I know, you’d think that’s self-explanatory. But given the glut of tactless and staggeringly stupid correspondence we receive on a near-daily basis here at the Scene, it apparently needs to be said. While it’s true that making it in showbiz requires some go-getter tenacity, there are right ways and wrong ways to get the all-important exposure it’s gonna take to illuminate your shooting star for the world to see.
One of the right ways to do this is by playing out so much that the movers and shakers of the scene you aspire to conquer can’t help but notice you. And if they notice you, they’ll notice if you’re awesome. So don’t hesitate when it comes to being awesome. Among the many wrong ways to court attention is by sending emails like this Letter to the Editor, received by the Scene yesterday and posted below (sic):
What does it take to get an artist feature in Nashville Scene? I'm a pop rnb singer looking to get more press media coverage. I just need to know how much a front cover feature is.
OK, so in case you’re wondering, I’m not gonna post the sender’s name, nor am I gonna post the Reverb Nation link they included. I figured that would be rewarding bad behavior at worst, or embarrassing them at best. (And by "bad behavior" I mean bribery.)
Our unnamed aspiring pop star’s email starts out fairly enough, asking a pretty simple question, the answer to which I stated up top — be awesome. If you’d like to know what we at the Nashville Scene consider awesome, I’d consider reading the Nashville Scene, where we host a plethora of varied voices and writers who find awesomeness in different genres — like pop R&B, or pop rad, in case that’s what’s referred to here. I have a sneaking suspicion that the author of the email above has to employ this approach. If they do — and this goes for y’all — I’d suggest finding the contributor who seems to most cover the beat you march to, and try reaching out to him or her.
It also helps if you’re compelling too. So if you have some compelling back story that lends a riveting context to your music, you might wanna mention it, as it will likely factor into, say, a feature-length story about you, especially if it’s going to be a cover story. That reminds me — I have good news for our letter-writer above: Coverage is free! That’s right, you don’t have to pay money for it — you just have to pay your dues.
Any more questions?