I was 16, good looking, and with a great voice: I could see myself walking on the red carpet, and success was just around the corner. Or so I thought…
With my little band made up of two people and one very expensive laptop, I decided to find venues that would pay me to entertain their customers: “I’ll make lots of money, and a big shot music producer will surely notice me!”
Five years later, I had earned next to nothing, and I had been noticed only by a tiny music label whose claim to glory was a half forgotten salsa hit.
In the meantime, I had found myself a job to pay the bills, I was completing my degree, and I still spent lots of time working on my music projects. If only someone had told me what was about to happen…
In the winter of 1999, one of my songs suddenly became famous, and I found myself singing on Top Of The Pops, and playing gigs all over southern Europe.
Then I discovered that the music business was not for me, but that’s another story…
With hindsight, there were some strategies which helped me to succeed, and others which could have made my success faster: take a look at the list below and see if you can find useful tips to make your own dream come true.
- Study right. There’s no escaping it: if you don’t study at all, it’s difficult to sing with an amazing voice, write unique songs, play an instrument like an angel, and dance like a devil. On the other hand, if you study too much, you run the risk of alienating yourself from the mainstream, becoming a virtuoso appreciated only by connoisseursof whatever style you are into.
- Be optimistic. If you don’t believe in yourself nobody will.
- Get yourself noticed. Big time producers don’t come to your local pub, but there are talent contests where you can meet them. Don’t think only of TV shows – those are way too competitive – focus on any contest in which there is someone in the jury who actually works in the music business.
- Be realistic. Success doesn’t happen overnight. Well, in a way it does, but you still have to put a lot of hard work first, so you are ready when your lucky break happens.
- Know your weaknesses. Let’s face it: the road to stardom isn’t an easy one, and we all have a weak spot. What’s yours?
Age: If you are older than 30, you might have a hard time finding people willing to invest in your future as a pop star.
Looks: We live in a beauty-obsessed society, if you don’t look good, music producers might think you won’t be able to attract a very large fan base.
Voice : Let’s face it, there are thousands out there singing with a great voice, so how good is yours?
Dance: You don’t have to be a ballerina, but an ability to move well on stage is important.
Stage presence: Do you bring the house down when you are on stage, or do you simply stand there and sing?
Songwriting: Ok, you have a great voice, but the reality is that if you are not writing your own songs – and great ones, too – you will be unprepared to face the competition of a thousand all-singing-all-dancing young talents.
Style: Have you developed your own style in singing, song-writing, stage presence, and so forth, or are you merely copying your favorite singer?
Age: You are older than 30, and that’s just perfect because the songs you write talk about your many fascinating experiences, and are targeted toward an adult crowd.
Looks: Pop stars all look the same. Your eccentric image will draw in millions.
Voice: Traditionally-beautiful voices are a thing of the past, your voice has the power to express genuine emotions.
Dance: If you don’t dance that well, staying almost still is an interesting option. In fact, moving too much isn’t cool.
Stage presence: So you don’t attack the stage like a tiger… Well, you have a timid image which will appeal to man/woman wanting to protect you.
Songwriting: You don’t write your own songs, so you can help a songwriter in making his work very popular.
Style: [Let’s say your style is similar to Band X’s] If band X has made it, why shouldn’t you? Furthermore, you are taking Band X’s essence, making it yours, and taking it to a whole new place.
Genuine friends are better, since they make life worth living and they can help a lot in time of trouble. But even superficial acquaintances can give you precious information. So don’t ever stop making new friends and stay in touch with your old ones.
My biggest mistake as a teenager was thinking that networking is not important: “When I write an amazing song, and I sing it with a superb voice, then I will become famous and everyone will want to help me anyway.” The trouble is that to approach this ideal “near-perfection,” you’ll need lots of help from different people!
Disclaimer: Fame and Fortune will not radically increase the amount of happiness you experience in your daily life: look at Britney Spears! If you want to become lastingly happier, look somewhere else, too.
