Chit Chatting with Ali B

 

Written by: Jill Sheets

Up and coming 16-year-old Ali B started her singing career in school talent shows and after-school programs. She was 13 years old when she decided that she wanted to start recording. A couple of songs that she has recorded are “Kiss Me Goodbye” and “Strangers In Love.” Keep reading and learn about her, those songs, and what it was like recording for the first time.

 

R: Tell us about yourself and how you got your start in the music business.

A: I am 16 years old and currently a senior in high school who is living the double life of quiet school girl by day and singer/songwriter by night. I have always had a passion for music and I am so thankful that I am on my journey to conquering my dreams. I’ve always sang growing up, but nothing big, just school talent shows and after-school programs. It wasn’t until I was around thirteen that I decided that I wanted to start recording music. I began searching online for local recording studios and I came across The Loft Sound Studio. I had my dad call up and we began going in there. The loft sound studio is one of the studios I go to all of the time and I am so proud of all the progression I have made over the past three years. After recording cover songs for a while, I started working on original music and now I have so many exciting projects I’m working on that I can’t wait to share with everyone.

 

R: What was it like being in the recording studio for the first time?

A: Being in the recording studio for the first time was kind of a shell shock to me. It was so professional and was a little intimidating at first. I remember I would go in and not say a word but then as soon as I got in front of that microphone I was like a whole other person. It was a big difference from just singing in my room to a big professional recording studio. Over the years I have discovered that the recording studio is like my second home. I feel happiest there–it’s somewhere where I can really just let go, be myself, and show who I am and what I’m feeling through music. In my opinion, there is no better feeling than that.

 

R: Tell our readers about your songs “Kiss Me Goodbye” and “Strangers In Love.”

A: “Kiss Me Goodbye” and “Strangers In Love” are my latest two singles out right now, and I am so excited about them. “Kiss Me Goodbye” was my first original single that we shot a music video for, which you can find on Indimusic.tv right now! Both of these songs I wrote at a time in my life where I was very much in love and at a time where my heart was broken. Everybody always asks me “who do you write your songs about?” I don’t really have an answer to that question because when I write songs, I write from my heart and about what I’m going through at that time.

 

R: What have been some of your favorite covers to sing?

A: This is definitely a challenging question. Any song I cover I usually wind up building some sort of connection to. If I had to narrow it down, it would be the song “Camouflage” by Selena Gomez. I chose this one because at the time that I recorded this song I was going through something that was exactly what the song was explaining. It was a song where when I sang it I felt like I was telling my own story. Music has always been an outlet for me whether I am sad, happy or just having a bad day. As hard as it was for me to build up the strength to sing the song at the time, it was almost a feeling of relief when I would sing it because I felt like all of my emotions were coming out through the song.

 

 

R: If you could go back in time, what singers would you want to tour with?

A: There are so many incredible artists that I look up to and would love to tour with. If it was a band probably either One Direction or Fifth Harmony, just because I feel like both of these bands have grown together so much and started out as just contestants on a show to now some of the most successful groups ever. Some others would be Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, Halsey, and Michael Jackson. Not only would it be an incredible honor to share the stage with them, but I feel like they are all so incredibly talented and worked so hard for where they are now.

 

R: Not only do you sing, but you are also a songwriter. What is your writing process? How do you come up with the ideas for the songs?

A: The process of my songwriting is different all of the time. Sometimes I will come up with a song lyric in my head and think, “oh, that would be a great chorus or hook” and then base the song around that. Other times I will be in a mood and just write out all of my feelings and try to come up with sentences and phrases that can bounce off one another. Being a songwriter is one of my favorite parts of being a singer because it allows me to express myself through my music.

 

R: What has been your favorite song that you have written?

A: I write all of my songs, which makes me have such a special connection to them. I would have to say my favorite one that I have written is an unreleased one which I can’t spill too much about yet! I can promise that it will be out within the next few months and I cannot wait to share it with everyone. This was a song that I wrote when I felt broken inside and didn’t know what to do, or who to even talk to. With that being said I came home one day, sat on my bed and wrote this song in about 10 minutes. This song is a question as to why something ended the way that it did. This song has always been a challenge for me to sing because of how emotionally involved I am in it. I think that this song is something that everyone can relate to, and I want people to know that they are not alone when they feel this way.

 

R: I read that you wanted to visit Greece. Why and are there any other places you would like to visit?

A: Yes! The world is such a beautiful place and there are so many places that I want to visit. Greece is somewhere I have always dreamed of going because I am fascinated by the culture and way of life. I think it would be really cool to go and explore another part of the world that is so different than where I am from. I also want to visit Bora Bora and Fiji.

 

 

R: What has been your first “starstruck” moment? Who was it and what happened?

A: I am thankful to be able to say that I have had multiple “starstruck” moments, but my first one was probably when I met Hannah Montana/ Miley Cyrus. She is someone that I absolutely thought the world of growing up. She was and still is one of my inspirations. I remember I was in line at one of her book signings to meet her and I was so nervous to even look at her. It almost didn’t feel real. She was super nice and we took a picture that I still have to this day!

