Guitar Lessons: Is Being Famous All It Cracked Up To Be?



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I’ve been having a few regrets lately now that I’ve seen how far One Direction have come, and how great they are after being on The X Factor .I’m 16, I love singing, and I play guitar too. I used to have lessons in singing, drama and dance but I stopped after it became too expensive. I have also been to a record label, and done an interview before on their request. Something about how serious it all became once I was at the label, scared me as I was only 14, so I didn’t take them up on their offer after the interview. Now, I’m thinking of the ‘what-ifs’ I don’t want to be famous really, but I just love singing so much, and performing makes me happy and gives me a rush. Should I just practice, and keep it as a hobby?
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Comments

  1. Oakey Dokey says:

    You get yourself out there girl!! If you are good there is no reason why you shouldn’t be famous!! I would do anything to be famous..

    GOOD LUCK
    X

  2. DR + Mrs Bears face says:

    It depends what sort of person you are.
    Many celebs keep their private lives private.
    Others cannot cope with the attention and take to drink or drugs. The media can be very intrusive and change from loving you to hating you according to what sells the most newspapers.
    Personally I wouldn’t want it.

  3. Lizzy says:

    One thing you should know is if you want to be famous, you have to understand your life and family and friends will have to change. You signed up to be famous, and you can’t complain about the paparazzi and stuff. When they’re interested and fans come up to you, you cant shrug them away. You have to be thankful and kind because they’re the ones who gave you the career. If you’re okay with giving up your private life, then it’s a good choice! If you aren’t so open and you don’t want to be annoyed by paparazzi and stuff, don;t do it. Don’t turn out like Miley Cyrus who complains all the time. What I’m saying is…think about it carefully 😀 Good luck

  4. The Monk says:

    I have no desire to become rich or famous. I work in care and see older people, some who have had lots of fortune and the like to those less fortunate….

    You know what they all say to me? Find something that makes you happy and stick with it…

    So if singing makes you happy – do it – but don’t do it just to become famous, do it for yourself…

  5. Pedro says:

    The people who crave or even need fame are usually people with no real talent – watch any episode of the X factor for proof!

    Dude, you need to watch that ‘starsuckers’ documentary on 4OD while you still can….
    http://www.channel4.com/programmes/starsuckers/4od

    If you are good at what you do, musically, you will make some good work or get some good gigs – why don’t you pursue the creative arts through college?.

    Trust me, the mainstream music industry is probably one of the most poorly-paid industries for the majority of the workforce (lots of people earning less than a cleaner does). Label houses are filled with dreamers and drugged-up gob-shites, all run by people that, in most cases, don’t even like music that much. You’d be surprised – it’s just business to most of ’em. Still sound like fun?

    Practice and keep it as a hobby, if you’re good, then you might make some money, but it doesn’t really matter if you’re ‘famous’ or not in the long-run.

    “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.” – Andy Warhol.

  6. Kab says:

    I am sure you are not ready to give up your music. I am also sure that you were not ready at 14.
    Most of us take it one step at a time. You obviously love your music. Do not give it up. Keep playing. If you enjoy performing, find places to play like receptions, banquets and coffee houses. It you want to take another step later, you will know when.
    Is being famous all it is cracked up to be. Sometimes yes, but sometimes no.

  7. Venshore says:

    I have always been a firm believer of giving something back to your community and for those less fortunate than you. I do perform professionally, but I also enjoy performing at retirement homes, hospital shut-ins, and mental institutions. Share your love of music with others in your church or the local jail or prison. They really appreciate the music and you are bringing them something that breaks up the monotony of their situation. You have been blessed with a gift, share it. A performance in a locked down ward will erase all the horrible bars, crooked managers, and rude patrons that you deal with, and brings you a feeling that it’s sure nice to be here.

  8. OnTheRock says:

    I’m quite content not being famous, but some people seem to thrive on fame and attention. I think it depends on the person really. A lot of famous people don’t seem to deal with it very well though. For me, singing and playing guitar in church on Sunday morning and having people tell me they really liked the music is quite fine. I don’t think I’d like all that’s required to be a really famous performer with the constant travel and being away from my family and never sleeping in the same city 2 nights in a row, having nothing private in my life, etc, etc. Some people like that sort of thing and find it exciting though.

  9. OU812 says:

    What I don’t get is when kids say music is all that matters to them, followed by how do I get famous. No one that really cares about musics cares if they get rich or famous from it or not. There are tons of us out there with a passion for music. We may be doctors, lawyers, or whatever Monday – Friday, but on the weekend we get to perform the music we love in the venues we choose to play because it isn’t our main source of income so we can pick and choose what we do. All we care about is getting on stage and performing regardless of how much money we make or whether we’re in front of 100 people or 100,000. So what do you have a passion for, playing music or getting famous? If it’s playing music then nothing can stop you from that regardless of your career choice or anything else.

  10. Monkey Clogs says:

    No.

    You might also want to consider whether you would still love your music as much if it was your job. Performing the same song over and over, spending all that time away from friends and family. Being judged constantly not just on how well you sing/play but on what you wear, how you move, what you say…