Okay, you saw an ad in your favorite music magazine about singing competitions in your area. Now, you wonder if you should enter.
After all, you have gone through some great singing lessons and your voice is in good shape. You know about tonality and rhythm and all that other musical stuff.
Also, you’ve watched the TV shows such as “America’s Got Talent” and “The Voice“, right?
Yes, these music shows are entertaining. And, they showcase some wonderful talent. Oh yes, you can become famous if you make it to the top.
But, we’ll leave those competitions for another time.
So, should you enter these vocal contests?
Let’s take a quick look at the pros & cons of entering competitions for vocalists. Then, you can make a better decision.
If you’re considering a career in vocal music, you might be wondering if singing competitions are really worth it.
After all, isn’t being judged for your talent the key to knowing if you’re “good enough” or not for a full-time singing career?
Fortunately, the answer is “no.” Here’s why…
Should You Participate in Singing Competitions? Are they worth it?
First, your singing talent doesn’t hinge on a singing competition any more than it hinges on your sibling’s singing abilities.
Local and nationwide music contests abound. But, will competitions for singers really help with your career? Here are a few thoughts..
Singing Competitions & Contests Require Hard Work
A single singing contest might reward you temporarily – if you get picked as one of the best.
But, nothing will help boost your chances at a singing career better than old-fashioned hard work.
Some get the idea that singing is just about “singing.”
But, it is far more than that. It’s learning to market yourself and your voice to an audience.
It’s finding your unique singing talent that no one else has, and then finding the audience who wants to listen.
This hard work includes contacting numerous singing venues to set up interviews or to send them sample songs.
It includes much practice as well as time spent researching how others have landed huge singing careers in the past.
Frankly, singing success might include simple tasks such as:
- Singing at local events
- or at church to build confidence in performance (not to mention inspiration to others).
If I seem to be knocking singing contests altogether, I’m not really. These competitions have their place. Read on..
Singing Competitions can be Helpful in Some Ways
Notwithstanding my statements above, don’t rule out singing competitions altogether.
When you compete in a vocal contest, you get some good practice singing under pressure.
You are in front of a crowd, being judged, and trying to prove that you’re serious about singing all at once.
Boy…. if that’s not pressure!
So if you’re thinking of entering a singing contest, do it for the right reasons.
First, enroll with a positive mindset that this is an important stepping stone on the trail to a singing career.
But, believe me, it’s probably not going to be the big breakthrough as many new singers believe.
The big breakthrough will be when you are signing record deals and making it to the top 100 or even top 10 hits. This is when you can say you’ve had a “breakthrough!”
Keep in mind that not a single judge or panel of judges can possibly decide if your singing talent is marketable.
Benefits of Singing and Talent Contests
Singing & talent competitions certainly have their place. And, you can learn a lot about your own singing capabilities by entering contests.
But, don’t depend on them as your lifeline. Market your talents aggressively until you realize your singing career dreams!
Are you ready to prepare your voice & learn to sing better?
I’ve looked at many vocal training courses online.
Also, I looked at the advantages of personal voice trainers vs online lessons. Each has its advantages and disadvantages.
Many times, it comes down to what you’re willing (or able) to pay.
If you plan to hire a teacher, I wrote an article about how to choose a voice teacher to help you make good decisions.
But, if you don’t have the time (or money) available to take private lessons, the alternative is to look at online singing programs.
My favorite over the years has been Singorama. It delivers most of what you need to know about singing the right way.
The course helped many achieve their singing goals. And, I believe it can give you that edge you need too!
I wrote a short review about the Singorama system so you can decide if it’s a good fit for your vocal situation.
Okay, you now know more about entering singing competitions. We covered the benefits such as “getting your feet wet” in front of an audience – among other reasons to compete.
Finally, we talked about why you should not expect vocal contests to be the answer to a singing career. Hopefully, this blog post helped you understand what these competitions can, and cannot do.
And yes, you now have the knowledge to begin. Get ready, it’s your turn! – Bob
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