How do you get to be a "titled player"?
how do you get a title?

You need to get an over-the-board, real-life title first.
To get CM you need to get a 2200 FIDE rating.
NM criteria vary from federation to federation.

I had to play in a tourney with masters (otherwise you'll stall out at 2199).

Once you get "2200-2400 rating in blitz" here, you may consider spending money for OTB games to buy a title.(tourney entry fees, transport and accommodation fees for about 10 days for minumum of 5 tourneys) .
Otherwise you are spending a considerable amount of money for high level of uncertainty.

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