The Sims Freeplay- Hobbies: Teen Idol


The goals in the Road to Fame Quest  allow you to complete this hobby for the first time, once you complete the hobby you complete the quest! You will need a teenage sim to be able to complete this hobby using the musical instruments you unlock as you complete the quest, once the quest is complete you will be able to complete the hobby with up to 5 teen sims at one time using all the instruments.

On the keyboard select ‘write song’ for 1 hour

You will need to find 3 different notes on the keyboard to unlock the bass guitar to find the next 3 notes. Once you have found all 3 notes on the bass guitar you will unlock the drum kit to find the next 3 notes, once you find all 3 notes on the drum kit you will unlock the guitar to find the next 3 notes. Once you have found those 3 new notes you will unlock the final instrument which is the microphone to find the last 3 notes:

  • Using the Keyboard: Write Song- 1 hour, 54 minutes or 48 minutes
  • Using the Bass Guitar: Write Song- 2 hours, 1 hour 50 minutes or 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Using the Drum Kit: Write Song (drums)- 3 hours, 2 hours 40 minutes or 2 hours 20 minutes
  • Using the Guitar: Write Song- 4 hours, 3 hours 40 minutes or 3 hours 10 minutes
  • Using the Microphone: Write Song (sing)- 5 hours, 4 hours 30 minutes or 4 hours

NOTE: the time varies depending on the star rating the instrument has

Once you complete the collection for the first time you can use the instruments in any order but you will still need to use all the instruments to find the different notes to complete each row

  • Basic Melody
  • Ballad
  • Tear Jerking Key Change
Slappin’ Rhythm, Finger Pickin’ Good Lick and Flyin’ Fingers of Funkstown


  • Slappin’ Rhythm
  • Finger Pickin’ Good Lick
  • Flyin’ Fingers of Funkstown
Drum Roll, Cymbal Choke and 28min Cowbell Solo


  • Drum Roll
  • Cymbal Choke
  • 28min Cowbell Solo
Bar Chord, Blues Riff in B and Heartfelt Solo


  • Bar Chord
  • Blues Riff in B
  • Heartfelt Solo
Vocal Melody, Backup Vocal and Vocal Overdub
  • Vocal Melody
  • Backup Vocal
  • Vocal Overdub
You can now complete the collection!
After the time has passed come back and click the exclamation mark above your sims head to find one of the note collectibles in that row. You still level up in this hobby but the hobby level up percentage isn’t important as the note collectibles don’t unlock depending on your level, when you finish a row of note collectibles you will unlock the ability to find the notes in the next row.

The table below shows you the level up reward that your sims will receive when they level up in this hobby:

1 What’s an Instrument?
2 Karaoke Specialist 250XP
3 Support Act 500XP
4 Triple Treat S750
5 Virtuoso 10,000 Town Value
6 Em-TV Award Winner 1LP
You won’t find a new collectible each time, you will get repeats, if this happens just keep going, you will find them eventually! If it is still taking too long you can use the lucky spin on the row where you cannot find the item, this will cost LPs, when you click on the LP button it will clear the row and give you a random collectible on that row so you aren’t guaranteed a new item (you will get back any other collectibles you already had in that row) Need to earn some LPs to use the lucky spin?


The completed teen idol collection is shown below, once you complete the collection you need to click ‘start a new collection’ at the top of the hobby collection screen, this clears the board so you can complete the collection again to earn more rewards (you will only get the option to restart the hobby collection when you have completed the collection):

 The first time you complete a row you will unlock a new instrument, further times you will earn XPs for the first two rows then for completing the drum kit row you will earn 1 TV Show Cameo, the guitar you earn 1 Radio Interview and the microphone row you unlock 1 Magazine Photoshoot (all these 3 resources are used to upgrade the Sim Sign- read this post for more information) but to complete the collection you need to find all 15 of the collectibles

The rewards for completing this collection are you complete the road to fame quest and 3LP:

  • The first time you complete this collection during the road to fame quest so once you complete the collection you complete the quest!
  • From the second time onwards each time you complete the collection you will earn 3LP
Time Limited Hobby Events– the teen idol hobby has appeared in a time limited hobby event before, to complete these you have to complete the teen idol hobby a certain amount of times during the time limit to unlock all of the prizes, you can find a list of time limited hobby events here.

Confused about hobbies? Read my Hobbies Frequently Asked Questions post

Find all hobby posts here

Related Hobby: Class Clown


69 thoughts on “The Sims Freeplay- Hobbies: Teen Idol

  1. is it possible to “write 9 pieces of music” part by playing keyboard or bass? or do we need to buy and play drum to unlock 7th, 8th and 9th pieces?

  2. I didn’t complete this on time. I found 9 notes but can’t find the other 6 because I can’t find the electric guitar in the hobbies store?? Please help! Thank you

  3. I can’t get the last set of music notes. When I click on the sim town sign there has no resources box come out! What can I do?

  4. Hey, I don’t know of this question has been answered yet, but I haven’t seen it anywhere so I’m just asking it.. How do we get the sim town sign? And to be able to build the teen’s mansion?