How to Make Money Singing
Things You’ll Need
- Demo CDs
- Vocal lessons/vocal coach
- Dance lessons
- Professional headshots
- One written page about your singing aspirations and contact information
Becoming a pop star is a very difficult task that requires hard work and dedication. Even if you are able to fully devote yourself to the challenge of becoming a pop sensation it may still be difficult to achieve star status. You must be prepared to handle rejection, hold your head high and remain optimistic that your dream may come true.
Think about what sort of pop star you would like to be. Consider what type of music you would like to sing and what sort of image you would like to project. Keep in mind that there are thousands of other people who also aspire to being pop stars, so distinguish yourself to stand out from the rest.
Take voice lessons even if you are a phenomenal singer. Learn how to properly use your voice and strengthen your singing abilities with exercises and other techniques. Your singing coach may also be useful for networking and boosting your career. Also take up dance lessons; most pop stars have dance training that they show off in performances and music videos. Jazz and hip-hop are the most common forms of dance that pop stars perform, so enroll in classes that focus on these two styles.
Start looking for recording engineers and demo studios in your area. It is vital that you have a demo CD. Demo studios will provide you with everything that you need to record CDs to give to talent agencies. Studios will usually have either a live band or prerecorded music tracks that you will sing with. Make sure to choose songs that work best for your voice. They do not have to be songs that you have written, but make sure to give recording artists credit to avoid lawsuits.
Have professional photographs (commonly called headshots) taken. Hand these out with your demo so potential clients and agency representatives will know what you look like. Write a one-page summary of your talents and background. Make sure to include your contact information on the back of your headshots. Send demo CDs and headshots (through the postal service) to talent agencies that feature singing artists. Hire a talent agent to get record deals, singing jobs and other work that will allow you to use your talent. Keep in mind that you may not hear back from some of these agencies for months. If a year has passed without word chances are they are not interested in you.
Work singing jobs and competitions while you wait to hear from talent agencies. Look to see if there are singing jobs in your community. Also consider entering a competition like “American Idol,” which could allow your career to blossom.
Remember that there is great power in networking. Let friends, family and other people in your life know that you are striving to become a pop star. They may know or encounter someone who is in the music industry and could start or help your career.
Avoid scam talent agencies who may promise to get you jobs for an annual fee. A real talent agency will not ask you for any money up front.
Avoid copying your favorite pop stars. This will not get you very far. There’s no need for a duplicate of your favorite singer.
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Janine James has been writing professionally since 2005. She has worked for a variety of different publications including “[X]press Magazine.” James is a San Francisco State University graduate, holding a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and creative writing.
Thanks to the latest BitLife update, you can now live your dream of becoming a famous Singer and Pop Star. Well, not necessarily in real life, but certainly in your BitLife.
In this guide, we’re going to detail the entire process from the very start of your BitLife to the very heights of your fame as a successful Pop Star. We’ll help you to make the most of your newfound career too.
If it’s something else you’re looking for, check out our complete guide to BitLife. Here we’ve rounded up everything we’ve written about BitLife so far in a single place.
Table of Contents
How to Become a Singer in BitLife:
Read on for a series of steps on not only becoming a singer in BitLife, but achieving success as a famous Pop Star.
Step One – Preparation:
So you want to become a famous singer? Well, there’s a long road ahead of you so let’s get to it. There’s very little you can do during your early years, so age through them until you can start going to the gym.
At this point, go once per year to increase your looks. You’ll want to get close to max looks as possible, which is quite difficult during certain BitLives. As such, we’d recommend you save this for a BitLife where you have a natural advantage in the looks department.
The second thing you need to do as soon as you can in your BitLife is to start posting on social media. You won’t quite garner enough followers to become famous this way on its own, but it will put you in good stead later in life.
Having a small but solid social media presence early on helps you grow substantially faster when you do start achieving fame. That will help you achieve fame and fortune as a Pop Star as early as possible.
Step Two – Getting a Job:
You can’t go to university or grad school to become a singer, and there aren’t any related studies you can take to give yourself an advantage.
So don’t bother studying – it won’t help unless you want to earn big bucks early on to afford plastic surgery. Given the sheer expense of this, and how prone it is to failure, we would suggest instead waiting for a BitLife where you have a natural advantage.