 

R: Do you have any charities or causes that are close to your heart?

A: I can tell you that I am in the process of partnering up with some charities that I am so excited to start to be a part of!

 

R: What are five things people may not know about you?

A:   1. I have an obsession with junk food and sweets. I could literally eat ice cream, candy, and cookies every single day.

2. I really want a dog.

3. My dream car is a Range Rover.

4. I have an obsession with Disney.

5. I write all my songs myself.

 

R: What advice would you give teenager girls these days?

A: If there is anything I could say, it would be to never listen to what other people think of you. Growing up I’ve had an endless amount of people make fun of me or tell me I’m not good enough, but I never and will never let that stop me. It’s up to you to make the life that you want and will make you happy.

 

R: Other than this one, what is the strangest question you have ever been asked?

A: To be honest I don’t think I’ve been asked a “strange” question yet.

 

R: Are you on any social networking sites? Which ones and what are their addresses?  Do you have an official website and/or YouTube page?

A: Yes of course! You can follow my Instagram @alisonberke to see footage from some of my performances, newest pictures, and to keep up with where you might be able to find me next. My twitter is @alison_berke where you can also stay updated on my performances, where you can find me, my funny retweets and also just to see what I’m up to that day. My snapchat is @aliiberke1023 where you will discover I may or may not have an obsession with filters, what I’m up to, and maybe sometimes even some sneak peeks into what I’m working on! My official website is http://alisonberkemusic.com but you can also find my music on my Soundcloud, Facebook, and YouTube, which is Alison Berke Music! My three singles are available for download on iTunes & Spotify now!

 

R: Is there anything else you would like to add or say to your fans?

A: I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone who supports me, listens to my music, tells their friends about me, takes time out of their day to listen to me, or to even like or comment under one of my posts. I appreciate everything more then you could imagine. I will continue being me and sharing my music with you all and I am excited what the future has in store for us. This is a long and hard journey, but if there is one thing I am certain, it is that I will never give up no matter who tries to stop me.

 

Picture credit: Donnie Klang and Matthew LaPorte at The Loft Sound Studio

Meet Singer and YouTube Star Savannah Outen

 

1o years ago Savannah Outen decided to post a video of herself singing on YouTube. Now she’s gaining popularity fast with over 500,000 subscribers and performances at world famous venues such as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Be sure to check out her channel and listen to her brand new single “Coins.”

 

R: How did you get into music?

S: I fell in love with music at a young age. I remember singing along to Beauty and the Beast at the top of my lungs and wishing I could be Belle. But it wasn’t until I was 13 that I told my parents I wanted to make it a career of mine. They started taking me to talent competitions in LA and then suggested I start a YouTube channel.

 

R: When did you start your YouTube channel? What made you want to start it?

S: 10 years ago! It’s so crazy. My parents suggested I post a video because maybe someone from the industry would see it. But then something even better came out of it. I started gaining an amazing group of supporters.

 

R: What was it like performing at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade?

S: AMAZING. That was always a childhood dream of mine. It’s hard to describe what it was like. I honestly don’t remember most of it because I was so excited. But what I do remember is my hand falling asleep because I was waving at thousands and thousands of people alongside the parade route for three hours. I was so honored that they asked me and will NEVER forget that experience.

 

R: Tell us about your new single “Coins.” What’s the story behind it?

S: I’ve been in this industry for 10 years and I’ve always been told how I should talk, dress, sing. So this is my response to all those people. It’s important in any aspect of life to be yourself. It’s been awesome seeing my supporters say this is their anthem. That’s exactly what I wanted! Here’s the “Coins” lyric video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmEp4DQ1TQs

 

R: What are some of your plans for the future?

S: I’m releasing a single before the end of the year! I’m so stoked. I’m also getting ready to open up for Haley Reinhart on a few dates of her tour!

 

R: I heard you started a jewelry line. Can you tell us a little about that?

S: Yes! They reached out to me last year asking if I wanted to create a collection with them. I’ve always wanted to make jewelry so I was so happy they asked! We created some amazing rings and earrings that have a classic but edgy feel.

 

R: Are there any charities close to your heart?

S: I’m a huge animal lover, so any charity that supports animals. I also support the Thirst Project. It’s an amazing non-profit organization that brings safe drinking water to communities around the world who don’t have access.

 

R: Is there anything else you would like to add?

S: Make sure to follow my instagram @therealsavannah and keep an eye out for future concert dates and news about the next single!

Chit Chat with Singer Sammi Rae Murciano

Written by:  Jill Sheets
16-year-old Singer/Song writer, Sammi Rae’s career, is taking off.  I can see this talented, Long Island, New York native, ending up with a long and amazing career. Continue reading on about her and her music, her influences and what advice she would give teens.  Don’t for to keep an eye on her as her career grows.

 

R: Tell us about yourself and how you got into the music business?

