Get the answers to three questions you might be afraid to ask if you’re interested in becoming a music star
No matter what we do for our day job, some of us still have that burning desire inside to become a music star. But it’s not so easy to move this from being a pipe dream to reality. The music business is fraught with pitfalls and difficulties and can be hard for someone who has no experience to break into. But if you’re thinking of trying your luck, then read on to find out the answers to all the questions you were always afraid to ask.
Are TV competitions worth the time?
One of the most popular route to make your pop stardom dreams come true is to audition for one of the TV talent shows, like X Factor or The Voice. But is doing it this way actually worth your time? Well, it really does depend on what you are after. These shows can be great for people who have an established look and voice.
But they can so often fall into mocking those that aren’t as good as everyone else. Also, you have to remember that they aren’t really for promoting raw talent anymore. You already need to have a pretty polished product before they take you seriously.
Don’t forget either that you have to go through the reality show format, so you practice sessions and the like will be filmed too. Of course, you mostly have to sing covers of other people’s songs, as well.
What is the value of social media?
Things have really changed in the music field over the last 10 years. It used to be that you got a band together. Then did some gigs, looked to get scouted and tour with a bigger band and then build up a fan base from there.
Of course, now it’s all more instantaneous as most people record some numbers and then load them up onto social media sites. Then they link the tracks to their social media content so people can buy them direct.
There are also some tricks that you can employ to get your tracks noticed across social media platforms. For example, you can buy SoundCloud plays and other social media coverage, which will encourage others to take a listen to your track. You can also buy social media followers to inspire confidence in your brand as a musician.
Do I have to be a singer-songwriter to succeed?
Singer-songwriters are popular. People like the credibility that comes with writing your own songs. But you don’t have to fit into this category to be successful in the music business. It’s all about finding your niche. There are plenty of artists that have made a name for themselves without strumming out a few bars on their acoustic guitar. Think of Skrillex or bands like the Pussycat Dolls. You definitely don’t have to go down the traditional route to being a hit.
What you do need to be however is original and good at whatever genre you pick. If you are a girl or guy band, then you need to be the best girl or boy band possible. The same goes for if you are producing your own music on your computer in your bedroom. Work on your craft every day. Never stop learning, and you be the best that you can be.
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