Music has grown to become a billion dollar industry, with many people out there making a full-time living as musicians. Some of the wealthiest people in the entertainment industry are singers. Millions of albums and singles are sold every day both offline and online. However, besides recording and selling your music, there are many other ways of making money as a singer. Here are some of the jobs you could consider:
1. Singing teacher
If you have good vocal skills, you could consider becoming a singing teacher. This could either involve working for schools or being a freelancer finding your own clients. If possible, you could even do both at the same time. However, just like other jobs, this is usually a very competitive field. It would, therefore, be advisable to take a relevant singing teacher course. Having a professional qualification will enable you to stand out from the crowd.
2. Event singer
Events such as weddings and dinners happen very often. In many cases, live singers are required to provide entertainment for guests. Being an event singer is not only fun, but it can also be very lucrative. If you get only a few such jobs in a month, you can end up making a tidy profit. You can either find event singing jobs yourself or sign up with an agency which will do it on your behalf for a percentage of the profit.
With the numerous numbers of singers and bands out there, competition for event gigs is quite intense. To stand out from the crowd, you need to be excellent at your craft and to market yourself properly.
3. Backing singer
Being a backing singer involves doing background vocals for another singer during live shows and gigs. Backing singers usually add flavor to a performance and make it livelier. As a backing singer, you not only get the chance of making some money, but also the opportunity to meet and interact with established singers. Adding names of such people to your music CV can open more doors for your future musical career. Many famous singers began their careers doing background vocals for other musicians.
You can find backing singer jobs through an agency. However, at times, agencies tend to favor some singers more than others. In this case, it would be advisable for you to find jobs by yourself.
As an entertainer, your performances will not be limited only to events. Some of the places where you could get invited to entertain guests and clients include:
- Schools – If your music is suitable for children, you could make a good profit performing in schools.
- Hotels – Holiday resorts and hotels usually hire musicians to entertain their guests.
- Bars and pubs – Many bars and pubs require singers to perform for guests on entertainment or themed nights.
5. Jingle singer
Nowadays, there is a huge demand for talented vocalists to feature in commercial jingles. You can find such jobs by submitting a demo to recording studios or advertising agencies. In addition, always remember to carry copies of your demo around ready to share it with anyone who might be interested. With some persistence and patience, you are likely to land a jingle singing job sooner than later.
These are just some of the ways you could make some money using your singing talent. You don’t have to wait until you have recorded and sold an album to make a profit.