Debby Ryan spoke with Nylon Magazine about her music. They asked the “Jessie” star what her songwriting process was and this is Debby’s response:
I’m great at writing emotional lyrics, but ballads are hard for me. As an actress I’m used to tapping into very raw and vulnerable emotions that aren’t my own. That’s a very safe way of feeling. Being heartbroken as someone else is a safer, which is why acting can be both cowardly and brave at the same time. Being candid with your own heart can be harder and I don’t like looking vulnerable. It’s easier for me to write those lyrics for other people. If i were to write it for another artist it would be easy. The song I’m most proud of was written for an artist named Olivia (she’s signed to Jonas Management). It was humbling for me to be recognized for my lyrics. At the end of the day you can write an amazing song, but if the artist has no connection to it and it’s not coming from a place where she’s been—no one else is going to believe it if she doesn’t believe it.