Miranda Lambert got her start in country music through a reality tv show called Nashville Star. She finished third, but stood out, and it gave her the exposure she needed to get her start. When she looks back now, she says she realizes she was pretty extreme. She didn’t want to perform in frilly dresses and she wanted to play guitar on all of her tracks instead of having session musicians. She knew what she wanted and what she didn’t want. Read the full story here.