S: Hi my name is Sammi Rae Murciano, I am a 16-year-old singer / songwriter from Long Island, NY. I always loved to sing. I was in chorus and had a solo. Being in front of an audience and performing, was an amazing feeling. I knew this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.

 

R: Tell us about your song “Reflection.”  

S:  Reflection is a very meaningful song that I wrote that looks back at my own personal life experiences. This song is about how I was bullied and all of the hardships I faced, but as a result, I overcame it and became stronger.

 

R: What current music are you working on music wise?  What about cover videos?

S: My single Reflection is out now on iTunes and Spotify. Also, I have two new original songs that are also a part of my EP that I will be releasing in the fall. I will also be releasing music videos for my new original songs. I recently released a cover and music video for Martin Garrix and Dua Lipa’s song Scared To Be Lonely which is on YouTube.

 

R: How do you come up with the ideas for the videos?

S: The way I come up with the ideas for my videos are by really connecting it with the song’s lyrics so that it can portray the message in the song.

 

R: I read that you also write your music.  What is the writing process?  Do you start with the words and how do you come up with the ideas for the songs?

S: When writing an original song, I think about the concept and meaning of the song. Sometimes it’s just in the moment and I write thoughts in my journal which I then turn into a song. A lot of my songs are based on my personal life experiences. They mean so much to me because I am able to express my feelings in a song and help others through difficult times with the message that these songs are portraying.

 

R: Do you have any up and coming plans on recording an album or EP?

S: I have my single “Reflection” out now on iTunes and Spotify. Along with that, I have an EP coming out this fall. This EP will show people a very difficult time in my life that I overcame. I want this EP to inspire others and help them through difficult times in their life.

 

R: Where can people hear or get your music?

S: People can hear my music on iTunes, Spotify, and YouTube. People can also hear me perform live at many different venues.

iTunes:  http://apple.co/2vD3rlC

Spotify: http://spoti.fi/2uDvMuR

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC66ZUFn9ZMCkKb5Ge6LPTKg

 

R: Who has been your biggest influence?

S: Someone who is a major influence to me is my mom. She is the most amazing and caring person. I am so thankful for her endless support. She is always there for me and I’m so lucky to have her in my life and know that I always have someone by my side. She has taught me so much but most importantly to never give up on my dreams. My musical influences are Beyoncé, Demi Lovato, James Arthur, Justin Bieber, Adele and many more.

 

R: What are five things you cannot live without?

S: Five things I can’t live without are my incredible family, my amazing dog Ziggy, music, singing, and my computer.

 

R:  What are your future goals?

S: My future goals are to release more original music, go on tour and perform all over the world. Another goal of mine is to be able to inspire others around the world that if you are passionate about something, you should always follow your dreams.

 

R: What are five things people may not know about you?

S: Five things people may not know about me would be that my name is Samantha Rachel but I go by Sammi Rae, I play basketball, I have two brothers, I performed at Foxwoods and it was an amazing experience, and I have a scar on my left arm.

 

R: It is not easy being a teenager today.  What advice would you give them in general?

S: Some advice I would give teenagers is to live your life to the fullest. Never let anyone bring you down or tell you that you can’t do something. Always follow your heart and never give up on your dreams. If you put your mind to it, you can achieve anything!

 

R: Are you on any social networking sites?  If so, which ones and what are their address?  Do you have an official website and/or YouTube page?

S: I am on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. I also have a YouTube channel and an official website.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sammi_murciano/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sammi_murciano?lang=en

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sammi.murciano/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC66ZUFn9ZMCkKb5Ge6LPTKg

Website: https://www.sammiraemurciano.com

 

R: Is there anything else you would like to add or say to your fans?

S: I would like to say to my fans that I am so thankful for them and all of their support. I would love for them to continue this journey with me!

 

R:  Sammi, thank you for the interview.  It was an honor.  Have a great day.

S: Thank you so much Relate Magazine!

 

Meet Young YouTube Fitness Sensation Alivia D’Andrea (a.k.a. Fiercelivy)

 

If you are looking for some inspiration in regards to fitness and/or a healthy lifestyle, go to YouTube, type Fiercelivy in the search bar, and get ready to work hard and feel great while doing it! Alivia D’Andrea has succeeded in making fitness fun, and her videos are full of inspiration for everyone, whether you dance, cheer, do gymnastics, play sports, or just want to get fit. As a dancer myself, I find her workout and stretching routines very helpful, and I love to hear her words of wisdom and encouragement as she guides you to a healthier, happier you! Be sure to check her out at https://www.youtube.com/user/fiercelivy

 

R: How did you get into fitness and when did living a healthy lifestyle become important to you?

A: Growing up I was always relatively thin, but not fit. My sophomore year in high school, I gained some weight and started to feel lethargic. I wanted to lose the weight, but in a healthy way, so I started researching healthier food options and it just kind of took off from there. After studying and exploring the benefits of a healthier lifestyle, I felt so great inside and out, and wanted to share that with my subscribers.

