AOL: With 10 years of hindsight, in what ways has success not met your expectations and in which ways has it exceeded them?
Shelton: Nothing has really turned out how I thought it would be. When I was 17, when I moved to Nashville, I had visions of what the music industry would be like and what it would be like to be a celebrity. And none of that really even means anything. What you've got to have when you move to town is what you've still got to have right now: a love for music. There's so much bull crap in this industry and politics and things, but as long as you hang on to that love for music, hopefully good things will happen if you're patient.
My visions of the music industry was riding around in jets and being drunk all the time. The only difference now is I just don't ride around in jets. [laughs] It is what you make of it. You can take it serious all the time or you can be like I am: I'm having a ball with this. I can't believe I get to do it.