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A few weeks ago, we suggested a few ways to make it big on YouTube. When six YouTube stars were here for The YouTube Stars Concert on May 5, we got them to reveal secrets to their YouTube singing success. And what not to do if you want to make it big.
What do you think contributed to your YouTube fame?
1. Be good. Even better, be lucky
David Choi: For me I think it was the first video that I put up in 2005 which then got featured on the YouTube homepage. Back then it meant something to be featured, because there were five or six of such videos. Everything snowballed from there.
2. Be persistent
Jason Chen: I think for me it’s a combination of speaking and singing in two different languages (English and Mandarin), collaborations, and that I just keep going.
3. Be yourself
Joseph Vincent: I listen to oldies or new pop songs and I try to put my own spin on it; coming up with an acoustic rendition, putting my own style into it.
4. Know your market
Clo: I started out by covering songs that were really popular, which helps when people search for the songs.
5. Be early
Tiffany Alvord: I think for me it has a lot to do with timing. Try to do a song before the video is released, that will get you a lot of hits.
6. Be communicative
Ana Free: I agree with Tiffany, I think it’s about picking the rights songs to cover, transmitting it to fans, communicating with them and if you haven’t put up a video in a while, give them an explanation why; don’t just disappear off the face of the planet. It helps to show them that you care.
For someone who wants to make it on YouTube, what is one thing that they should NOT do (in your opinion)?
1. DON’T give up
Tiffany Alvord: Don’t give up.
2. DON’T rant
Ana Free: Don’t rant on your videos! Go straight into the song.
3. DON’T be someone you are not
Joseph Vincent: Don’t force it, be genuine, because people can tell if you’re trying to be something you’re not.
4. DON’T ignore comments…
David Choi: Well I think you shouldn’t brush off comments. I mean, if about 90% of the comments are negative then maaaybe singing is not for you!
5. … but DON’T let haters get to you
Jason Chen: I was about to say don’t let haters get to you, but after what David said, perhaps I should take it back!
6. DON’T forget to feel the music
Clo: Just be real, don’t put on a front – and feel the music!
One last advice: have fun with your fans! Be nice on stage but be nicer backstage. As experienced by 10 lucky RWS facebook fans and their partners, who won tickets to The YouTube Concert on May 5 and the chance to meet the stars backstage after, the stars are quite approachable folks in person.
The YouTube Stars Concert was held on Saturday, May 5 at The Coliseum, Hard Rock Hotel Singapore. For more photos of the concert, visit our facebook page. RWS Invites members also had the privilege of attending an MTV live recording session on May 4 and a meet-and-greet after. For these benefits and more, visit RWS Invites for more information.