So, after having gone through all the steps in previous blogs Part 1, Part2, Part3, Part 4, you should start to feel more confident with your approach to your singing career. But what if after reading all these blog post’s you’re finding it hard to get better gigs or progress in your career? Well, just like any business it is wise to start networking from the get go, so you can increase your chances of success in the music business.
you may have heard the term “networking” at some point in your life with a very small, if any, explanation to what you actually need to do. It’s quite simple: To network is to get out there and meet new people!
You need to be regularly meeting new and exciting people that are involved in all sorts of projects within different environments. The kind of people you should be networking with are bands, managers, agents and of course other singers. Have meaningful conversations with them. Ak them about their work and exchange contact details. You should also be meeting these people at a variety of different venues: gigs, open mic nights, showcases, even conferences.
Make sure your conversations are memorable and you STAY IN TOUCH. Be nice to these people and drop a call/ text/ insta message or whatever every so often. You never know when a band might need a Dep singer, or an agency is holding auditions for new acts. If you follow these rules they will most likely remember you first before asking around.
The relationships you start to build with people after networking can turn into new found friendships, which could even mean that when you do become successful they are more likely to support you in the future.
Remember, the most successful people normally know everybody, and you should try to get into that circle to develop your career prospects.
Of course, you can achieve success by yourself without the need for networking; but it’s so much easier when you have a circle of reliable and friendly people around you, who may also need to rely on you.
What have I learnt from writing this series?
Well firstly, I’m extremely grateful that you’ve taken your time to read through all of my blog posts, and i hope they have inspired you to develop your own singing career. Personally, I’ve reminded myself that this career is not a race to see who can get to the top first, because in reality not everyone wants to make it to the top and are fine making a living from music part time. I’ve also learnt that not everyone will take my advice on board because they may not see me as a ‘trust worthy and reliable source’ which is fine too. I cannot say I’m an expert on the subject, but I started this project in the hope of shining some light on struggling singers who may have hit a rock in the road somewhere down the line in their career, or maybe someone who want to make the jump from their day job to singing. I have used my own experiences and advice passed down to me to write these blog posts, and I hope they have given you an insight on what it’s like to be a successful singer.