“Remember my name. Fame! I’m gonna live forever. I’m gonna learn how to fly – HIGH!”Fame, the musical
Here are 3 reasons that I felt compelled to write this article:
- Each week, I am grateful to meet so many aspiring singer-songwriters, independent artists, and bands. It’s exciting to hear each artists’ story – how they got to where they are & where they want to go. The artists I meet believe that they have the “potential” to succeed and want to “make it.”
At some point in our conversation, I ask a really uncomfortable & personal question (I tend to do that). The question is:
Is your goal to have a steady cash flow from your music career or become famous?
After an awkward pause, each artist has an incredibly unique answer for that question. Some just want fame, some just want to feed their family, some don’t care about fame, and some even get defensive. What I’ve learned is that the goal of “making it” in music is unique to every person.
- I found inspiration in an article I read in January 28th, 2012 edition of The Economist (affiliate link) recently. It was an article about Queen Elizabeth II, the current queen of England. According to
The Economist (affiliate link), “On several occasions she has been urged to retreat behind more obtrusive layers of security. Each time she has refused with something between a joke and a motto for her six decades on the throne, telling aides: ‘I have to be seen to be believed.’ “
- My friend Cari Cole is offering a FREE training call for artists on February 15th, 2012, titled the
7 Steps to Stardom (affiliate link). Cari is one of the few music artist development people who I trust in the music business. She’s trained Grammy winners and American Idol (affiliate link) finalists. We are alike in many ways because she is proactive, a planner, and brutally honest.
Seek Clarity on Your Definition of “Famous”
According to Merriam Webster’s Online Dictionary, the word “famous” is defined as “widely known” or “honored for achievement”. I agree with this definition and must ask:
- How widely known do you want to become? Can you detail your target market?
- In regards to your work as an artist, what awards organizations should you build relationships with?
Digging even deeper, I believe that there are two types of fame you can have: short-term fame & long-term fame.
Here is an example of short-term fame:
Here is an example of long-term fame:
What kind of fame are you aspiring to attain?
Fame Doesn’t Always Equal Success
As a professional musician, I work with many people in the music industry who you will never hear about. They make so much money and have had long careers, yet aren’t widely known. I also know some celebrity music artists who are popular, but desperately looking for work. Check out this slide show of 15 Musicians Gone Broke.
“One hit wonders” are another example of fame not equaling success. You can write a popular song. It might become a hit for a short amount of time (and bring you some money), but the world never hears about you after that. Here’s one of my favorite “one hit wonders”:
NOTE: This song sold 11 million copies making it one of the best-selling singles of all time. However, the song overshadowed the rest of Carl Douglas’ career.
In no way do I mean discourage you from pursuing fame. However, I encourage you to really think about what success in music means to you.
The Formula to Become Famous
“Studying the people who have got rich, we find that they are an average lot in all respects, having no greater talents and abilities than other men. It is evident that they do not get rich because they possess talents and abilities that other men have not, but because they happen to do things in a Certain Way.”
Wallace D. Wattles – The Science of Getting Rich (affiliate link)
The above quote reminded me that there are formulas for everything, including becoming famous.
Here are Cari Cole’s 7 Steps to Stardom (affiliate link):
While the steps might seem simple, ach step requires specific actions. Learn how to act quickly on the 7 steps when you register for Cari Cole’s FREE training call, 7 Steps to Stardom (affiliate link).
Finally, I have to ask you: