By Gwyneth Allred
Almost everyone can agree that the internet is extremely helpful in our day and age. Two of the greatest abilities that it has is broadening the reach of communication and increasing our access to entertainment. Today we are seeing more and more stars rise to fame through it.
Most people are familiar with how Justin Bieber was discovered. A manager found some of his videos on YouTube, thought he was great, took him to meet Usher, and his career took off from there. Regardless of what you think of him as a person, the hair swoosh was a revolutionary trend for preteen and teenage boys and his new album isn’t half bad. “The Bieb” is now 22 and already a well-known and well-toured musician.
Pop music isn’t your thing? May I introduce you to Darren Criss, the young man who played Blaine on Glee and now performs on Broadway. Darren was first a part of a musical parody of Harry Potter, called “A Very Potter Musical” while attending the University of Michigan. This parody was released on YouTube and received a lot of attention, which led to his casting on Glee and then Broadway. He has gone from that afro-headed-Harry-Potter-college-production to a Broadway sensation! All by the age of 29.
Most recently on the radio, Ruth B. has captured the hearts of listeners through her song “Lost Boy”, which started as a 6-second-long Vine that became a hit and convinced her to turn her Vine into a full song. This 20-year-old just signed a contract with Columbia Records and is well on her way to fulfilling her dream of professionally making music.
It took only 6 SECONDS for people to realize how incredible this young woman’s talent was. That’s less time than you take to brush your teeth in the morning! If you are an aspiring artist, get your videos out there! If you are good enough, the chances of you being found increase so much simply because of accessibility. Post videos, blogs, online magazines, and get the word out, because the more you do, the sooner your dreams will materialize right in front of you.