 

R: What made you want to start a YouTube channel?

A: I wanted to do something that allowed me to project my voice, and I thought YouTube would be a great platform. Little did I know how much I would love making videos. I’ve been on YouTube for about three years now, but it wasn’t until last June that my channel started to really gain popularity. I didn’t receive a lot of recognition my first two years, but I kept at it because I loved it so much. Then last year, I decided to alter the content I was producing, and suddenly the acceptance began to soar.

 

R: What are some of the opportunities you’ve had since you became a YouTuber?

A: My presence on YouTube is still fairly new. However, I recently signed with a talent agency, and I’m looking forward to future opportunities like branding, collaborating with companies, and events.

 

R: What advice do you have for someone who wants to start a healthy lifestyle but doesn’t know how to begin?

A: Make small, specific goals, such as making a commitment to drinking five glasses of water a day. You will be more likely to be consistent, and a little progress each day adds up to big results. Also, your mind is a very powerful thing, so you need to make sure you have the right mindset about leading a healthy lifestyle. Get excited about all the healthy recipes you can try, learn the limits of your body, and reach for greater heights through recreational activities. Fall in love with taking care of your body, mind, and spirit.

 

R: It can be hard to stay motivated. What are some tips?

A: I get this question a lot from my subscribers. My top three tips would be:

  1. Take photos and keep a food journal to keep track of your progress and help you see the bigger picture.
  2. Follow social media accounts that post flexibility and fitness inspo and create a playlist of all the songs that motivate you.
  3. Lastly, don’t think of healthy eating as a diet, think of it as a lifestyle.

 

R: I heard that you travel a lot. Where have you gone? Where would you like to go?

A: I’ve been to China, England, Russia, France, the Caribbean, Italy, Spain, Germany, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, and Hawaii. I would love to visit Shanghai and Bora Bora.

 

R: I know that you dance. What else do you do?

A: I enjoy playing the piano and public speaking.

 

R: What are your social media addresses?

A:

Instagram: @fiercelivy

Twitter: @aliviadandrea

Snapchat: @fiercelivy

 

R: Is there anything else you’d like to add?

A: We see so many tragedies on the news today, and it breaks my heart. As youth, sometimes we may feel like we can’t do much because we’re only “kids,” but remember that simple acts of forgiveness and charity, like donating food or clothes, and even just smiling at someone, are things we can do now. Great achievements can come from many small deeds strung together. Nonetheless, the one constant that can change the world from lonely and bitter to beautiful and compassionate is love. In any form, big or small, love can transform us all.

 

Written by Anna Tallarico

Photo credit: Alivia D’Andrea

 

Chit Chatting with Clara Lukasiak

 

Written by Jill Sheets

 

Recently, I got to interview the adorable dancer Clara Lukasiak. Some of you may have seen her on the hit show Dance Moms. Not only does she dance, but she is adding actress to her resume. You will want to keep an eye out for her–I am sure that this is only the start. Read on and learn about her, her new show, and about her YouTube page.

 

R: Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got into dancing.

C: I’m seven and a half years old. I have an older sister that dances, so I have been in a dance studio with her since I was born. I started my first lessons when I was two!

 

R: What is your favorite thing about dancing?

C: I love ballet!

 

R: You were on Dance Moms. What was it like?

C: It was really fun and I got to finally be a part of filming, but I don’t really remember because I was a baby.

 

R: Tell us about Nicky, Ricky, Dicky, and Dawn and about your character, Lil’ Jill.

C: It was really fun to meet the cast because I’m a really big fan of the show. Lil’ Jill is a basketball superstar, but wanna know a secret? I didn’t really make all of those shots. TV magic!

 

R: What was the audition process like? How did you find out that you got the role?

C: I just went in a room with a casting director and they asked me to pretend that I was playing basketball. My manager called my mom and told her that I got the part!

 

R: Do you have any upcoming projects that you can talk about?

C: You will have to stay tuned!

 

R: If you could work with any five people, who would they be?

C: Tom Hanks, Dwayne Johnson, Chloe Lukasiak, Amy Adams, Reese Witherspoon, and Meg Ryan.

 

R: Tell us about your YouTube page “Clara’s World.” 

C: It’s super fun to make videos, and I like being in charge of making them.

 

R: What has been your favorite memory so far? 

C: I liked swinging on my swing set in my old neighborhood with my best friend, Caroline.

 

R: Who has been your biggest influence and why?

C: My big sister, Chloe. I loved her Teen Choice Award acceptance speech, and she’s just really inspiring to me.

 

R: What has been the best advice that you have ever gotten? Who gave you that advice?

C: Always be yourself. I gave myself that piece of advice.

 

R: What are five things people may not know about you?

C: I like things in order, I am a straight-A student, I have a blanket named “Plinky,” I have freckles, and I love Pinterest!

 

R: What are some of your future goals?

C: I want to sing and own a mall.

