A Career as a Professional Rock Star
You’re watching MTV and see a killer rock band and you start thinking, “I wish I could be as famous as them someday.”
And, although the journey to fame and fortune isn’t easy, it is doable if you want it bad enough.
So, you want to learn how to be a rock star.
For starters, becoming a real rock star will take a magnetic personality, a unique sound and look, years of dedication to perfecting your musical genius, and a lot of good luck. In other words, you have to be 100% committed.
Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Rock Star?
Aside from being good at playing an instrument like guitar as well as playing as many gigs as you can, the first thing you’ll want to do is ask yourself a few serious questions before you land your dream career of becoming a rock star.
• What specific type of rock star do you want to be or what kind of band do you want to play in?
• Are you currently good enough to play in a band? Or do you need a great deal more practice first?
• Do you have a charismatic personality? Are people naturally drawn to you?
• How well do you get along with others?
• Do you want to be out in front (the lead) or blend in somewhere in the back (drummer, bass player, keyboards, etc.)?
Also, if you are lucky enough to have the luxury to hand-pick your own bandmates – do so very wisely. Preferably, they all need to possess certain qualities that most great rock bands have, including a killer sound, looks, and large personalities. In other words, unless you’re the bass player, being shy might be a problem.
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1. Find a Smart, Hard-Working Manager
Although a few artists and musicians do just fine without a manager, most artists tend to overestimate their capability to effectively manage themselves. The role of a manager is to do all the things that a band can’t do for themselves, or won’t do. They help coordinate and assemble a team while helping you work towards your ultimate goals.
2. Pursue Your Audience, Not a Record Label
Since the 80s, a lot has changed in the music industry. For example, major record labels in the U.S. would only need to release a few ‘Justin Beibers’ a year in order to cover all the other releases that flopped.
Essentially, it’s your audience that matters and nothing else. Once you make a genuine connection with them, you’re on your way to being a star. And, once the industry takes notice of your ability to captivate an audience, they’ll be knocking down your door trying to sign with you.
Today, record labels seek bands and artists that already have an established audience, rather than searching for unknowns who they risk turning into famous stars.
Keep in mind that in order to maintain an audience, you need to respect them wholeheartedly, especially because they’re paying good money to come and see you play.
3. Make a Compelling Video
Thanks to the power of the Internet, there’s no longer a need for a middleman between bands and their fan base. If you can put up an awesome video that highlights your unique sound and killer looks on YouTube (and who can’t these days), then you’re off and running in terms of connecting with a whole new audience.
In fact, experts claim that one of the best ways for any aspiring musician or group is to make a great music video in order to attract the attention of the music industry as well as their fans. Making a video doesn’t have to be hard, it just has to come from the heart.
4. Leverage the Power of Social Media
Because of social media, it’s easier for every corner of the world to connect. Today, it takes less than a minute for one side of the world to know what the other side already knows. Think about what this means in terms of being ‘discovered’ as an artist. Want instant and profound fame? Social media can boost your career in ways you can’t even imagine.
Although social media is an excellent way to connect to your audience, it’s also a practical way to get instant feedback about your music in general, which can really help if you’re just starting out on your journey to stardom.
5. Never Give Up
If you keep making music videos and continue to play gig after gig, you will eventually succeed. It’s your commitment, passion, and discipline (self-discipline) that will take you to a whole new level of success. If you want to be a high-profile musician and get better at what you do, you need to keep playing live. In time, your songs as well as your career will start to “click” when you’re playing live.
One last piece of advice; be wary of people that tell you that you have to abide by all the rules. In the music industry, there aren’t any rules.