You have a great voice, sweet dance moves, and plenty of charisma. You've daydreamed your whole life about becoming a pop star. While achieving this dream requires a lot of luck, there are things you can do to boost your chances of making it big. Even if you don't become famous overnight, you should have a lot of fun in the process. Here are five steps to becoming a pop star:
Hire a Vocal Coach
Even if you've been blessed with a naturally lovely singing voice, training and coaching is important. A vocal coach will help you determine the strengths and weaknesses of your particular voice, and work with you to overcome any handicaps. Your voice will sound more polished and professional, which is what you need to be taken seriously as a potential pop star.
Write Your Own Songs
One way to set yourself apart is to begin writing your own songs. You will probably start off by practicing with covers of your favorite songs, and you should always have a "go to" cover song you know by heart and sing really well at the ready. But by writing your own songs, you will stand out as an individual talent. If writing isn't your strong suit, enlist the help of a friend who's great with lyrics, and offer them co-writing credits when you make it big.
Rent a Recording Studio
Renting a studio for a recording session is crucial. Your vocalizations will sound much more polished and radio-ready when recorded in a professional studio. Having a recording "demo" to show off your talent will help you stand out from all the other hopeful pop stars who only have self-recorded songs with low sound quality to offer.
Enter Talent Contests
Once you've gained confidence from writing your own music, working with a voice coach, and recording in a studio, it's time to enter talent contests in order to get noticed by people in the music industry. While nationally televised talent contests are great sources of exposure, they are also incredibly competitive. A more realistic option is to enter local contests sponsored by radio stations and record labels.
Sing Live Whenever Possible
The more comfortable you get singing in front of a crowd, the better. Practice with open mic nights and by approaching smaller bars or coffee shops with live music nights. Don't forget to bring copies of your recording studio demo with you for your new fans.
By following these steps and working hard, you may just become the next big thing in pop music.