As a Talent Manager, Wendy has seen it all and offers here 21 ways to get your singing career started. Arguably, this is also how to sustain your career. Some of the ways include getting the proper training, performing live as much as you can, networking with other singers, have a strong online presence, audition as much as you can, and figure out who you are as an artist. To subscribe, 'like', or comment on the original video click
This inspiring video features Beyonce in her own words in a series of interviews talking about 10 "rules" that have made her successful. A few include working hard, being competitive with yourself, always being creative, and keep progressing as an artist. To subscribe, 'like', or comment on the original video click
The Chairman and CEO of Sony Music Entertainment (UK) gives an interesting perspective from the record label side of things. He talks about his beginnings in music (with the band Dexys Midnight Runners) to his transition into the business of music. He gives 5 tips in getting in with a record label and then ends with giving advice to artists looking to sign with a label. To subscribe, 'like', or comment on the original video click
Veteran country/christian artist, Dan shares very in depth insight into an artist signing with a label vs. going it alone independently. He gives sobering details on what happens under the umbrella of a label or a manager and at what point it makes sense to go that route. He then gives advantages of producing your own material. He's seen it all and tells it like it is. To subscribe, 'like', or comment on the original video click
Graham eloquently and honestly talks about the new rules of the music business and how each artist has to be responsible for all of the things that record labels used to take care of. He says that you are a brand, you need to constantly be creating content for your fans, and that it doesn't have to be perfect. To subscribe, 'like', or comment on the original video click
Sarah gives a bunch of great suggestions on making a living as a singer doing a variety of things including getting corporate gigs, writing gigs, sessions, teaching, as well as tools of the trade. She's an experienced performer and is realistic about the day to day of being a singer. You can wait for someone to knock on your door and give you a record deal or you can be proactive and develop the skills you need to have true longevity in the business. To subscribe, 'like', or comment on the original video click
Veteran voice teacher, Cari Cole, shares an detailed list of tips from getting the proper training to believing in yourself and everything in between. This is a great checklist for becoming a well-rounded artist.
"One thing is true. Grammy winning singers and artists are badass. They have badass vocal chops, vocal techniques and killer vocal arrangements. It’s important to know that in the entertainment industry, nothing is “natural.” Voices are worked on, worked over, and worked through, in every which way possible to make them stronger, better and shine greater."
Patrick Hess uses the metaphor of cooking a meal in how he explains the key ingredients in making it in the industry.
"Growing up in my generation we were taught to learn how to cook meals for ourselves. We’re not talking microwave or frozen dinners. We’re talking the ceramic flour canister, teaspoons for measuring, and electric burner stove tops with a cast iron skillet. Mom would quickly slap a meal together throwing cabinet doors open to find the various ingredients. It just seemed to appear on the kitchen table. We were taught to replicate that process."
While we don't necessarily endorse Tom Hess as a career coach, this article certainly provides valuable insight into the music industry as it stands today. An interesting read.
"Everyday musicians just like you tell me how frustrated and discouraged they are because they struggle to have the music career they've been dreaming about their whole lives. Most either don't know 'what' to do, or don't know 'how' to do things. Worse, they have a completely inaccurate vision about what it really takes to develop a stable, lasting and successful music career."
Nick Gunn is a veteran of the music industry who has seen and done it all and lived to tell about it. His lessons from surviving and often thriving provide valuable insight for the average performer who most likely will not be famous but wants to make a living making music.
"I’m not particularly famous (in most people’s eyes) and I’m certainly not financially wealthy (in Wall Street’s eyes); I’m just a guy who has pretty much done it all in the music business with some major successes, and some even larger major flops!"
They break it down into 4 main categories: Define Yourself, Know Yourself, Have Fun, and Do The Work. We think this is the perfect balance.
"Success is a relative term. To make matters even more complicated, the recent popularity of shows such as American Idol and Internet pop sensations on YouTube have permanently altered our understanding of what it means to be a successful singer. After hearing about Justin Bieber or Carrie Underwood, it’s tempting for a singer to think they’ve failed if they haven’t been playing to sold-out concert halls by age 16, or haven’t skyrocketed to fame over a few short months."
Christopher Knab takes you through these practical steps including the all important 'Don't Every Stop Making Music.'
"Realize that no one is waiting for your music. If people are going to become fans of your music, you must approach the promoting of your live shows and the promotion of your CD releases with the same planning and professionalism as the artists whom you admire have promoted their music. Marketing music has changed radically in the age of the Internet and social media. That technology has the potential to take your music to the world."