Many hopeful singers hope to be famous. Some singers just want to be the best singer they can be. Whatever your reason, there are tried and true methods to becoming a singer.
First, to be a singer, you need to be able to sing. Some people naturally have great voices. Others need to learn how to control their voices and make them sound incredible. Either way, your voice will benefit from some discipline and training. The best 3 learn to sign programs all cost around $200.
Singing Made Simple by Roger Burnley ($200)
Sing With Freedom by Per Bristow($177 for DVD version, $147 for Digital Version)
Singing Success by Brett Manning ($200)
There are many free singing lessons available on the internet. You can even go to your local public library and find books and other media on singing. Anyone can learn to sing.
Being a successful singer is not just about being able to sing. Singers are entertainers, after all, and need to entertain and have a public persona in addition to having talent. When you are starting out, don’t overlook the power of your local town. Sing anywhere and everywhere you can. Start with local Karaoke. Anytime you can be heard, let yourself be heard. The more publicity you get, the more people will remember your name, get to know you, and even become fans. Don’t be afraid to do gigs for friends and family for free. Visit local bars and lounges. See if they will give you an audition to perform in their establishment. Create FaceBook and MySpace pages where you upload your demo materials. Create a web page and have demos and appearance information out there for all to see. Get your name and voice out to the public.
If you take the time to watch local performers, you will notice that the ones who are really popular are those that don’t just sing. They also play instruments. They entertain, put on a show. Standing by yourself, singing to a CD of music is boring. Learn to play at least one instrument, guitar and piano are the most popular instruments for singers. Electric pianos are probably the most affordable solution if you are on a low budget. Join a band if you can as the lead singer. Adding to your performance in a positive way will only help you along your singing journey.
Record companies and fans alike have a propensity for artists who are truly talented. Singers are a dime a dozen. Beautiful and incredible voices abound. Singers who are also songwriters and play instruments? Those are rare and hard to come by. Songwriters are not usually the singers. Those who play instruments well are the band, not the singer. So, if you can sing, learn to play an instrument and learn to write your own material. That is a winning combination.
As you begin to get your name out and appear in public, be prepared for criticism. Although it may not be voiced in a positive way, listen to it. People criticize for a reason because they don’t like something about your performance. Be willing to modify your material, your own songs, your look, whatever it is. Listen to your critics because they are doing you a huge favor. They are like record producers. They will tell you all the things you don’t want to hear but need to know.
Now, for those of you who want to become famous, there are two options to choose from. Option One includes appearing on a reality TV show. You laugh, but there are those who have made this work for them and have become very famous from their appearances on TV. Option Two is the hard way.
Option Two includes recording demo CDs. Sending those demos to record labels, having connections, and creating your own good karma. Most of the time getting your big break depends on who you know, throwing yourself in front of people who matter, and schmoozing. You will never get discovered if you aren’t known. Even if your goal is to be famous in your little hometown, you still have to make it known you have talent. People are not going to come knocking on your door to ask if you can sing. You need to bring it to them.
Being a good singer takes a lot of hard work. You have to build a local fan base before you can be successful on a larger scale. Sometimes, people find they are perfectly happy with their local fan base and don’t need anything else. Do what you love and work hard at it. That’s what being a good singer is all about.