For any of you who are pursuing a career in the music business, entertainment industry, or in any capacity where a public vocal presence is a key component of your product or service package support is critical to encouraging and assuring long-term success.
And yes, it’s vital to think of your gift in terms of product and service, framing your voice as a key selling point, branding opportunity, or marketing tool.
Though it may sound a bit impersonal to call your voice a product or service, it can actually work to your advantage. On the one hand, it affirms a contract you’ve drawn up for yourself that says you’re committed to making a living with your gift.
But viewing your gift as a product or service also helps you step back and get a little distance, so that you can assess your gift from a practical, less emotional, nuts and bolts perspective that more readily facilitates fine-tuning, troubleshooting, and looking at bottom line issues such as profitability.
This perspective can help you to see needs, strengths, and areas to work on with greater clarity, while also gaining an understanding of their impact on the bigger picture of what your gift has in store for consumers – your audience.
Development and maintenance of the quality, character, and strength of your unique voice helps define your place or potential niche in a competitive market.
By investing in Brett Manning’s products such as Mastering Mix and Singing Success, as well as booking regular sessions with his certificate master associates, you’ve committed to consistent top vocal health, flexibility, reliability, and quality.
When problems or challenges arise, the top vocal training program in the world is readily accessible along with expert support and advice from Brett’s team.
In addition, your personal standards for qualities such as durability, consistency, and reliability will go a long way toward securing additional bookings, building a fan base, finding backers for projects, winning talent competitions, gaining product endorsements, and spreading the good news in general about your talent.
When you have a strong support team in place for solid advice and positive direction, opportunities for spreading the good news about your gifts will come.
Opportunities Through Support
Whether you’re a singer, singer-songwriter, singing musician, musical performer, choir director, actor, motivational speaker, broadcast journalist, on air personality, multi-lingual interpreter, lawyer, politician, voiceover talent, or public spokesperson – the opportunities are only limited by the imagination, business savvy, skill sets, and creative vision of you and your support team.
In addition to the value afforded through Brett’s programs and his certified master associates, we’ve talked about the importance of honoring your mentors and teachers that have helped you discover, refine, and shape your gifts. We’ve also stressed the value of creating a mastermind group for regular meetings and ventures to encourage brainstorming, focusing, and energizing your career pursuits.
Support is also needed on a more personal level, especially from those that you remain closest to and those that you’ve counted as friends for a long time.
Stability for Changing Times
But, as your career grows, and as you grow, circumstances change, new opportunities come up, your career begins to take off by twists and turns, and this can take its toll on you and those around you.
You may begin to change in a few surprising ways, and familiar relationships may fade away or even become stronger because of the changes.
The people that you remain closest to you must be reliable, positive, supportive, trustworthy, and understanding.
Build Up Not Tear Down
The people you know best or most often turn to can have tremendous influence and power that’s been known to work subtly or incidentally in building you up. However, their influence can sometimes play a part in tearing you down.
These people can give you that extra vote of confidence to win a major talent competition, be a pageant finalist, get that weekend radio news gig, or even help pull together your dream band for that first regional road tour.
But as your career begins to grow, power shifts can take place in terms of friendships and relationships because there are more demands being made on your time.
So, quality time takes on a whole new, very significant meeting. Your quality time must be affirming and healthy. In other words, you reserve no time and no place for toxic or negative relationships. Toxic people can have the same negative impact as substance abuse. Just as an addiction can destroy an artist’s potential, negative people can deter, minimize, or even destroy a career.
The A List
So set aside some time to make a list of the people that you are closest to, including the people that you see most frequently or interact with on a regular basis. Then, evaluate each relationship, friendship, or partnership. This will help you determine who should be on your support team. This support team list is in addition to your list of mentors that you consult and your mastermind group for brainstorming, even though it’s feasible that one or several on your support team may be a mentor or mastermind group member.
Evaluate your support team candidates in terms of their care and concern, loyalty, respect, honesty, putting others first, and affirming your accomplishments.
