Watch Michelle Branch Give Her Best Advice To Her 18-Year-Old Self

"Don't sweat it if you lose friends in the process, because the people who stick around are going to be the ones that have your back."

The last time singer-songwriter Michelle Branch, who you know from her hit songs like "Everywhere," "All You Wanted," and "Goodbye to You," released a full-length solo album was in 2003. To put that into perspective for you, that's the same year Finding Nemo debuted in theaters, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix hit book shelves, and Clay Aiken was on American Idol. Fourteen years later and Branch is back with a new, 14 song album titled Hopeless Romantic.

While out promoting the new record, Branch stopped by Teen Vogue to participate in their Letter to My 18 Year Old Self video series. The series asks stars to narrate a letter of advice they would give to their 18-year-old selves. Previously, Game of Thrones' Emilia Clarke and Orange Is The New Black's Uzo Aduba have participated. 

Branch, who is now 33, told her teenage self to refrain from doubting herself, fake it until she makes it, and to not be afraid to say no when she thinks it's the right thing to do. 

"The music business is primarily a man's business and as a younger female, it's easy to often feel intimidated by that, and you feel obligated to say yes to everything. It's OK to say no. You are stronger than you think you are. You are wiser than you give yourself credit for and your first instinct is usually always correct," she said. 

She shared what it's like to grow, change, and learn about yourself along the way. One of things she tells herself she'll gain is the ability to believe in herself. 

"As an 18-year-old, especially in the spotlight, you are incredibly insecure, like most 18-year-olds and you tend to care a lot about, 'what do other people think of me?' As you get older, you're going to find a confidence that you don't have yet and you're going to realize that you don't care what other people think." she said. "You can start to really feel comfortable in your own skin and stop comparing yourself to other people." 

You can hear Branch recite her entire letter of advice to herself in the video below. 



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