We live in an instant gratification world. We want what we want and we want it now. As we scroll through our phones it appears that success is at our fingers tips. 🤩 We’re one viral video away from frame and fortune. 🤩 We see other cool singers on social media, just like us, killing it with millions of followers. What do they have that we don’t? The reality is, what we see is often worlds apart from how they actually built their singing success.
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In Episode 3 of the Pandemic-Proof Singer Series, you’ll meet Whitney Shay. She’s a four-time San Diego Music Award winner (including 2019 Artist of the Year) and 2019 Blues Music Award nominee. She’s spent the last several years touring internationally throughout Europe and South America. Her latest release on Ruf Records Stand Up! debuted at #1 on the Billboard Blues Album Charts and also reached #1 on the Roots Music Report Blues Album Charts. So basically, she’s on fire. 🔥
But much like our most coveted influencers online, Whitney Shay strategically and painstakingly poured years of passion and grit into her career. None of this was handed to the #busylittlesinger. She learned the value of hard work early on in her life participating in children and youth theater productions. She went on to earn a degree in Theater Performance from San Diego State University.
She got her first gig experience after answering an ad on Craigslist to be part of a jazz duo. That later led to a steady 3-night-a-week, 4-hour gig in Downtown San Diego. From there she became a hard-working, full-time singer. As it happens, one gig led to another, led to an invitation to tour internationally, and led to a record deal.
As spectators, we see the sparkly dresses and highlight reel. What we don’t see if the enormous amount of blood, sweat, and tears poured into a successful career. If you do have aspirations of singing success whether it be a record deal, viral videos, or influencer status, here’s Whitney’s advice for you.
How to Turn Your Passion and Grit into Singing Success
👉 Show up on time. There are always 5 other people looking to take your place.
⭐️ Learn about as many genres and styles as you can. Try a lot of different things.
👉 Be easy to work with.
⭐️ Always do a good job.
👉 Use your drive and desire to push you.
⭐️ Don’t expect things to happen too early.
👉 Don’t compare yourself to your peers or other artists on social media.
⭐️ Invest in yourself. Take voice, music and dance lessons.
👉 Read books and go to workshops and conferences about the music industry.
⭐️ Build your own fanbase before considering getting a manager or agent.
👉 People will make you a lot of promises about helping your career. Take it with a grain of salt and keep on helping yourself.
⭐️ Be a smart business person.
👉 When you’re starting out, take all the gigs you can get.
⭐️ Treat every opportunity you get as a learning experience.
Your Next Step 👣
📝 Write down your top 3 singing goals for the next year. Then write out each step and task you’ll need to accomplish to reach each goal. Finally, put each of those tasks on a schedule and get to work! We’re in a new day and age that will challenge us to be innovative and use all of our experience and know-how to be successful at what we do. If you know you’ve got what it takes but don’t know where to start, I’d love to help. In my vocal coaching practice, we work on both your strategy and your craft. Contact me here if you’d like to work with me.
My most immediate piece of advice is to begin building your at-home vocal recording studio. If you want to work-from-home as a singer, record your songs, make YouTube, Instagram or TikTok videos, you’ll need to learn to do this.
Your opportunity is coming. Be ready for it. Pandemic-proof your singing career.
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Hi! I’m Danielle Tucker – singer, wife, mother, vocal coach, and creator of cool things.
Throughout my 20-year career, I’ve equally enjoyed singing country, rock, pop, gospel, and jazz. Today, I’m a professional singer/songwriter available for solo performances, studio recording, and lead vocalist of San Diego-based band The Mighty Untouchables. I also offer vocal coaching to both solo artists and groups through my own studio. I’ve crafted a rewarding vocal career, and it’s my great pleasure to bring music to others through private bookings, performing with my band, or helping others to grow more confident in their own vocal gifts. Thanks for visiting my site I’m honored that you’d like to get to know me!