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YouTube Superstar says: Don’t Have a Back Up Plan

Lawrence Park is a viral YouTube superstar with 36 million views and over 200,000 subscribers.

He has just released his debut E.P and chats to us about pursuing his dreams 100%.  

Keep striving towards your goals

What obstacles have you had to overcome for your love of singing?

There wasn’t, and still isn’t a lot of support from my family in my pursuit of singing.  I still feel like they hinder my growth sometimes by hinting that I can be doing something else to be more financially stable, instead of telling me to go all in and pursue my dreams.

The key to a memorable vocal performance?

Sing like it is going to be the last time you are ever going to sing.

Thoughts on the music industry?

The people who make it are the people who just keep going.  Is music really what you want to do?  If so then just keep going.

What do you wish you could tell your younger self?

Discover where your heart lies… find your love… find your passion… and once you find it… go for broke, go all in and don’t look back.

Going viral on YouTube

Pros of posting videos on YouTube:

YouTube videos can be used as an online résumé, where you can be discovered or get hired for events.

Cons of posting videos on YouTube:

You get pigeonholed as being only a YouTube artist.  But the pros definitely outweigh the cons.

What equipment do you use?
Simple point and shoot camera: Sony a5100. Logic Pro X and Apogee Duet 2 (Interface) for audio. And recently the TC Helicon VoiceLive Touch 2

What sort of videos do you prefer making?

I prefer making original content, whether it is my original music or vlogs about my life.

But which videos are the most successful?

Cover videos of songs that just get released are definitely the most successful in terms of view counts.

Tips for people who are new to YouTube?

Use what you got and put yourself out there and network. Meet likeminded people who may have similar interests and collaborate.

Most important lesson you have learned about social media?

Just. Keep. Uploading.

Growing as a performer

What have you learned from collaborating with other performers?

Music is a universal language.  It is a beautiful thing when a whole bunch of different people with different stories can come together and create music.

Performance #fail?

I once burst out laughing mid-song.  As I was performing at the San Diego County Fair, an older woman walked up and yelled at me saying, “I could marry yo lil butt today!”  My friends then started roasting me and making fun of me as I see tears rolling down all their faces from laughter, and I too couldn’t hold it in.

Performance success?

I once became a live singing photo booth that led to getting booked to more private events.  I got hired to sing at a private event; I didn’t think I would gain any attraction, when suddenly a girl wanted to take a selfie with me mid-song.  Then more and more people wanted to do the same and eventually heard my voice, liked what they heard and got booked to do the same at their event!

Have you ever had singing lessons?

Yes, I have been mentored by the great Gospel Choir Professor Kenneth Anderson from UCSD since 2010.  I’ve learned that having someone to guide you is extremely important, but how rapidly you grow is based on the work you put in after the lessons, when you are by yourself grinding away at your craft.

Lawrence Park is a Korean-American singer/songwriter from San Francisco, CA.  He currently lives in San Diego, CA after graduating from UCSD.  On May 20, 2017 Lawrence released his debut EP “Seize This Day,” and it is available on all online platforms.  You can listen to him on his YouTube Channel or via Instagram