Stars | Career Angles

A few years ago, there was a marvelous movie out called, “20 Feet from Stardom,” that highlighted the stories of backup singers who are 20 feet from being center stage and all the adulation being directed at them. With the exception of Darlene Love, who was inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, all of them worked in anonymity with brief spurts of performance success. Even Ms. Love suffered at times because you is not properly credited for work she did in the 1960s for a noted music producer.

They live 20 feet away from being a star in the gulf is enormous between them and performers like Mick Jagger, Lou Reed, Bruce Springsteen and Sting for whom they sang backup.

As I watched the movie, I felt sad for them and how close they came to being the successes that they dreamt others young women. Yet, there is a difference between being a lead singer and songwriter and singing backup.

Many of us will have to confront our choices if we want to become lead singers professionally and stop accepting singing backup to someone else.

We’ll have to give up our excuses.

We’ll have to get and accept help.

Will have to pay a price for it. You will not be handed to us on a plate.

What will you need to do?

Do you even know that answer?


Ⓒ The Big Game Hunter, Inc., Asheville, NC 2019


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1600 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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