If you’ve been amazingly gifted with a voice, you might think about using your talent to make you famous. That’s a great aim! Before jumping in, realize that it takes more than just having a strong voice to be a popular singer — you have to have a strong stage presence and also be a professional performer. Through practice and experience, this is possible. Although there is no guarantee that you can hit the level of success, know that there are plenty of steps you can take to become recognized and noticed and even get paid for your work.
Build your skills
1. Training, training, training. Sing your voice all the time, and keep it solid. Sing many songs of similar tones and ranges. The goal is to get as much experience as possible in as many different areas.
- Singing with friends in your room, in the shower, in the car.
2. Take online or private singing lessons to enhance your vocal skills. One of the most important things you can do to advance your music career is probably finding a successful vocal coach. Even people with an excellent voice to sing can benefit from professional lessons. Singing lessons will teach you more than just sounding nice, they will also motivate you:
- Using correct ventilation strategies
- Hold in the main when under pressure
- State your words clearly and articulate them
- A broader vocal range is available without straining
- Build trust
3. Find yourself something special, and develop your style. The goal here is to discover what separates you from everyone else. You may need to experiment to discover your own identity, and what separates you from anyone else.
- When you can switch between alto and soprano, use the experience to demonstrate how your talent covers a wide variety of voices.
- You may have a raspy voice and a rugged vocal style that works fantastically for soul music.
- You can also distinguish yourself and help you stand out by playing an instrument like guitar or piano.
4. Singing on a stage to familiarize yourself with singing before crowds. Once you feel secure that your voice is solid, take the next step to show it to strangers. Singing to yourself, or to friends and relatives who care for you, is usually much easier. It needs much more bravery to sing in front of a group of strangers!
- Sing karaoke at a local spot, or join the choir of a school or church. Although these kinds of performances are “free” if they’re performed for fun or a good cause with a party, they ‘re still a good starting point for getting out there.
6. Perform in places that will take you out of your comfort zone. Once the stage presentations have been mastered, branch out, and try something new. Seek to be a guest singer for a local band or rally in a restaurant on the patio. It will help to perform at some kind of venue that is new or special to you.
- When you start, you may not get paid, but you may be able to set up a tip jar. Make this a bonus if you get paid for working!
- There’ll be no 2 venues, shows, or even songs the same. Allow yourself chances to explore as many aspects as possible. All of these experiences will work to prepare you for a successful performance whatever the circumstances may be.
- You can not be embarrassed. Put yourself there, and introduce yourself to the people with whom you want to work. If you want to play with a specific brand, ask if you can get to one of the sessions. It may also be useful to use mutual friends in seeking places to play at and/or sing with people.
- Those interactions will also make you know what kind of performances you want to do. You might find that you’d rather sing with a band or group rather than solo.
7. Have a go-to song you’ll be nailing each time. Always be ready. If you’re asked to stand up and sing unexpectedly, or the instrumentals or background music don’t work during an audition, there’s something you need to fall back on. Every time, pick a song you can sing perfectly.
- To most people, your go-to song should be familiar, well-liked, and within your natural vocal range.
- As you get more experienced, this list will get longer, and you’ll have several songs that you can completely sing no matter what.
8. It singing various cover songs. Many singers don’t write their music, which is Fine. Especially when you start first, you want people to pay more attention to the quality of your voice than to the quality of your songwriting. Build a setlist of 10 to 15 cover songs that you know you can knock out of the park and practice getting better at them.
- Choose a strong blend of classic and new tracks.
- One good way to get a cover noticed is to dramatically change a common song’s sound, tempo, or instrumentation. Compare the various iterations of “Hallelujah,” or listen to Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” cover for ideas from the Civil Wars.
- Don’t worry about royalties for live cover song performances. Copyright and copyright problems only come into play if certain songs are being recorded and released.
Spreading your chances
1. Set yourself plenty of small, achievable targets. Choose a clear and achievable target, and then assign yourself a timeline for achieving it. Do not just say, “One day I want to be a popular singer.” Try something like, “This summer I want to perform in an outdoor venue.” Then take the steps to get there.
2. Find a gig that pays for the singing. It may not pay much, but it will help you validate your potential as a singer when you get paid. You may have to do some initial gigs for free, but it will become easier to find paid work once you get out there.
- Look for gigs singing in a restaurant or lounge, for weddings or parties, in a theater production, or even a talent competition as a backup singer for another group.
3. Start working on your music to add prestige to your work. Writing your songs would galvanize your credibility. But if composting isn’t your thing, don’t feel bad — many singers depend on others to write their songs for them. The goal here is to release some fresh new music rather than relying on cover songs alone.
