How can I become a singer?
I want to become a back-up singer. Where do i start?
- RJLv 75 years agoFavorite Answer
Becoming a backup studio singer requires specialized musical skills, marketing prowess and a professional attitude. Also called a "session vocalist" -- hired on a single session or project basis by recording studios, broadcast stations, record producers, recording artists or songwriters -- you will add harmony and accent vocals to songs, jingles, film and television background music. Acquiring vocal sessions as a newcomer may take time and considerable effort, but obtaining additional singing jobs will become easier as your reputation and resume grows.
Obtain vocal training through a qualified vocal coach. While you may possess a great natural voice, there are professional singing techniques and exercises that every singer must know and practice. In addition to singing skills, a vocal coach will teach the importance of healthy physical, psychological and dietary practices that affect vocal health. Because most vocal coaches are trained professionals with music business experience, your coach may also provide advice, contacts and referrals to help jump-start your career.
Learn formal music theory, history, music sight reading and ear training by attending workshops, reading books or enrolling in a formal music education course. Session vocalists are generally granted a small block of studio time in which to sing and may not be informed of the session type or musical expectations before arrival. Some sessions are informal and allow singers to perform their parts "by ear." Others are formal and will expect you to sing from a written musical chart, understand musical terminology and stylistic references.
Prepare a professionally recorded demo of your voice. You may book time at a recording studio and hire musicians, but purchasing simple home recording software, a recording microphone and a few karaoke tracks is an inexpensive and flexible option. Record different styles of music suited to your voice and prepare a compilation of several songs 30 to 60 seconds in length in CD, .mp3 and .wav formats. Because your demo will showcase your voice, avoid the inclusion of musical interludes in the demo.
Procure marketing materials in physical and digital formats. A website with information and links to your .mp3 recordings is necessary, but you will also need a physical promotional kit with a business card, resume, CD, letterhead and matching envelopes. Hiring a professional designer and printer will yield a higher quality product to reflect a professional image -- but if your budget is tight, you can design your site and produce printed materials yourself. Create a profile with online singer and musician directories -- singerdirectory.com, demosinger.com and many others -- to get your name in front of prospects.
Prepare a list of employers and make contact. Numerous online sources exist with listings of producers, songwriters, studios, radio and television stations and other prospects. Unsolicited mailings are generally ignored in the music business, so make phone calls and send emails asking permission to send promo kits. Attend local music shows and festivals where you can network with band members and sound and lighting technicians.