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Las Vegas teenager Lex Rox is aiming for pop and hip-hop stardom
While Robin Leach takes his traditional summer vacation under the Tuscan sun in Italy, many of our Strip and Las Vegas personalities have stepped forward in his absence to pen their own words of wisdom. Our thanks to them all. We continue today with Las Vegas teen pop sensation and UNLV Running Rebels booster Lex Rox, 15, getting ready for her time in the spotlight.
By Lex Rox
My first step to stardom came when I joined the youth choir and fell in love with singing. My first big solo came when I was 7. I sang with a choir behind me, and I knew that I wanted to become an entertainer. I’d been bitten and had the bug.
My next step was taking voice lessons, attending dance classes and enrolling in acting classes. I sang at family parties and church concerts, but that wasn’t enough. I wanted more lights, more sound, more stage and a bigger crowd! I wanted to do everything as well as I could and continue to grow and evolve in my craft. It had become my passion and consumed my thoughts.
To get to the next level, I asked my parents to find me a performance coach who could help me become like the stars who inspired me: Avril Lavigne, Kelly Clarkson and Aly and A.J., to name a few. My parents found a producer to help me named Rodney Alejandro. He has been nominated for Grammys. Wow! Working with him, I was able to identify the type of performer I wanted to be, what kind of musical path I would take and what I wanted to represent.
Our work consisted of recording sessions where I would record cover songs to learn about the music production process. It can be pretty overwhelming, but it is essential for a young performer in the industry to understand what it takes to go from the beginning to the finished product.
Next, we worked on performing live, and this is where things became interesting. I thought the whole time that I was getting ready for a major concert, but my producer’s idea was very different. He decided to find the most disruptive, distracting and noisy location for my debut performance.
For a 12-year-old with big dreams, this was a rude awakening! I realized that it takes much more than practicing in front of a mirror, singing in the shower and signing my autograph over and over to succeed.
After several shows, I learned to entertain through the chaos around me. I learned audience rapport, what to do when there are technical difficulties and, an even bigger deal, what to do when my feelings were hurt because no one stopped to listen.
I dedicated the next year to improving in all areas and setting a goal of performing on a major stage. That year, I recorded my first song titled “Love Ya Like a Sister” taken from text lingo LYLAS, which I use with my girlfriends.
My biggest leap came during the fall of that year. I achieved my goal of performing on a major stage at the Arizona State Fair with Raven-Symone. I can’t thank her enough for the opportunity to live my dream. I was addicted and continued on the course of dedication and preparation to achieve stardom.
I have been blessed to perform with Cody Simpson, Mindless Behavior, Iyaz and recently the Wanted, Karmin and Chris Rene at the M Resort. I realize that I have many steps to take to reach my full potential, but, step by step, I’m on my way.
Our thanks to Lex Rox, and champagne wishes for pop and hip-hop stardom. Be sure to check out our other guest columns today from Palace Station headliner comedian Louie Anderson and dancer Ben Chung of Monte Carlo headliners the Jabbawockeez. Join us Sunday when our guest columnists are nightlife czar Jack Colton, HGTV’s Allison Victoria and the man who keeps the wine angels flying at Aureole in Mandalay Bay.
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