Another reason why studying will put you at a disadvantage is that working on becoming a Pop Star is a very time-consuming process, and even if you drop out of school it might take you well into your thirties before you achieve fame. You need all of the time you can get.
Anyway, as soon as you finish school (you can safely drop out early to give yourself more time if you’d like) you should start looking for a job. Ideally, you’re looking for something like a backing vocalist but it might take time for one of these jobs to become available.
So in the meantime, you might as well start working on the fame side of things. Get a job as an actor, porn star, or voice actor and check the job listings every single year until you see an option to become a backing vocalist. As soon as it pops up, take that job.
In the meantime, continue to go to the gym once per year to keep your looks up, and post to social media as often as possible to keep that follower count climbing.
Step Three – Become a Pop Star
At this point, you should have a high looks rating and a modest social media following. Now, simply hit ‘Work Hard’ every single year and you should get promoted to a Pop Star in no time.
If you need money, you can ask for a raise but this might slow down your journey to Pop Star. We’d recommend asking your parents for money instead, or just waiting to get the stuff you want later in life, when you’re rich and successful.
And that’s it! You’re now a successful Pop Star. At this point, just enjor your life, continue going to the gym once per year, and keep posting on social media to keep your follower count growing.
BitLife has been around for quite a while, and developer Candywriter has come up with yet another set of careers that will keep players busy. This exciting life simulation game has gained a lot of fans who enjoy living second lives through their characters. Each character’s entire life is lived through a series of text-based choices. The choices you make could have minimal impact on your character’s life, or it could seal their fate. Do you lie to your parents to get out of trouble? Do you go to college? Is a life of crime a good fit for you?
There are a lot of things to consider when your entire life is ahead of you. If you are new to the game, you may want to check out our BitLife beginner’s guide first. In this BitLife careers guide, we will share with you a bunch of tips and tricks on how to become a Priest or a Singer (Pop Star)!
1. Don’t Bother With School
For both the Priest and Pop Star careers, education is not really necessary. You can go ahead and skip school and find something else to do. Feel free to finish high school if you want, but don’t bother going to university or grad school. All that will do is pile on student loans on your character. There are other preparations that you need to worry about, especially for the Pop Star career.
2. The Path To Priesthood
Aside from not needing school, the two new careers have very little in common. For one, becoming a Priest is probably one of the easiest things to achieve while becoming a Pop Star takes a ton of preparation. There are only two things you need to keep in mind when trying to become a Priest: be good and avoid sex. When faced with any choice, always what is morally correct. You should also avoid dating anyone and any other opportunity that may lead you to break your oath of celibacy. Other than those two, you just need to apply as a Deacon since that’s the entry level position for the Priest career. Keep working hard and you will eventually climb the ladder to Priesthood.
3. Pop Star Preparation
There are two things that you need to work on before you can even dream of becoming a Pop Star. The first one is looks. It would be better if you tried to become a Pop Star when you roll a character that has a high rating on looks from the beginning. Once you get one, make sure you go to the gym as soon as your character is old enough. Keep hitting the gym every year and keep your looks as high as possible. Avoid plastic surgery because it can get botched and you end up uglier for the rest of your life.
The second thing you need to work on is fame. You gain access to social media early in your life, so take advantage of it. Post as often as possible in order to get a lot of followers. You won’t get millions of followers right away, that’s why you need to start as early as possible. You should also get a starting job that already involves being in the public eye, like an actor or a porn star. These should help you get the fame you need to become a Pop Star.
4. Entry Level Pop Star Job
Now that you have the fame and the looks you need; you should start looking for ways to get into the Pop Star career path. The entry level job for this career is the backing vocalist. It won’t be available right away, so make sure you check the job listings every day. Once you get the job, just keep choosing to work hard and you will eventually be promoted to a Pop Star.
BitLife is a lot more fun when you get your dream jobs. Follow our tips and tricks above and you will become a Pop Star or a Priest in no time!
Does it take talent to become a pop-star? No, really. This is a serious question. Does it?
