Believe it or not, I hear that all the time from students and their parents coming into my studio for the first time. Usually I start the consultation with a few questions including "What do you want to be when you grow up?" I encourage them to shoot from the hip, tell me their wildest dreams, how do they see themselves 5 or 10 years form now. I watch as their eyes light up, their posture straightens and they say "I want to be a star!"
That's all very fine and dandy, but let me break it down a bit for you. Let's start by referring to this as show business or a career in the music arts. I've yet to see a college course offering a degree in stardom. So, what can you do to see if you have what it takes to be in this business? I suggest start by studying the subject that pertains to your art. If you want to be a violinist in an orchestra, you will have to study the instrument for many years and master it before you will even be able to audition. Why would becoming a pop star be any different? What comes first - the voice! Have you studied voice? Do you know your instrument? What if your voice is tired or you are sick - do you know what to do to get through a performance? There are so many incredible voice teachers all around the world in large and small cities and if there are none nearby, many teach on Skype. Find one and get to work!
Talent comes first. Without the talent, how can you begin to think of planning out a career path? Sure, I've heard some of you say "but he can't sing, how come he's a star?" Or "she sucks, it's obvious she's got auto-tune on everything." Yep, well...that's life and that's what you're up against, so you'd better have incredible talent to start with so you can cut out some of the competition. And don't fret if you're not a natural singer. If you can carry a tune you can work your ass off on your craft and become great. Just be true to who you are and be respectful of your limitations.
Talk to me. Ask me questions. I love hearing from you!