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Many times when working one-on-one with artists, either to write their
bio for them or to help them prepare to talk about themselves in a media
interview, I often hear them say, "But I don't have a story of hardship
like all the other artists have." First of all, not all artists have
stories of overwhelming hardships, and not all stories have to be sad or
devastating to be interesting. This mentality of "I have to have a
(for lack of a better term) 'sob story' to be successful as an artist,"
comes from too many nights of sitting in front of the TV watching American Idol and The Voice.
The reason we see a lot of background stories of hardship from the
contestants on these shows is because the contest is being televised,
and stories of hardship and overcoming those hardships make for great TV
and great ratings. But is your goal to be on TV, or is it to be a
successful artist regardless of how you arrive at that goal?
There are plenty of artists who have had lives of mostly "smooth
sailing" while also being recognized as relatable and endearing to
audiences (take Taylor Swift for example). I have some clients who fall
into the "overcoming all odds" story category (one in particular who
has an AMAZING story of injury and recovery that TV producers salivate
over), and I have some clients who fall in the "life is good and always
has been" story category. With both types of clients, I teach each of
them how to tell their own personal story in a compelling way that still
touches the audience members' hearts no matter what their background
includes. Do you know how to tell your story? Better yet, do you know
how you want the rest of your story to look as your future unfolds?
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