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Today we’re going to look at how to become a famous singer in 6 steps. If you’re a beginner singer and want to know what it takes to give yourself the best chance of making it in the music industry, be sure to read to the end for all the details. If you want a guide which will help improve your vocals in general, check this guide on becoming a better singer.
Disclaimer: While these below six points will go a long way to helping you reached your desired level of fame as a singer, there is no guarantee that you will become famous. This will come down to a few different things, such as how talented you are, being in the right place at the right time, and more. That said, doing the below will greatly increase your chances of making it as a successful singer. Be sure to read all 6 points to get a good idea of what needs to be done.
1. Build Your Way Up To Fame
A common misconception about fame in the music industry is that it will come overnight. It’s easy to see someone in the charts for the first time, and assume they haven’t been working hard for some time before that. In reality, this isn’t normally the case.
If you want to be a famous singer, you will need to work at it. You won’t start out doing world tours or writing number one hits, you need to work your way up the ladder.
Start out by aiming to become known with your family and friends. When they recognize your talents and let you know you’re genuinely good enough, network out and start to build up your name in different areas. Start establishing your name in your local area, on online music forums, on already established Youtube channels, on local radio stations and the like.
Once you have this local market covered and people are talking about you, expand once again. Each time aim to conquer a bigger market, using the buzz you gained in the previous area to get people to give you a chance.
This is the best way to become a famous musician, one stage at a time.
2. Have A Unique Selling Point If You Want To Become A Famous Singer
A unique selling point, USP for short, is a way to differentiate yourself from the crowd. You don’t want to be doing the same thing as every other singer out there; if you are, what’s going to make people buy into you over the others?
Your USP doesn’t have to be anything big, but it has to be noticeable. It could be that you structure your songs differently, that you have a voice that’s different from the norm, or simply that you do what you do at a much higher level then everyone else. Yes that in it’s self is a unique selling point, as people will see they can only get the best by being a fan of yours.
If you don’t already have a USP, you may want to think of creating one. Once you do, make sure it’s clear to people what it is. Sometimes it will be noticeable, but other times you will have to drop it into the conversation via interview or on your website etc.
Don’t say “My USP is”, instead say “I like to do *this* which I don’t think is something fans get anywhere else”. This will help make you sound like you’re thinking of them, and also put the idea in their mind that you stand out in some way. This is an important step if you want to be a well known singer.
3. Market Yourself As A Singer
If you want to become a famous singer, you will need to learn how to market yourself. That, or you will need someone to market for you.
If you haven’t got the budget to pay someone to market you, then it’s all down to you. You may want to check out our marketing for musician guide for tips and advice on how you can do this.
Marketing is the process of raising awareness of yourself as a singer. The first step in getting your fans is letting people know you exist. Second is making them be open to listening to you. This is a much trickier job then it sounds to be, so don’t underestimate how much work is required to make this happen.
With all the other singers and musicians fighting for people’s attention, music fans have become overwhelmed with the choice available to them. The result? Many people blocking out most artist that throw themselves their way. Even if you’re giving away a free download, the majority of people will actively ignore it. Giving out a free CD? A lot of the time it’ll end up on a shelf never to be listened to.
It has become increasingly difficult to market yourself as a musician, but with the right knowledge it is possible. Being a famous singer will require you to have a lot of fans, so if this is what you want to achieve, then you need to get your marketing hat on asap. Without it, you simply won’t reach your goals.
Ok, so here are three other tips teaching you how to become a famous singer. Point number 6 is especially important, so make sure you read on to the end:
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