Originally Answered: First hispanic , female, country singer?
You won't be the first female Hispanic country singer. Tish Hinojosa hit the country charts twenty years ago with "Till You Love Me Again." (Great song, BTW) (Here's a clip of Tish singing her exceptional "The West Side of Town" song from her first album in 1989: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxfoR2l6u... ) And before her came Rosie Flores and Linda Ronstadt (yes, Ronstadt is of Hispanic descent).
As for becoming a professional, here are the steps:
1. Stay where you are and develop a following there. DO NOT move to Nashville. Only in Hollywood movies do people waltz into town, knock on Jim Fogelsong's door, and get a #1 song three weeks later. It doesn't happen that way in real life. It takes people YEARS, and sometimes DECADES to get recorded. (Thanks to a project I'm working on right now I see how long it took Chet Atkins to get discovered!) Be content with packing a 200-seat club in your hometown, because there are A LOT of people who have released albums nationally that cannot manage that many people at a show.
2. To that end, be ready to "tough it out" (as Webb Wilder said in a song) for a long haul. People who you think are "overnight sensations" have actually been singing/performing for a long time. (Roger Miller won the "best new artist" Grammy in 1964, but his actual FIRST music went back to 1957! Yet people called him an "overnight sensation.") It may seem like there are a million teenage singers running around, but the ones that LAST are very few and very far between. Brenda Lee began when she was 11; Tanya Tucker when she was 13; in contrast, the late Jimmy Boyd had ONE hit -- "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" -- and that was it for his career! So don't be upset if you aren't discovered immediately.
3. I cannot over-emphasize this: DO NOT, DO NOT, ***DO NOT*** send unsolicited demos. They end up, unopened, in the garbage can. The Nashville landfill is loaded with them. Don't do it, they won't be opened.
4. TELL THE TRUTH. If you're going to call yourself a country singer, then sing country music. Don't sing pop and call it "country."
5. DO NOT try to model yourself after whatever is popular right now. Trends come and go so quickly in music (and in all of entertainment for that matter) that by the time you're discovered, signed, recorded, and get a record out whoever you're trying to sound like will be little more than a "Where are they now?" feature on "Entertainment Tonight." Develop your own sound and stick with it.
6. Be ready for a lot of rejection. The Beatles were turned down by EVERY major label that existed at the time, and Opry manager Jim Denny told Elvis he was no good and that he should go back to driving trucks. Those are the two biggest names in the history of popular music -- so if they were rejected, you can bet your bottom dollar it'll happen to you as well.
7. DO NOT SIGN ANYTHING without having a lawyer look it over. There's an old saying: "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is." Another joke is, "Saying 'trust me' in the music business is a euphemism for 'screw you.'" You might REALLY, REALLY, REALLY want a deal and someone with the stereotypical big cigar might come along and promise you the moon; however, to quote a Charlie Louvin song, "It's not his to give." Be very careful.
8. Finally, do a little -- no, scratch that, do A WHOLE LOT -- of research on the music industry, especially the modern industry. As difficult as things were in the 1930s and 40s for people to get recorded and to tour, it's NOTHING compared to today, where people are controlled by their handlers to the point that they're told what to say, when to say it, how to say it, and for all I know how many time to belch after drinking a soda. That might turn you off to the notion of becoming a "national" singer.
However, you can still become popular where you are. Despite what the media conglomerates want us to think, there are PLENTY of country music hotbeds besides Nashville where people make a good, comfortable living without EVER making the "Billboard" top singles chart. Ever heard of Dale Watson? He's been doing quite well for himself for nearly two decades now -- all by staying true to himself and out of the Nashville maelstrom. There are places like Branson, the Smokies, Myrtle Beach, Texas, and many other "regional" areas where country music is alive and well and doesn't give a hoot in heck what is coming out of Nashville -- they're just making their own music, and they have a loyal following. Yes, they may sell 20,000 albums in a year instead of 20,000 albums in an hour, but they have their dignity; and, best of all, they have what they truly wanted, which is a career in music.