Using your voice as a musical instrument can be considered many things, including a skill, a hobby, a talent, a career, and surprisingly even a workout. If you're considering picking up singing as a hobby, get ready for a fun adventure that can take you very far into a series of complicated interests, cultures, skills, and career paths depending on how far you'd like to take it!
I grew up singing for fun around the house with no intention of taking it seriously. I learned early on that many people like to sing in the shower, in the car, with friends, and in churches, but most people wouldn't bother taking up singing as a real skill to develop into something that could make them a living. As I got more and more interested in singing, it became more than just a hobby. There are several places singing can take you if you let it. Here are just a few examples that I want to share my experience on.
When I started singing as a hobby in grade school, it was a great way for me to release the negative emotions I was going through during those awkward puberty years. I'd be getting teased at school, or be left out from after-school hangouts with the cool kids, and sadly make my way home alone to sing. It sounds like a boring life, but it actually got me through some pretty dark times.
Singing releases endorphins into your brain that lift your spirits. It doesn't even matter if you're a good singer or not. The act of singing, and really tapping into the passion you have for your favorite songs can help you feel emotionally lifted.
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I still struggle with my attentiveness in a house of worship, but I am a devout Christian. One thing that keeps me connected spiritually is the worship experiences that almost always involve really good music. I absolutely love singing worship songs alone, but it's even better to sing along with a crowd of people surrounding you and connecting with you while everyone is also connecting to God.
If you're not a Christian, you can still get greatly in tune with your God or even nature itself with the hobby of singing. The spirituality that flows through music is something that anyone can feel a blessing from, no matter what they do or don't believe. Do you want to just give thanks for the gift of music itself? Use your voice! You'll really feel that appreciation warming your soul as you indulge in this beautiful hobby of ours.
If you're like me and have an interest in becoming a great singer, you should consider getting paid for your talents. The music industry offers a variety of ways to get paid as a singer. Granted, it is very hard to do since a lot of people in the world have the talent of singing, if you use some creativity and perseverance, you can get quite far with singing as a career.
I personally turned my hobby into a career particularly in the field of studio singing. My career is not really well-known, and I often have to explain it when people ask, but I'm a session singer. This means I get paid to record my singing in a studio (I have a home studio) where I sing for all types of projects from a wide variety of clients including other singers, musicians, producers, podcasts, and songwriters who are in need of quality recorded vocals.
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My clients are from all over the world, which really helps with the scalability of my business. If I was confined to only doing local singing gigs, I wouldn't be able to pay my bills in the current pandemic, but thanks to the internet, I'm able to connect with people in need from thousands of different locations. I record vocal work in many genres including R&B, house, jazz, funk, rap, and pop. Check out some of my samples if you'd like!
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This blog was written by singer, songwriter and producer Yona Marie. Check out Yona’s latest music releases on her Spotify, her Youtube and share the music if you like it!
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