Trisha Yearwood wants aspiring country stars to know that there's much more to fame than simply singing a few notes on stage.
According to the Boot, Yearwood spoke about the effort it takes to constantly stay connected with fans during a recent Q&A session at the Country Music Hall of Fame.
"The work is to make sure on a daily basis that everybody that you can possibly imagine that you can reach knows what you're up to and what you're doing. I get up in the morning. I usually do a radio interview early in the morning. I usually do a book signing, because I'm also a cookbook author, so I'm at some store, at a Wal-mart or a Williams Sonoma, for three hours, standing up, signing autographs and taking pictures for three hours. And then I go to soundcheck, which is the fun part because I get to sing."
After soundcheck, Yearwood says she normally spends a couple of hours greeting fans, promoters and other industry reps "who I need to see and thank and talk to to make sure they remember me." Once all of the promotion and networking is done, Yearwood says she only gets to sing for about two hours a day.
"It's work that I enjoy," she clarifies, "but you never stop working to make sure that you can continue to work."
As Yearwood juggles her personal life and cookbook promotion alongside her ongoing touring schedule with husband Garth Brooks, the 51-year-old says that she still feels passionate about everything she does.
"If you're doing this because you feel like you have a burning desire to do it, then you'll find a way to do it, no matter what," Yearwood concludes. "If you're doing this because you're thinking, 'Hey, this will be really cool. I'll be famous. I'll be on YouTube,' then you'll probably quit, because it's not easy to do for the long haul."