Hi BHers! I've been following this forum for some time now(and even though i don't post much) i've learnt a LOt of stuff, some of which i never even knew existed...and i'd like to thank you all for that!(regardless of whether the stuff i've learnt is going to be useful or not XD) Here's the gist of my problem(or at least i'll try to keep this a gist) I'm 17 years old, and as i near the age of "supposed" adulthood i'm being pushed by my parents into areas that i'm not interested or comfortable in(career wise)...to me it's pretty obvious what i would like to do, music is in my blood(literally, i mean, if you cut me up, you'd probably have vibrato mixed with plasma). I've been singing for as long as i can remember and quite honestly, it's the only thing i feel i'd be happy doing for the rest of my life, regardless of whether i turn into a huge star or not(if i'm good enough of course). First of all before i start to cut this section down into pieces i'd like it if you could actually see for yourselves my ability, there are two videos(both of them impromptu so if i made some mistakes here and there i'm sorry :-$)- Me covering adam lambert's cover of gary jules's cover of "Mad World" originally by Tears for fears(Ok...ok...i admit it, that was completely unnecessary Xp) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXMUR1TdTXg Me covering Justin Timberlake's "cry me a river" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_lyhA0X8J8 Any comments, ratings, favourites(yeah right...pfft) would be highly appreciated Now if you've seen those two vids, i'd like to mention that i am completely self taught, with some help from the internet of course. So we come to our Bulleted(or numbered since i'm not in the mood for a bulleted list right now , P.S.- i don't make sense sometimes so ignore me when something like that happens) list of my problems to which i'd like some advice from you guys. Why from you people? Because unlike everyone else i know, you people think out of the box and are not afraid to venture into different territories, even if the field is completely unrelated i trust you guys more than any other community for some reason Problem 1) Where i live - yup, probably the biggest misfortune to befall me as that i reside in the middle of nowhere in India, yes, believe it or not india. where there's virtually NO and i mean LITERALLY(i know virtually and literally are ironic) No scope for my passion. It's a bigger problem that i live in a small town...a metro would've helped. so because of that the internet is probably my only resource to get "discovered" so to say... Problem 2) My parents - understandable that they want me to lead a prosperous and "happy" life, become an engineer, get an MBA and settle down in ingnomity<==i don't know about you but that picture gives me nightmares! I could understand the fact that they didn't encourage it but it's come to the point that they're actually stopping me from doing it, they've turned from neutral to against it. They refuse to let me get an instrument, refuse to let me even practice singing so i could get better...those two videos were made when they were out of the house. I guess there isn't much i can do about it, i've tried talking to them but it's like talking to a brick wall hurling small pebbles at you every time you speak. I'll be honest, i love my parents, but they can be a pain sometimes, especially these days. Problem 3) if you've seen the videos i'm sure you've probably realised that the video quality is screwed, the explanations simple, i have to make do with an old canon poweshot A530(yes! it IS a point and shoot camera), actually the search for some money so that i could buy a decent camera is what led me to BHW. so far i've tried twitter advertising, e-whoring(i didn't have much hope from this anyways), not much success yet, i'm still trying them though, i need to ask, which ideas would you suggest if you had to, i'd try to spin them my own way/problem is that i don't really have ANY starting collateral :|, so perhaps a small income generating idea which in turn can finance a much more lucrative attempt? like auto-blogs or something... Problem 4) not really a problem, just lack of knowledge about harvesting(<=i love this term!) youtube traffic, what else besides the keyword optimizing etc...the Big G seems to have pwned most of the YT BH tools(view increasers mainly) and the only working commenter/favorit(er)(which can be found on this blog) costs moolah...any advice? I'd love one of my videos to go viral, once i get some really good ones that is, i don't want just any shit to go viral, these two were impromptu like i mentioned, i've even gotten real comments(YAY!)<=i tried a commenter that was posted here a couple of weeks ago i think, but all the YT accounts it used were declared spamshitte X|) It's just these things for that, i don't want to type in everything at once and find out that no-one read the post and it went into the dark bowels of the forum... Please advise me on my quest for happiness, and DO comment/favourite the video, and suggest any changes i should make(video/audio quality being the most obvious one )...i'd really really really appreciate Any feedback! Thank you! P.S.- And someone asked me so just for you- yes i CAN drop the indian accent at will, pretty obvious from the vids, i can do a mean scottish accent too XP(grew up there. moved back to indiYeah(Hell no) when i was 4) and once again Thank you!