When I say the phrase “pro singer”, I mean someone who gets paid to sing. The following tips can make all the difference:
1. Be memorable
This includes everything from being an emotional singer to posting only great songs on YouTube and SoundCloud. Create a magic aura about yourself. Practice in the mirror. Dress in an individual style. Learn everything about the business and get to know everybody.
You gotta want it BAD! You cannot have a relaxed approach about this career.
If you are a good songwriter, you’re much more valuable to a record company, backers, and to yourself. Even if you’re an accomplished songwriter, consider co-writing with collaborators to create an even better song.
Plan on it taking years before you make dime one. Plan on being ready and willing when your break comes. Luck happens when opportunity meets preparation.
Keep developing your musical, technical and entertainment-business skills. That way you can be a songwriter, producer, teacher, composer, engineer, video production, perhaps extend into acting or the film business, or even become a performance coach.
Find a wealthy mentor who believes in you. Having a supporter in your corner who’s willing to help finance your career dreams can make all the difference.
Be willing to sing anywhere: coffeehouses, charity events, clubs, restaurants, schools, festivals, even busking. Get seen and watch people come to you!
Lisa Popeil’s Top Resources for Making It in the Music Business:
If you just love to sing and want to be the best you can be, then you’ve got a legitimate goal right there.
You don’t have to have professional aspirations to be a great singer and to share your gift with others.
But if you want to go beyond this, check out these fantastic resources:
- The Ultimate Guide to Singing has an informational-filled chapter on Promotion (Chapter 3) with over a dozen leading Music Industry experts sharing practical ways to promote your music.
- One of my favorite books for the ‘indie artist’ is “Booking, Promoting & Marketing Your Music” by Nyree Belleville.
- Two other interesting books are “Six-Figure Musician – How to Sell More Music, Get More People to Your Shows, and Make More Money in the Music Business” by David Hooper and “Ruthless Self-Promotion in the Music Industry” 2nd Edition by Jeffrey Fisher.
- With the opportunities of the internet to produce and sell your own product via social media, you’ll want to check out “Social Media Mastery” by Tara Ross.
- In order to pursue the next step, you’ve got to know what some of the potential next steps are. Towards this end, another great resource is the book “How to Be A Pop Star” at www.fabjob.com.
Lisa Popeil is one of LA’s top voice coaches. She is the creator of the ‘Daily Vocal Workout for Pop Singers’ CD download (for Male and Female) as well as the Voiceworks® Method and the Total Singer DVD, conducts cutting-edge voice research, lectures internationally and is a vocal health consultant. Lisa is a voting member of NARAS, the Grammy® organization, ASCAP, AFTRA and the National Association of Teachers of Singing. www.popeil.com