How do you make a demo CD? And what do you do with after your done if you want to get signed? Im pretty much clueless but I really want to be a singer or an actress. So Im asking questions to anybody. Please help me out!
Bella, it's really not that simple any more. 20 years ago I would have told you to do this:
Go to a commercial recording studio and sing three songs. That will probably cost you no more than $600. Get them to put it on a CD, then hire an agent or an entertainment attorney who can shop your product in NY, LA and London. He or she will ask you for a retainer, maybe $1000 to $5000 up front, and will send it to record companies and hope that it gets opened and listened to. The chances of it being heard are small, as record companies receive literally thousands of demo CDs per day. yes, per DAY.
Today, in this age of free downloads, no-one wants to pay for music any more, artists aren't being paid fairly (actually they never have) and record companies are finally realising the goose who laid the golden egg is dying. They are only looking for the next big thing, the next britney. Singers are having to show themselves on Youtube or get famous through other ways.
I really don't mean to burst your bubble but it's a crapshoot at best. There is no easy route. Some singers have found local fame which has spread, through radio play and concerts, etc. but still, you're not going to be able to support yourself by CD sales to friends and relatives.
Make sure you have a good stable career, but don't lose your art. Join bands, drama clubs, sing at weddings, special occasions, most of all, enjoy it.
I agree w/ pinkpearl