Cody Simpson's 8 Secrets to Pop Stardom
We have been with Cody Simpson from the start and we have loved seeing his career blow up! The Huffington Post sat down with Cody to find out the top 8 ways to become a big time teen sensation!
1. Be a self-starter.
Cody: Most of my dedication and motivation to my career comes from a personal drive of wanting to be the best that I can be.
2. Work with Justin Bieber's manager.
Cody: [Working with Scooter Braun] has been really cool. I've been talking to him for a while and he's always been there encouraging me… He's someone that's amazingly talented and very successful in the industry, and someone that I've definitely created a friendship with too. We have some great plans for next year. I'm excited.
3. Don't try to be Justin Bieber.
Cody: I want to have my own style. I want to be my own artist. [Comparisons to Justin Bieber] don't annoy me because he's been so successful and it's so much in the family now.
4. Get a massive Twitter following.
Cody: I got into Twitter about two years ago when I was back in Australia – I thought it was a cool new social networking thing. I'm always on the Internet and up-to-date with all the stuff that's out there so I just discovered it and thought that I'd make an account. When the music started happening, it was a great way to talk to the fans.
5. Tweet out an Instagram photo that makes you the number-four trending topic worldwide.
Cody: I posted this photo on Instagram of my friend Billy and I, and we're shirtless. "TAKE IT OFF CODY" was the trending topic that came off of that. It was really unexpected and just really funny.
6. Become an anti-bullying activist.
Cody: I have been working a bit with Defeat the Label — they're a great anti-bullying campaign. They approach a serious subject in a cool way, and I was really drawn to that.
7. Get people excited about your awesome new album.
Cody: It's my third day back and we've already done two amazing songs. I honestly think that every time I get back into the studio to work on a new project that I have higher expectations. We're writing better songs and I'm just really excited for my first full-length album to come out. It's going to be something that I'm really proud of.
8. Share your know-how with aspiring young artists.
Cody: It was really cool to be working with these young artists with these dreams on Radio Disney's Next Big Thing because that's how I still am and how I was a year ago. To give my advice to them and to encourage them –- it's really cool to see that because I was in the same position.
We love Cody's road map to success! Time to start working on launching our pop career!