I get asked a lot “If I want to get started as a singer, what do I do?” So I’ve come up with the very basic first ten steps to take if you are looking to get started as a singer. These are very basic and do not guarantee your success as a Nationally known singer. I’m here to tell you that it’s WORK. I’m working harder now than I ever did at a corporate job or other job so just remember, before you get started make sure this is what you want to do. You can waste a lot of money on a singing career if you are not serious and in it for the long haul. Of course, once you have done these steps there is a whole other slue of steps to get you to the next level then the next then the next. It never stops even when you get to the top, it never stops. Once you get there you have to figure out how to stay there and maintain your income or retire and make the best off of the money you made so far as a successful singer. It’s a long hard road and good luck to you. I wish you all the best. I’ll post future blogs on what to do next, stay tuned.
Lots of Love,
- Decide upon your stage name. If your real name is not suiting for a stage name, have someone in the business help you come up with a good stage name.
- Get a domain name that is your name.com. Or you can use YourNameMusic.com either one is affective.
- Get your website Built or use Bandzoogle to help you start a good website. Start a Facebook an ReverbNation page as well.
- Get Vocal Instruction from a professional instructor. All singers get vocal instruction, it has nothing to do with how good you are.
- Go to a local studio and record some songs of you singing with karaoke tracks. This will help you find musicians for a band.
- Hire band members with good personalities, that don’t drink or want the gigs to be all about having a party. They must be able to get along with the other band members and be serious about your ventures as a professional singer.
- Find a place to rehearse your band. Rehearse, Rehearse, Rehearse! If you have to, do a couple of gigs for free just to get references to get paying gigs.
- Create a handout or “one-sheet” to give to venues where you want to play. You may have to record or video your band playing the songs and have those recordings or videos on your website in order to get booked.
- Treat your band members well. If you are serious about singing, make sure your band gets paid at every gig whether or not you make any money.
- Interact with the crowd, talk and shake hands, thank them for coming and put something in everyone’s hand that comes to see you sing. Send them to your website and get them to join so you can stay in touch. Bands that sit in the band room or go outside to smoke and don’t interact and take time with the crowd never make it passed the bar scene.