Learn What it Takes to be a Star in West TX

ODESSA, Texas (Local 2/Fox 24) - What does it take to be a star while living in West Texas?

It might not be the ideal place to make it big, but local singers and songwriters say it's possible with the right mindset.

"Pretend like no one's in the room, like you've heard people say all the time throughout life," Egypt Dixon said. "That's how you need to be when you're chasing your dreams."

It may not be as easy as it sounds, but Basin musician Egypt Dixon says while chasing her dreams she was forced to step out of her comfort zone.

"I was terrified being in front of everyone, it was really cool though," she said.

Egypt started singing when she was ten years old, and after several home videos and talent shows, she's been featured in shows like Rising Star, America's Got Talent, and The Voice.

"They've been really big experiences for me and they've really helped me grow as a person and as a musician."

Dixon accepted the challenge of breaking into the industry while living in the Basin by auditioning and traveling. She says regardless of where you are or the resources you have when you're willing to work hard, it pays off.

"Really breaking yourself into the music industry can be difficult sometimes," she said.

While West Texas isn't exactly a "hot spot" for a rising star to make it big we wanted to get some advice from someone with several years of experience.

Erica Lane has been singing seriously since she was a teenager, and recently her song "Wake" made the top 40 Billboard Adult Contemporary Indicator chart. Lane says she's never let her location get in the way of her larger than life dreams.

"The cool thing is, you don't have to live in Nashville, you don't have to live in LA to pursue music, nowadays with the internet you can get connected anywhere," she said.

Lane has recorded at least five albums and has toured the world for her music, and a tool she gives a lot of credit to is social media. She's lived in Nashville and bigger cities before, but social media exposure is how producers in New York came across her music.

In fact, Lane says the majority of her success has come while living in West Texas, and she urges other musicians to take advantage of modern-day technology to get their names out there.

"The whole music industry as a whole has evolved into something different," she said.


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