Britney Spears Success Story
Britney Spears has been under the spotlight her whole life. Born December 2, 1981 in Mississippi, her first public performance was singing “What Child is This” at only 4 years of age. With the international success of her studio albums ...Baby One More Time (1999) and Oops!... I Did It Again (2000), she has since become one of the mostprominent figures in mainstream pop music. Britney’s musical talent emerged when she was still a child. Performing in local church choirs and dance revues around her hometown of Kentwood, Louisiana, she regularly tried out for performance roles. Aftera successful audition for the Mickey Mouse Club television series, she was invited to attend the Professional Performing Arts School in New York.
After developing her performance skills for three years (age 8 to 11), she started to land key parts in the industry, such as the off-Broadway production Ruthless in 1991. However it was her involvement in the 1993 and 1994 Micky Mouse Club TV series where she made contact with some soon-to-be big names, Justin Timberlake and J.C. Chasez, two future *NSYNC members.
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Britney returned to high school for a year in 1995 before returning to New York to resume her performance career. Her talent was immediately on the radar, when her demo tape was picked up by a Jive Records executive. She was signed and her first album was released in the following year. The album’s first single “…Baby One More Time” was Britney’s first venture into the global spotlight. Dressed as a sexy Catholic schoolgirl in the music video, the single rose straight to the top of the charts. The album received similar success, and debuted at #1. Britney Spears was named Billboard Magazine’s female artist of the year for 1999.
She has had her fair share of media scandals however, including a 55 hour Las Vegas marriage to a childhood friend, and on-going legal disputes with her second husband Kevin Federline over the custody of their two children. On top of this, she received a large amount of media attention for shaving her head in 2007, after the death of a close aunt.
Britney has spoken out about the challenges she’s faced as a young Hollywood pop star, "for me, success is a state of mind," she said. "I feel like success isn't about conquering something, it's being happy with who you are”. Living in the judgemental eye of the media, it’s not surprising that achieving personal fulfilment plays a critical role in her life. Reflecting on her music career, the pop star said, "In the beginning, obviously I was very young and I didn't know the ins and outs of things… I think as the years have gone by and as I've evolved as an artist, I've put even more into my career and after that amount of time you start to know exactly what you want. You feel a little bit more in your skin, in terms of who you are. And that just feels really nice."
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