This week’s New Celebrity, Telvin Lewis has exploded his brand with his appearances in Sing On!, I Can See Your Voice and American Idol. Gaining a following from the shows has sent his social media from 5K to 16.5K followers within months. After the shows, Telvin Lewis continued to work on his presence and is now on track to releasing new music and going on tour! Do you want your talents to be seen too? Take Telvin’s advice to help you further your music career!
A common theme in Telvin Lewis’ life is that he goes after everything he wants. He even went on to quote one of his favorite artists, Ariana Grande, “I see it, I like it, I want it, I got it.” Telvin would have never had the opportunity to appear in singing competitions if he had not taken the initial step to apply to the Netflix casting calls. He encourages others with similar aspirations to apply whenever they see ads on Instagram for casting calls! It can be a long and intense process, but it can be worth it. Telvin’s experience sent him all the way to London! Don’t stress too much about winning or losing. “Live in the moment, have a blast, and whatever is meant to be will happen”
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT
If you are competitive and want to get into the mindset of ‘go big or go home, you may want to spend a few months practicing your skills. Even with his success on the shows, Telvin still knows that he has a lot to improve. He learned perseverance while auditioning for American Idol numerous times. His first time performing on the Idol stage, he sang “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”, which resulted in a round of rejections. However, it was obvious to Telvin that it was a no “obviously because I was singing a Broadway song and it was a Pop/R&B show”. Every ‘no’ was a lesson to be learned. Telvin Lewis returned to American Idol because he had to grow, learn what he had to do differently, and improve. This resulted in Telvin making it onto week 2 of Hollywood week! He is now preparing to premiere his new single on the first night of his tour at the Hotel Cafe! Please visit the link to learn more.
MANIFEST YOUR FUTURE
Telvin Lewis credits a lot of his success to the power of manifestation. “Back in 2019, I was filming another show on Netflix and I was going through Instagram stories and I said out loud ‘Wouldn’t it be funny if I was on another show in 2020’” Just wanting to see what would happen, he applied and landed the part! The pattern continued as he prepared for his appearance on I Can See Your Voice and wrote down that he was going to win with a star emoji next to it. He went on to be the first winner of the series! The power surely lies in the tongue. Telvin also told himself that his goal was to hit 10K followers by the end of the year and has already surpassed it with 16.5K followers on Instagram. Radiate positivity and you will see that it will come back to you!
ALWAYS PUT OUT QUALITY CONTENT
Even before his appearances on National Television, Telvin Lewis prioritized his social media presence. He meshed his musical talents with his passion for style. Telvin posted music covers along with fashion posts like men’s outfits of the day and trending photos. With anything he posted, Telvin made sure to be intentional with his content. “With so many videos out in the world, you want to make sure that you are standing out”. Plan your posts based on your insights! Know the best days and times for you to post. Telvin keeps in mind that Tuesdays and Thursdays are his highest engagement days. He posts daily on his stories but plans to post more Behind-The-Scenes content and backstories to his songs as he releases new music. He recently posted his first TikTok and wants to expand to more video content on Instagram TV and Reelz.
DON’T BE AFRAID TO REACH OUT TO BRANDS
With plenty of engagement and interaction with your followers, you will surely be noticed by your favorite brands and collaborators. Telvin Lewis has been very fortunate to partner with amazing brands like Maxell and HBO. Be careful of what you tag others in because they may not interact with your content, but they will always see it! Always make sure that you have up-to-date, quality content on your social media pages. Do you think your favorite brand would really repost your content? If the answer is no, it’s time to re-evaluate what you’re posting!
KEEP IT REAL
With anything you post, you must always remember to be yourself. In a competition where he could be anyone he wanted to be, Telvin Lewis aka “The Stylist”, chose to be himself. This won him the game and a chance to perform with Nick Lachey on I Can See Your Voice. He made his entire community proud by representing his Thicc, Black brothers, and the LGBTQ+ community. “We are all about equality and representation”. Telvin Lewis is creating his own lane. “If no one is letting you sit at the table, always create your own space. There is room for everybody.” However, he urges his followers to avoid gatekeeping. “Once you pave that way, let others behind you come that way too. Keep the door open”. Always allow for others to succeed, just as you have.
Telvin Lewis has proven that there will always be roadblocks, but you should never give up. There will be obstacles, people who turn their back on you, and so much worse, but you stay must always stay focused and seize all opportunities. Telvin advises all aspiring influencers to “stay true to yourself and who you were raised to be”. During our interview, Telvin Lewis said, “I’m on my way to making it”, but we know that he has already launched his career far beyond that. We can’t wait to see where his career may go!