3 Things Every Singer Needs To Have To Make Money
Singing professionally requires more than just singing. There are some business and technical things that have to be taken care of in order to succeed. Here are 3 things that every singer should have.
1. A Website
You sing and you want people to hear your songs, pictures, videos and just know more about what type of artist and person you are, right? The best way of doing that is building your own website. I know the whole "building" thing just made it seem like an impossible daunting task, it's not. All you need are the things you already have. Your music, your pictures, you videos. Take all of your content and put it in one place, on your website so your supporters can have one place for you to give them information about you that they are already looking for!
The best way to run a successful website is to have it reflex you. The way it looks and feels to anyone that looks at it should be reflexive of your sound and look as a singer and artist.
2. A Vocal Coach
The best way to keep you in tip pot shape is to make sure your voice is well taken care of. A vocal coach helps you with that. He or she will exercise your voice so the notes you can hit now, you can continue to hit as long as you are physically possible. This is not something people often think about with professional singers but even artists like Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston had vocal coaches.
Also, if there is something physically wrong with your voice, they can save you the trouble of trying in vain the fight it and send you to an Ear, Nose and Throat doctor to get whatever medical issue you may have resolved. Then when you go back to your vocal coach, you will be able to go back to singing at your full capacity (of course as long as you put in the work).
3. A Mailing List
Your mailing list is where your "superfans" come into play. These are the people that want to know immediately when you have something going on or something to share with your supporters. Social networks like facebook and twitter are great but a mailing list gives you much more control and a closer connection to your audience.
Allowing your supporters to sign up to be contacted directly by you means they really want to know what is going on. Do not deny them the opportunity! Welcome them into your world and make them feel comfortable there.
One important thing to note is to make sure there is no long and complicated process to unsubscribe from your mailing list. That would work even your nerves so imagine a supporter. Don't make them feel trapped in your list, welcome them and give them the option to step away if they would like. You don't have to make a screaming advertisement that they can unsubscribe but the option should be easy to find.
Neither a website or a mailing list are expensive and both can be easy to setup and update. I hate complicated things and having to make adjustments to the same type of things all the time so I came up with a very simple solution to these two on my website.
A vocal coach should be chosen with care. Try to find someone who has training and experience in your genre or style of music. They can not only help you sing correctly but can also help you bring out your unique style.