Kacey Musgraves wasn’t an overnight celebrity. She worked hard for five years before things started to turn in her favor in the music industry.
The 30-year-old opened up on Reese Witherspoon’s talk show, Shine on with Reese, about her early days in the industry.
“My little sister took my photo and my mom helped me put this little demo CD together and I had a really chubby face,” Musgraves said, per PEOPLE. “I just took it around to all these publishing companies. I was like, ‘Hey, I’m a new voice in town. If you need a demo singer, I need the cash. I can sing my own harmonies and also these are songs I wrote.’ So I was killing two birds with one stone.”
She had to put in years of work as a songwriter before she finally broke out as an artist. In the long run, though, her years of behind-the-scenes experience helped her become as well-rounded as she is now.
“I was a songwriter first before being an artist so about a year after being in town was when I got to write for a job,” she added. “And then I wrote for three years every single day with different people.”
Musgraves also went on to speak on the hardships that women face in country music.
“If you look at the Top 40 you might see three women,” Rolling Stone notes that Musgraves said. “One thing I’ve experienced as a woman on this path … is I can be meeting the same radio station people or people in the industry as a male artist but there’s an extra pressure on me to be accommodating or nice.”
Watch the clips from the interview below.