I meet many people with the desire to become a professional performer. They sing in the choir, in the shower, in the car, at karaoke, or at their desk. But does this mean that they could be the next Whitney Houston?
Contrary to popular belief, most professional performers are not signed after humming a tune while pumping their gas or standing in the grocery aisle. Just like anything worth having, pursing a professional career requires a lot of work.
It’s great to have supportive family and friends who cheer you all the time. But having a friend or family member tell you when you’re off key or miss a note is priceless.
If you have the talent and desire, here are a few things that I suggest you do to become great.
- Get a vocal coach. Everyone (even professionals) uses a coach. They teach you how to stay on key, sing properly, and how to breathe correctly. Intonation and pitch is everything.
- Sing in front of people. Go to an Open Mic or Karaoke night and get comfortable in front of people.
- Audition. Whenever you hear about an audition, audition. You learn so much auditioning and even more with rejections.
- Find your sound. Figure out what your sound is. What type of music works for your voice. This way you can have a signature sound that identifies you and sets you apart from others.
- Make friends. Get out and network. Make friends with musicians and singers. The benefits of networking is another blog post. Just go do it.
- Get a band or join one.
- Perform. Be open to perform for $0 to $1000 but perform each time like you are being paid $1,000,000
- Have fun. If this is something that you truly enjoy – Enjoy It!