If you are an aspiring pop star, singer or musician you may want to get a record deal to get your name known and turned into a household name. This can prove to be a difficult task for many especially if you are from a small town. Your chances of winning a record deal by entering a contest are slim and nobody records a demo and sends it to various record labels expecting to hear back positive word within a week. Times have changed and the atmosphere for getting a record deal has changed as well.
The world of music and showmanship now involves a lot of digital creations with social networking and instant communication highly sought after as an artist you have the ability to reach your desired target in just a couple minutes using any of these tools or the most popular YouTube. At the moment this seems like the ideal thing to do and you may have even done it already but the truth is after positing your music on YouTube you are still a far cry from getting that record deal that you so desire. There are a couple of things you need to know about getting a record deal.
- Getting a record deal is not just about getting exposure, you can find exposure with Facebook likes and Twitter followers or YouTube video comments but these people that you are exposing yourself to are not the ones who can get you the record label deal so why even bother to invest too much time in that. Well you want to still keep up your social following you may say. There is nothing wrong with that just remember that getting the record deal is your ultimate goal.
- The people offering the record deals have not changed their methods. They aren’t looking for you on YouTube and Facebook but instead are attending live performances to find that new thing “golden ticket”.
But how do you get A&R executives to see that you have a lot of promise and are worth being taken under their wings. How do you get into these performance shows that they attend so that they can actually see what you are made of? The answer is simple you need to be persevering. You want to impress upon these executives that you don’t stop at the first sign of a glitch and that you have the desire to make it big in the industry.
You will need to show that you are not willing to back down until you have had your voice heard. Start doing live performances and get merchandise made to advertise yourself. Finance your albums and have them for sale even if it is just from your car. Ensure that you take copies with you to performances so that you can sell them afterwards as well. Do everything within your power to get people to be interested with you. Doing this long enough will allow you to get the recognition you need to get that record deal.