The world is not easy for musicians and singers wanting to make a name in the entertainment industry. It is more often than not a hard grind that is beset with equal doses of successes and failures. Contrary to the belief of star struck youngsters and teenagers, hitting the jackpot and becoming a celebrity is not for all, in fact just about a minuscule percentage of those trying ultimately makes it big time.
So what is the work profile and career opportunity for musicians and singers?
Typically, the work profile would cover the following aspects. For a start, they have to practice hard to perfect the art and rehearse their routines over and over again. After a certain level of individual performance is reached, they have to audition for slots in various bands, orchestras, choruses and all other types of music groups.
There is a wrong notion that musicians are tied down to one instrument while the profile of a singer entails singing only. In fact, to remain competitive and in demand, a musician generally has to be a master in playing a number of different instruments. A singer too should know how to play an instrument – a piano for example to keep rhythm at least.
A musician and singer even at the budding stage have to be under the guidance of an agent. Those who can afford it can do so but for many, expense before earnings can be a very difficult proposition. In such cases they have to branch out on their own, looking for career opportunities. This starts with promoting themselves primarily on music websites or on various social media platforms. Photo shoots and interviews form an integral part of publicity campaigns. A personal website embedded with video or audio shoots can be a very effective option.
Finally, musicians and singers have to find good locations and venues for live performance and concerts, often requiring days of being on the road. Those who can hit it off find the elusive pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.