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5 Tips That Will Help You Become A Star

I've been writing songs for eva.' I've been doing this music thing since I was a teenager and the only regret I have is wishing I would've pursued it full time when I was around 18 or 19. Instead, I chose to do the safe thing and the safe thing turned out to be not so safe at all. Trust me, I've been there. If you treat your craft as a hobby, you will only have "hobby" results. If you have a fall back plan then you are planning to fall back!

Your parents, family, mentors, etc ... will tell you to go to school, get a degree, build a career and work on your art later or as a hobby. THEY ARE DEAD WRONG! I can not stress that enough. They mean well but they are wrong. I think it's safe to say none of them have built a successful, life long, career in the entertainment industry. They can only tell you how have to have a successful every day life. There's nothing wrong with that. But, if you want to be a successful musician, actor, producer, director, etc..., the only rule they and a good 9-5 type of life have in common, is hard work. Everything else doesn't apply. Think of it like this; would you listen to a gas station attendant giving you medical advice? If you're smart, you wouldn't.

You are only young once. Everything else will still be there later. Give yourself a fixed period of time, say 5 years, to make a name for yourself. Don't get any girls pregnant or don't get pregnant. Don't get strung out on drugs Make your craft your top priority. Eat sleep and breathe your art within that time. But, be firm about your time line. If it doesn't happen by the end of your allotted time line, go on about your life with full knowledge that you gave it your best. Trust me, there is nothing worse than reaching middle age and wishing you would have taken your music more seriously when you had the chance. Think about it; what do you have to lose? If you fail epically, you can always go to school, or whatever it is you want to do. But, if you make it, you are set for life and you can take care of whatever wife, husband and kids you may acquire. And, you can do so in grand style. But, you have zero chance of making that happen if you don't put yourself out there.

1.The only thing that won't be there later is your youth. And believe me, it's easier building a career in entertainment when you're young and you're in touch with what's going on. You will never, ever be as innovative and artistically relevant than you are now.

2.You will never have as much energy and drive as you do now.

3.You will never have the opportunity to singly focus on your creativity like you do now. Wife, husband, kids and career will always take precedent over your music.

4. For the guys, any woman who does not want you because you don't have a career/money at this point in your life isn't the kind of woman you want. Trust me on this. I've had money and I've been broke. The women you meet while you're a struggling artist are the best ones in the world. I kick myself over the good girls I let get away when I was your age selling plasma for money to pay for studio time. These girls never cared about money, they would bring me food and believed in my dream. Fast forward a few years and most of these women have turned into great wives and mothers who put their families/husbands first. You are a man. You have no biological clock. You can always have a wife and kids. You are better equipped at thirty to have a good marriage than you are now. Take advantage of this time in your life and follow your dream.

 5. Girls, don't get hung up on guys who try to control you or want you to forget your goals and settle down. They aren't for you. Girls are sometimes so quick to please the guys they like, they sometimes lose themselves. Make sure you date men who'll support your dreams NOT boys who will suppress them.

Pursue your craft first. Give it your all. Move to a location where it will be easier to get your career started if you have to. Struggle, starve and finally, triumph. Whatever you have to do, do it. Get it done. Work hard, stay drug free and childless. Everything else worth having will be there when your done. This time in your life is fleeting. Take advantage of it while you can. Good luck.

Lateef

 

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