I asked that question in my first film Before the Music Dies and I got a wide variety of answers. At that time (2006), there was still a lot of confusion as to where the music industry was headed. Some believed the industry was just going through another material shift, much like the time when we swapped our cassettes for shiny new CD’s. Some believed that the industry would suffer in the digital age as “voice enhancement” was becoming more prevalent almost as fast as youth and beauty were becoming more of a pre-requisite.
For the sake of comparison, let’s take the coveted Saturday Night Live music slot into consideration. 20 years ago, the stage was graced by legends such as Aretha Franklin, James Brown and Prince. Just 10 years ago, it was Radiohead, U2 and Jay-Z. But this year, we’ve seen some a lot of very young faces such as Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift and Ke$ha.
Could it be that in the world of pop music, the days of true variety are over? Will there ever be another Bonnie Raitt, (a 40-year-old artist that earned a Grammy for Best Female Recording Artist) again? Will there ever be another full figured woman such as Aretha Franklin ruling the the pop charts? Could a blind piano player such as Ray Charles or Stevie Wonder ever get a shot at stardom today? I certainly hope so. Susan Boyle’s stardom is a good sign that the audience is open to variety, but I doubt major labels are willing to take a risk on signing anyone over the age of 21.
Don’t get me wrong, you won’t catch me calling out for “the good ol’ days” because there is plenty of great music today. To find it, you simply have to look under the surface of the commercial pavement.
So, the times have obviously changed, and there’s no going back. Technology is a raging river, and you just gotta get in it and ride. “DIY” is the name of the new record company, Facebook, Twitter, iTunes and Pandora are your marketing platforms, and all of the software you need to record a full length album in the comfort of your own bedroom these days is a given. Access is a beautiful thing, and the ability for every artist to spread their wings and express themselves in the way they feel they should is a dream come true, but sometimes, in the hands of profiteers, this sword feels more and more double-edged.
Additional material provided by Russell Gustave Ochoa from Everybody Gets 15 Minutes
Are you seeing yourself performing in a big stage in front of a million of crowd that shouting your name as the new popstar?
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If you think that you have all the guts of becoming a popstar like Miley Cyrus and Justine Bieber then we will show you the way on your stardom with simple advices on how to become a popstar successfully.
The Goal of Becoming a Popstar
In today’s generation, we already have known several popstars like Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, Justine Bieber, and the international sensation Britney Spears that became successful on their chosen career. Being a popstar requires a big talent in singing as well as the good looks, aside from the confidence and strong character needed to face the reality of the music scene locally or internationally. Not everybody can be as successful as those four we have mentioned but as long as you have a very strong spirit you can still pave your way to the music industry and be an ultimate popstar of this generation.
The stage to stardom can be reached in a step by step manner and should be planned accordingly. Being a popstar is not very easy since you need to have these three aspects: the voice, the looks, and the network. If you have these three with you then it will not be impossible to line you up with today’s popular popstars. To help you out in reaching your dream as a successful popstar, here are some few pointers for you.
Pointers on How to Become a Popstar
Your voice will be your first platform to be recognized. The music industry will welcome you if you can prove that you can sell out your albums with your beautiful songs. You can attract a lot of funs with your beautiful and enchanting voice but to achieve this you need to train with a lot of practice and taking up voice lessons. It would be great if you can hire a vocal coach which will teach you the proper way of improving your voice quality. The vocal coach can make assessments on your voice to which type of music genre you can sing well based on the pitch and range of your voice. The vocal coach will also train you on how to maintain the quality of your voice as well as your moves while singing. It doesn’t necessary to be a good dancer as soon as you can dance within the tune of the music you’re singing.
Once you have noticed the improvement in your voice then your next concern will be your looks. Remember that you need to create a good image so the fans will continue to support you. Your fans will be your bridge to success, without them you can’t be a popstar of your dream. Just follow the recent trend in fashion; in clothing, in hairstyle, and in footwear. Be stylish and hippy on the front of the crowd so they can always recognize you. And lastly, establish a good network. Attend auditions and participate in public shows with a large crowd to improve your confidence. Have a good connection to talent managers and scouts and show them that you’re worth to become a popstar.
