New Artist Development Camp Focuses on Personal Growth Aspect of Aspiring Young Entertainers.
Want it. Dream it. Do it. “Be IT!” That’s the motto at Camp “Be IT!” – the no-hype, down-to-earth artist development camp for young singers, where they learn the secret to getting discovered is discovering themselves. Aspiring artists and their parents once confused about how to get into the music business find inspiration and a community of support at Camp “Be IT!” The findings are gleaned from ongoing discussions at campbeit.com social sites, following their first Singers Summer Camp held at High Valley Ranch in Clearlake, California this past July, and as they prepare for the next camp scheduled for July 14-20, 2013.
Camp alumni and mentors agree the success of Camp “Be IT!” is attributed to the camp’s special focus on the personal growth aspect of aspiring young artists, with a ‘NO NEGATIVE FEEDBACK’ approach to their talent development process. Singers (beginners to advanced) who attend the week-long camp find themselves submerged into a world that’s all about what it takes to become a popular recording artist and how to maintain a rewarding career in today’s evolving music business.
Quickly fading are the days when record labels would discover new talent and develop them for delivery into the music business. Artists are now required to develop themselves into commercially viable products in order to catch the attention of record labels. “Many allow their fears to hold them back,” suggests co-founder Jim McMahan. Camp “Be IT!” provides a magical, mountain ranch environment for attendees to have fun bonding while participating in personal growth exercises specifically designed to help entertainers overcome their fears and make their dreams come true. “Most simply don’t know where to get started,” says co-founder Shawn Bray. Camp “Be IT!” brings together a support network of celebrity and industry professionals who act as mentors to help artists visualize and begin a realistic action plan. Parents who attend camp also receive special training on how they can best support their talented young artists.
Combine digital vocal processing technology with a great song, massive passion and a positive attitude and there’s a chance any talent can find success in the music business. Being patient and knowing how to find the open doors is the tricky part. McMahan states, “It’s not as much what you know but who you know if you want to make it in this business.” Bray adds, “We believe the most important person you can know is YOU!” Camp “Be IT!” mentally and physically prepares artists and parents for the road ahead, which can be a long and challenging one.
The popularity of generally unrealistic reality shows gives rise to starry-eyed singers dreaming of being “discovered.”
According to recent attendees and mentors of Camp “Be IT!”, the REAL reality show is revealed at High Valley Ranch in northern California – the 2,500 acre private ranch location for the camp. Andrew Lane (multi-platinum music producer: High School Musical, Hannah Montana, Disney Mania 4, Bring It On) had this to say, “I’ve been a guest speaker and mentor at numerous artist boot camps around the globe, but I’ve never witnessed artists achieve such incredible transformations like what I saw at Camp “Be IT!” A CBI GEN 1 Artist, as they are affectionately referred to by the co-founders, said this in a recent Twitter update, “Thank GOD for @campbeit! I would’ve never grown the guts to go and audition for anything without it.”
Bray and McMahan created Camp “Be IT!” after nearly 40 years of combined experience working with young artists and their parents in the entertainment business. The Camp “Be IT!” web site (http://www.campbeit.com) features an online audition submission form; an array of social sites; videos from the camp; and informative articles geared towards the development of singing/dancing/acting artists. Auditions are now open. We are also seeking synergistic alliances with artist development companies and sponsors. Click here to see a promotional video from our latest camp (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1uKzdWlqGI)