs]. I feel, honestly, that you have to constantly remind yourself that you are just like everyone else because everyone is treating you like you’re not. People are making you their savior, their role model, their idol. People actually love you, and it’s crazy. They’re like, ‘Don’t change’ [laughs] but you have to in a way. There’s no way not to. But you still want to keep the part of you that is pure.
And finally, when asked about her dating life and how it will play into her sophomore album, Varner kept it real about the struggles she now faces while trying to get to know the men folk:
For me, dating is like a really different thing. I have to look at everybody and say, ‘Why are you here?’ It’s kind of messed up, but it’s true. I know what it’s like on the other side. I’m literally meeting people that just completely overlooked me and now they think that they’re just meeting me for the first time…My job is to travel the country, so I don’t have a place every day to see whoever I meet, but I think I’m more open [to dating]. I’m starting to feel more secure just as an artist and where I’m at, and now I think, ‘You might have time for a date.’
To get more quotables from the interview, you can read the full cover story over at Vibe Vixen‘s website. And here’s to hoping Varner will have as successful of a year in 2013 as she did this year. You better work!