You need to consider their interest in or concern for what happens to you in your life and career. In other words, have they been there for you during rough times or challenges? Do they check on you when they know you’re not feeling well or are stressed? Have you shared secrets or private information with them about things you’re facing that they keep confidential but ask you about to make sure you’re ok? These questions will reveal a level of genuine interest in and care for your well being and things that concern you most.
You also want to ensure loyalty. You want to know that you can trust this person will not spread rumors about you or talk negatively about you to others. Ask mutual friends to assess your relationship with those they know that are on your list. If the feedback is positive, keep in touch, and keep growing the connection. If the feedback is negative, check with the person on your list for further evaluation. You need people for consistent, positive support. Does this person tend to talk negatively about others a lot? If so, they may be doing the same thing behind your back. Remember, there is no margin for error when it comes to loyalty. And talking negatively about others is clearly toxic and can easily bring you down.
A Jealousy-Envy Free Zone
Does this person speak highly of your accomplishments and the accomplishments of others? Do they acknowledge your achievements? How often do they pat you on the back? How often do they complain about or cut down the success of others? If they are highly critical or even envious or jealous of others, they might feel that way or talk that way about you when you’re not around. Also, how do they process change? As opportunities come up in developing your career, do they support positive changes even if it takes time away from them? You want to make sure that this person is genuinely excited and happy when successes come your way.
Does this person respect your need for things like privacy, rest, alone time? Do they respect boundaries you set? In other words, if you’re not ready to talk about something that’s bothering you or it’s not the right time to share some good news that’s coming, do they get mad or keep pressing for more information? Or, do they understand and give you the time and space you need? Do they respect your feedback and perspective on things they are facing? Is this someone whose feedback you seek in making major decisions and in sharing major accomplishments or disappointments?
Does this person sugarcoat or edit when giving advice or feedback? Do they tell you what you want to hear, or do they tell you what you need to hear that will help you face issues that need attention? Is this individual understanding when you share things that might hurt their feelings but need to be said? Is this someone you can safely confide in with sensitive issues that you struggle with and want a straightforward opinion?
Compromise + Sacrifice
Is this person a “me-first” type or do they look at the bigger picture? How often do they put others needs ahead of their own? When working together or choosing an activity to share do they readily compromise, or do things have to be done their way or serve to benefit their personal needs first or most? You want someone here that values the friendship, relationship, or partnership and puts you on equal footing in issues and circumstances that impact both of you. But this person must be willing to compromise or even make sacrifices for you and others when necessary.
Top Three Feelings
Do you feel better about yourself after getting together with this person? Do you feel energized, inspired, encouraged? Ask yourself what are the top three feelings this person generates when you think of them or spend time with them? If you can’t think of at least three positive feelings generated by this person, they may not be a top candidate for your support team.
A Handful of Support
A helpful handful of support will offer emotional refreshment, spiritual renewal, along with insight for remaining positive, hopeful, and committed to giving and being your very best whether speaking, singing, broadcasting, acting, or simply relaxing. Indulge your support team in group activities as time allows. But always set aside time to affirm the connection, heart to heart.
Use the forums at SingingSuccess.TV to share the some of the perks gained from putting together a support team. Talk about how team members help you stay positive, grounded, and focused in the pursuit of your singing success or voice-driven career pursuits.
Encourage members of your support team to learn more about Brett’s products and methods by subscribing to SingingSuccess.TV or by purchasing one of his programs. Let a member of your team sit in on a session you’ve booked with one of Brett’s certified master associates.
Training for Supporters
Provide your support team members with opportunities to gain a deeper appreciation for the training you receive that engages the full potential of your voice.
By creating a support team you can gain a few extra cheers and pats on the back when the going gets rough or when the gigs, rewards, and accolades are beginning to overwhelm you.
Remember that Brett Manning, his certified master associates, his products and programs, as well as SingingSuccess.TV are here to provide support and direction in your pursuit of singing success and in your efforts to find the perfect fit for the unique gift of the voice.