Becoming a Pop Singer is more than just having talent! P ersevere and practice along with some technical know how and discipline is just the beginning.
In these times, having a good voice is no longer one of the prerequisites for being the most indispensable singer.
With today’s vocal training methods, you can learn to sing even if you don’t have a good voice.
Even so, and answering many questions we are asked:
There is no infusion, no pill that makes you sing right away.
Some people take longer than others, depending on their abilities.
But absolutely everyone can do it, as long as they have healthy vocal cords and the ability to speak.
Getting to sing well takes time and often there are problems that we have to fight, but if you’re starting to think about learning right now there are three things that you’re going to have to work on in the first place to have a first base.
Three indispensable requirements that every singer must fulfill
If you’re thinking of becoming a singer, there are some requirements you have to meet.
If you don’t, I recommend that you get down to work and start working right there.
The lack of these three requirements can determine whether or not a singer likes the people who listen to him.
Tuning is one of the things whose lack is most notorious.
It is very common for a singer not to know that he is out of tune until he hears it later says sbobet88 .
Many times it happens because you don’t hear yourself well in a concert or because you practice with headphones and don’t hear your own voice.
The first thing you should keep in mind if you encounter this problem is to listen well to the music and listen well to your own voice, as tuning is usually something that comes as standard, at least in the human ear.
If two notes don’t sound good together, we usually appreciate it without problems.
But sometimes it’s more complicated than that.
Your voice doesn’t do what you want it to do and it makes a completely different note.
This can happen because you don’t have the habit of listening to different notes and imitating them.
It often happens in cases where people start from scratch, who have never sung, or in the shower.
The solution is to practice with scales over and over again, first with simple syllables such as CU, until you become fluent.
It takes time, but it can be done.
However, there are more reasons why you can get out of tune, depending on each person and the bad habits they have acquired while singing.
If you want more information on the subject of tuning, you can see it here.
Following the tempo
It’s another one of the things that humans wear as standard.
When a singer loses his tempo, the mistake is usually very evident to those who listen to it.
But then, why does a singer lose his tempo?
It’s usually because he’s so focused on his own voice that he forgets everything else.
As in the previous case, it also happens in cases where the person has never sung before.
Even so, it has an easy solution.
If you dance the music while you sing it, even if you move one foot following the tempo, you can solve the problem quite a lot.
In this way you force yourself to follow the tempo in your head.
It’s a bit difficult at first because you’re attentive to your voice and it’s difficult to pay attention to so many things at once, but as always, with practice, you can do it. ðŸ™‚
To have energy
Not only singing in tune and at tempo are important requirements.
You need to put energy into your singing.
Because no matter how tuned and tempo a singer sings, if he sings without energy, nobody is going to want to listen to him, because they are going to get bored.
This is difficult because it is part of each person’s personality.
The lack of this energy needed to sing and entertain others is often the result of shyness.
And there are a lot of people who like to sing but are shy (yes, I include myself…).
If you want to fight shyness, you have to take a look at this article.
You see little by little, but fight against it.
In the end you can become someone else when you go on stage, even if you’re very shy.
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So you know, if you want to start singing, you know where to start.
Get your act together and get to work! But before that, share the article, please! Thank you!
Hi I’m Cari Cole. I’m a celebrity vocal coach and artist development expert. And I help artist find their voice, craft their music, and create successful music careers. I’ve worked with Donald Fagen from Steely Dan, Courtney Love from Hole, I’ve worked with the band Journey. I’m going to teach you how to be a better singer and performer
So I’m going to give you a few tips on how to become a pop star. Now I have to say straight out that being a “pop star” encompasses all of it. So we’re going to use that term, but really what I mean is being an artist, whether you’re a full singer or a singer-songwriter, whether you have a band, whether you’re a rock star, whether you just want to make good music, you don’t care about being famous, it’s really the, y’know, what being a pop star means, which means that you are full-rounded and your music fits you and you’re an artist and you’re out there in the world doing your music, okay?
