When I was a younger musician, trying to “make it,” as they say, I thought being on NBC’s The Voice would be the ticket to a successful career. Boy, was I wrong. Truth of the matter, you shouldn’t wait to be on The Voice to become a pro singer.
We’ve seen from countless examples that singing professionally is something that requires a steady work ethic. You can’t just post a YouTube video, expect it to go viral, and suddenly become a pro singer (even if you have an amazing voice).
For example, Hanson (remember them?) worked hard busking as children, which led to them getting a spot at SXSW, which is where they were discovered in 1994.
Andrea Bocelli won one of his first singing competitions in 1970, but didn’t have his big break until 1995 — he was in his mid-thirties!
Beyoncé is famous for being meticulous in everything she does. To prepare for her 2016 NFL halftime performance, she watched every single halftime show in history and took notes.
Good things comes to those who work, not to those who wait.
Think about this: since The Voice started in 2011, it has had 12 completed seasons; and every season, each of the four coaches selects a team of 8-16 singers.
In 12 seasons, that’s a total of 384 to 768 singers competing on the show — and only 12 have won the competition. Also, think of how many people have tried out for The Voice but didn’t make it — probably hundreds of thousands of people.
If every singer relied on winning The Voice to be a full-time working professional, we wouldn’t have the Bocellis or Beyoncés of the world.
On the other hand, if you land a slot on a coach’s team, the exposure alone can garner more fans for you as an independent singer, not to mention the singing tips you’d get from your celebrity coach. If you’re a DIY singer, the show can be very beneficial to you even if you lose.
But my point is: don’t stake the success of your entire singing career on winning The Voice, or any other singing competition for that matter. You’re setting yourself up for disappointment.
Instead, look at what those types of opportunities offer. Ask yourself: How can you get better at singing through this opportunity? Will you get decent exposure for yourself? What could this lead to?
As we’ve seen from most successful singers, hard work and a desire to always get better is what will help you become a pro singer.