'When you are trying to shop for a label deal, never use the phrase 'I sound just like [another famous artist]'. Don't say that to the labels. They'll say 'Well, we already have those big-name artists'. For young artists, try to sound original, so you don't sound like anyone else. If you write your own songs that's good, but if it's not your thing don't force it. Not everyone's able to do it. Also, it's important to realize, that once you get signed and release your album, you're competing on the charts with all the established artists. A year ago I would just be listening to Miranda Lambert's album, now I'm competing with her and other artists on the charts.'