I would be happy to advise you on this most exciting venture. I went to college with a lot of singers while I was an acting student. Your choice to become an entertainer is a marvelous one and there are many different steps you can take.
If you decide to go to college, you can go for an Associates Degree which takes two years if you go full time consecutively. The Bachelors Degree would take a total of fours years. College will give you a structured and disciplined experience for you to learn, practice and perform. I would advise that you start breaking the ice with performing as soon as possible. Audition for any musicals your school has planned. Join a choir, chorus, glee club and be around anything musical and learn songs. You can also create videos on a video host channel for yourself on line and post videos of you singing. After high school, find out who hires singers at various places in your locale and audition every chance you get. Entertainers World Wide Jobs website has auditions for singers and I will provide the link for you below. Backstage also carries audition notices for singers (link below) .
I encourage you to pursue this as soon as possible, once you decide that this is what you'd love to do. It will take a lot of sharpening of your skills, tenacity and a high threshold for competition, but it can be done. You can even venture into writing your own songs, creating collections so that you would have an example of your singing voice to send to or present for the pre-audition process. Once you make the decision, you're on your way.
I hope that this has helped and I wish you all the best in deciding which career will be best for you !
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I believe you can make difference when it comes to find your interest. In terms of singing, you can join the choir so you can have an experience with that. If you require to play guitar, or piano, or flute…, you can enroll the club that you would like to join with them. This is a basic stage, and you can be a professional singer if you wish. If someone told you how to write song lyrics, you must catch the rhythm while playing intrument(s) and singing a song. You can an agreement with any company that helps your career. But first you should seek help from music lecturer in high school, and/or music professor at the university in the future.
If my answer is not enough yet, please read other comments from others. I am sorry…
I hope this helps.
School helps one stays focused, but also a coach or mentor can be just as helpful. It depends on your learning style.
Be brave and confident. Don’t be afraid to ask for advice or opinions!
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