We all know you are serious about your singing career. You've spent the money, gotten the training necessary, practiced for hundreds of hours. Don't let anyone tell you you can't do it. Whether you are singing classical music, folk, pop, or K-pop, HUSTLE is the name of the game. You need 10,000 hours of performing and that is going to take at least five years of performing daily so why not get out there right now?
Here are three ways you can get started with the talent, repertoire, and resources you have right now.
1. BUSKING - Check with your city to see what the busking regulations are and then get out on the street and start singing. You can bring something as easy as your portable speaker and a couple of accompaniment tracks. Set out a container for collecting donations and get out there. Make an intention for your performance and take it seriously. Warm up. Don't stay out longer than 90 minutes or so. Make it a habit to get out there a few times per week and you'll start to get some regular fans. Take a video of yourself singing for your little crowd and post it on YouTube. This is free, easy, and fun. Go do it!
2. HOLIDAY SERVICE - Ask your local stores if you can set up outside their or in their mall to do holiday songs while people are holiday shopping. This can go for any holiday really though the winter holidays are the most crowded. Patriotic songs for the 4th of July sale or Memorial Day sales will do very well. Halloween songs for the halloween season. You get the idea. You'll have to speak with a store owner in your local area or to the management of the mall. Libraries, art museums, and community centers are also good places to ask if you can set up and play. You may need to show them a clip of your music and also your repertoire sheet. If you want help with your pitch, take my "Ace the Aud-PITCH-ion" course! It's under the tab: TOOLS.
3. HOUSE CONCERT - House concerts are all the rage these days. Many young musicians do house concert tours. They contact people online or simply contact family members and offer to do a concert in their house if they invite a few people. You can travel the world doing this and make enough to do the travel. Maybe even more! I usually take a collection at the concert to cover my expenses and usually I get more than I need. Try it!
OK, so there you are. Three free, easy, and effective ways to jumpstart your career. If you never sing, how can you have a singing career? Conversely, singing anywhere leads to singing everywhere. Get started now.
If you've made it to the bottom of this post, congratulations! You must be serious about your career. Let us know what you are doing in the comments section below.
Happy singing! ~SMK