[After making a name for himself touring the world with R&B’s biggest musicians from Beyoncé and Rihanna to Mariah Carey and Tamar Braxton, newcomer Alv3ster tells SOHH why he gave up steady pay to turn his music biz dream into a reality.]

You literally have to take yourself out – no more dancing, no more dance jobs, no more this and that.

It’s a scary thing to do because if you’re on the financial side, I was blessed enough to be making six figures a year as a dancer and being young. But then it’s like, “Well, what am I going to continue to do? Am I going to keep on sacrificing for my dreams? I gotta stop.”

So you stop that and now you’re in the forefront? It’s crazy. I don’t think there’s any amount of getting your feet wet that you can do to prepare yourself for it.

I personally told myself no more dancing, told my agents and left the agency. I literally quit cold turkey.

I went homeless. I used all my savings, I did this and this, moved away from LA for a couple of years, moved to Philadelphia to get immersed in music.

I wanted to live my artistry and not just say, “Hey, I want to be a singer.” It was real.

It was a journey.

To be honest, Love Me Or Leave Me, the title track off my upcoming album was done two years ago and I literally finished the album with the same team I started with, Full Circle, recently.

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