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Mister Tim’s Ultimate Advice

Mister Tim's Ultimate Advice
Mister Tim is an innovative vocalist, beatboxer, looper and composer who has toured the world and won countless awards.

His live performance highlights include America’s Got Talent and his own show in Las Vegas.

His musical creations include his viral Star Wars tribute and a kazoo heavy metal!

Here is a specially selected collection of Mister Tim’s pearls of wisdom.

Voice: As distinctive as a fingerprint, expressed in every aspect of your life

Definition of ‘Voice’?
An individual’s complete set of tools for communication. The totality of what you believe, represent, strive for, and how you express that. As distinctive as a fingerprint, expressed in every aspect of your life.

How do you find your unique voice?
Finding your unique voice is a tricky blend of accepting knowledgeable input, staying true to your personal inner vision, and working out the kinks through copious amounts of practice and performing.

Worst advice you’ve ever been given?
That I should try to sound exactly like a different singer – that there is only ONE way to sing correctly.

When to play for free?
Any time there is value: it’s a chance to work new material in front of an audience, you can get good video, it’s a cause you believe in, or it will simply be fun. There are lots of ways a gig can “pay” that don’t involve money.

Effective networking gets gigs?
Figure out who the real boss is: the booking guy may not return your call, but if you can meet the owner, or the owner’s spouse, or a popular artist that plays there regularly, they might be able to get you your shot.

Tech = amplification: it does not fix your problems, only makes them obvious

How to calm pre-show nerves?
“No one here came to see you fail, they want to have a great time, so all you have to worry about is sharing a good time with the audience.”

Golden rule of technology?
Tech = amplification: it does not fix your problems, only makes them obvious.

Accepting failures?
Shows don’t go the way I expect. Contacts I thought would be helpful suddenly become useless. “Brilliant” songs I’m writing turn out to be mediocre. The path to success is paved with failures: you learn, you grow, you move forward and get stronger.


Mister Tim www.mistertimdotcom.com is a published composer, award-winning recording artist, and in-demand performer, teacher & performance coach. In addition to an active performing and touring schedule with his solo vocal live-looping/beatbox shows, Mister Tim sings with Boulder, CO-based Celtic Rock band Delilah’s Revenge, manages the… Read More

  • keithkcummings

    might I add the best way to become a singer is by singing, in the shower, in the car, at work when no one is listening, eating dinner and sleeping. Sing, practice does make perfect, and though lessons and advice are nice, nothing beats doing.