• How To Prepare A Professional Singing Career Résumé

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    You arrived on this page because you want to learn how to prepare a profession singing career résumé.

    Now that you have decided to take your singing to the next level, and you want it to become a career for you, that you can earn from, let’s get talking. You have to begin by preparing a résumé. If you are looking for a job, you are usually asked to come with it.

    Trust me, in this career pursuit, you will have to seek for a couple of opportunities here and there, and in other to stand a better chance, you need to have a résumé handy. The content of this document will promote you as a person, and project your strength as a singer.

    Armed with this valuable missive, you can even apply for opportunities faraway from where you are. You don’t have to be present to give a detailed description of who you are and what you can do. In that case, you need to pay close attention to the information entered therein.

    It has to be detailed and be written with business in mind. It should not be vague, it should clearly state the value you are proposing because your earning is proportional to the amount of value you can offer. You write your vision, what you are looking for, your target audience – who are the people you to impact.

    How To Prepare A Professional Singing Career Résumé

    Begin With Your Profile Information:

    You start with writing a profile – an artiste profile. Take your time and describe yourself, draft a brief and concise write-up about your music and philosophy. You need to tell us who you are, and use your words to paint a picture of how you want people to perceive you.

    You can look-up other people’s profiles. Search for renowned artistes on Wikipedia. Also, you can look up your favorite artiste’s profile and study the format, but I will always recommend that you write your name – stage name, if you have one – write where you are from, your origin, religion, and philosophy.

    Write the kind of music you do, your earliest musical influences, when you started singing. Document your proudest moment till date – like, the best stage you have performed on, a really big event you were featured in, the popular artiste you are associated with.

    You could also talk about your strengths, such as, what makes you stand out. Describe your voice tone, your unique style of music, choice of musical instrument. Write about any special vocal or musical skill you possess, like the ability to sing across three octaves or more.

    The ability to play one instrument or more, ability to compose and write songs, these are some skills that would be seen as very valuable.

    Bio Data:

    In this section, include your gender, your age, your origin, family background, and any other information you want to divulge.

    Musical Experience:

    I want you to take this next step very seriously. Every employer is interested in your working experience, and unless you begin to take your regular karaoke, small gigs, and regular performances seriously, they will be regarded as your hobby.

    Make it a duty to document every invitation you get to perform henceforth. I don’t care if it is a paid gig or a friend’s birthday party. Document even the karaoke performances you participate in. Then, try to back it up with pictures and videos.

    Be more deliberate in your preparation, and make it count every single time. That is how you accumulate a work history, and even make contacts for future gigs. Don’t you know that you could land a very big offer from performing excellently in a simple event?

    Write down the date and the name of the event you performed at. Prepare a list for it. Henceforth, keep track, beginning from the most recent, or you could write the most significant first, and then let others follow.

    Musical Influences:

    Write your music influences. Who are the people that contributed immensely to your style of music? Who do you listen to? What was the earliest tune that influenced your music as a child? Bring them all out.

    Music Certification:

    Write your educational background in music. You might also have to include your educational background in general, but let your educational background in music come handy. Furthermore, you can even write down the number of music books you’ve read, the materials you’ve scored.

    It is an achievement to have a repertoire of two thousand songs. You can even mention the number of albums you have in your collection. After that, you can now write about your work. If you’ve written a song, you can write the number of songs you’ve written.

    If you have recorded an album, you can write it, the title, the year of release, the numbers of track, the main heat, the producer, the backup artists you featured. But if someone wrote the song for you, write the name of the song writer.

    Mentors And Referee:

    Write your mentors, the people you look up to, and most especially, people you’ve had contact with, people you’ve interacted with, people that are connected to your career as a singer, and then write your referees – people that can reference you.

    Final Words

    A music CV is not complete without proof of your work. If you are doing hard copy, you have to attach a CD of your songs, even if it’s not a complete recording. It could be a Demo, it could even be a recording from your phone which you converted to CD.

    If it is digital, and you are sending it through email, when you attach the word document, you also send the files. You need a picture gallery of you on stage, live, and it will be an added advantage if you have a video. No matter how poor the quality is, it’s proof that you have real time experience.

    Are you ready to start your music career? Get to work!

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    Hello, I'm Chuku Onyemachi (aka - "Dr. Pokey") - a musicologist, pianist, author, clinician and Nigerian. Inspired by my role model Jermaine Griggs, I started teaching musicians in my neighborhood in April 2005. Today, I'm privileged to work as a music consultant and content creator with HearandPlay Music Group sharing my wealth of knowledge with thousands of musicians across the world.


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    1 Dwight

    I just want the tell you one thing. . .
    I have been playing instruments since I was a kid. I play many, but not any more, because the business is/was so tough to crack. Takes all my joy out of performing.
    I signed up for your sight, and I have to tell you I am impressed, with the knowledge, and the manner that it is disseminated in.
    It just clicked, and still clicks with me.
    It is an inspiration to me, and I will be looking forward to everything you say. . .
    It is enough to make me want to get up and sing again, and I am 61 years old. . .


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