How to Become and Remain to be a Professional Singer?
Since 1984, we have been receiving students who really wanted to make it in the music business.
And a lot of them did.
Many of them got signed with major record labels, as well as, had won many singing competitions including international ones.
At the time, (end of 80s until the middle of 2000s) I primarily dealt with rock and pop singers (or wannabe singers)...
Those years, especially our singing students, were very ambitious and inspiring young people.
Many of them had their goals set and the majority of them actually achieved their goals with flying colours.
I have to say, that the people those days, in general, possessed enthusiasm and inspiration, to say the least.
They were very motivated to reach their goals whatever it took.
They were not distracted by text, email and social media overall.
They actually used their brains (and actually had them).
Nowadays, they are using the internet instead of their brains - looking for instant gratification, so to speak.
In a real sense, people are so busy now and nonetheless lazy, so they don’t have either the time nor the capacity to think and sort out their priorities.
In my opinion, the past years were the most glorious times!
But, let’s come back to the present…
Some “old soles” still exist, Thank God!
Those ones are still willing to work on their craft to realize their dreams.
I always say: “Do work hard, but also work smart…”
However, with the described above individuals, whom we attend to at the present time (but much less than before), it’s still a pleasure to work with (just like it was before in a distant past).
So, what will it take nowadays to become a professional singer?
The attendance, the compliance, full attention, the understanding of what the Vocal Science™ Method is all about and what it could do for them.
It requires a lot of patience and a lot of physical and emotional conduct.
The person of interest has to be completely open to constructive criticism, where their mistakes are pointed out.
Our prominent newspaper the “Toronto Star” in 1999 wrote an article named “Coach Me If You Can.”
The author of the above-mentioned article also declared (after experiencing a glimpse of the Vocal Science™ Method) that it is not for the faint of heart.
I added that it is also not for people with a below-average IQ.
When the internet kicked in, it was presumed that it will be used along with human brains and not instead of them…
Unfortunately, it is not our reality today.
In 1994 there was another article written about me named: “Voice Coach Teaches A 'Mind Over Vocal Cords' Philosophy.”
I do agree with the above, as the whole Vocal Science™ Method is geared towards “mind over matter.”
If the human mind does not have a proper “software,” but instead of the latter, has a “virus,” so to speak, the voice will never work to its full capacity and definitely will not work upon its design and upon command.
And if it’s not then the singer will never become professional, as he/she will not be able to comply with standards of professional singing.
About the technical elements of professional singing, we will elaborate in our next article (Part 2).