Well this is just something from my observation, but it always seemed to me that people that start off from places like Youtube and what not seem to make it further in doing what they excel in. I don’t really even want to just restrict this to just Youtube, but anything from a website, or any other form of media out there though Youtube is what I’m using as an example.
Hard Work Pays Off
From my perspective, I think that when you see all these people who go on American Idol and whatever spin offs came after it, I see these people as being handed their careers on a silver plater. Sure they all worked hard to develop their talents, but they didn’t put that much work into making themselves known. I call that their 15 minutes of fame since majority of them who even win disappear or don’t make it that far.
Though when I see all these Youtube stars, or just popular people all over the web, they make it to the level they are at and manage to go beyond because they have that drive to do it for them. They build up their fanbase from square one, they enjoy what they do and that’s what keeps them delivering more.
When I look at those who go through these contests and shows for a deal, they seem to always be putting up a front or some image to appeal to the people. That’s not really them that you see as much as they try to open up to you. I look at these Youtube stars and others around the web and I see real people that are always being themselves. They aren’t trying to impress anyone and no one watches them for them to be anything but who they are. It’s being true to yourself and what you do that keeps you going to entertain yourself and the people who sign in everyday for their entertainment too.
A lot of you know Lindsey Stirling, the hip hop violinist, though if you don’t click the link which I figure about half won’t I’ll just talk about her anyways. Like many others who wanted to get a contract from America’s Got Talent or any other one of those shows, she tried and failed. I mean they basically tore her act down because they just weren’t ready for someone like her or what her talents could offer. Even turned down by any record label afterwards because they weren’t interested in her type of performance. So like any other person down on their luck Lindsey decided to just upload her stuff to Youtube, and to her surprise people liked her stuff.
From there she uploaded more, gained a growing fanbase, and a lot of what she does is by their request. Not only this but her rise to quick popularity also gained her much admiration from other Youtube stars who would either promote her stuff or be in her videos. Actually she interacts with her fans enough that some of them are in her music videos too. She has only been on for a year now and has performed on CBS, is coming out with an album that’s already selling and going on a tour that’s sold out. That’s a big step for someone who felt that she was probably going nowhere.
Like I said, hard work pays off and if there’s something that you like to do then you do it for fun and you do it for yourself. The minute it becomes anything more then that is when you will start to lose that spark that got you into it like many others do which is why they fall off when they have their future handed to them by American Idol, America’s Got Talent or whatever else show that copies them.
This is just my view on it all, but let me know what you think or if there’s someone specific out there who would be a great example of this.
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