Lady Gaga Shows Passion for her Profession

Whatever you may have thought of Lady Gaga, whose flamboyant attire and rebellious music helped her explode on the music charts in 2008, you probably didn’t expect the show-stopping brilliance of her recent Oscar performance. In a tribute to the 50-year anniversary of The Sound of Music, the singer and songwriter known best for titles such as “Fame Monster” and “Do What U Want” gave an elegant and flawless performance that had the crowd on its feet even before the iconic Julie Andrews entered the stage to congratulate the young star.

Although Lady Gaga looked a bit overwhelmed at the response, she also appeared confident and in her element during the performance. And she should have. In fact, she probably was the least surprised person in attendance. The talented artist born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta in 1986 has had plenty of classical music training. She started playing piano at age 4, and could have attended the Julliard School in Manhattan at 11, but chose a private Catholic school instead. She eventually left a prestigious New York arts school for creative inspiration. That she found it in glam rock artists was her personal choice and passion.

To make ends meet, the future Lady Gaga worked several jobs, including as a go-go dancer. She was dropped by her first record company but signed with another, and wrote music for other artists while working on songs for her debut album. Since her debut, she has shown a one-of-a-kind ability to reinvent herself, including recording a jazz album with Tony Bennett. Again, this might have surprised the music world and public, but not Lady Gaga, who had been singing jazz since age 13, and was spotted by Bennett while singing along with friends at a foundation event in New York.

It takes talent and dedication to bring together a passion for pleasing fans and for reinventing one’s self. And it’s a lesson that any self-starter can study. Sure, Lady Gaga has talents few are born with, but she’s also worked hard to stay on track, to remain true to her vision and to take risks. Passion and perseverance kept her going, and the risk paid off when she belted out The Sound of Music medley at the Oscars. Learn more about how passion can help you and your business at Self-Starter Zone (

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