One of the major stumbling blocks for many who pursue a vocal career comes from not assuming ownership or not taking responsibility for aspects of your career outside of the care for your voice.
There’s a tendency for many to pass things off to others, or to neglect and even dismiss areas that are vital to the career development because it’s not their area of expertise or artistry; and so, they look away because they’re just not that interested.
Your Voice Is Your Business
You certainly don’t have to be an expert. But you’d better make sure you’re at the top of your game as a singer or speaker. And you definitely need to take an interest in the business side of your vocal career.
Imagine a career-threatening move orchestrated by a thrill-seeking manager who gets you booked for an event that is totally against what you believe not just from a personal perspective. Frankly, you see the choice as a matter of poor taste, but your audience holds you accountable. Then, that incident defines your career or image.
Get To Know Who Works For You
Just as it’s important to get to know the people you work with creatively on stage or in speaking engagements, it’s critical that you get to know the people who work for you, who represent you, who get the word out about your talent.
Understand What Rocks the Roles
This business sense doesn’t have to be the primary focus in your career pursuit, but it should be a priority. You must take an active interest. You must gain at least a basic understanding of the role each person plays in advancing your career and providing support. For example, you need to learn as much as you can about marketing so that you’ll be able to gauge how well those experts on your team are positioning and supporting you.
Your Best Interests
Ideally, you want people that have your best interests at heart and are not self-serving. But they must have a strong drive to succeed in their role. You want someone that has a clear understanding of what you bring to the market with your gifts. You want to avoid being put in awkward situations where you’re clearly uncomfortable because of the message you feel it sends to the audience.
Strong Stands + Clear Messages
You likely don’t want your vocal talent to be associated with issues, causes, or statements that could prove damaging because of implications politically, spiritually, or socially. Even if your career-platform is specifically driven one way or another in any of those areas, you still need to be clear on who you are, what you believe, and what you stand for.
Remember that singers, speakers, entertainers, public information officers, broadcast journalists – whatever the focus of your voice driven career – you have stories to tell and messages to deliver.
Take Steps + Make Moves
You have more power and influence than you realize. The more you know about those that have the power to promote, engage, and develop your career – as well as the roles they play – the better equipped you are to explore and achieve your full potential as a singer, motivational speaker, singing musician, comedian, broadcast journalist, talk show cost, or singer-songwriter. Whatever your chosen career path, it’s vital that you learn all you can about what steps to take and moves to make that open doors to bigger venues and greater opportunities. You also need to be aware of steps and moves that can potentially lead to permanently locked doors after you exit.
Private Eyes Seek Public Exposure
One potentially lifesaving bit of advice is to see the potential public image in terms of how it might be projected or painted by your private, personal walk and the walks of others on your team. Because communication tools are so much more discreetly invasive, and the information collected is so quickly transferable to a larger audience on line and through other media outlets, you need to speak and behave as if you are being watched.
Now, don’t be paranoid or get too freaked out over this notion. The point is that a inappropriate comment or flat note or shaky performance that you’d like to have swiftly overlooked, may be shared via Facebook or show up in a YouTube clip. Be aware that even the slightest, most covert indiscretion, or unintentional stumble can easily be made public, quickly shared via a blog, or broadcast to a larger audience. It can shift the focus from building your career to a search and rescue mission for damage control.
Understand + Be Understand
One of the best ways to assume responsibility for the promise of your career comes with investing in a full commitment to hear others out by making every effort to understand what is being communicated by them.
You must also commit to making sure that you are clearly understood by others. This applies to the songs you sing, the speeches you make, the stories you tell, the interviews you give, the feedback you receive – every message you deliver must be clearly conveyed and in line with what you want to represent as you share the gift of your unique voice.
Research + Share Information
Use the forums at SingingSuccess.TV to gain information on any areas of your career development that you feel are weak, unclear, or undiscovered. Share your concerns and ask for help. Let others know about challenges you’ve faced in getting started and mistakes you’ve made that created an unnecessary setback or struggle.
When you book a session with one or several of Brett Manning’s certified associates, ask questions regarding resources they know about for other aspects of your career, and ask about the challenges and struggles they’ve faced, as well as the triumphs and successes they’ve achieved.
The more you know about those who support you, and the more you learn about the roles they play in that support, the better equipped you will be to make wiser choices as you embrace the full potential of your singing success.