Your Voice, Your Goals

Three steps will unlock your career potential –says Simone Niles

As a singer, what do you really want to achieve?

Very often we have some idea about what we want, but in order to achieve a specific goal we need to make it specific in the first place.

There can be many routes to one destination, and that journey can be (and hopefully is!) enjoyable, but you must know where you want to end up, or you may end up somewhere else.

Use these steps to help you with your goals.

1. Decide what you really want.
What really makes you come alive when you think about achieving it? Think long term, mid term and short term.

E.g. – I want to make a living as a professional singer (perhaps long term) or I want to be able to hit a top ‘E’ in my range (perhaps short term).

2. Make it specific and measurable.
Using the earlier example of ‘wanting to make a living as a professional singer’, what precisely would this mean to you? How will you know when you’ve achieved it? When would you like to achieve it by?

Professional singer =when I am relying on my voice as my career / when singing pays the bills – in two years

Top ‘E’ =when I have sung the note with good technique, at least three times – in two months.

3. Take action.
Do something about it and put a plan in place! Often when we have a list of goals to achieve and we do nothing about it, it is because the goals either are not compelling enough or because they seem like a wish rather than a possible reality. It’s not so much about ticking things off the list as you go along, as much as it is about the things on the list making you tick. Break down the steps you need to do to achieve your goal and take bite sized actions.

Professional singer = speak to professionals who are doing what you would like to do and find out how they have achieved their goals. Model aspects of what they have done that “match” for you and see your own positive results.

Top ‘E’ = find a coach who can guide you there with good technique/ Have a practice plan in place.

It doesn’t matter how small the steps are, just that you take them!

My Reaction To This Week’s Peer Review Vid

Louie Ongpauco – Wonderwall cover

Hey Louie – I like your phrasing; it shows that you have a good understanding of this style. You are quite comfortable in front of the camera; now think about how you can use facial expressions to express the song more visually. You seem quite confident and this is such a great achievement! Your tone is quite nasal and while this may suit parts of the song you may want to be versatile and open to other options. If you articulate more you will find that this helps to open up your tone. Make sure to pronounce your ‘TH’ in the word ‘throw it back to you.’ Well done.

Simone Niles is a leading vocal and performance coach and an author on the specialty of performance enhancement. She has a busy private teaching practice in London and also 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 new and innovative ways to achieve performance excellence and is available from her website.
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This article has been especially adapted for VoiceCouncil Magazine from Simone’s book, “Coaching For Performance Excellence”. www.coachingartistry.com