4 Steps to Becoming an Accomplished Performer


in Performance

As someone with experience in music myself, I know a lot of people who have tried to break into the music scene. Some have made great strides toward earning a record deal, or performing at some seriously impressive venues during their careers. While I haven't known people to achieve Madonna-like levels of fame, there is still success to be had. 

Others, not so much; for whatever reason, these people failed to make a mark on the music industry and gave up in less than a year. The difference between these two types of performers is very slight. In most cases, a few key areas dictated the future of these people, and changed the paths of their career for better or worse. So what can you do to ensure you become an accomplished performer and not fade into obscurity?

1. Never stop taking lessons. Whether you just received a guitar on your last birthday or you’ve been an accomplished player for fifteen years, there is always something more for you to learn. Even the most successful international performers go through rigorous regimes of practice in order to maintain their level of skill. Keeping in contact with teachers can also offer excellent resources that shouldn’t be ignored, from fine-tuning your performance to offering information on local competitions, so take advantage!

2. Start small, then build. When you’re starting out, you’ll most likely have to look at what’s readily available to you. This probably means checking university noticeboards, performers’ organizations, and even local high schools to find out what’s going on in your area. But don’t let the small venues and minimum pay get you down. Over time, you’ll make connections that will help you find better work as you hone your craft. Perseverance is definitely key here, and it pays off.

3. Work low-pressure performances. As with the previous point, working smaller venues does have its benefits. By working these lower-pressure performances, you are giving yourself experience that will help you ease into playing in front of larger audiences. Recitals, high schools, colleges, and church choir concerts are all good places to start for those lower-pressure performances, and will help you gain confidence as your fan base grows.

4. Join performers’ guilds and organizations. If you haven’t figured this out yet, learning to make connections early on will get you a long way as a performer. Joining a performers’ guild or organization is a great way to meet like-minded people who want to make it in the business, and could offer new opportunities, such as forming a band, when great minds come together. Guilds also offer a solid support network, making it easier to learn about venues, other musicians playing in the area, and when to avoid certain clubs that have a bad reputation.

Although some of these points will seem obvious, a lot of performers overlook some of the finer points because they’d prefer to do it their own way or make it up as they go along. But if you’re serious about performing and really want to make a difference in the industry, then devoting some time to seeing these points through could really help make you a success.

Brynn Alexander loves all things music and media, and writes for clickitticket.com, among other sites.

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