If you are reading this you probably want to know how to make it in the music industry which can be very overwhelming to navigate on your own. As owner of The Golden Voice (Voice Coaching and Artist Development in Bend, Oregon) and having worked with many celebrities in our Los Angeles studio, I can help you cut the bullshit and tell you what works.
- Focus on your craft
You can’t argue with talent. A great voice singing a great song can catapult you to the next level. Write as many songs as you can, until you are a pro songwriter and have a few hits. Then, sing the hell out of those songs. You’re probably not as polished as you think you are so get help. Hire a voice coach who can help you sound the way you want to sound.
- Gig Live
When most famous band were unknowns, they would play at the opening of an envelope if they got the chance. They played for the art more than for the fame and it showed in their sound. This is how they developed their fan base. Ask any artist who has gone platinum. For tips on how not to lose your voice click here.
- Connect With Your Fans
Without them, there is no you. Unless you want to just sing for your mom and your friends because yes, they’ll always love you. Post something every day to your social media so the fans can get to know you as an artist. Answer your fans messages, mail in autograph requests, always let them know you appreciate their support. They are the ones who will help you become famous. Because after all, fame is just popularity.
- Surround Yourself with Winners
Harvard did a study showing that in five years, your income will be the average of your five closest friends. So, don’t hang out in the gutter. If you want to make it in the music industry, find friends are like-minded. If you can’t ditch your friends, then find a mentor.
- Know Exactly What You Want
Figure out exactly what you want and next figure out why. At The Golden Voice I often ask clients to write an essay for themselves on why they want to make it in the music industry. Is it for the love of music or is it for the fame and fortune? If it’s for the money, I tell them to get a sales job because in the music industry, you spend a lot of years broke trying to hit the big time. If you love music, then be willing to shout it from the rooftops. If you’re good, be willing to say you are good.
- Believe in Yourself
People see you how you see yourself so if you want to be taken seriously as a Recording Artist you must believe in yourself. No one else can do this for you. Take the time to visualize yourself with your goals already achieved. How would you feel if you had everything you wanted right now? Hang on to that feeling.
- Develop Drive, Perseverance and Resilience
You need serious drive to put in the hours it takes to be great. Then you need perseverance when you get told no. But finally resilience is the key. This ability to bounce back from adversity is your most valuable asset.
In a nutshell, it’s not easy to make it in the music industry, but it’s possible. With a good attitude, a willingness to develop your talent, and major perseverance, you have a shot. Once you understand your why, then you can kick your drive in to high gear and do what it takes to make it in the music industry. If you need help navigating the music business or just need singing lessons contact The Golden Voice Studios by clicking here.