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 Become A Better Singer  So everyone have been telling you that you are a talented singer. You have a rich voice, a unique singing style and that you could even make it to the finals of the American Idol show or the singing idol contest of whichever country that you are in.  

You are basking with joy with all these complimentary encouragements and is toying with the idea of becoming a professional singer, but you do know that to break into the music and entertainment industry is a very stormy ride. So the question is how are you going to become a successful professional singer and to be a good one at that?  


Is it difficult to break into the singing profession?

First and foremost, let's be realistic. Making the all important transition from an amateur to a full fledge professional in any field can be a daunting task and even more so in a the entertainment industry like singing or acting. 

Having a good voice and talent alone do not necessarily mean that you can make the cut. Surprised? Well, just look at major singing contests like the American Idol for instance. There are many contestants who have fantastic singing voices and talent that can make many seasoned professional singers blush with embarrassment and yet, they don't even make it to the finals of their respective contests.

Singing for fun with a bunch of friends at a karaoke bar, a local jam club or in your church choir is a far cry from performing on stage professionally and getting paid for it. There are so many other factors to consider and to master other than just being able to sing well.

Ah….this is a surprise isn't it, when all along you thought that by having a good voice, an accurate pitch and being able to stay in time to the rhythm are all it take to be a successful singer, didn't you?  

So what does it actually take to be a good and successful professional singer? Needless to say, the first thing that you have to master is your voice quality.

You may think that your voice quality may be excellent or even your friends think so, but do understand that it may not be the case and Usually Is Not The Case albeit with some exceptions! Sorry, have got to bring you down to earth.

Forgive me for bringing back the American Idol analogy again. Thousands of aspiring American Idols wannabes audition every year for a chance to become the celebrated winner of the country's most watched singing talent show.

Let me ask you a question. Weren't you laughing till your belly ache at all the antics of thousands of those American idols wannabes in the early stages of the competitions?  

You did, didn't you? I bet you will agree with me that many of the contestants can't even hold a proper note, not to say they sing atrociously, right? Then what on earth make them think that they can win the nation's most prestigious singing contest? I hope I have made my point.

The reason is simple. They must be thinking that they have fantastic voices and all their friends must have been telling how them how great singers they are or how else would they have the gumption to think that they could have a chance of being the American Idol unless they are off their rockers?  

This brings us to the stark reality that it would be useless to try and make it as a professional singer if you can't sing well. Period! So the first thing to become a good professional singer is to develop your voice quality!

DON'T you ever make the mistake of asking family and friends to give you an honest appraisal of your singing because they won't want to hurt your feelings by giving any negative comments. Even if they are honestly frank about their opinions, what do they know about professional singing in the first place? Ask those American Idols who were knocked out in the auditions and you will know what I mean.  

Don't even ask Simon Crowell for that matter as he will give you a comment that will probably bury any of your singing ambition forever. Just check with anyone who you don't know well but are well qualified to give you an objective and professional opinion.

The next thing to be a successful singer you must master is the way you present yourself to your audience. This is crucial to how you will be perceived and received by the listening public.

Like in any profession, if you don't look presentable you will not be taken seriously. If you sing in a rock band where jeans and T-shirt are appropriate, then make sure they are clean, fit you well and make you look as though you are indeed fired up about what you're doing.

The same can be said if you are performing a club or cabaret act, your attire and deportment should be immaculate. Common sense, you say? You would be surprised how many so called singers lack these basic "common sense". 

If you are using sheet music and are working with live musicians, do make sure that you have professional arrangements for all the musicians. This is critical. You do not want to be messed up by other people making you sound bad although you are singing very well! 

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The next thing you must look into is your presentation and performing material. This may seem obvious but there is no use singing the wrong songs to the wrong audience.

C'mon buddy, you can't be singing gospel to a bunch of roughneck bikers in an outdoor rock concert, can you? But these kind of things do happen, very often because the singers have limited repertoire, limited style of music and songs or worse, are completely unprepared! This is utterly inexcusable!

As a good professional singer, you must be able to present yourself to an audience.This means you have to speak to them and show your personality. You can read more about this at "How To Sing Like A Star!"  I have personally seen many good singers who can get whip up the audience into exciting orgasmic frenzies without any problems but when asked to talk, lose all confidence and don't know what to say. They just simply went blank and start to stutter on stage!

I mean look at all the great singers from Elvis Presley to Michael Buble or Madonna, all of them, without fail can speak so eloquently when interviewed on stage even when the interviews were on impromptu basis!  

Do understand that you are a performer entertainer first and then a singer. Good singing only make up about 40% of your performance with 35% on presentation and the other 35% on your personality and that is why your whole act must  be well rehearsed, including introducing yourself as well as the songs you are about to sing. Hey, it is showbiz and not your kindergarten poetry reading man! 

How To Find Work As A Professional Singer

It is may be more comfortable for you to start out first as a semi-professional or as a part time singer, doing your full time job by day and working as a singer in the evenings until the income from your part time singing gigs can support you. 

One way of breaking yourself in gently to becoming a professional singer is to do some charity shows. Find out about any local charity events and offer your services free.

By doing this, not only are you doing good deeds, you also get the opportunity to gain public performance experience and who knows, may even get noticed by some entertainment venue owners or the local press starts giving you the publicity that you need for your break!

Further more, you get to practice in front of a live audience and the audience will be more tolerant if any part of your act goes wrong. Getting your first paid gig depends on what type of music you want to perform.

If you want to be lead singer in a band, a good place to start is to get information from your local music shop. Most of these shops have advertisements looking for singers and musicians to perform gigs and show engagements. They may even provide you studios for free practices and link you up with other musicians if you do not have a band of your own! 

So you want to be a professional singer? Then keep in mind the above pointers and don't make the mistakes other aspiring singers do. The American Idol series can indeed provide you with many gems and tips and you can even learn alot from the judges' comments, even from Simon Crowell this time. Do learn from them and you will be on your wonderful journey to become a popular professional singer!

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Best Wishes

Chris Chew

Editor of PlayMusicSing.com


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