There are many elements that have to come together, and they come together in different ways for different people. Some people are really good singers, some people are really good songwriters, some people are really good performers, some people are really, really good at putting their brand together, and so you have to decide where your strengths lie, and what to feature, and down play your weaknesses; go more in the direction of what you’re good at. Like I say quite often, and this is really important for singers, you have to have a good voice, whether it’s nasal or breathy, or any of those qualities that are distinct or unusual. Those are all within the realm of it. It’s what you do with it, and it’s how you sing. People like many many different kinds of voices, so there’s not like one sound. As a matter of fact, if you’re too generic, it’s often not interesting enough and it doesn’t have enough energy to actually break you as an artist.
I remember many years ago I got a letter from Clive Davis on a submission that I made, and Clive is a very famous record industry executive who has fostered and nurtured the careers of many, many, including Aretha Franklin, and Sarah McLachlan, and Janis Joplin, and on and on and on, and he always said that it’s very important if you really want to become famous or you want to really do this music thing and get it out there in a big way, that you nurture that within you that is really you, and you bring that forward, and you don’t try to be something that you’re not, like Lady Gaga is a performance artist, she’s an extrovert, this comes as natural to her. You want to take that quality that you have and blow that up, whether it’s vocal or lyrical, your message, or your artistry, or your brand and what you’re wearing, but I recommend that you do that authentically, and this is where your greater success lies. I would just say that the main thing is integrity and authenticity in your craft and that’s your best shot you have at becoming great at what you do.
Delivering one hit after another, Dhvani Bhanushali is aiming to become the biggest pop star in India, independent of film music.
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We often talk about how the concept of a pop star is so rare in India, as opposed to the West where the music industry is independent of the film world. In India today, it is hard to garner that kind of popularity without singing for films. Dhvani Bhanushali is one of those singers who want to change that. The 22-year-old is one of the most popular female singers in the country, with several hits in her discography. In a short span of time, she has managed to create a huge fan base, and now she is aiming to become the biggest pop star in India.
“Look at the artistes in the West, we do not have such huge pop stars here. But a lot of artistes like me have started venturing out, making music videos. The movement has started and it is going to be big. I want to become the biggest pop star I can be, because it’s really sad that we do not have that concept in our country,” Dhvani says.
Right now she’s straddling both worlds quite comfortably. While her film songs like Dilbar (Satyameva Jayate) and Duniyaa (Luka Chupi) have been massive hits, Dhvani is probably known better as the star of music videos like Ishare Tere and Leja Re. Vaaste is probably the biggest hit of her career so far, having clocked more than a billion views on YouTube in less than two years.
“No one had thought that the song would get so many views. I thought only people in my building will watch it, never imagined it will get a billion views one day. God had other plans, and I am really happy that it happened. I think I have been at the right place at the right time, and I have also worked very hard,” Dhvani says.
“Vaaste is also among the top 100 most viewed videos in the world. It was one of my first songs, and it’s still so relevant. People still listen to it. The audience has been kind,” she adds.
Dhvani entered the pop music scene with Guru Randhawa’s Ishare Tere in 2018, and her film debut was with the remixed version of Dilbar that became an overnight sensation. In about two years, Dhvani has managed to become one of most popular singing voices of current times.
“My parents are over the moon. My father is so happy you will not be able to handle his energy. My mom is still more chilled out. It feels good that my talent has been acknowledged so early, but I have a lot to learn and still a long way to go. This is just the beginning of my career. Now that people know me, I can experiment and sing new kinds of songs,” she says.
A career in music was not always her plan. Dhvani did not train as singer at a young age. Despite her father working with T-Series, that did not act as an influence on her career choice either.
“I was planning to go abroad and study. Then my dad emotionally blackmailed me to stay back. My sister and I are very attached to our father. I was very inclined towards music since I was 13 years old, although I never took any training. I used to listen to songs and practice. When I went to Himesh Reshammiya, he said, why don’t you learn. So I started learning at the age of 17. The rest of it just shaped up as I kept chasing my passion.”
She’s also had offers to act in films, but that’s something she wants to consider after fulfilling her dreams of becoming a pop star. “I have had offers, but I think it’s too early for me. I will do a film eventually, one that I like and on a good subject. I will do a film for sure,” she says.
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