 

R: Are you on any social networking sites? If so, which ones and what are their addresses? What is your YouTube page?  

C: Instagram and Twitter: @realclarasworld

My YouTube is “Clara’s World.”

 

R: Is there anything else you would like to add or say to your fans?

C: Thank you for all of your love and support!

 

 

Picture credit: Kenneth Dolin

 

Chit Chatting with Singer Matt Moseley

 

Written by Jill Sheets

Recently I had the honor of interview dancer Matt Moseley. Some of you may have seen him in Sia’s music video for the hit song “The Greatest.”  Matt is trained in jazz, hip-hop, tap, and even swing. This multitalented young man can also sing and act. Read on and learn more about him, what it was like working with Sia (and Ariana Grande) and about his EP.

 

R: Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got into the entertainment business.

M: I can’t really say the day I remember starting in the entertainment business, because it was so long ago! I’ve been apart of this business since as long as I can remember.

 

R: What were your parents’ reactions when they found out you wanted to perform?

M: They’re both very loving, supportive, and forgiving parents. Almost all the time, I’m being told how proud they are, but they try and make sure they’re not too involved in my own career since they both have their own lives and matters to worry about.

 

R: You where featured as a dancer in Sia’s recent music video for her song “The Greatest.” Tell us about that. What was like working with Sia?

M: You can’t imagine just how much fun the filming and downtime process was. So many memories were made during that time. I remember we had to get our heads shaved almost hours before the shoot, and I was the first to volunteer! It may not seem too crazy, but to have to lose all your hair that fast in that short amount of time is quite a lot to handle. Sia was (and is) a phenomenal woman, though. Her smile completely brightens a room, her personality is one of a kind, and she has the mindset to be only creative. She’s a wonderful woman and loves all people.

 

R: You also have been on some network shows. Which shows have you been on?

M: Some shows you might’ve seen me on recently are critically acclaimed shows like So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing with the Stars, The Voice, and many others!

 

R: Not only do you dance, but you are an actor and singer. Tell us about your cover of Jack Miller’s “Dazed and Confused.”

M: The process of filming the video was very fun and a huge learning process. I got to understand the way that the filmmaking process works and it was quite interesting. My co-star was very easy and fun to work around. We’ve actually been apart of the same dance team studio in the past!

 

R: Do you have plans on recording an album or EP?

M: I’ve been working on a couple of originals. I have a couple of melodies stuck in my head, but I definitely want to make 2017 the year that I release my first EP/album.

 

R: Where can people get your music?

M: I post new content on my YouTube channel about every other Friday, I have a SoundCloud page that I post almost all of my covers on, and I also put out small covers on my Instagram (link below).

 

R: I read that you got to work with Ariana Grande. If so, tell us about it.

M: For the past couple of winter seasons, I’ve worked on very engaging and exciting Disney-styled panto productions with a couple of A-list celebrities–Ariana Grande, Olivia Holt, and Jordan Fisher to name a few. I got the chance to work and partner with them, and they are just fantastic! They’re extremely talented people with amazing personalities and I’m looking forward to working more with this company in the future!

 

R: What are some of your upcoming projects?

M: I recently got the opportunity to sign with the social media/TV/movie production company, AwesomenessTV! They’re helping me achieve my dream and work with some of the artists I look up to. I also recently competed in an episode of a popular dance show called Dance Off Juniors on the DanceOn app!

 

R: Do you have a girlfriend? What do you look for in one?

M: The main thing in a girl that I look for is honesty, reliability, humor, trust, and understanding no matter what situations you both may face.

 

R: Who has been your biggest influence?

M: Coming from a teenage boy this might sound clichéd, but I truly believe that Justin Bieber has been a very large influence, not only for me, but for boys and girls around the world who want to spread their talents.

 

R: What are five things people may not know about you?

M: I have a really excellent talent for impressions, I practiced the art of Tai Kwon Do when I was younger, I have three very adorable and quite yippy dogs, I’ve been dancing all styles professionally for over fourteen years, and I’ve also starred in a couple of major short films during my early teen years.

 

R: Other than this one, what is the strangest question you have ever been asked?

M: It’s not a super odd question, but at the time I thought it was borderline strange and I still do. I was picking out a toothbrush from the store because I had to replace my old one, and this guy comes up to me and asks me what color toothbrush I used. I kind of just stood there for a moment and was just taken back, then I responded, but that was probably the strangest question I’ve ever been asked.

 

R: Are you on any social networking sites? If so, which ones and what are their addresses? Do you have an official website and/or YouTube page?

M: All of my social media tags are the same across all platforms. Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, YouTube. They’re all @realmattmoseley.

 

R: Is there anything else you would like to add or say to your fans?

M: I want to just say to every single person that’ll come across to meet me, and find out more about me, that I thank you for your continued support, and that with most of my career, it wouldn’t work without any of you all being there for me. Thank you all, and much love.

 

R: Matt, thank you for the interview. Have a great day.

