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If you have got a passion for singing and dream of singing as a career, then this article is for you. 

We include tips for you to follow if you wanna turn your hobby into a lifestyle. 

Only a very small percentage of singers actually make it to the professional realm, so if you want to do that, you need to be prepared to put in more work than anyone else to give yourself a chance.

Practice Practice Practice

In many things in life, it’s the people who are able to be disciplined and put in the hours of effort and practice that succeed more than those who have a natural gift. 

Though someone’s natural gifts will take them a certain distance quite quickly in any endeavor, it’s those who have the grit and determination to keep practicing and keep developing long after they feel like it or long after it is fun who often see success.

There’s a common understanding amongst professional athletes and other elite individuals who have mastered their craft that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to become an expert at something.

The same goes for singing. Even if you have an amazing tone, there is always more that you can learn and more you can do to perfect the quality of your tone at different notes and at the outer extremities of your upper and lower register.

Even once you have mastered the sound of your voice, there is more to learn from a theoretical perspective and more to learn about rhythmicity.

You need to take the attitude of being a lifelong student and always be on the lookout for something new you can practice to get better at your craft.

Get Professional Tuition

Professional tuition goes a long way towards improving your qualities and abilities as a singer and increasing the chance that you go pro. 

A good vocal coach can not only give you feedback about the code of your voice but can provide you with other feedback about the nature of your performance, the way you stand, the way your face looks when you sing, and your overall stage presence.

You may want to organize separate tuition for each of those different aspects, but in many cases, a good vocal coach can help you with all four.

Vocal coaches are able to help you correct faulty techniques and also spot areas for improvement that you are not currently aware of. 

The positive of working with a vocal coach is that they work with dozens of singers and have heard hundreds of different voices, and can give you targeted advice about your specific voice and the things you need to do to keep getting better.

In many cases, a weekly session with a vocal coach is a good cadence to establish. If you are early on in your vocal career, you may want to go twice a week or three times a week. 

But for many people, weekly is perfect. In some cases and at some stages of your career where what you need to keep practicing is very clear, you may be able a space out your lessons. 

Singing Success is a perfect example of this. Brett Manning started Singing Success to help people learn how to become professional singers.

Do Some Back-Up Singing

A great way to get a foothold in the professional music industry is to do some back-up singing

Whether you are the only back-up singer or you are part of a group of back-up singers, the experience you get is invaluable in multiple ways.

Firstly, being a professional back-up singer will mean that you are being paid, and therefore it will mean that you have technically achieved the goal of being a professional singer. 

Even though your preference may be to be the center of attention and the headline act, the fact that you are on stage for these big performances and touring with an established artist can give you a very good professional experience and also give you connections to meet other people.

Many famous artists today started off as back-up singers and used that as a launchpad to take their careers to the next level. 

Even if you feel like being someone else back-up singer is below you and not what you really want to be doing, don’t dismiss it because it is a very valid option and way to get experience in the industry that will set you up for your own career.

Move Where the Action Is

In most countries, there is often a city or state in that country that is the hot spot or ‘place to be’ for a certain industry. 

For example, if you’re into movies and want to be in show business, then you need to move to Hollywood to be surrounded by all the action and be where the auditions are. 

In the case of music, there are multiple places you can go, but one of the main ones in America is Nashville, TN. 

There is a lot happening in Nashville if you’re into music, and that’s where lots of record labels work from and find their talent. So if you want to raise your profile as a potential professional singer, then you need to move to where the action is and where your industry is based.

If you’re in America, then as we’ve discussed, that means considering moving to Nashville. But each country has its own place that would be the equivalent of somewhere like Nashville. 

The benefits of moving somewhere like this are numerous. Being in a space like that, where there is so much creativity, can be inspiring for you, and it also makes it much easier to meet people who could help you in your career.

Consider Auditioning for a Talent Show

An avenue to becoming a professional singer that has arisen in the last 10 to 20 years is to audition for a talent show. Although talent shows have been around for centuries, modern TV talent shows such as American Idol has launched many successful careers, including that of Kelly Clarkson. 

Though winning one of these shows does not guarantee you a career, it definitely makes you a household name and gives you a launchpad from which you have a very good chance of creating an ongoing, successful career.

View Setbacks as Learning Experiences

One of the most important things you will need to master if you want to become a singing professional is to learn how to master failure and disappointment. 

It is most likely that you will be subjected to thousands, if not tens of thousands, of experiences of failure and professional rejection on your path to success. 

It is extremely hard to become a success in music, so to do so requires extreme dedication and commitment and the ability to withstand continual rejection for a long period of time.

Final Thoughts

Millions of people want to be music stars, but only thousands actually get to do it. If you want to set yourself apart from the pack and maximize your chance of becoming a professional singer, then the tips included in this article will take you a long way toward achieving that goal.