Today, music is a competitive and saturated industry, which makes it hard for many trying to venture into musical careers distinguish what is required to thrive. No matter how talented you are, making a big break in the music industry does not happen overnight. However, even with its hurdles, music is a very rewarding career. There is no secret formula that can help you become an outstanding singer and performer, but here are some qualities to acquire to make it big in the music industry.
Be confident and adventurous. If you have ever watched great professional singers, such as the likes of Beyoncé and Jessie J, you’ve probably noticed how utterly confident they look. A big part of this is done by staying relaxed and standing right. Just standing with an open posture, practicing breath support, aural skills, and other elements to achieving your best voice will help boost your confidence. If you are experiencing pre-show jitters, try holding a power pose or do some breathing exercises, and you will be good to go.
Have a go-getter attitude. Most people think that all musicians do is sit around all day and play music. This could not be further from the truth. In actuality, most successful musicians are much like entrepreneurs. They learn different trades in the industry regarding promoting, marketing, and even organizing their own events. Those who just sit around and complain about not performing or not getting enough gigs don’t end up successful. You should be proactive and put yourself out there instead of waiting for opportunities to come to you.
Have a patient attitude. Success in the music industry is not something that happens overnight. It is something that is worked on over time, with a lot of hard work, dedication, and patience. Every successful musician has had slow times in their career. Patience and persistence will keep you focused on your goals as you await the unfolding of your career. Also exercise patience with other people you work with, such as musical directors and composers. If you come across as impatient, many people will not want to work with you as it is a big turn off in the music industry. Patience will help you easily deal with any situations that arise along the way.
Be eager to learn. Having enough knowledge about the musical craft is crucial for singers. Identifying the repertoire you are comfortable singing, your vocal limits, and familiarizing yourself with other musicians will help you in the industry. Not knowing about the musical art or proper vocal techniques can create a huge setback. Don’t limit yourself to one genre of music- experiment with as many as you can to discover other musical possibilities. Also be open to any feedback and critique, as it may bring a fresh new element to your voice and career.
The bottom line is, if you want to follow music as more than just a hobby, jump right into it. Put these qualities into practice and push yourself hard without giving up. Focus on your goals, and you might just get that “big break” you’ve been waiting for.