on February 21, 2012 at 12:35 AM
Yes, that is true, everybody wants a piece of the cake!
With shows like American Idol and The Voice, young talents think they can simply go auditiioning, they'll get in, win the competition and they'll have an assured career. That is definitely far from reality... Unfortunately, we live in a society of "entitlement", where actually working hard to get what you want seems to be a lost concept.
Looking at the Barbara Streisand or Celine Dions of this world, these people work hard to get where they are and have been able to sustain a long career. Celine had a long career in Quebec, unknown to the American public (or the rest of Canada for that matter!) before she had her first hit in the States. I remember her at 14 when she started, long long time ago.
These days, everybody wants instant stardom and with youtube and social media, yes, it could happen, but how long will your moment of fame last? Just until someone else comes along and becomes the new viral thing!
Same goes for music producers wanting to produce you and make you famous. Please be careful about anything offered to you or requested from you when it comes to that sort of thing. I do have "music producers" sometimes approaching me, looking for talent and I am always careful and make sure to ask the right questions, a LOT of them! Any producer or casting agency asking you for money up front or to pay for extras (classes, photos, workshops, registration fee) should make you worried. Again, ask more questions, do your research. Any producer offering you to launch your career without hearing a demo from you first seems a bit strange to me, and I have seen that many times.
So, nobody will make you famous, when it seems too good to be true, well... You are in control of your career and you are driving it. Of course, jump on opportunities coming to you, always, but success won't come wrapped up in a nice box with a big ribbon. That's just too easy and unfortunately, it doesn't work that way. Ya gotta put a little effort into it.