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Wanting to be a singer is very easy, many want to, but few achieve it. Many have had that dream since they were little:  my dream is to be a singer, almost like being an astronaut or becoming Superman. To go from dream to reality requires more than just the desire to be a singer.

The fact that you say “I sing very well” is not enough; or because your mom says you sing beautifully, you think you already have everything you need. Having a beautiful voice or wanting to improve your voice is not the only thing.

Singing beautifully, singing well and tuning your voice is just the beginning of a long list of things you need to have a career as a singer. Being a singer is one of those careers that seem very easy to achieve and without much effort. You just open your mouth and sing.

If so, then why is it like a dream? Why are there so few who achieve it? Sometimes because they don’t know the way, other times because of talent, circumstances, etc. They realize too late that they don’t have what they really need.

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What does it take to be a singer?

That’s why I have dedicated this article so that from now on you know what it takes to be a singer. Find out for yourself if you have it or what you need and what you will face if you don’t have it.

1. Have a talent for singing

Having talent has been mistakenly associated with a supernatural ability to sing. It is believed that singing is a gift that few have. The reality is that in singing, although it is true that there are bodies that are better adapted, people with a certain ease in singing; It is also very true that you can learn to sing, even if you don’t have a teacher.  Those with a certain ease will have some advantage, nothing that can be overcome with study and dedication. Truly anyone can learn to sing. The truly true thing is that with good technique you can learn to sing very well and even better than those who only rely on their good singing talent or their natural gift. So this talent thing is completely a myth. Do you think you have a talent for singing?

2. Good voice and healthy body

When we talk about having a good voice, we are not referring to an extraordinary or beautiful singing voice. We are referring to a good spoken voice, a healthy spoken voice. As for what it takes to be a singer, the basic thing is to have a healthy voice and healthy habits. If we find a very serious physical or psychological problem that affects the production and emission of sound, that will be an impediment. There are certain voice disorders that will prevent us from singing: nodules in the throat, polyps, chronic hoarseness, etc. Also, some psychomotor problem or that affects speech: malformations in the face, neck, and jaw problems.

3. Facility for music – Musical aptitudes

Something very important to be a singer is to have musical aptitudes, it is one of the qualities of a singerHaving a facility for music, mainly having rhythm and basic tuning. A good sense of rhythm is basic; if you don’t have it, it is one of the main things you need to be a singer. Although all is not lost since you can learn to pace yourself, however, it can take up a lot of your time and put you at a disadvantage with the competition. Another thing that will make the big difference between power or not, will be a good sense of hearing and tuning. If you naturally have an acceptable tuning it will not be difficult for you, although you will have to perfect the tuning. But if you are very lost, although it can be corrected with tuning exercises and a lot of conscious practice, you will probably have to study and prepare twice as much as the others.

4. Good musical memory

Another very necessary quality of a singer is musical memory. Do you hear a melody and it sticks to you very easily? Are the lyrics of the songs recorded in you? Don’t you have problems remembering a melody even without lyrics? If you answered yes to everything, then you have part of what it takes to be a singer. If not you will have to study twice as much; That is, singing classes and school will not be enough for you, you will have to learn to study singing from home.

5. Do not be sorry, do not be afraid

To be a singer it is essential not to be sad, not to be afraid. The stage is imposing, it makes you nervous and the nerves will always be there. The nerves are learned to control over time and fear is overcome and here I tell you how. You should never be afraid to try new things, to find the path of your voice and your style. The singer will always be reinventing himself in style, in sound. The constant search for new life experiences also shapes you as a singer.

6. Resistance to criticism

Every singer is criticized. From the most famous to the one he’s just starting out with. No one will save you from criticism, good, or bad or meant to destroy you. Since your voice is part of you, there are things that you cannot change and it is possible to resent criticism more, it hits directly to the ego of the person, of the voice. And since they are always going to criticize you, you should get used to criticism. If you can’t stand criticism, the kind made with tares and bad intentions, think twice before wanting to be a singer.

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7. Resistance to rejection

Just as there will be many people who like your voice, there will be those who don’t like it. And these can be judges, producers, marketing people, A&R of record labels or any other important person who rejects you. With some compelling reason or justification or simply because he didn’t like it or he was in a bad mood that day. You can get rejected many times, MANY, that’s how it is. Not all doors open and it is not always the first time. It takes a lot of perseverance and great resistance to rejection. Can you handle that?

8. Sacrifice and delivery

“Music is a jealous career”, is a very popular and all too true saying. To achieve success in any career requires a lot of sacrifice and dedication and music or singing is no exception. Days of a lot of study, weekends full of work, late nights, awkwardness, traveling and being away from family, investment in education, classes, courses, workshops, etc. Music requires a lot of work, study, dedication and a lot of discipline. You will have to adjust the environment where you live to practice singing from home.

9. Have good self-esteem

As you can imagine, to resist criticism and constant rejection, good self-esteem is essential. Your own self-esteem is what will keep you on the path despite everything, despite rejection, criticism, arduous study, frustration, success that takes a long time to come, etc.

10. Always be motivated

Being a singer is not easy. Anyone can sing, we can all sing. But being a singer, making a living from it, giving your life completely to it, despite all the difficulties, triumphs and failures, not just anyone. The difference lies in the motivation. How much love do you have for this dream of being a singer? Would you give your whole life to achieve it? How many times are you willing to fail to achieve it? Is it really what you love? To be a singer, it’s not just that you like to sing, it’s that you feel a true passion that burns inside you to sing: that’s what will take you to the top.

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How to be a singer

If you think you have what it takes, it’s time to get started. There are many paths you can follow to be a singer. I recommend this article: I want to be a singer but I don’t know how,  where we talk a little about fame and how to be a singer, so you will know what the path to follow is.

What does it take to be a singer and start learning to sing from scratch?

If you have already decided, then let’s see how to start singing well, which is the first thing we must do to learn from the beginning, to sing well without straining or hurting the voice. So I invite you to see How to Start Singing.

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