M: Thank you very much, it was a pleasure talking to you! Have a good day as well!

 

Kick-Start Your YouTube Career!

video-recordingLike countless other people, you might be absolutely obsessed with YouTube, and have a long-running dream about launching your own career on the world’s biggest video-sharing platform. After all, who wouldn’t want to be their own boss, and get paid for bringing joy to like-minded people? Though some of the biggest YouTubers make it look easy, making a name out there takes a lot of work. You’ll never know until you try though! Here’s some helpful advice for getting your YouTube career off to a great start.

First of all, study the YouTubers you love. You may feel like you’ve already been doing a pretty good job of this already. After all, you’re their biggest fan, right? There are probably certain accounts which you’ve been following since their first videos, and know like the back of your hand. However, there’s a big difference between simply consuming media and studying it. Get up a few videos of the YouTubers you love, and try to figure out what it is they do that sets them apart. If they’re funny, what’s so appealing about their style of humor? If they have an interesting way of putting things, what’s interesting about it? Smaller details like their camera angles and effects can also come into play. If you want to be successful on YouTube, you should be taking your time to study the greats, and using what they do to create your own unique style. If you’re unsure about anything, don’t be afraid to ask! One of the wonderful things about social media is that it’s easy to contact pretty much anyone you want!

Next, learn some of the fundamentals about shooting and editing video. Obviously, being successful on YouTube doesn’t really require a film degree. It’s one thing to create an entertaining vlog, and another to direct a Hollywood blockbuster. Having said that, taking the time to learn a little about film will really show in the quality of your videos. Read some film blogs about how makeup shows up on video, the effect of different angles and filters, and getting sound quality perfect. Depending on the kind of videos you’re going to be publishing, you may want to look into some Premiere Pro courses or other training programs near you. Once you understand a bit about film in general, you’ll find it much easier to achieve the visual quality of your idols. After that, it’s all in the content.

Finally, know when to hit “delete”. The golden rule for producing anything creative is to do a first draft, and then go back through and cut out about half of it. You might have a long session of filming, and get a few shots which have the potential to make an incredible video. However, if you splice this with all the footage which is mediocre or tacky, it can totally ruin it. I understand the urge to make the most out of all your hard work. Still, it’s important to be a little hard on yourself, distinguish good stuff from bad stuff, and know what to cut.

Sister Singers to Keep an Eye On

Written By: Jill Sheets

cimI would love to talk about a couple of new musicians that I have come across. Both of these groups are made up of talented sisters!

The first one is Cimorelli. This talented sister group is made up of six sisters: Christina, Katherine, Lisa, Amy, Lauren, and Dani. I first found this singer-songwriter band on Youtube.  Not only do they sing covers, but also original music. This fun loving sister group is a role model to all. I was blessed to met them at a concert and the way they treated their fans was amazing.  They really appreciate their fans. They are working on a new album “Up At Night, which I hope will be available soon.  But, you can pre-order it.

They are going to make it far.

Here are a few of their songs that are on you tube:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FktDDKNrWjk (original)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DcuV_GtVak (original)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGZq9QdEMOA (original)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UDknCNL8aI (original)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5Il2Mx1Wrw (cover)

 

no Frills TwinsThe No Frills Twins, Vanessa & Arna Rogers, are the next up and coming singers that I noticed.  These unique twin sisters from Australia caught my attention by how they dressed.  I love their fashion sense, but unfortunately I could not pull it off!  The first song that I heard from them was “God Bless the Internet.” I found the song catchy and could not help play it every chance I had!  Their next release was “Dying to be Thin” and I think that this song has a wonderful message for everyone.

 

Here are some of their videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9VSml19h80 (Original)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpNDxhWRr9s (Original)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89pWfow2ycM (original)

Chit Chatting with Singer Baylee Breanna

Written by:  Jill Sheets

 

Picture Credit: Rod Carroll

Picture Credit: Rod Carroll

Recently, I had the honor of interview 17 year old singer, Baylee Breanna.  Continue to read on and learn more about her and about her music.

R:  Tell us about yourself and how you got into the music industry?

 

B:  I am currently a 17 yr old Junior in High School. When I’m not in school I am either hanging with friends or working on my music. As for the music industry…I’ve always had a passion for music. I started singing around the house at a very young age. Music was always in my house, which was always a big influence on me. I got a guitar at age 14, taught myself how to play, and from there I started writing songs. I started putting covers on Youtube in 2009 but a couple of years later decided to delete that account and start fresh with my own music.

R:  You are also a songwriter.  What is your writing process?  Do you start with the words and how do you come up with the ideas for the songs?

 

B: I am a songwriter. I’ve been writing my own songs for a while now. My writing process always starts with an idea or an inspiration. Then I figure out a melody and from there I can work on the lyrics. Most of my songs have been inspired by something that has happened in my life, a boyfriend, an occasional breakup, or even struggling with bullying. But I have a few songs I just sat down and wrote and I have no clue where they came from.

