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Music as a career

I'm in 11th grade and ive relatively had success being a singer by posting covers on the site Youtube. I got up to 60,000+ views in each video without telling my friends about it, because i was doing popular songs so it was easy for people around the world to find me without promoting myself. But soon stopped. I'm not sure if should go to college for the music program, or keep making videos and hope some producer finds me like a lot of other artists that have been discovered. #music #singer

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Michael’s Answer

My suggestion: go to college. You can still make the YouTube videos in college and hope to get picked up. Best thing to remember is no matter how many people have been found on YouTube or other social media platform, there are countless others who are not. And for those who do get picked up, how many of them DON’T make it? You hear about the ones who made it, but nobody talks about the ones who didn’t


Going to school for a music program, and adding in some business classes, will only help you get better with your craft, and will give you the knowledge to help you negotiate contracts.

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Lupita’s Answer

From my experience working in the music industry (primarily concert/event production and journalism), the entertainment industry requires talent, hard work, and connections. College gives you an opportunity to refine your talents and network with other artists and professionals in the field. That said, college is also expensive and a having a degree won't impact your ability to make it as an artist. My approach when I was working in the music industry was to go to a community college that had a strong music and journalism program in a city that had an entertainment industry and expanding my knowledge in other areas. Then when I was sure I wanted to go for something broader than just music industry, I decided to go to a four-year university. I would say if you're undecided about whether to go to college or not, it might be worth exploring community college (again, taking into consideration how the networking and talent-expansion could be available there). If that doesn't seem feasible, then you may want to seek apprenticeships/internships in music industry to start forming connections and learning how the industry works.

Lupita recommends the following next steps:

Research entertainment industry opportunities in your desired area
Reach out to professionals in your field to connect and ask to learn from them
Go to networking events (concerts, artist gathers, etc)
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