    • Yes, you need to find all 3 notes on the drums to get the tv show cameo piece, the sim sign takes ages to complete without using LPs
      You can get a few randomly when you complete actions like the island monuments but that doesn’t happen often.

  5. How long does it take with the 2 star rated instruments and a 3 star rating instruments? Is it worth getting the three star raated ones

    • I don’t own any two star instruments but these are all the 3 star times:
      Keyboard- 3= 48 minutes
      Bass Guitar- 3= 1 hour 40 minutes
      Drum Kit- 3= 2 hours 20 minutes
      Guitar- 3= 3 hours 10 minutes
      Microphone- 3= 4 hours
      If you want to complete the collection faster then getting the three star instruments may be worth it but as you can see they aren’t that much faster

  6. Hello! I just recently aged one of my pretend into a teen. I have two questions, after you age them into an adult, can you age the child into a senior before their parents? And when I unlock the teen idol quest and mansion, can I have an existing sim be the teen idol or do I have to create a new one, and does the whole family move into the teen idol mansion or just the teen? (Technically that’s three questions, lol. Thank you for creating this blog!)

  7. Designing fashion and changing clothes give magazine photo shoots.
    Calling mom, quick chat give radio interviews. Very randomly though.
    Still trying to find what exactly gives TV show cameos. Any clues?

  8. Hi, I have got a ‘Teen’ and want to enter my Teen in the Teen Idol hobby after the ‘The Road to Fame’ quest. I am on the Higher Education quest currently. Is their any advice for this when the starting time comes?

  9. I used 2 star items. Here are their times – basically as you predicted.

    Standard Keyboard – 54 min
    Standard Bass Guitar – 1 hr 50 min
    Standard Drum Kit – 2 hrs 40 min
    Blue Electric Guitar – 3 hrs 40 min
    Standard Microphone – 4 hrs 30 min

  10. How else can you get to show cameos? Just asking a question if there is no answer tell me!

  11. my teen idol already transitioned on being an adult now so how can i still continue the hobby to build or upgrade the sim sign?

  12. I am sooo annoyed by this. I need the drum set reward only – the clapperboard. Do I really need to complete all and reset it to be able to collect more clapperboards? 🎬💀💤

  13. I’ve been getting magazine photo shoots and other prizes long after I finished this event. Loooooooong after. Is this normal?

  14. When I played sims freeplay before, there were some different communicating options, like getting autographs etc. But how is this possible? Do you have to complete the hobby collection?

  15. Thanks so much for the tutorial! So I currently only have one teen and he’s the Teen Idol. If I want to give him a new hobby, could the next teen I create have access to the Teen Idol hobby? Basically I want to change who my teen idol is without aging my current one to an adult. Thanks so much!

  16. Hi 🙂 I currently have 3 Teen doing the Teen Idol Hobby, but I do not have the special interactions (help a swooning fan, sign autograph, etc.). Did I miss something?? Are they not Teen Idols?? If so, what do I have to do to make them Teen Idols??
    Thanks, and your blog is amazeballs!! Always find info :)))

    • Do you have any teens who aren’t teen idols? I think you will only get these interactions between a teen idol and a teen who isn’t a teen idol
      You’re welcome and thanks!

      • Yeah, I tried with Teens that have other hobbies, but nothing :(( Do you think I should ask EA for help, like it’s a glitch?? Or am I not losing much, so I should leave it alone??

      • That is annoying! This glitch is probably caused due to the fact they recently changed it so that 5 sims can be teen idol instead of 1, you could contact them but I wouldn’t worry about it too much.

  17. I have 5 teens doing the Teen Idol hobby, each on different instruments and I’m getting the items and I’ve finished the set a few times. Is this a glitch or part of an update? I have a picture but I don’t know how to send it if you need it.

  18. Can we have more than one Sim working on this Hobby? I have one teen at Level 6, but I realized if I can avoid doing any actions with her to keep her from aging..I can level up or start a second sim on this hobby. I heard only one sim can be an Idol.

  19. Do you have any tips to complete it within the time limit?
    I am starting over on my tablet and I would like some tips on how to get the instruments.

    • I would recommend speeding up a lot of these with LP, the first two sets of instruments will only need 1LP each time so you should be able to get a head start if you find all those quickly. Then if you need to speed up anymore wait until the time is 1hour 59minutes so it only costs you 1LP instead of 2 or more

    • The level up % for this hobby isn’t really important as you don’t unlock the collectibles by level, you unlock them by using a certain instrument but:
      Level 1 50%
      Level 2 22%
      Level 3 15%
      Level 4 11%
      Level 5 6%

  20. Not sure if it’s just me, but it was really hard to figure out how to get the microphone. I played in the order of base, keyboard, drum, guitar. While I played guitar, it opened up the roll of hobby that showed to be opened by microphone. That’s the most frustrating part that I didn’t see anywhere while googling.

    Since this is one of my fav blog, I thought to leave a comment here in case there are others like me in the future.

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