Hi My name is Haley Im 13 and I've ALWAYS had this big dream of being on stage infront of a MILLION people and having fans and people cheering for me but I've also tried to ask my parents if I could be on shows like Americas Got Talent Or American Idol but my parents are not that big on traveling and stuff like that cause we had a little accident that happened to do with traveling but besides the point what could I possibly do to get noticed and to become a pro singer/actress. I can't post videos on Youtube either so thats another screw up there but just PLEASE help me in any way that u can. Thanks for taking your time and reading this.
[ Answer this question ] Want to answer more questions in the Hobbies category? Maybe give some free advice about: Music? VoiceofReason answered Friday August 31 2012, 1:48 pm: Take part in theater programs in your school, see if your parents will fork out for singing lessons (even famous singers still use vocal coaches to help keep their technique and abilities sharp), learn to play piano or guitar (or both), study famous songwriters such as Joni Mitchell, Laura Nyro, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Carole King, Lieber and Stoller, Willie Dixon, Jackson Browne or even Taylor Swift and then try to write your own songs. Watch lots of movies across all genres and be familiar with the underlying works those movies come from so that you can get an idea of how actresses do their craft, taking acting workshops, go to schools of performing arts, Read lots of books, too, because that will help in your verbal formation and give you role models in terms of real dramatic writing (not to mention how it will further your intellectual development).
Listen, if you want to be an actress or singer of real substance and not just some here today gone later today flavor of a lunchtime you have to want it bad and work at it every freaking day somewhat, somehow. Most likely, you will need at least some college to get into the acting biz. Those who make it as children, that is like winning the lottery---chances so small as to be nearly not worth seriously contemplating.
Now a word about those pop tart shows on tv (X Factor, American Idol, etc): nobody takes the winners of those things seriously as artists. Real artists who count for anything pay their dues, hone their craft and work their butts off to get where they did. Yeah, if you want to be some glorified karaoke singer like Kelly Clarkson, then American Idol is your vehicle. But if you want to be taken seriously then you have to use more conventional routes to your goal.
If you don't have the work ethic necessary then think about another line of work. Yeah, it's great to be up on stage with everybody cheering you on, but that crap doesn't happen easily. Don't be fooled by the glamor and the glitz. Show business is brutal. [ VoiceofReason's advice column | Ask VoiceofReason A Question ]
Xenolan answered Monday July 23 2012, 10:23 pm: There are four things you will need:
(1) A certain amount of natural talent.
(2) A large amount of hard work and determination.
(3) A major stroke of luck, probably more than one.
(4) A backup plan.
At the age of 13 and without existing connections in the music industry, the best you can do is work hard at developing your talent, perform at whatever venues you can, and try to remain optimistic. You'll want to get involved in school productions and keep trying out for solo parts. Don't count on getting major exposure right away; that just doesn't happen for most people (and for many who DO get major exposure at the age of thirteen, things have a way of going badly later in their lives).
Youtube won't help you. Two words: Rebecca Black. Even if you can sing a lot better than her, the best you can hope for from Youtube is waves of insulting comments from people who think it's hilarious to tear you down. I guarantee that agents and recording studios are NOT scouring through Youtube videos looking for the next big thing.
In the end, there are a lot more people who want to make it big in music than people who actually do. That's not saying you won't be one of the fortunate ones; you just need to make sure you have something to fall back on if nothing breaks your way. It is possible to pour your entire heart and soul into your dream and still fail to achieve it; this is not to say that you shouldn't try (you should!), but you'll need to have some way to make a living if things don't work out. Make sure to develop your other skills too! Find some aspect of the music or film industry which interests you besides performing. The person behind the spotlight gets a much steadier paycheck than the person in front of it, and by working behind the scenes, you can make your contacts and be there when opportunity strikes.
Carriebeca answered Monday July 23 2012, 10:41 am: Hi Haley, it's nice to know someone has ambitions, especially in this depressed, austere world.
I think your first task is to find out what you're good at, strong points and not-so-strong ones too. You could try singing, dancing and/acting lessons for a start. It's important to be as versatile as possible, building up your skills. With as broad a range of skills as possible, you'll be more likely to be kept in work and busy. Doing all these lessons will take a lot of money and determination, especially with schoolwork too, both you and your parents will be under a lot of pressure.
Shows like America's GOt Talent etc. are looking for people who have something new to offer; few of them would have been onstage without the fine tuning of voice, movement or emotion found in classes.
This sounds like hard work I know, but it is essential, I think. I've had singing lessons for 12 years but, to me, I still sound bad.
You sound as if you have confidence, which is good.
If you want to do it, go for it. You'll never know unless you try; if you don't try it, you'll always regret it.
Hope this helps. Let me know how you get on?
Best wishes and good luck xxx. [ Carriebeca's advice column | Ask Carriebeca A Question ]
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