In order to thrive in the music industry it takes stamina and hard work. For people like Alexandra Younes who dream of turning their passion into a career, this determination entails a rollercoaster of experiences and emotions. We chatted to Alexandra about her experiences in the industry and what advice she can give to anybody starting out.
Q: Tell us a little about your history with music
A: I started performing at a very young age inspired by my dad who is a singer. I joined the school choir in school and began singing lessons which was great. It’s all about learning your craft! I eventually found my niche towards the end of high school and decided to move to the Australian Institute of Music where I studied a Bachelor of contemporary performance and now I’m back studying a bachelor of entertainment management.
Q: How do you stay inspired as a musician and songwriter?
A: Probably my students. I’m a singing teacher so it’s nice to know that there’s always something to learn. My students show me a constant eagerness that sometimes musicians lose when they get knocked back. It keeps me on my toes to see these kids want to do more and improve their singing and performing.
Q: What has been your biggest achievement as a performer?
A: I have quite a few that I would level out against each other. I went to hollywood in 2014 and competed in the world championship of performing arts where I won several medals. Another achievement was last year when I made it to the auditions of The Voice. It was a great experience and I got a lot out of it! Overall, I think my biggest achievement is opening up my mind and opening up my world to external things and embracing everything that I can.
Q: What has been your biggest challenge as a performer?
A: My biggest challenge has been something that I still currently deal with is my stage fright. It’s something that people don’t expect but i am definitely a victim to the point where no matter how many times I’ve performed, I still get nervous right up until the second I start performing. I’ve learned that the important thing is not overcoming it but dealing with it. I tell my students that it’s an adrenaline rush and if you’re nervous it means that you care and want to do well so it’s important to utilise that feeling in your performance.
Q: What is your opinion on the power of social media for musicians and performers in today’s society?
A: Social media is a massive tool especially if you’re getting yourself out there but it can also be a something that needs to be used wisely. Your social media is usually the first thing people see when they search for you online. You need to present yourself in a way that reflects your image and ask: do I look professional? Do I look fun? Do I look personable? These things are important to consider. I think talent directories like Blush Central are great because people have access directly to us online. Sometimes it’s hard getting yourself out there because if someone doesn’t know who you are, they’re not going to know to search for you whereas if you’re in a directory they can customise their search and find exactly what singer they’re after.
Q: What advice would you give to other musicians who are starting out in the industry?
A: Be open to learning things. You might come into the industry and think that you know a lot because you see a lot but it’s not just about getting up on a stage and putting on a great performance. There’s so much more to it like your social media, marketing, your promo and if a risk is not going to be detrimental to your career you should take a chance and try it!