As this year comes to an end and the holiday season approaches the road is still calling my name but I ain’t answering. The time has come for me to take a break. Not a short holiday, but a change of direction.
It’s time for me to step back from touring and take a leap of faith in a new direction. For singers, versatility is key and for me, the road leads to session work. Hollywood is buzzing with amazing opportunities in the film, television and sound recording industry, and I’ve been blessed to meet and work with many singers who have made their careers here.
With the promise of regulated wages, residuals and retirement funds, it’s the next logical step.
So it’s ironic that just as I am thinking of settling down, I take time out to speak to Nelson Beato.
Nelson is one of those singers who dreams of travelling far and wide in the name of music. They dream of trading in jam sessions for the big stage and swapping the recording booth for the tour bus.
Nelson is a young, gorgeous Los Angeles native with a voice like velvet who has enjoyed some of most coveted gigs in Tinseltown. He has appeared on the hit TV series Glee, lent his backing vocals to American Idol hopefuls, and his vocals have featured in McDonalds and T-Mobile commercials.
He’s conquered LA, and now he’s ready for the world.
A few months ago, Nelson’s talent and ambition lead him to a dream job – Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life tour.
In this issue of iSing, we sit down with Nelson Beato as he takes a break from rehearsal and the road and talks about how he took over LA, is living the dream and what it’s like to trade places.
Nelson’s five top tips to making it in the industry
– Always be prepared (“If you stay ready, you ain’t gotta get ready”). Rehearse, anticipate and warm-up.
– Challenge yourself. It’s important no matter where you are in your career to keep growing and challenge your creativity.
– Inspire others. We are all here for a purpose, it’s important to use your gift to encourage, uplift, and inspire others. Use these opportunity to change lives.
– Be professional. Although we are creatives it is still a job. Be on time, be respectful, be present.
– Never lose sight of your purpose or personal aspirations. Working for others is great experience but it’s important to build your personal brand and live with no regrets.