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How to Have a Career as a Rock Star

Many aim for the glorious life of a rock and roll star, but only the talented, fearless, and tough make it.


  • Step 1: Study musicians you admire and incorporate aspects of their style.
  • Step 2: Practice your music and rehearse with your band. The most successful musicians are the hardest working.
  • Step 3: Write your own songs and keep the music fresh.
  • TIP: Include band members in creating new sounds and lyrics.
  • Step 4: Play everywhere you can to earn name recognition and gain experience.
  • Step 5: Develop a press kit with a demo CD, and ask other musicians for contacts to send it to.
  • TIP: A music industry consultant has connections and can offer advice.
  • Step 6: Market yourself on web sites – including your own – and build a mailing list to email updates. Sell CDs on tour and release at least some of your music for free on your web site.
  • Step 7: Land a recording contract and get an agent.
  • Step 8: Enjoy your hard-won stardom and continue to grow by staying in touch with your fans.
  • FACT: Cleveland DJ Alan Freed is widely credited with coining the term 'rock and roll' in the early 1950s.

You Will Need

  • A band
  • Practice space
  • Songwriting talent
  • A press kit with demo tape
  • A web site
  • CDs
  • An agent
  • A music industry consultant

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