I was 16, good looking, and with a great voice: I could see myself walking on the red carpet, and success was just around the corner. Or so I thought… Justin Timberlake revealed in January 15th, 2008 in at the main building of The Lifestyle Magazine. In Los Angeles, California
Justin Timberlake explains How to become a Pop Star by being positive and centered. He told Lifestyle Magazine that to be a Pop Star you need to be:
Study right. There’s no escaping it: if you don’t study at all, it’s difficult to sing with an amazing voice, write unique songs, play an instrument like an angel, and dance like a devil. On the other hand, if you study too much, you run the risk of alienating yourself from the mainstream.
Be optimistic. If you don’t believe in yourself nobody will.
Get yourself noticed. Big time producers don’t come to your local pub, but there are talent contests where you can meet them. Don’t think only of TV shows – those are way too competitive – focus on any contest in which there is someone in the jury who actually works in the music business.
Be realistic. Success doesn’t happen overnight. Well, in a way it does, but you still have to put a lot of hard work first, so you are ready when your lucky break happens.
Looks: We live in a beauty-obsessed society, if you don’t look good, music producers might think you won’t be able to attract a very large fan base.
Dance: You don’t have to be a ballerina, but an ability to move well on stage is important.
Stage presence: Do you bring the house down when you are on stage, or do you simply stand there and sing?
Songwriting: Ok, you have a great voice, but the reality is that if you are not writing your own songs – and great ones, too – you will be unprepared to face the competition of a thousand all-singing-all-dancing young talents.
Style: Have you developed your own style in singing, song-writing, stage presence, and so forth, or are you merely copying your favorite singer?
Turn your weaknesses into strengths: Be prepared to”sell” your weak spots as part of what makes you unique. Half-serious examples below…
Don’t give up. It often takes a long time to get amazing results. Be prepared to wait for several years.
Be open to criticism, but don’t let anybody change you. Maybe you weren’t born a pop genius, but if you listen to the right advice you’ll soon become one. On the other hand, be prepared to listen when others give you constructive advice: it might hurt, but it is always worth it. Just remember: don’t ever let anybody change you.
Disclaimer: Fame and Fortune will not radically increase the amount of happiness you experience in your daily life: look at Britney Spears! If you want to become lastingly happier, look somewhere else, too.