BY SAMANTHA LEBBOS
It's not uncommon for a musician to put in several decades of work before landing their first gig but for Houston-based singer, Nadia, her career started a mere five years in.
“My first big performance was a solo in my kindergarten play which I still remember," she told us. "I’d say that solo triggered my performance bug. From then on, there was no turning back.”
She's since made much greater strides than a grade school solo having recently released her first EP Ride or Die on Apple iTunes. In celebration of the release, we asked Nadia to share with us five tips on how she made it happen for herself.
Nadia says that consistency is the most important tool at your disposal for getting yourself seen or your name mentioned by people.
“Continually putting out quality content gets people’s attention,” she says. Having a strong presence on social media also plays a big role in landing your most-wanted gigs:
“I have had the coolest opportunities come from people stumbling across my Instagram page or seeing a video of mine on YouTube because I am consistently putting out new material.”
Make use of your content and make it good
The saying ‘what you see is what you get’ couldn’t be more true when it comes to pushing your product.
“People want to see cool pictures. They want to hear music that sounds like it could be on the radio. So take your time and don’t rush material,” Nadia says. Quality over quantity will always win the day.
Surround yourself with supportive friends
“I am so grateful to be surrounded by creative people who want the same thing I do," Nadia says.
"I have an incredible team of people who push me to be my best self, who tell me if they don’t like a song, or a video, or a picture. Having this network of people has opened so many doors for me. If your team believes in you, they will make sure everyone else does, too.”
Professionalism is key
“There have been times where I felt like I was being a 'bug-a-boo' by asking a hundred questions regarding a performance or a feature and oddly enough people appreciate working with someone who is proactive and prepared,” the singer stresses.
“No matter the amount of success, no matter the number of followers and fans you acquire, treat people the way you want to be treated. In a world that thrives off of validation and superficiality, I have realized that a majority of people just want to relate," says Nadia. "They want realness. Opportunity comes your way when you are kind, respectful and humble.”
There is no stopping Nadia now. With hard work comes success! She’s currently working on her second EP titled “Sucker For Love,” just wrapped up her second single “Thinking Bout You” featuring Houston rapper GT Garza, and planning a tour!
For all of you rising musicians out there, Nadia has some advice that’ll motivate you during tough times:
“I believe that anything is possible--if you really want it. My biggest obstacle was myself. There are many people that will tell you NO, but if you believe in YES that is all that matters. When I let go of my own personal fears and what-ifs, there was no turning back. I am me. It took me awhile to get here, but once I did, I started to see positive results.”
Samantha Lebbos is the founder of the entertainment news website Celebrity Slice, a writer, and media personality. She enjoys short walks to her fridge, petting dogs, and connecting with people through her written work.