A singer can look forward to the possibility of a first big break by winning a vocal contest, getting some well-deserved recognition, and becoming the new emerging talent on the music scene in any season and in any region of the country. The world out there is ready for new talent any place and any time!
That’s great, but where do we start finding out about vocal contests? Well, the answer is, start locally! The more experience you get under your belt, the easier it is to perform your best under pressure in the big-name vocal contests to which you will soon aspire.
Vocal contests are generally for those singers who enjoy singing only. However, there are vocalists who also write the lyrics for the songs that they sing. And then there are those who write both lyrics and music and, on top of all that, sing their own songs! Multi-talents such as these are generally more interested in finding singer-songwriter contests than vocal contests.
Vocal contests attract singers who are active in the business of music as well as those aspiring to become known in the music industry. Vocal contests sometimes encourage collaboration with others, but more often focus on talents of those individuals who are interested in singing and, some day, signing contracts with known labels.
New voices are always in demand in the music industry, and aspiring singers do get into the music business through vocal contests. The road is not an easy one, though. You’ll need to do some of your own legwork, that is, looking for announcements of local and national vocal contests in music magazines, newspapers, and on the Internet. Those are not bad places to start working toward a career as a singer. Approach vocal contests with caution, however, as there are scamming contest a-plenty. Document all your work, and be sure that the competitions you are eyeing are conducted by reputable organizations that provide real results, not just promises.
There are companies that help singers find vocal contests where new talents can be showcased, and it is good to know that vocal contests can help to get the attention of those that count in the music industry. You will also find people in the music industry that can assist with vocalization, lyrics, and choosing music that suits your voice and your style. Some provide free evaluations of your work. (Be sure to document before sending off copies or sharing your work with anyone with connections to vocal contests.)
Another tactic that works for many competitors in vocal contests to get your feet in music industry doors is simply hitting the road. There’s nothing like playing gigs and selling your own CDs out of your own suitcase. “Paying your dues” is sometimes the best method of setting careers in motion for singers. Winning vocal contests can provide the icing on the cake – and provide some much needed cash.
The alternative to vocal contests – the beat-the-path approach to getting into the larger circle of the music business – entails self promotion. Managing promotions yourself can take time and effort, as well as smarts, but you will learn a lot about the music industry – and prepare yourself for success in future vocal contests – in the process. And you will be networking with musicians, club owners, and radio DJs as well as building a public following. Networking is crucial for singers getting into the business, so learn all you can about making those important connections – and sing your heart out!
There are some excellent opportunities in the music industry for new singers in the market. Vocal contests can be very productive, so be studious, do your homework, and get your career as a singer on course.
And good luck out there!
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