R: I read that you are currently recording an album.  Is that true?  If so, how is it going?  Do you have a release date yet?

 

B: I am presently recording a project that we are shopping around to different labels. It’s going really well! I have met with a couple a different labels already but I’ve not made any decisions yet.

 

Picture Credit: Rod Carroll

Picture Credit: Rod Carroll

R:  Tell us about your songs “Regrets & Mistakes,” “November Now” and “Last Time.”

 

B: “Regrets & Mistakes” is a song I wrote about a struggle that a couple is going through. “November Now” is a song about missing someone who is gone now, it doesn’t matter who it is, it could be anyone. And “Last Time” is a song about a girl getting stood up. And I’ll let you in on a new song I’m currently recording; it’s called “Her Revenge”. It’s about overcoming bullying and the revenge being doing bigger and better things like living out her dreams in spite of what others said.

 

R:  Where can people get your music?

 

B: People can actually download my music for free on ReverbNation.com/bayleebreanna

R:  If you could tour with anyone in the world, who would it be and why?

 

B: If I could tour with anyone it would probably be Parachute I love all their music and I think not only would their audience relate to my music but they would be so much fun to tour with.

R:  I saw on your twitter page that you wrote “We can’t choose where we come from, but we can choose where we go from there,” which is great.  Which reminds me … What has been the best advice you have ever gotten and by who?

 

B: That’s hard to answer because I don’t always remember all the advice I am given. What I mean is I have a great support system around me who is always given me advice, and all though I may not remember every word it has help shape and who I am.

 
R:  Who are some of your favorite singers and bands?  What is your favorite song by each one?

 

B: 1) Mat Kearney; “Ships In the Night”.

2) The Fray; “Over My Head”.

3) Taylor Swift; “Holy Ground”.

4)  Maroon5: “She Will Be Loved”.

5) Parachute; “Philadelphia”.

6) Train; “Drops Of Jupiter”.

7) Civil Wars; “Falling”.

8) Adele; “Turning Tables”.

9) Andy Grammer “Fine By Me”

10) Colton Dixon “This Is Who I Am”

I hope that wasn’t too many, there are plenty more but that is my top ten.

R:  Who has been your biggest influence in your life and why?

 

B: The biggest influence in my life has been my dad. He has always been supportive and encouraging of me and my dream. And he continues to do everything he can to help me get closer to my dream daily.

 

Picture Credit: Rod Carroll

Picture Credit: Rod Carroll

R:  What are five things people may not know about you?

 

B:      1) I like Chapstick

    2) I hate long walks on the beach. I much prefer the short ones.

    3) I prefer my coffee at night instead of the morning.

    4) If glitter were a color, then it would be my most favorite.

    5) I did all the editing myself on the “Kyler’s Song” Video.

 

R: Do you have any charities that are close to your heart?  If so, tell us about them.

 

B: I do, it’s a camp for kids who have lost loved ones to cancer called Camp Hope. They have it once every summer and I’ve been to camp hope as a child and last year I got a chance to work as a “camp buddy” at Camp Hope. It was a great experience.

R:  Other than this one, what is the strangest question you have ever been asked?

 

B: I once had a girl run up to me in Wal-Mart and asked me to sign her arm because she didn’t have any paper.

R:  What advice would you give teenage girls?

 

B: I believe the most important advice I would give teenage girls is don’t let others get you down. Whether it’s people trying to crush your dreams, people telling you that you can’t achieve something, or people bullying you… don’t let what others say bring you down.

 

R:  Are you on any social networking sites?  If so, which ones and what are their address?  Do you have an official website and or youtube page?

 

B: I don’t have an official website as of right now but I do have a Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube.

R:  Is there anything else you would like to add or say to your fans?

B: Thank you to everyone for all the encouragement. I can’t do it without y’all, and all the support means so much, please continue to download my music and most importantly share my music.

R:  Baylee, thank you for the interview.  It was an honor.  Have a great day.

Chit Chatting with Singer Kaitlyn Thomas

Chit Chatting with Singer Kaitlyn Thomas

Written by:  Jill Sheets

Recently, I had the honor of interviewing singer Kaitlyn Thomas.  Continue to read on and learn more about her, her song about bullying and who are the five people that she would love to tour with.

 

R:  Tell us a little bit about yourself and how did you get into the music business?

 

K: I started posting you tube clips when I was 8 years old to enter Ellen’s singing in the bathroom competition. People liked what I did and started leaving nice comments, so I asked mum to do another video.  I started singing lessons when I was 8 years old and sing everywhere I can.

R:  You write your own songs. What is your writing process?  Do you start with the words and how do you come up with the ideas for your songs?

 

K:  I write from my own experiences.  Usually I’m in the car and something will just come to me and I’ll record it on mums iphone so I don’t forget.  Melodies and words come pretty easy, but if I don’t record them straight away I never remember them.  Its weird but its the truth.  I generally start with the melody and then the words.  Sometimes though I start with a chorus, just depends on what comes first to my mind.

