Make a difference for your future by taking these three actions –says Simone Niles.
We are all at different stages in our careers as singers. Some of us are already able to support ourselves through singing while others may be just starting out.
Either way, these 3 actions will help you to move forward in our vocal aspirations.
Action #1: Know exactly what it is you want to achieve
It may seem obvious that you must know what you want, but very often people have a generic answer – ‘I want to be successful as an artist’.
Being successful means something different from one person to another.
So instead you can say, “I want to be the lead singer of a fun, creative band, write my own material and earn $X per month from music”.
If you’re an established singer, your goals will continue to evolve as you do.
Be as clear and specific as you can so that you have a ‘bull’s eye’ target to aim for.
The clearer you are the easier it will be to achieve it.
Action #2: Be good at what you do
In order to create a life as a successful artist, you must be good at what you do.
Practice is key here and the more consistent you are the better.
Work on your technique and performance skills so that you are able to build the stamina that singers need to work ‘in the real world’.
It will also help you to create a good platform to express yourself fully as an artist.
Professionals still practice and this is what keeps us on top of our game.
Action #3: Learn the business and network like crazy
People won’t know you exist and what you can do if you don’t let them.
Not everyone is a natural networker, but everyone can learn and you may get help from others around you.
It is important to build your fan base and build your contacts of people in the industry.
So that means creating good quality audio, videos, having a space where people can find you and using as many social networking avenues that you can to promote your music and yourself.
Start by taking action on being clear on what you really want, making a difference in yourself as an artist and giving those around you chance to notice.
My Reactions To This Week’s Peer Review Vids
Chris Antunes – “Primadonna” by Marina and the Diamonds (Cover)
Hey Chris, you were entertaining! You were visually dynamic and confident and I could easily imagine you doing an ‘official’ video cover of this song. What would be good is to also pay attention to your vocal dynamics so they can better match the visual aspects. You could play around with different vocal textures and volume contrast. Be careful with your microphone technique as you moved your mouth around it inconsistently and this could affect your sound, especially if performing live. Work on opening up your tone more by placing the sound forward in your mouth to create more resonance. Well done!
Kaizad Gherda – “I Will Follow You Into The Dark” by Death Cab For Cutie (Cover)
You have a lovely, warm tone Kaizad, especially in this part of your range. You may want to pay more attention to your phrasing and start and end each phrase with more control. This requires you to connect more with your muscular and breath support so you can begin without collapsing your diaphragm and end with clarity. Pronounce some of your consonants more. Your facial expression was good and you seemed at ease accompanying yourself. Great job!
Jakealele – “I Saw a Kitty Cat Song” (Original)
Hey there Jakealele! Great that you could be inspired by a cat you saw, and write a song about it. Your diction isn’t very clear so this is something to practice. You can do this by exaggerating how you pronounce your vowels and consonants. You also want to learn more about the correct breathing technique for singers so that you have more control over your tone. It was a fun, light-hearted performance. Cool job.
Simone Niles is a leading vocal and performance coach and an author on performance enhancement. She has a busy private teaching practice in London and teaches at The Institute of Contemporary Music, where she is MD of the college’s vocal ensemble. Her book “Coaching for Performance Excellence”, gives artists innovative ways to achieve performance excellence; it is available from her website.