There are many talented singers in the world without record deals. This is because it takes more than a good singing voice to get noticed in the record business. Making it big as a singer requires hard work, patience, and the determination to keep working at your craft as you pursue your career. Finding a record producer requires creative and consistent marketing of yourself. Here are some tips and strategies you can use to promote your talents with the goal of finding someone to record and produce your first CD.
Record a Demo
Record a demo that shows your range and style. The demo should be as professional as you can afford. Use a professional recording studio if you can afford it. If you have a friend with home recording equipment, let him record your demo. Hire professional musicians to back you, or if you know a band willing to do it for no cost, go that route. You may even advertise in a local paper for a band. Whatever you need to do, record a demo that features five or six songs, preferably original, to showcase your singing talent. This demo will be your calling card when you shop for a manager and a record deal.
Perform Whenever You Can
Perform everywhere you can: in clubs, in a church, at parties and weddings, and in talent shows. The more you perform, the better your chance of getting seen by someone who can help you with your singing career. Winning a talent competition will look good on your bio sheet. If you know someone who is good with a video camera, ask him or her to record some of your performances. A good performance video can help demonstrate your personality and your ability to entertain an audience.
Find a Manager
Get a singing manager as soon as you can. Look at the CDs put out by some of your favorite performers to see who represents them. Send the company your demo and performance DVD. You can also consult a directory of managers and producers (see resources). A manager will take a percentage of the work he or she gets for you, but the percentage is worth it. A good manager can open doors you may not be able to open on your own. Avoid friends and family members as managers unless they have a track record they can demonstrate. Look for a professional and ask for who they've managed or produced. A legitimate manager or producer will be happy to talk about his or her clients.
Don't give up. Keep performing, keep working on your voice, and keep approaching possible managers. You can even send your demo straight to some of your favorite record companies. Getting settled into a solid singing career takes talent and drive, but the only way to fail is if you give up.
Carl Hose is the author of the anthology "Dead Horizon" and the the zombie novella "Dead Rising." His work has appeared in "Cold Storage," "Butcher Knives and Body Counts," "Writer's Journal," and "Lighthouse Digest.". He is editor of the "Dark Light" anthology to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities.