In the modern age, shortcuts to fame and success are abound and there’s nowhere this is more true than in the music industry. Despite competition getting tougher all the time, people are becoming household names by strange flukes on a regular basis, and even getting long term careers in some cases.
However, if you’re a performing artist, the only way to really get success and sustain it for a long time is to truly perfect your craft. A singer or performer who works hard on developing their own skills really shows, especially in the eyes of a professional. If this is the approach you are going to take with your own career, you will need to learn a few lessons first. Here are some of our top recommendations.
Know how to look after your voice
For a long term singing career to be successful, you obviously need to look after your voice. A lot of singers seem to forget that you won’t necessarily keep getting better with experience if you fail to do this, and many professionals have slowly ruined their own singing ability due to bad habits and poor maintenance.
Warm up appropriately every time
Learn how to perform vocal exercises, warm up properly, check your voice and notice when something is wrong. This is all part of looking after your voice properly. You should know your own voice better than anyone and if something is wrong at the warm-up stage you probably don’t have long to try and correct it.
Think about why you’re doing this
Don’t get caught up in the moment and choose short term enjoyment over your long term career. Singers can’t afford to do things like heavy drinking on a regular basis, smoking cigarettes, neglecting their overall health or failing to rest their voice. The likely result of this kind of behaviour is being unable to perform to the best of your ability, which will always be something you regret if you’re a true professional.
If you are a professional or aspiring singer, it’s easy to get preoccupied with the physical aspects of your performance. You will need to follow certain rules and procedures to physically keep your voice in the best possible condition, and it is true that physical factors mean a lot.
However, something that people forget about is confidence. This can actually have a major effect on the way you sound, even if you don’t realise it. Unfortunately, this problem has the potential to grow into a self-fulfilling prophecy, as worrying about your own ability to perform can actually make your performance worse.
So how can you overcome a confidence issue? Whether this is a chronic issue for you, or you just suffer from nerves occasionally before important performances, it’s definitely an issue that’s worth resolving and it’s definitely possible with a little work. Here are three methods to remember which should help you build your confidence gradually.
1) Identify any causes for your problem
If possible, you should try to figure out why you might have confidence issues and if there is something specific you need to address. You might find that getting to the root cause of your fear can have a profound effect on your ability to perform comfortably.
2) Understand what draws people to singers
Creating a relationship with people who listen to you through the way that you sing is very difficult, but crucial if you want to truly succeed. Singing technically well isn’t enough. You also need to be strategic about what you choose to sing, how you deliver it and many other small decisions which make up your overall performance. This will help you gradually gain confidence.
3) Rationalise the risks
In order to stop yourself from panicking, you need to think logically about the consequences of failure in a way that helps you keep things in perspective. Dealing with pressure is an important part of performing confidently, and the fear of rejection may be the most important barrier for you to overcome.
4) Get professional lessons
Most professional singing tutors will be able to teach you about confidence and help you overcome your own personal problems with it. Since this is a major part of performing, you can expect these kinds if things to be covered whenever you arrange a lesson with someone who’s good at what they do.