Tips For Success from Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga’s path to success has more in common with that of traditional singer/songwriters than we would, perhaps, realize. David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust, Kurt Cobain’s lab coats, even Elvis Presley’s dyed black hair are earlier examples of image and spectacle being a key factor in gaining an audience. If we were honest, most of us have a little too little, rather than too much, Lady Gaga in our personas.

So, what can we as performers learn from the Gaga? Besides proclaiming that she was ‘Born this Way’, Fast Company’s Dayna Steele isolates a few key factors that helped her becoming the media phenomenon we know today.

  • Practice. Lady Gaga is known for her solid grounding in training and technique, and when she is not performing, she is usually practicing her skills.
  • Quality control. Whilst it may be tempting to belt out some ‘fillers’, ultimately anything that reduces your quality level weakens you.
  • Be different. As Elliott Smith said, “Playing it safe is the most popular way to fail.” If there is a way to do something that hasn’t been done before, take it.
  • A constant interaction with fans, including through social media. Being kind and thankful – remembering your roots.
  • ‘Remember that a rock star is never done. At the end of the day, you rest and recharge because when you wake up, you have to do it all again. Everyday. And on the days you don’t feel like it, do what Gaga told Rolling Stone she does. She tells herself, “Bitch, you’re Lady Gaga, you get up and walk the walk today.’

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