- When you want someone to compose your songs for you, then you must decide whether to give them credit or hire them as a ghost author. Customers usually respect integrity.
4. To expand your resources, connect with other music professionals. Personally and online network for getting to know more people in the music industry. Many singers and experts have been in your place once and may have insights and knowledge they want to share with you. Only ask.
- The more people you meet, the more chances you give to yourself. You have the potential to also connect with their other connections by meeting one person.
- If you want to know someone, try flattering them. Say something like, “You ‘re an incredible performer. On stage, you’re still looking so relaxed and at ease. What are you?
5. Engage in the local music scene. Spend as much time as you can hang out in places where musicians/producers meet with success. Go to clubs and dance halls and behave as though you were part of the business, even if they don’t know who you are.
- Seek to go into a town known for music while planning a holiday. Travel to locations such as Nashville, Memphis, NYC, LA, New Orleans, Austin, and Las Vegas and mix with local musicians.
6. When you need help with the workload, find yourself a boss. You may find it difficult to keep up with everything as you get more into your music career — especially if you balance other commitments like work, school, or family. A boss will help you remain focused, and help you develop your career.
- Use your boss to help you find jobs, organize activities, handle money and make plans for the long term.
- The regular pay for executives is a fee of 15 percent. However, in the early stages of your career, you may be able to save some money by enlisting the assistance of a supportive and business-minded friend or family member.
- The most important thing to find a boss is to find one that suits you. Make sure they ‘re trustworthy, personable, and have the requisite skills to help you succeed.
1. Establish a good Social Media presence. The more channels you use, the more visibility you gain and the more connections you are going to make. Set up Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and talk with Snapchat accounts.
- You may already have personal accounts set up but consider having separate accounts — like a Fan Page on Facebook — specifically for your profile as an artist.
- Try blogging, if you like to post. It’s a perfect way to get the fans a more in-depth view on the journey.
2. Make your own YouTube channel, and periodically upload it to it. Getting your own YouTube channel is an easy way to get yourself more exposure by targeting a global audience of over 1 billion site visits every month.
- Share it with your family and friends, and on your social media pages, once you build your channel. Ask somebody you know to help you also by sharing your connection.
3. Create a demo to get yourself promoted locally. To record some of your best songs, visit a professional recording studio, or make your own home studio. You can place the demo on DVDs, flash drives, or a playlist online.
- Offer club DJ, local radio stations, and studios and labels to record your demo.
4. Share your music on a distribution platform for online music. Sharing your music digitally will give access to streaming, downloading, and buying your music to people all over the world. You will even get the royalties paid for this!
- A few distributors you can look into are LANDER, CD Baby, Ditto Music, Record Union, Reverb-nation and I Musician.
- Each company has different terms of service and fees, so it’s important to educate yourself about which service is going to be the best.
5. Create your own business cards to distribute when required. To turn out a business card to someone has a different feeling than just handing out your phone number. Besides, if someone puts your number in their pocket, who’s going to guarantee they’ll know afterward who you are? A good business card will include your contact details and what you are doing, which will help you stand out as a ready-made professional.
- You can design and create your own business cards at home or through a local printing company or online.
1. To keep focused, learn to shake off constructive feedback. When someone is doing something hurtful, just ignore it. Don’t dwell on something that doesn’t benefit you or help you reach your goals. For some people, it’s a hard lesson, but you have to know how to be cool with people who don’t like you, make derogatory remarks and even act out.
- Remember some people do not like Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift. This hate does not take away the fact they are renowned and successful.
2. Accepts constructive criticism to change. The combination of positive and negative reviews helps you to consider constructive criticism. Anyone will remind you about an area you need to change while letting you know what you’ve done well too.
- Feedback you will potentially use would usually come from other artists, the voice coach, and music industry professionals.
- Be mindful that friends and family can sometimes be too sweet. They may think you are perfect just the way you are and may not be able to give you real, helpful advice, and/or improvement suggestions.
3. If you get rejected, keep going forward. It is probably one of the hardest challenges you would encounter on your path to be rejected. The music industry is highly competitive and certain musicians have to be dismissed as such — it’s the business nature. Don’t allow that to get you down. Keep on practicing patience and perseverance.
- If you’re turned down for a series or during an audition, ask why. It may not have anything to do with your talent or skill, but rather the look they strive for in their series, and so on.
4. Implement the suggestions that you receive to help you better yourself. Comprehending why you have been turned down is only one aspect of the equation. The next thing you need to do is think about the feedback and then take steps to get it implemented. That just will make you happier.
- If you were told you weren’t loud enough — sing louder during your practices and training sessions to help your voice build. If you’ve been told you don’t have a strong stage presence — work on your facial expressions, and think about introducing more movement or adding an instrument while singing.