Food for thought: the average American watches 4 hours of TV per day. That’s right–FOUR hours, PER DAY.  If the average American spent 4 hours per day doing anything, ANYTHING more productive, can you imagine how much better of a nation we would be? If we spent four hours per day mentoring kids, or parenting our own, or helping animals, or standing up for human rights, or cleaning up the environment, or exercising, or learning new skills, or meeting our neighbors, or ANYTHING but watching TV? Jesus H. Christ–I can’t even get my head around what a different world it would be.

My point being, if you have a dream, like I have a dream, step number one to achieving that dream, no matter what it is, is TURNING OFF THE TV. Just do it. Even if Dr. Phil is in the middle of a sentence. Turn it off, get off the couch, eliminate TV watching as an option for a time filler in your mind, and go do the things you need to do to get where you want to go. Go do research on the internet. Go practice a skill. Go network with a contact. Go work out. Go keep yourself healthy. Go make a new contact. Get out of the house. Learn something. Do something. Achieve something. Make a “to do” list. Map out how you’re going to get where you want to go.

Even if you only watch an hour of TV a day, it adds up. That’s seven hours a week. In seven hours, you can do a lot. In seven hours, I could write seven songs, or reach out to a hundred music bloggers, or research a boatload of other artists’ career paths, or practice a new song on the guitar until it was perfect. Or expand my fan base.

Time is exceedingly valuable. I’ve come a long way in the two years I’ve been working on my music career, but it took thousands of hours, divided over hundreds of days. I haven’t watched four hours of TV in a single day in a LONG time, and I don’t plan on ever really doing it again in my life. I used as many of my free hours as possible to do things that would help me get somewhere in my music career, and in two years of putting my free hours to good use, I have made many new friends and contacts, kept up old friendships, learned web design, recording and music production, written an album, put my album up for sale on iTunes, Amazon, and many other sites, made four music videos, learned to play guitar, expanded my fan base, done shows, and on and on and on, all while holding down a full time dayjob.

Nobody who has ever made it at anything, especially music, has done it by sitting on their ass watching TV. Making it is a full time job. TV will not help you make it in any way, ever. So stop watching TV and start moving towards getting on it!

I’m a pop star. I’d say “aspiring pop star,” but doesn’t that sound pathetic? It does. So I’m a pop star. A tiny, relatively unknown pop star making her way up the ladder one rung at a time, but a pop star nonetheless. I make pop music. I have fake blonde hair. I dance. I have music videos. What other credentials do I need?

Anyway, even before I started on the journey of making pop music my career, I always wondered: HOW DO POP STARS BECOME POP STARS??!?!!? How does a normal person become Britney Spears or Madonna or Janet Jackson? How do you get from rural Louisiana or Michigan or Indiana to Madison Square Garden with 20,000 people screaming your name? On all the E! True Hollywood Stories and artist bios, they always skip over the few moments or months in a person’s life that led to them reaching the level of success they have reached. It’s always “Britney Jean Spears was born on December 2, 1981 in Kentwood, Louisiana…then she took dance classes…then she was on Mickey Mouse Club…then she had a number 1 album!”

I don’t know about you, but I’m interested in what happened between Mickey Mouse Club and the number one album. Whom did she meet? What did they tell her? How many times did she fail before she succeeded? What did she have to change about herself to get where she was going? How did she feel about it? With whom did she work, and what did they bring to the table?

The purpose of this blog is to demystify the process of becoming a pop star. Not as it was for Britney Spears, but as it will be for me. My biggest dream in life is to make a living making music people love, and to do it in a big, big way. If people with no parents, no money, no support, and no connections can do it, then so can I.

Along the way I’ll probably get pretty self-helpy as well, simply because it seems that every time I doubt something about myself and my prospects, I find a reason (or ten) not to, and I want to share that.

But mainly, I’ll detail every aspect of what happens to me along this journey: who I meet, what they say, what I learn, mistakes I make, how everything feels, my successes, my failures, dreams fulfilled and hopes dashed and plans changing.

By reading this blog, you’ll learn a lot about how to make progress in the music industry and what you can do to further your own career and life. Whether you want to be a pop star or not, you’ll realize you really can do whatever you want in your life and there is simply nothing holding you back, because you’ll see me put those ideas into practice before your very eyes.

So buckle your seatbelts. Prepare for takeoff!

Hey all, if you’re looking for the many blog posts I made prior to November 2008, please read them on my myspace blog, here: http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.ListAll&friendID=151278698.

They consist of entries made from when I first started doing music seriously as my career up through winning at the Apollo, making my first music video, getting my album done, doing open mics, and getting my music accepted to Pump Audio and RumbleFish, so if you’re interested in seeing how I did all that, please read all about it there.

From now on, I will make all my posts here and copy them to the myspace blog as well. Happy reading!