I Want to be a Famous Singer!
Finishing music studies is one of the most exciting times for young performers. After years of studying they want to make their dreams come true and start their career and to eventually become a big star.
Often their dream stops right here. So what can these young musicians do to get their career started?
Finishing music studies is one of the most exciting times for young performers. After years of studying they want to make their dreams come true and start their career and to eventually become a big star. They are great young instrumentalists, singers, conductors and composers. They have an excellent music education and an unrivaled amount of energy. They often see getting a manager as their first step to realize their dream of the big solo career.
Most of the time, their dream stops right here. Mostly managers and agents will not take on young musicians right out of university. So what can these young musicians do to get their career started?
At HELLO STAGE
we work with many very well established but also young artists. We often ask the established ones how they build up their career. From our experience there are three areas young artists need to work on - besides practicing and performing as often as possible.
Build your Professional Network
There is no better place than university or a conservatory to start building your professional network. You are studying and working together with a lot of highly talented people. All of you share the same dream of a great career. So get started by getting them to know. Make music with them. Perform in the various ensembles. It is often the bonds developed in university which turn into a strong bond for a long career.
The second place to build your professional networks are all the concert houses, opera houses, festivals etc. around you. You should listen to as many performance as possible not only to educate your ear and to learn musically. But why not go and meet the performers after a concert. Thank them for a great performance. Speak to them. If you are ready for it you might want to ask an artist you really respect highly if you can audition for him. You might get some great tips. Sometimes even more might come of it. But do not just focus on the super stars. There are many great musicians around from whom you can learn a lot.
Build a Fan Base
It might come as a surprise that you should start building your fan base early on. At the beginning of your career your fan base might be very, very small - ten people or less. But they can become a faithful core for a much bigger fan group in the future.
Building a fan base requires performing regularly. You should do so in your local community. You can invite friends and family over to your place to play a short house concert. You can perform in the local community center or at the home of friends. Performing regularly is not only important to practice your performing skills but also to build up your fan base.
Today's world offers you a wide variety of tools managing your fan base. We do not mean social media here, but especially e-mail newsletters. Do not send them to everyone. Rather send them to a few people who really like to know what you are up to. The distribution list will grow. And do it regularly.
Use the Digital Space
The digital world not only offers you the opportunity to send out newsletters easily. You can use social media to develop a sharper profile. When using social media, be generous. Share the news of your musical friends, too. They might reciprocate. In any case it makes your social media persona much more interesting than just bragging on about your performances.
There are also services around like HELLO STAGE
where you can have your webpage and directly connect to the classical music community. It helps you building up your name in the professional community. It also enables promoters and orchestras to find it.
When using the digital space you need to use it consistently. You need to spend time on it every single day. The great young pianist, Alexandra Dariescu
, said recently in a panel discussion, that she spends one to two hours per day on social media, newsletters and various aspects of her management. But make sure that it does not eat into your practice time.
So, it is up to you! Start taking responsibility for your career. Do not wait for a manager or for a miracle. Mangers will come at the right point in your career. Miracles are much bigger if they hit a well prepared ground.