How Ariana Grande Transitioned From Teen Star To Artist Of The Year

2016 was a big year for Ariana Grande. From winning the AMA’s Artist Of The Year to releasing five chart-topping singles in less than 12 months, the Florida native seemed unstoppable. However, it wasn’t long ago that she was a young teen on Nickelodeon’s Victorious and Sam and Cat. This arises one important question for aspiring artists.

How did she so quickly change her image?

1. She switched up her look.

The first step in Ariana’s transition required her literally changing her image, or in this case, her physical appearance. During her TV days, Ariana was known for her fire engine-red hair, but when it came time to move onto her musical path, she made a clear cut change by coloring her hair and growing out her locks.

If you’re looking to revamp your image, take a cue from Ariana’s playbook and try a new hairstyle, or maybe even a new wardrobe.

Watch Hollyscoop cover Ariana’s hair transformation here.

2. She’s been open to collaborations with diverse artists.

Some of Ariana Grande’s hottest hits have featured other artists, from Iggy Azalea to Mac Miller to The Weekend. By being open to collaboration, Ariana has established herself as a serious performer, as opposed to a child actress.

If you feel like you’re stuck in a rut and can’t seem to get out of it, reach out to another artist for a collaboration. The change in style might be enough to get you onto a new path.

Check out Ariana’s award-winning “Side to Side” featuring Nicki Minaj here.

3. She didn’t abandon her past completely.

While Ariana’s past in the TV industry may have been what she was trying to break free from, it doesn’t mean she hasn’t gone back. Her appearances in shows such as Scream Queens, Hairspray Live! and even Zoolander 2 reminded fans of the old Ariana, and they showed how much she has grown over the past few years.

You don’t have to be an actor/actress for this tip to work for you. Try going back to your old music every once in awhile, or maybe play some tunes with your old band. Fans will appreciate the throwback, and it will show how you have grown as an artist.

Check out a few scenes of Ariana’s appearance in the hit TV show Scream Queens below.

Ariana has changed significantly over the past few years, both in appearance and musical style, but fans have loved her even more for it. Whether you’re looking to change your own image or simply looking for a new artistic path, follow in Ariana’s footsteps and begin your new journey.

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Kelsey Leaman is a senior at American University in Washington D.C. studying Economics and International Studies. She is passionate about writing, Lemonade, and Michelle Obama.

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