Have you ever sung in front of your relatives or friends? If you have, whether you were terrible or not, one of them probably got all excited and with a bright look on their face said: “You should try out for American Idol!!!”... Whether or not you rolled your eyes at this comment or were encouraged, one thing is certain: If you want to try out for American Idol, you no longer have an excuse not to. Your friends can help you by voting for you with their dollar.
Let me explain.
One of our sponsors, crowdfunding website GoFundMe, is known for empowering people and helping them reach their dreams. For example, the site is home to a handful of people who were recently accepted into the 2012 Summer Olympics. There they are raising funds for their travel expenses to the games in London. These olympians used this leader of crowdfunding sites to reach their dreams (one of many instances of sports fundraising on the platform). But how does this help you as a singer/songwriter?
Pop-superstar wannabe’s are no different than olympians. They both have big ambitions and big talent. That’s why a growing number of aspiring Whitney Houston’s, Mariah Carey’s, and Michael Buble’s are realizing that even if they don’t live in a big city, they can still get to try-out for the TV shows that could make them a star (i.e., American Idol & The Voice).
How? All they have to do is ask their friends for help online. Here are two fun examples:
1. Jacquie Cera is trying to raise a little over $1,000 for her trip to Texas to try out for The Voice, and she’s half the way there. Last year, she made it up to the top 60 during the American Idol try-outs, and now she wants a second chance at stardom. Check out the video below. Think she’ll make it?
If you think about it, this is cool because now the public can affect who even goes to the tryouts.
In other words, you can vote with your dollar who is going to be on the show. American Idol is already celebrated for democratizing the talent-search industry, and crowdfunding is now taking this one step further.
2. Then we have Britnee Kellogg, who tells the story of how she has been busy as a single mother, and held back from her dreams of being a singer. But, as you can see, she wants another chance, and isn't giving up:
Now, it’s obvious that crowdfunding is in the “right key” for reality-TV pop-star hopefuls. So, if you’re the one whose face lights-up and tells their friends they should “try out for American Idol” on Karaoke-night, you know they no longer have any excuses.
Do you know anyone that would be good for American Idol or The Voice? Tell us your story in the comments below.