The Jonas Brothers at the 12th Annual Young Hollywood Awards
You are a teenage artist with talent. You are strong, smart, independent, driven, and have a deep love for your expressing yourself through your craft. If you are reading this, you probably have big dreams for yourself and are looking for direction. It’s great that you are starting to invest in your future now because a career as an artist is time-sensitive.
Even though you are young, there are still a lot of things that you can do to make your dreams come true. Here are The Vocal Workout’s Three “P’s” that a young person should keep in mind on their journey to stardom.
Practice! Practice! Practice!
You may be very talented, however, training is extremely important. If you are striving to become the next Ariana Grande then you need to sing on her level. This means investing in the best vocal coach available.
“But I’m young! How will I be able to afford vocal lessons?”
Now is the time to have a conversation with your parents about your passions in life. Perhaps create a PowerPoint about how training will enhance your academics in school. You can also join the choir at school or at a local church. If you are steadfast about private instruction and your parents are opposed, or can’t afford lessons, fund your own education. Take that extra step and get a job, babysit, mow lawns, or ask about work/study internships with your instructor of choice. Keep in mind the old fashion saying, “If there is a will there is a way,” because it’s true.
Once you begin studying, take it seriously. Make sure that you practice every single day and complete all assignments. Soon you will see your talent development and so will the rest of the world.
Perform! Perform! Perform!
Get out there and make yourself known! At your age, you should already be looking for opportunities to perform. Every time you perform your work on key elements that all professionals have such as stage presence. You also will begin to build your fan base.
If you have never been to an open mic, now is the time to look for one in your city. If your school is putting on its annual play, go for that audition, and don’t give up until you get the part! If you are involved in a church or another organization, find a way to perform at one of their events.
Promote! Promote! Promote!
Social media is the ultimate way for young performers to promote themselves. If you have a Facebook page with 1,000 friends, you are ahead of the game. You now need to create a strategy around what you post and when. If you are going to be signing up at a local open mic, share that experience so your friends and family can come and watch you perform.
You should also utilize Instagram, Twitter, or any other social media forum as well. Perhaps you could go a step further and create YouTube videos or a blog about your path towards your destiny. There are so many creative ways for you to promote yourself on a budget. You are always online anyway, so you might as well be productive about it!
Down the line, you will have to start thinking about designing a professional website and branding yourself. But for now, settle on a stage name, use it as the username for all your social media, and make yourself a G-mail account. This way after you rock the mic at that cafe downtown, people can use that e-mail to contact you.