Tiffany Alvord: “The harder you work, the luckier you get”

Tiffany Alvord, left, filled in LSY! teen reporter Rebecca Wojcinski on her rise to fame via YouTube. (Photo by Tim O'Shei)

Tiffany Alvord, left, filled in LSY! teen reporter Rebecca Wojcinski on her rise to fame via YouTube.
(Photo by Tim O’Shei)

You’ve heard the saying “persistence pays off.”

The question is: how?

Tiffany Alvord knows. She’s a young girl from Los Angeles who started putting videos of herself singing on YouTube when she was fifteen years old. She was hoping to make it big just like the other teenagers she saw.

She was inspired by the songs on the radio and videos that were made famous because of YouTube, so Tiffany figured, “I mind as well give it a shot. You never know what will happen.”

What did happen? Her videos went viral, and she’s now a touring performer with a large and growing fan base.

But it wasn’t instant.

Building her musical career has been a very gradual process for Tiffany and, as she says, “Each opportunity has been consistent with where I’ve been on YouTube. The bigger I get, the more opportunities come.”

When you first start out, you expect to get a manager, stylist, and agent handed to you. Nope, it usually starts with your mom or dad. Probably not what you were hoping. Well, sorry to burst your bubble, but that’s how it starts most of the time.

Tiffany is proof.

“To be honest, up until this point, it has really been just me and my mom figuring it out step by step,” she said.

See, you have to do some work to make it.

“My dad told me, ‘The harder you work, the luckier you get,’” Tiffany said, “so I like to work hard and opportunities come because of that.”

Is all of this work worth it?

Seems so.

“It is hard, but it is really rewarding at the same time,” Tiffany said. “Meeting fans and being able to do what you love and have other people enjoy it−  it’s probably the best part of being a musician.”

So what have we learned from Tiffany?

“You have to be persistent, you can’t give up, you can’t let haters get you down, and ultimately you just gotta do what you love and never stop,” she says.

And here’s so some advice: “Just be yourself. The more genuine you are, the more people like you. You can’t be fake, because people see right through that. As long as you are having fun and enjoying what you are doing, then you should keep doing it.”

So there you go, straight from the mouth of Tiffany Alvord. Persistence does pay off.

It also may help if you learn to play the guitar, piano, and ukulele. Just saying.

Rebecca Wojcinski, LSY! teen reporter, Mount St. Mary Academy

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