R:  Tell us about your song Stand Up to Bullying.

 

K: I wrote stand up because I was bullied when I was younger.  I actually had an Í hate Kaitlyn club’.  I didn’t really understand how people could be so mean and it wasn’t until I spoke up about it to my parents that I was able to fix what was happening to me at school and work out ways of dealing with what was going on around me.  I learnt that everywhere you go especially in the business that I want to be in (music) there is always going to be people who don’t like you and/or are jealous of what you do and there is nothing you can do about it.  I’m not going to change who I am, because who I am is exactly who I want to be.  This song means a lot to me as it about believing in who you really are and know that people are going to be there to support you.

R:  Tell us about your song Believe In You and about Everything is Possible.

 

K:  Everything is Possible – I wrote because there are always knock backs in life and especially in the music industry and if you face these things with a smile it will change how you feel and make you continue on your journey to success.  I believe that everything is possible and it will happen in time, when it’s your time.

 

Believe in You – This song is about believing in miracles and what they can do for you.  We see miracles everywhere we go, but we just take them for granted.  I wrote this song for people to believe that miracles are more than what we think, it’s what you believe deep within and we create our own destiny by our thoughts.

R:  What has been your favorite song so far and why?

 

K:  My favourite song I’ve written so far would have to be Believe in You and I Wish.  I can’t pick between the two of them as they both have such great powerful messages.

R:  Where can people get your music?

 

K:  My music is available online via CDBaby, ITunes and via my website there are links to purchase it.  My website is www.kaitlynthomasaust.com

R:  If you could tour with any five people who would they be?

 

K:  Wow what an amazing question.  I really feel that I am going to be a country singer, so it would be my dream to take the stage with Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Martina McBride, Miranda Lambert and one of my youtube favourites CjayeLeRose.

R: What are some of your future goals?

 

K: My goal is to write/produce and sing country music and perform all around Australia and the world.  I dream to share that stage with the people I mentioned above and sing at the Grand Ole Opry.  I would love to win a CMAA Golden Guitar and a CMA award.  If I’m going to dream I’m going to do it big!

R:  Who has been your biggest influence in your life?

 

K:   My mum is my biggest influence and fan.  She inspires me everyday to follow my dreams no matter how big they are.  She keeps me grounded and tells me like it is.

R:  Tell us about YAMS (You are my Sunshine).

 

K:  The YAMS (You are my sunshine foundation) raises money to fund research to find a cure to kids with cancer and neuroblastoma.  neuroblastoma is a rare form of childhood cancer and most kids don’t survive it if they are diagnosed with it which is really sad.  I came across the YAMS foundation because a young girl in my home town passed away from neuroblastoma and she was only 8 years old.  I was so touched and saddened to know that this little girl who was only a couple of years younger than me was no longer here.  I wanted to help and the only way I knew how was to write a song and that how I wrote I Wish.  Every download on ITunes of my song I Wish, I donate $1.00 to the YAMS foundation, so it would mean the world to me and young kids with this rare disease if people could help.  I have nearly sold 100 copies of my song and will be donating $100 soon, it would be great to donate a lot more, but I’m sure I will in time.

R:  It is not easy being a teen.  What advice would you give them in general?

 

K:  Be you!  Is the only thing I can say.  Being a teenager is challenging and know that there are people that will love who you are and some that won’t for whatever reason.  Be nice to everyone even if they are mean as like my mum says all the time ‘you catch more bees with honey’ and in time they just might turn around and be nice to you when you least expect it.

R:  What are five things people may not know about you?

 

K: Some things people may not know about me is I wear my heart on my sleeve and you can read me like a book.  I love art and drawing, reading and writing.  My favourite food is Honey Soy chicken ribs and anything sweet or sour, I love my sleep and sleeping in and I’m quite tall.  Right now I’m 165cm which is pretty tall for my age I reckon!

R:  Other than this one, what is the strangest question you have ever been asked?

 

K:  Well, when I was in America I met up with my youtube friend Sabrina Carpenter.  And she asked me what does Vegemite taste like.  Its a tricky question coz you cant really explain what it tastes like and I had a lot of trouble answering it which she got a laugh out of.

R:  Are you on any social networking sites?  If so, which ones and what are their addresses?  Do you have an official website and or Youtube page?

 

K:   I’m on every networking site.  My sites are:

Website: www.kaitlynthomasaust.com

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/kaitlynthomasaust

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/KaitlynThomasMusic

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/kaitlynaust

Reverbnation: http://www.reverbnation.com/kaitlynthomas

Instagram: http://ink361.com/kaitlynaust

R:  Is there anything else you would like to add or say to your fans.

 

K:  I want to thank them for everything they do for me.  For liking my music and sharing my songs and information with the world.  You can’t do these kind of things without people helping you and I really appreciate them a whole lot!  Remember follow your dreams as when east door shuts someone will open a window.

R:  Kaitlyn, thank you for the interview.  It was an honor.  Have a great day.